Armstrong Memorial Handicap 6f
- (3yo+, 6f, Class 3, 11 runners)
- Winner £7,477
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 11.73s
- Off time: 15:46:40
|1st||10 Gap Princess||8/1|
|2nd||11 Sioux Rising||¾||28/1|
Kellys Eye (IRE) 3
|3||136 9-10||D H Brown||Graham Gibbons||95||7/2|
Midnight Martini 51
|3||135 9-9 t1||T D Easterby||D Allan||94||8/1|
|5||133 9-7||R A Fahey||P Hanagan||88||3/1f|
Mastership (IRE) 296
|6||132 9-6||J J Quinn||T Eaves||87||22/1|
Excusez Moi (USA) 31
|8||131 9-5||Mrs R Carr||P McDonald||86||12/1|
Red Cape (FR) 3
|7||128 9-2||Mrs R Carr||J P Sullivan (3)||83||4/1|
Go Nani Go 15
|4||128 9-2||B Smart||R Mullen||83||16/1|
Jarrow (IRE) 26
|3||127 9-1||M Johnston||J Fanning||86||20/1|
Gap Princess (IRE) 2
|6||127 9-1||G A Harker||S De Sousa||82||8/1|
Sioux Rising (IRE) 352
|4||127 9-1||R A Fahey||T Hamilton||82||28/1|
Rievaulx World 16
|4||124 8-12 p||K A Ryan||N Callan||79||66/1|
||8||913 t||F Sheridan||L Vickers||94||NR|
Red Cape (FR)
||6||9-0||Mrs R Carr||A Elliott||7/2|
A return to Ripon will suit Kellys Eye but his mark of 95 might be the stumbling block and so we will desert him and plump for BALDEMAR ahead of Ruth Carr's duo. Now with Richard Fahey, the selection has threatened this year as if another win is imminent. He has been given some leeway by the handicapper and now racing off a mark of 88 he can record another course success. Midnight Martini is far better than her disappointing York run last time out and is worth another chance, Kellys Eye runs this track exceedingly well and is another who is not discounted, whilst Icelandic needs a second looks racing off 93. Excusez Moi is talented if somewhat wilful, whilst stablemate Red Cape is another to have won here but his mark has paid as a result of his consistency. Gap Princess is a similar story but she may still have more to come, Sioux Rising needs a market check on his return to action, whilst Rievaulx World is a well-handicapped front-runner but this sixth furlong may just find him running on empty late on. A very competitive sprint where Baldemar looks worth a bet.
Icelandic 20-1 (9-1) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 7th of 13, 7l behind Rileyskeepingfaith (9-1) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Gap Princess (IRE) 3-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, staying on when not much room approaching final furlong, soon switched left, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Mey Blossom (9-2) at Hamilton 5f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Sioux Rising (IRE) 14-1 (7-13) Held up, raced keenly, never dangerous, 11th of 16, 8l behind Bounty Box (8-2) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Aug '09.
Baldemar 16-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, no extra towards finish, 8th of 20, 3 1/2l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-0) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Excusez Moi (USA) 9-1 (9-6) Went right start, held up, headway over 2f out, ridden and ever chance over 1f out, led briefly inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 10, 4l behind Ancient Cross (9-0) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Red Cape (FR) 20-1 (8-13) With leaders centre group, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 16th of 27, 6l behind Joseph Henry (9-1) at Goodwood 6f hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Rievaulx World 16-1 (9-4) Raced center, overall leader, 3 lengths clear of stands side group halfway, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 10, 14l behind Five Star Junior (9-13) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Midnight Martini 6-1fav (8-12) Prominent over 3f, soon lost place, 17th of 20, 21l behind Victoire De Lyphar (8-7) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun.
Kellys Eye (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Raced far side, held up, headway when hampered over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 18th of 27, 6l behind Joseph Henry (9-1) at Goodwood 6f hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Go Nani Go 7-2 (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden inside final 2f, every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Beat Baby (9-7) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Jul.
Mastership (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden over 2f out, kept on never nearer, 10th of 20, 12l behind Light From Mars (8-13) at York 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Jarrow (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Always in rear, 17th of 20, 14l behind Fireback (8-1) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.