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  • Extortionist Chases Scurry Pot

Betfred 'Hat Trick Heaven' Scurry Stakes (Listed) 5f 6y

  • (3yo, 5f 6y, Class 1, 14 runners)
  • Winner £20,983 2nd £7,955 3rd £3,981 4th £1,983 5th £995 6th £500
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places on the round course
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 0.03s
  • Off time: 14:57:17
Full result
Result 14:55 Sandown Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 7 Wind Fire 17/2
2nd 9 Hay Chewed nk 33/1
3rd 3 G Force 1 5/4f
  • Last Updated: June 13 2014, 13:22 BST

Extortionist bids to execute a long-term plan when he lines up for the Betfred Hat Trick Heaven' Scurry Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.

Jim Crowley: Rides Extortionist
Jim Crowley: Rides Extortionist

Trainer Olly Stevens has had this Listed contest in mind for the three-year-old colt, who put up an encouraging performance on his seasonal debut against seasoned talented sprinters in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket six weeks ago.

"He's a nice horse but hard to place in handicaps and this is a race we've had as a target for him for quite a while, since last year," said the Surrey handler.

"I thought he ran very well in the Palace House. He wasn't beaten far and that race looked more like a Group One than a Group Three.

"Jim Crowley rides and he broke the horse's maiden first time out at Nottingham last year. It's a good race, more like a Group Two or Group Three, and it looks like everyone with a nice sprinter is turning up for the Scurry Stakes.

"He should run well. He'll like the ground. It seems to be getting quicker there. He's got a nice draw (three) which counts for a lot at Sandown."

Reroute will also relish the likely fast ground and her trainer Ed Walker is expecting a bold show after she performed with credit against older horses when runner-up to Ladies Are Forever in a Listed race at Bath in April.

"We've been patient and holding out for fast ground. She can't have the ground quick enough, so I've been pleased to see the sun shining," said the Newmarket handler.

"I think the stiff five will suit her really well. She's in good shape at home, she looks great and should come on for that first run, so we're hopeful, though it's a pretty hot race."

David Brown is hoping a drop back to the minimum trip might work the oracle for Wind Fire, who has tackled six and seven furlongs on her two starts so far this term.

Both her wins have come over five furlongs and she was second in the Group Two Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster last September.

"She's in good shape and ran a good race over six furlongs at Newbury. We think dropping her back to five might suit her," said the trainer.

"She's won on this track before, I'm very happy with her at home and I'm expecting a very good run.

"I'm quite excited about running her."

Richard Hannon believes Langavat will do much better than on his first run of the campaign, but feels his charge has been done no favours with the draw.

"Langavat would have needed last month's Newbury race, his first since he finished second in a Listed sprint at last year's Eclipse meeting, but we would have liked a stall lower than nine," the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

G Force would be a leading fancy after winning both his starts in progressive fashion since being bought by Middleham Park Racing out of the Hannon stable and moving to David O'Meara's yard in North Yorkshire.

However, the son of Tamayuz needs plenty of ease in the ground and with conditions drying out all the time, connections are set to make a late call on his participation.

"He wants a bit of cut in the ground," said Middleham Park bloodstock manager Nick Bradley.

"I've not spoken to David (O'Meara) yet, but we'll have a board meeting. There's a bit of doubt whether he's going to run because of the ground,"

"If he does go there he'd have a favourite's chance. As long as he can avoid traffic in the race I think he'd be winning.

"When he ran on his debut for the Hannons he came up very sore. I think that was part of the reason why they sold him.

"The last thing we want to do is to run him on ground that is too firm. We'll check on it later. We've got to do it right for the horse and are going to leave the decision as late as possible.

"There's a conditions race at Hamilton on July 1 and there's a 0-105 all-aged handicap at Newmarket. It would be one or the other."