William Hill Rowland Meyrick Chase

Grade 3 Handicap, Wetherby
£40,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m 1f, Class 1
Thursday 26th December 2013

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1 Cloudy Too 11/4
2 Tullamore Dew 8/1
3 Cape Tribulation 6/1
NR: Alvarado (IRE), Wayward Prince
8 ran Distances: 10l, 2¾l, 24l
TIME 6m 15.80s (slow by 24.80s)

Cloudy Too
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Cloudy Too

Cloudy Too bounced back from defeat in the Hennessy Gold Cup to take the William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby.

Sue Smith's second-season chaser had run well for a long way before finishing unplaced in the Newbury feature, having won at Carlisle. The well-backed 11-4 shot was kicked into the lead by 5lb claimer Jonathan England before the fourth-last, after Sydney Paget had made the running accompanied for the most part by Junior.

Cloudy Too soon put daylight between himself and his rivals and the only anxious moment came when he nearly ran out approaching the final fence. However, England soon got Cloudy Too on an even keel and he went on to score by 10 lengths from Tullamore Dew, with last year's winner Cape Tribulation a further two and three-quarter lengths away in third.

Sydney Paget, the 5-2 favourite, was eventually pulled up after his chance had gone.

Grand National hero Auroras Encore, a stablemate of the winner, ran an encouraging race on his reappearance despite being last of the five finishers.


William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
£40,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 1f, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Cloudy Too
Mrs S J Smith
Jonathan England
11st 5lbs
11 - 4
Tullamore Dew
N J Gifford
Tom Cannon
10st 0lbs
8 - 1
10 lengths
Cape Tribulation
J M Jefferson
Harry Skelton
11st 10lbs
6 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
D Pipe
C O'Farrell
11st 10lbs
25 - 1
24 lengths
Auroras Encore
Mrs S J Smith
Ryan Mania
11st 5lbs
20 - 1
1 1/4 length
Sydney Paget
D McCain Jnr
J M Maguire
11st 2lbs
5 - 2
Master Of The Hall
Micky Hammond
K Renwick
10st 11lbs
33 - 1
Nuts N Bolts
Miss Lucinda V Russell
P Buchanan
10st 11lbs
4 - 1
Wayward Prince
Mrs H Parrott
R McGrath
11st 12lbs
F O'Brien
Non Runner
10st 10lbs

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