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Heritage Handicap 15:15
£150,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
2m 2f 140y, Class 2   
Friday 12th May 2023

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1 Metier 5/1
2 Zoffee 11/1
3 Call My Bluff 11/4F
4 Law Of The Sea 40/1
16 ran NR: Aztec Empire Distances: nk, ¾l, ¾l
Time: 4m 15.48s (slow by 11.98s)

A Grade One winner over hurdles a couple of years ago, Harry Fry’s Metier successfully reverted to the Flat to lift last season’s November Handicap at Doncaster under Saffie Osborne, who was again on board.

Results under both codes since have been mixed, but having returned to form with a second place in the Queen’s Cup at Musselburgh last month, Metier was among the market principals and produced the goods in a grandstand finish.

The seven-year-old was well back in the field for much of the two-and-a-quarter-mile journey, but began to make inroads on the leaders before the home turn and powered up the straight.

Zoffee got the better of a duel with 11-4 favourite Call My Bluff to grab the lead, but was unable to resist the late surge of Metier, who passed the post a neck to the good under his jubilant rider.


Osborne said: “It didn’t really go right through the race, I was too far back and he was all guts.

“I was saying what a tough horse he is, but he’s also extremely talented and still fairly unexposed at this trip on the Flat. You’d like to think there’s more left in the tank.

“He’s just got a lot of ability and for a big horse he’s very well balanced to go round a track like this. I was having to make up ground on a part of a track that I didn’t really want to have to, but he was making it feel very easy and I didn’t want to check his momentum.”


Chester Cup Heritage Handicap
£150,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 2m 2f 140y, Class 2
16 ran
Going: Soft, Heavy in places

1 (14)    Metier 7 9-1 Harry Fry Saffie Osborne 5/1
2 (3)
nk Zoffee 7 8-11 Hugo Palmer Ben Curtis 11/1
3 (2)
¾ Call My Bluff 6 8-6 Dominic Ffrench Davis J F Egan 11/4F
4 (7)
¾ Law Of The Sea 5 8-8 Ian Williams Franny Norton 40/1
5 (5) ½ Rajinsky 7 9-12 Hugo Palmer Harry Davies 14/1
6 (6)
Calling The Wind 7 9-4 Richard Hughes Jamie Spencer 13/2
7 (1)
¾ Emiyn 6 8-7 Declan Carroll Harrison Shaw 9/1
8 (15)
Bascule 5 8-9 Richard Hughes Billy Loughnane 33/1
9 (16)
The Grand Visir 9 9-1 Ian Williams Richard Kingscote 33/1
10 (13)
1 Euchen Glen 10 9-5 Jim Goldie Paul Mulrennan 18/1
11 (10)
1 Vino Victrix 5 8-13 Hughie Morrison Benoit De La Sayette 18/1
12 (8)
Tritonic 6 9-6 Alan King Hollie Doyle 9/1
13 (17)
1 Almuhit 4 8-9 Denis Gerard Hogan J M Sheridan 28/1
14 (11)
Al Zaraqaan 6 8-5 Sam England Leigh Roche 80/1
15 (4)
9 Falcon Eight 8 9-12 D K Weld Ryan Moore 7/1
16 (9)
26 Reshoun 9 9-7 Patrick Morris Jim Crowley 100/1
NR 14 (12) Aztec Empire 4 8-8 Andrew Balding NON RUNNER

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