Leicester

  • 14:55 T.P. 70th Birthday Handicap Chase2m 4f 110y

  • Winner £2,339 2nd £687 3rd £343 4th £172
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 6.90s
  • Off time: 15:05:15
14:55 Leicester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Witch's Hat (IRE) 9/4
2nd Caulfields Venture (IRE) 5/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 446P-5P White, Royal Blue cross belts, Royal Blue cap, White spots Caulfields Venture (IRE) 31
Nag me
6 11-12 Andrew Turnell Nick Scholfield 95 5/42.25
3 723435 Beige, Maroon stars The Fox's Decree 61
Nag me
8 11-8 pt M Keighley Daniel Hiskett (7) 91 4/15.00
5 435714 Orange, White chevron, chevrons on sleeves, White cap Secret Desert 23
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 10-10 Ferdy Murphy Tony Kelly (5) 79 8/19.00
6 44432-8 Dark Green, White braces, Orange sleeves, White cap Witch's Hat (IRE) 194
Nag me
9 10-9 t J A B Old M D Grant 78 9/43.25
8 652511 Emerald Green and White diamonds, Orange sleeves and cap Peak Seasons (IRE) 12
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-1 M C Chapman G J Galligan (10) 70 10/111.00
Non runners
21F-5P8PChase Gate711-10J D FrostHadden Frost93
463174FForever My Friend (IRE)511-6P BowenJ E Moore89
773746-3Thorncliffer810-5D ShawO Garner74

Verdict

Peak Seasons latest win at Fakenham was a fluke as Benny The Swinger took the wrong course when clear of the field. The former did beat Thorncliffer, however, and should confirm running. Secret Desert scored from out of the handicap at Ayr but failed to follow-up when favourite at Hexham last time and Forever My Friend looked beaten in third when falling at Folkestone on his latest start. THE FOX'S DECREE has a poor strike rate but with doubts surrounding today's opposition, he won't have to improve much on a recent third at Newton Abbot to land this. Witch's Hat could prove best of the remaining trio.