Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes (Group 2) 1m 4f
- (4yo+, 1m 4f, Class 1, 4 runners)
- Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360 5th £2,690 6th £1,350
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 32.83s
- Off time: 15:10:59
Wigmore Hall (IRE) 35
|6||129 9-3||M L W Bell||J P Spencer||115||13/2|
|6||124 8-12||M Botti||Johnny Murtagh||114||9/4|
Noble Mission 14
|4||124 8-12 h||Sir H R A Cecil||T P Queally||113||7/4f|
Universal (IRE) 14
|4||124 8-12||M Johnston||J Fanning||110||11/4|
||4||8-12||R Charlton||James Doyle||15/2|
Wigmore Hall has been an outstanding performer for Michael Bell and rarely runs below Group 1 level but he's penalised for his victory in the Northern Dancer at Woodbine, his second in the race. Dandino won this in 2011 and has continued to perform with credit at the highest level but the vote goes to UNIVERSAL, who will need to raise his game though there's every chance he will do so. Mark Johnston's charge is a big, long-striding type who gallops all the way to the line and though he looked about to be swamped by Noble Mission in the John Porter he battled harder than the latter. This track looks ideal and he can take advantage and make all.
Universal (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Led 1f, traked leader, led again 3f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, rallied to lead again narrowly inside final furlong, held on gamely, all out, won at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gs in Apr beating Quiz Mistress (8-9) by hd, 9 ran.
Dandino 14-1 (9-0) 7th of 12, 4l behind Red Cadeaux (9-0) at Sha Tin(HK) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Dec.
Wigmore Hall (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) 8th of 14, 6l behind Sajjhaa (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Noble Mission 5-4fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden and narrowly headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 9, nk behind Universal (8-11) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gs in Apr.