Stratford

  • 15:35 Happy Birthday George Wood Handicap Hurdle 2m 70y

  • Winner £6,758 2nd £1,984 3rd £992 4th £496
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 53.60s
  • Off time: 15:35:32
15:35 Stratford Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Chieftain's Choice (IRE) 7/1
2nd Mystic Sky 5/1
3rd Teqany (IRE) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P633-2U ORANGE, BLACK star and star on cap Peruvien Bleu (FR) 53
Distance Winner
7 11-12 Mrs J Williams Chester Williams (5) 130 11/112.00
2 1277-14 Black, White star, White sleeves, Black stars, Black cap, White star Mystic Sky 14
Distance Winner
8 11-11 b Mrs L Wadham Maxime Tissier (5) 129 5/16.00
3 7-11 Black, pink spots, pink sleeves, black spots and cap Adjutant 26
Course and Distance Winner
4 11-10 Olly Murphy R Johnson 130 9/25.50
4 16311- Purple, Pink stars, Mauve sleeves, Pink stars, Purple cap, Pink star Teqany (IRE) 269
Distance Winner
5 11-4 t F O'Brien P J Brennan 122 6/17.00
5 5/2231-2 Dark blue and white (quartered), red sleeves and cap Swaffham Bulbeck (IRE) 56
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-1 pt Olly Murphy Fergus Gregory (3) 119 7/18.00
6 43-3115 Orange, Black chevrons, diabolo on sleeves, Orange cap Steel Wave (IRE) 23
9 11-0 p G Hanmer T Scudamore 118 12/113.00
7 14089-3 Red and yellow stripes, yellow sleeves, red stars, yellow cap, red star Chieftain's Choice (IRE) 40
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-13 v1 Kevin Frost Thomas Bellamy 117 7/18.00
8 42/659-1 White and red stripes, red sleeves, white diamonds, white cap, red spots Pershing 48
Distance Winner
8 10-11 h Kevin Frost G Sheehan 115 8/19.00
10 64/723-4 Orange, black hoop, black sleeves, orange stars, orange cap, black star Ravenous 18
8 10-4 L A Dace S Bowen 108 5/16.00
Non runners
99P22-F5Cyrius Moriviere (FR)910-5D L WilliamsSam Twiston-Davies109

Verdict

This looks a good race but one which comes with question marks. Course and distance winner Adjutant seeks a hat-trick for Olly Murphy but now steps into handicap company for the first time and only the outcome will reveal whether or not he is well handicapped. Teqany is an intriguing proposition as he hasn't been seen since landing a third win in just five jumps starts in Ireland and has recently joined the O'Brien team. Hopefully, the market will indicate his chance but he's one to note whatever. The question mark over Pershing is that he's up in grade so the choice is PERUVIEN BLEU, who continues to ascend the handicap but remains a classy sort on his day and can make a good fist of defying topweight. Mystic Sky is also respected.