Midland Facilities Apprentice Handicap 1m
- (3yo+, 1m, Class 4, 11 runners)
- Winner £3,886 2nd £1,156 3rd £578 4th £289
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 39.22s
- Off time: 17:45:41
|1st||5 My Best Bet||9/2|
|2nd||9 Expensive Problem||1||40/1|
|2nd||10 Rock Anthem||d.h||8/1|
Stand Guard 140
|6||136 9-10||P Howling||Laura Simpson (7)||84||25/1|
Glen Shiel (USA) 8
|3||132 9-6||M Johnston||Louis Beuzelin||85||11/8f|
Wigram's Turn (USA) 20
|5||132 9-6||M W Easterby||J P Sullivan||80||15/2|
Cool Hand Jake 51
|4||131 9-5||P J Makin||J Millman (5)||79||5/1|
My Best Bet 27
|4||130 9-4||Stef Higgins||J P Fahy (3)||78||9/2|
Hazzard County (USA) 36
|6||130 9-4||D M Simcock||Alice Haynes (7)||78||20/1|
|8||129 9-3||P Howling||Ian Burns (7)||77||25/1|
Striding Edge (IRE) 51
|4||126 9-0||W R Muir||J Rogers (5)||74||20/1|
Expensive Problem 50
|7||123 8-11||R J Smith||Nathan Alison (5)||71||40/1|
Rock Anthem (IRE) 41
|6||122 8-10||M Murphy||R Kennemore||69||8/1|
|3||119 8-7 t||D Shaw||Simon Pearce (3)||72||14/1|
Bomber Command (USA)
||6||9-7||C Hills||P Hills||7/1|
History suggests Stand Guard will need this first run in over four months while Zubova ran abysmally on Tuesday and therefore has questions to answer, so we'll side with GLEN SHIEL. Mark Johnston's gelding ran a fine race to take second to a revitalised rival at Ayr and runs off the same mark now switched to the all-weather. There are two concerns surrounding his chance, firstly that his sole try here resulted in heavy defeat and secondly that he's never raced beyond seven furlongs, but we're prepared to forgive the former and as he's the half-brother of a mile winner in America there's hope he'll get home here. Wigram's Turn should be monitored in the market as he's 9lbs lower than when fourth on his last start at the track while Cool Hand Jake needs to have found improvement for his seasonal reappearance if he's to add to his course and distance win.
My Best Bet 12-1 (9-9) Switched left soon after start, in rear, ridden and effort 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 13l behind Titbit (9-2) at Newmarket 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Expensive Problem 40-1 (9-4) Always in rear, weakened 3f out, last of 10, 20l behind Avertis (9-7) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Rock Anthem (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Chased leaders stands side, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 17, 13l behind Rosko (9-3) at Ascot 7f ladys hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Hazzard County (USA) 7-2fav (9-5) Held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 8, 10l behind Roman Glory (9-10) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Cool Hand Jake 20-1 (9-9) Raced wide, mid-division, headway on outer over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 9l behind L'Hirondelle (9-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jul.
Wigram's Turn (USA) 28-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, under pressure over 3f out, gradually weakened, 10th of 11, 11l behind Sir George (9-5) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Zubova 9-4fav (9-7) Held up, not trouble leaders, 7th of 8, 19l behind Royal Holiday (8-6) at Southwell 1m Apprentice Handicap (0-75) (3yo) (5) fbs in Aug.
Gallantry 25-1 (8-8) In rear, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 6th of 10, 5l behind Jake The Snake (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Striding Edge (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) In rear, never a factor, 10th of 14, 17l behind L'Hirondelle (9-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jul.
Stand Guard 20-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, tracked leader, until 2f out, stayed on same pace after, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Chalice Welcome (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Glen Shiel (USA) 7-4fav (9-7) In touch in 4th, headway over 3f out, led 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Zomerlust (9-9) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.