BetVictor.com Handicap (London Middle Distance Series Qualifier) 1m 3f
- (3yo+, 1m 3f, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £7,439 2nd £2,214 3rd £1,106 4th £553
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 18.13s
- Off time: 20:20:38
|2nd||7 Break Rank||hd||9/2|
Classic Punch (IRE) 48
|10||136 9-10||T J Etherington||R Hughes||93||16/1|
Al Saham 66
|4||135 9-9 h||Saeed bin Suroor||S De Sousa||92||6/4f|
Expert Fighter (USA) 25
|4||134 9-8||Saeed bin Suroor||K Fallon||91||6/1|
|4||134 9-8||C Appleby||M Barzalona||91||11/4|
Come On Blue Chip (IRE) 39
|4||133 9-7 p||P W D'Arcy||Freddie Tylicki||90||10/1|
|8||129 9-3 v||L Carter||Oisin Murphy (5)||86||20/1|
Break Rank (USA) 36
|4||128 9-2||E De Giles||James Doyle||85||9/2|
A change of yards has rejuvenated Classic Punch this season but he's up 9lb for his latest win at Beverley and that could prove beyond the veteran. Lowther struggles in this class nowadays and Come On Blue Chip continues to creep up the weights without winning. Break Rank will need to improve further to follow up his Epsom win so this looks between the Godolphin trio. Anomaly has had just the two outings this year and makes more appeal than course and distance winner Expert Fighter but another chance goes to AL SAHAM. The latter can race off the same mark as when a close-up fifth at Newmarket and this extra furlong will suit the dual 1m4f winner.
Lowther 25-1 (11-9) Close up, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, 42l behind Rossetti (10-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep.
Break Rank (USA) 7-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden and soon pressed, ran on gamely, won at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug beating Benzanno (9-13) by nk, 8 ran.
Expert Fighter (USA) 14-1 (9-11) Held up, not clear run and switched left over 2f out, some late headway, never on terms, 7th of 11, 7l behind Cat O'Mountain (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Al Saham 11-4fav (9-13) Steadied start, keen held up, headway on outer 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, no extra close home, 5th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Clayton (10-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Classic Punch (IRE) 12-1 (9-13) Took keen hold tracking leader, driven over 1f out, edged right and led inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure, won at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Triple Eight (9-4) by nk, 8 ran.
Come On Blue Chip (IRE) 22-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway and hung left from over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 11l behind Chancery (9-7) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Anomaly 4-1 (9-9) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Ennistown (8-12) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.