Belvoir Castle Handicap 1m 1f 218y
- (3yo, 1m 1f 218y, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £4,690 2nd £1,396 3rd £697 4th £349
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 12.04s
- Off time: 15:20:37
|2nd||4 Champagne Rules||5||25/1|
|3||133 9-7||C Appleby||M Barzalona||84||3/1|
Our Gabrial (IRE) 25
|3||131 9-5 v1||R A Fahey||J P Spencer||82||4/1|
|3||129 9-3||C Appleby||W Buick||80||15/8f|
Champagne Rules 33
|3||129 9-3||Mrs S A Watt||P Aspell||80||25/1|
Intermath (IRE) 16
|3||126 9-0||P D Evans||A Kirby||77||14/1|
Spectator (ex6) 5
|3||121 8-9 p||A M Balding||Kieran Shoemark (7)||66||4/1|
||3||810||T P Tate||G Lee||73||NR|
||3||9-5||Sir Michael Stoute||R L Moore||11/4|
A winner at Bath last month, Solidarity sports Godolphin's first colours ahead of Anglophile though neither have form in today's underfoot conditions. A visor replaces the more usual blinkers on Polytrack winner Our Gabriel as he steps up in trip while both Empress Ali and Champagne Rules have run well in soft ground before but were well beaten last time. The latter looks less than straightforward so it could pay to stick with SPECTATOR, whose penalty for winning in the mud at Chepstow last week is negated by Kieran Shoemark's 7lb claim.
Empress Ali (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Chased leader, every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 9l behind Comedy King (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Anglophile 14-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on into 3rd inside final furlong, almost snatched 2nd but not pace of winner, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Arab Dawn (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in May.
Champagne Rules 12-1 (9-3) Raced wide, held up in touch, headway on outside halfway soon chasing leaders, hung badly right on home turn and ended on stands rail, behind and no chance after, eased, last of 6, 24l behind Latenightrequest (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Spectator 2-1fav (9-2) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd on inside going well 3f out, 3 lengths down and enough to do 2f out, closing when edged left and ridden over 1f out, stayed on to lead last 50 yards, bit in hand, won at Chepstow 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May beating Loch Ma Naire (9-6) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Solidarity 2-1 (9-7) Led, joined 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 3, 5l behind Notarised (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Our Gabrial (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Slowly away, reluctant to race and early reminders, in rear, steadied off heels 4f out, headway on outside over 2f out, 4th and one pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Legend Rising (9-3) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in May.
Intermath (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 6l behind Basil Berry (9-4) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.