15:38 Fontwell

Tuesday 8 December 2020

All12:3513:0513:3514:0814:3815:0815:38
  • John And Maryanne Birch Memorial Handicap Hurdle
  • Class 5  |   2m 1f 162y  |   Soft (Good to Soft in places)  |   9 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:38  |   Winning time: 4m 56.37s
1st
3
11/10f
T: J R BoyleJ: R T Dunne
Tracked leader, blundered 3rd and relegated to midfield, chased leaders 6th, ridden approaching 2 out, led approaching last, stayed on strongly under pressure flat op 10/3 tchd 7/2
2nd
3
4
611-9
11/2
T: D SkeltonJ: Bridget Andrews
Held up in rear, still towards rear but in touch travelling strongly 2 out, smooth headway to chase leader before last, ridden and no extra flat op 10/3 tchd 11/4
3rd
1
8
9/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Held up, raced alone on inside back straight, ridden in rear before 2 out, headway to chase leaders last, no extra flat op 10/1 tchd 12/1
4th
1 ¾
1
16/1
T: George BakerJ: R Johnson
Held up towards rear, headway on outside 2 out, ridden when hit last, one pace flat op 11/1
5th
1 ¼
10
1110-2
100/1
T: Mrs D GrissellJ: Tabitha Worsley (5)
Led, hit 6th, not fluent 3 out, narrow advantage 2 out, ridden and headed before last, weakened flat op 66/1
6th
1
6
16/1
T: O MurphyJ: David England
Held up, ridden approaching 2 out where not fluent, one pace from last op 11/2
7th
¾
2
7/1
T: N DungerJ: Luca Morgan (7)
Midfield, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last op 13/2 tchd 15/2
8th
24
9
25/1
T: B J LlewellynJ: Jordan Williams (7)
Chased leader, close up under pressure 2 out, weakened quickly before last op 12/1

Also Ran

PU
5
11/2
T: C GordonJ: Tom Cannon
Prominent, jumped right 1st, pulled up quickly after 3rd tchd 5/1 and tchd 6/1

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Non-Runners

7
Gris De Pron108
Weight: 10-12|  Age: 7
T: O Greenall  J: Brendan Powell
NR

Betting

Forecast

Cristal Spirit (11/10), Embole (11/2), Horatio Star (11/2), Hier Encore (7/1), Gris De Pron (8/1), Little Vern (9/1), Highway One (16/1), Jan Wellens (16/1), Flanagans Field (25/1), Jappeloup (100/1)

Verdict

It's interesting that the Dan Skelton yard is persevering with EMBOLE so he might be worth chancing from his reduced mark. Gris de Pron is another who is well treated and has joined a yard which has been in good form so he rates a potential threat. Course-specialist Hier Encore is also on the shortlist.

  1. EMBOLE (FR)
  2. GRIS DE PRON (FR)
  3. HIER ENCORE (FR)

Previous Winners

2019
Clondaw Robin
Weight: 10-0  |Age: 6
11/2

Prize Money

1st: £2,794.002nd: £820.003rd: £410.004th: £350.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00
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