Bank Of New York Mellon Dragon Stakes (Listed) 5f 6y
- (2yo, 5f 6y, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner £12,193 2nd £4,622 3rd £2,313 4th £1,152 5th £578 6th £290
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 2.06s
- Off time: 14:53:38
Bear Behind (IRE) 17
|2||128 9-2||Tom Dascombe||R L Moore||2/1j|
Forevertheoptimist (IRE) 15
|2||128 9-2||Mrs L Stubbs||K Fallon||9/1|
Jack Who's He (IRE) 17
|2||128 9-2||P D Evans||Catherine Gannon||3/1|
The Penny Horse (IRE) 17
|2||128 9-2||J S Moore||J Doyle||12/1|
Dawn Lightning 65
|2||123 8-11||A J Mccabe||R Winston||40/1|
Kohala (IRE) 16
|2||123 8-11||T D Barron||G Gibbons||2/1j|
||2||9-2||R Hannon||R Hughes||8/15|
Bear Behind had The Penny Horse behind when fifth in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, but Jack Who's He's eighth in the Coventry Stakes looks stronger form and David Evans' two-year-old easily beat Dawn Lightning on his debut at Leicester in March. KOHALA only won a maiden auction at Redcar in May but belied her big odds with a cracking effort in the Queen Mary next time, staying on strongly having been held up off a fast pace. She looks a progressive filly and can return to winning ways here.
Forevertheoptimist (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Raced towards far side, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 7th of 15, 8l behind Bapak Chinta (9-1) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Jun.
Kohala (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Behind, headway centre 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Best Terms (8-12) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Bear Behind (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leader centre, outpaced when groups merged over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 5th of 24, 7l behind Frederick Engels (9-3) at Royal Ascot 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd in Jun.
The Penny Horse (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Chased leaders centre, driven when groups merged over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 10th of 24, 11l behind Frederick Engels (9-3) at Royal Ascot 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd in Jun.
Jack Who's He (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Raced stand side, chased leaders, effort when groups merged over 2f out, weakening when short of room inside final furlong, 8th of 23, 6l behind Power (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Dawn Lightning 25-1 (8-6) Chased leader until ridden inside final 2f, soon no chance with leading duo, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Miss Work of Art (8-10) at Ascot 5f 2yo stks (2) gf in Apr.