Wednesday 17 January 2018

Richard Forristal's race reads: day 3

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

1.30 Jewson Novices' Chase 2m 4f

Once again, Andrew Lynch was brilliantly positive here on Loosen My Load, which travelled ominously down the hill, but ultimately got beaten by a couple of horses that were able to quicken better on the ground. Tony McCoy (right) had sat just behind the leaders throughout on Noble Prince, and always looked to be in control of matters, delaying his challenge until they landed over the last.

He had been squeezing for a while, but his partner had tip-top form and he knew exactly what he had underneath him. Wishfull Thinking also sat handily, taking up the running at the sixth fence. He kept on to be a clear second best. Robinson Collonges never jumped or travelled before pulling up, while Blazing Tempo fared best of the other Irish runners. She could never get into it but plugged on for fifth.

2.05 Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) 3m

For the second year in a row, Buena Vista led them a merry dance. Conor O'Farrell (right), having his first ride here, judged it perfectly, pressing as much as he could, but keeping enough in reserve to kick on down the hill and get them all on the stretch.

Son Amix ran a blinder, but just couldn't get to the winner.

Sivota also ran well, but, given the way the race panned out, he may have been too far out of his ground early on. He had an awful lot of distance to make up on Buena Vista and stayed on all the way, which would suggest he had a bit too much to do.

Knockara Beau's effort to be fourth under top-weight, having raced prominently, was of merit, while Chartreux was a disappointment. He had been thereabouts at the second-last but faded badly.

2.40 Ryanair Chase 2m 5f

Albertas Run and Rubi Light contested the lead for most of this, and it was a tremendous effort from Rubi Light to be third as he is really a soft-ground horse. Albertas Run bounced back to form on the good ground that he needs.

McCoy was at him from some way out, but he responded well for the pressure and just held on up the hill from the closing Kalahari King.

That one had come quietly through from the rear, and could have done without getting under the last as he didn't land running, which he needed to do if he was to pass Albertas Run up the hill.

Poquelin sat handily, but got outpaced at a crucial stage coming down the hill and was always on the back foot from there, eventually taking fourth. Paul Townend dropped in J'y Vole.

She was keen early on and travelled beautifully on the heels of the leaders down the hill, but just couldn't pick up on the ground from the second last.

3.20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle 3m

Ruby Walsh (right) rode the race as he found it, electing to allow Big Buck's to race very close to the pace when it became clear there was no gallop on. Given that they were worried about Grands Crus settling, Tom Scudamore's hands were tied, and dropping out stone-last counted against him in the end.

Walsh always had first run on him and may well have beaten him anyway, but Grands Crus was never going to do him for toe. The winner is an outstanding horse, and credit to the runner-up too, which will be a fine novice chaser next term.

As a result of the slow gallop, plenty were still travelling even after jumping the second-last. Mourad, having sat behind the leaders, picked up well and was only beaten a couple of lengths in third.

Rigour Bob Back stayed on late to be fifth, just behind Cross Kennon. That one led until after the second-last, the easy lead allowing him to belie his 50/1 odds.

4.00 Byrne Group Plate (Handicap Chase) 2m 5f

The favourite Beautiful Sound couldn't handle the early pace on this ground, and actually looked as though he was in danger of becoming seriously detached early in the race. As it was, he ran a remarkable race to flash home in third.

Aimigayle made the running until headed at the third last, and never gave up. Holmwood Legend was the horse that took the lead off him. The mount of Kieran Burke (above) always had the legs on Aimigayle, although how he didn't even nod at the last after meeting the fence halfway up was remarkable.

Consigliere travelled into the race from midfield, but, not for the first time, found little before finishing fourth. Call Me A Legend, another that was dropped in, was running on for pressure when he slipped up the inner two out, but his run flattened out from there.

4.40 Kim Muir Handicap Chase (Amateur riders) 3m 1f

Robbie McNamara dictated much of this from the front on Deal Done. His decision to take a pull with a circuit to go and then press on again looked as though it might reap a fine dividend, but a mistake four-out signalled the start of the end for him.

When the challenge came from Junior, Deal Done simply had no reply, and just held on for third. Jamie Codd (above) judged it to perfection on the winner. He was always close to the pace, but didn't panic even when Deal Done was clear going down the hill. A good jump at the last ensured they scored comfortably, with Faasel eventually taking second. Pomme Tiepy stayed on to take fifth.

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