Wincanton

  • 14:15 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle 2m 6f

  • Winner £10,128 2nd £2,992 3rd £1,496 4th £749
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 49.50s
  • Off time: 14:15:39
14:15 Wincanton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Close House 11/4
2nd Rangitoto (IRE) 6/1
3rd Lamps 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 2220-01 Beige, Beige and Black check sleeves, Black cap Shoreacres (IRE) 200
Nag me
9 11-8 B G Powell W Kennedy 139 20/121.00
3 552-466 Red and Yellow (quartered), hooped sleeves, Emerald Green cap American Trilogy (IRE) 26
Nag me
8 11-8 P F Nicholls Harry Derham (5) 139 8/19.00
4 12/314-2 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Close House 38
Nag me
5 11-5 D Pipe P J Brennan 136 11/43.75
15 343-313 Black and Pink diabolo, Pink sleeves, Black armlets, Black and Pink quartered cap Lamps 11
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 10-13 b M Blake M G Nolan (5) 130 5/16.00
17 2-32155 RED, YELLOW sash, striped sleeves and star on cap Weekend Millionair (IRE) 18
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
5 10-11 t1 D Pipe Tom Bellamy (7) 128 12/113.00
18 3130-3 Light Blue, Royal Blue hoop, armlets and cap Ardlui (IRE) 25
Nag me
4 10-11 A King W Hutchinson 128 11/43.75
19 7/0265-9 BEIGE and EMERALD GREEN check, BEIGE sleeves The Pier (IRE) 21
Nag me
6 10-8 D Pipe Mr M Heard (7) 125 22/123.00
20 1/11F-88 Light blue, royal blue armlets, royal blue cap Rangitoto (IRE) 18
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
7 10-8 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 125 6/17.00
21 F22-490 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Nampour (FR) 12
Nag me
7 10-8 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell (3) 125 16/117.00
Non runners
104-3221First Fandango511-12Tim VaughanMr Matthew Barber143
5131P00-Palace Jester711-4D PipeR T Dunne135
6131-222Holywell (IRE)511-4Jonjo O'NeillMaurice Linehan135
7U60211/Connectivity (IRE)811-3Dr R D P NewlandMr James Cowley134
8U55/4-14The Package911-3D PipeSamuel Welton134
91442-28Water Garden (FR)611-2D PipeJ M Davies133
100P26-7UTopolski (IRE)611-2D W P ArbuthnotJake Hodson133
11211-6R7Captain Sunshine611-1Miss E C LavelleMr D F Bourke132
12312218Yesyoucan (IRE)711-1B EllisonGarry Lavery132
13211-1Goulanes (IRE)611-0D PipeF J Hayes131
14211/111-Paint The Clouds711-0W GreatrexL Heard131
16232226Dolatulo (FR)510-11W GreatrexThomas Garner128

Verdict

Paul Nicholls saddled Deireadh Re to win this last year but his Rangitoto has been a big disappointment so far this season and American Trilogy may not be the force of old. An appearance in one of these qualifiers earns a run in the final at Cheltenham in April which explains why David Pipe has seven due to face the starter here. The Package is rated 13lb higher over fences and won over the larger obstacles here on his reappearance before finishing fourth in the Hennessy but the less-exposed WEEKEND MILLIONAIR may well prove the pick of his stable's bumper entry with Tom Bellamy taking off 7lb and he gets the nod in this. Ardlui didn't appear to stay 2m3f at Newbury last time and Shoreacres is just one of several front-runners who will make this a real test of stamina. Holywell, second in a Grade 3 at Haydock last time, has been knocking on the door and is also worth a second look.