FORMAL BID went 14 races over hurdles without winning but has suddenly found his form and gained his second success in the past couple of weeks in a Kilbeggan handicap on Friday. While in such good heart he's taken to complete a quick double though It's A Mans World could hardly have been more impressive than when making all at Carlisle. Smart Ruler has a double penalty for his recent victories but AP McCoy was on board both times and takes the ride again. King Kurt has been in fine form on the Flat and must be considered receiving plenty of allowances.
Smart Ruler (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) Made all, took keen hold early, clear before last, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug beating Howwoulduno (11-12) by 7l, 5 ran.
Formal Bid (IRE) 9-4fav (11-11) Waited with, soon in mid-division, improved to chase leaders from 3 out, close up from before straight going well, challenged and badly squeezed for room last, soon ridden in moderate 2nd, stayed on well to get up on line, won at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf beating Luimneach Abu (11-6) by hd, 14 ran.
It's A Mans World 3-1 (10-2) With leader, led last, soon clear, won at Cartmel 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug beating Celtic Monarch (11-4) by 12l, 7 ran.
Honourable Gent 33-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off before 3 out, 6th of 8, well behind Life And Soul (11-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
King Kurt (IRE) 2-1fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 4th, close up 3 out, soon beaten, weakened next, 5th of 12, 32l behind Fleet Dawn (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug '12.
Ultra Du Chatelet (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked winner, lost place and ridden before 3 out, weakened next, pulled up before last, in a race won by King Of The Wolds (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Whinstone Dee (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Towards rear, ridden on outer 5f out and no impression in 10th 3f out, moderate 6th entering straight and kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 11l behind Benemeade (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gd in Mar.