32Red Free 10 Bonus Handicap 1m 4f 23y
- (4yo+, 1m 4f 23y, Class 5, 4 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 46.93s
- Off time: 17:16:03
|1st||4 Rocky Elsom||11/4|
Meetings Man (IRE) (ex6) 6
|7||138 9-12 p||A Stronge||S J Drowne||71||11/4|
Yul Finegold (IRE) 35
|4||133 9-7||George Baker||P Cosgrave||72||5/4f|
Rocky Elsom (USA) 21
|7||128 9-2 t||Mrs S Leech||Saleem Golam||67||11/4|
King Zeal (IRE) 8
|10||128 9-2 t||B Leavy||George Downing (5) (ex1)||67||8/1|
||4||97||Mrs H Main||L Morris||72||NR|
YUL FINEGOLD's second to subsequent Goodwood winner Civil War at Windsor in April is the best recent form on offer in this and it might be worth ignoring a later fourth at Bath over a shorter trip. George Baker's charge gets 5lb from Meetings Man, who is penalised for scoring on the Polytrack at Lingfield last week. Rocky Elsom should handle conditions and is preferred to Laura Secord and veteran King Zeal of the remainder.
Laura Secord (CAN) 16-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 9l behind Barwick (9-2) at Newbury 1m 4f app hcp (5) gd in May.
Rocky Elsom (USA) 11-4fav (8-13) Tracked leader over 3f, went 2nd again well over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, chased leader until inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 2l behind All The Winds (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
King Zeal (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Dwelt raced wide close up after 2f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 14, 40l behind Ty Gwr (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Meetings Man (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leading trio, went 2nd well over 2f out, led over 2f out, ridden clear well over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May beating Munsarim (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Yul Finegold (IRE) 5-4fav (9-4) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed 2f out, soon lost 2nd, chased leading pair, ridden and no impression over 1f out, weakened and lost 3rd final 75 yards, 4th of 6, 4l behind Eco Warrior (8-13) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.