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3:30 Stratford 20 Jun 2017

John Smiths Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (0-120, 5yo+) (2m6f125yds) 2m6½f Good 17 fences
1st £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477


Pos. (Draw)
Horse / SP
Trainer / Jockey
8 114 t 111 79 120
bb g Scorpion (IRE) - Henris Blaze (IRE) (Be My Native)
Settled in 3rd or 4th until left in lead 11th until 13th, led 2 out, urged along and kept outbattling two challengers flat, all out (op 13/2 tchd 7/1)
6 1013 tp 106 73 114
b g Palace Episode (USA) - Helenjeu (Montjeu)
Jumped right 1st, 2nd until led 4th, jumped badly right and knocked a rival over at 11th, soon headed, led again 13th, ridden and headed 2 out, pressed winner flat, always held (op 7/2 tchd 5/1)
3  nk [1¾]
8 112 h 109 76 118
b g Scorpion (IRE) - Polly Platinum (IRE) (Phardante)
Took keen hold, not fluent 3rd, held up last until 11th, went 3rd at 13th, disputed 2nd 3 out until next, hard driven after, reluctant with awkward head carriage last, not go through flat (op 7/2)
4  12 [13¾]
8 113 v1 110 67 109
b m Multiplex - Hurtebise (FR) (Groom Dancer)
Led until blundered 4th, slow 6th and 7th and lost 2nd briefly, often driven after, lost 2nd at 12th and 3rd at next, struggling after mistake 14th (op 13/2)
5  15 [28¾]
8 109 102 45 89
b g Zerpour (IRE) - Wizzy (IRE) (Presenting)
Settled towards rear, effort 14th, disputed 2nd briefly 3 out, ridden and faded before next (op 10/1)
10 1011 tp 104
br g Bollin Eric - Pearly-B (IRE) (Gunner B)
Led in start, in last pair, lost touch before 14th, tailed off and pulled up 2 out (trainer's rep said the gelding had a breathing problem and may have become over-heated) (op 10/1 tchd 9/1)
7 1110 tp 117
b g Della Francesca (USA) - Jackette (USA) (Mr Greeley)
Settled in 3rd or 4th until badly hampered, unseated rider 11th (op 10/3)
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