32Red Thunderstruck II Slot Handicap 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 5, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,234 2nd £962 3rd £481 4th £240
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 3m 26.92s
- Off time: 16:40:46
|1st||5 Newtown Cross||3/1|
Freddy Q (IRE) 38
|5||138 9-12||R A Teal||G Baker||67||5/1|
Shalambar (IRE) 17
|8||136 9-10 v||A W Carroll||Jim Crowley||65||5/2|
Honest Strike (USA) 8
|7||133 9-7 b||D M Loughnane||A Kirby||62||5/4f|
Newtown Cross (IRE) 29
|4||123 8-11||J C Fox||Cam Hardie (7)||56||3/1|
||6||910||M D I Usher||Dane O'Neill||65||NR|
||9||9-1||W J Musson||K Fallon||6/1|
Shalambar and Honourable Knight have claims if taking part but both were due to run in the same race at Kempton yesterday. Freddy Q is hard to fancy and Honest Strike hasn't won since recording a double over track and trip at this time last year. That leaves us with the unreliable NEWTOWN CROSS. Jimmy Fox's charge has leading claims on this year's victories over 2m at Kempton, though he gets only a tentative vote in this as he threw in poor effort for no apparent reason in between those two wins.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened well over 2f out, 9th of 10, 29l behind Ordensritter (9-11) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Newtown Cross (IRE) 14-1 (8-4) Difficult to load, tracked leaders, went 3rd going well over 3f out, led approaching final furlong, strongly pressed inside final furlong, stayed on gamely to assert close home, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar beating Arashi (9-10) by nk, 10 ran.
Honest Strike (USA) 5-1 (10-11) Dwelt, in touch towards rear, headway 7f out, effort over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Joyful Motive (9-5) at Southwell 1m 6f am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Mar.
Shalambar (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) Raced wide in touch, headway to go close up 8f out, ridden to press leader over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, 8th of 11, 22l behind Arty Campbell (9-7) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Freddy Q (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 11, 17l behind Harry Hunt (11-12) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.