Harry Bloom Memorial Handicap 1m 1f 209y
- (3yo, 1m 1f 209y, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £6,301 2nd £1,886 3rd £943 4th £472 5th £235
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 3.09s
- Off time: 15:41:40
|1st||1 Fire Fighting||9/4f|
Fire Fighting (IRE) 7
|3||133 9-7 b1||M Johnston||L Morris||80||9/4f|
Muhawalah (IRE) 17
|3||132 9-6 hb||R Varian||Freddie Tylicki||79||7/2|
Laurelita (IRE) 56
|3||132 9-6||George Baker||Jim Crowley||79||8/1|
Serena Grae (ex6) 7
|3||132 9-6 h||M P Tregoning||S Sanders||73||3/1|
Penny's Boy (ex6) 8
|3||127 9-1 t||S Kirk||P J Dobbs||68||11/2|
Sandy Cove 6
|3||114 8-2||J M P Eustace||Ryan Tate (3) (ex2)||58||10/1|
||3||9-3||A P Jarvis||Michael J M Murphy||9/4|
Fire Fighting is being kept busy and was due to run last night at Sandown. This would be a drop in grade if he took his chance but most of his rivals arrive in decent form. Serena Grae is on a hat-trick after victories at Chepstow and Bath but, like Ffos Las scorer Penny's Boy, she has an extra 6lb to shoulder. Sandy Cove couldn't justify favouritism in his last two starts on the Polytrack and is 3lb out of the handicap here. The penny finally dropped with MUHAWALAH at Carlisle last time and that should have given him a bit of confidence. Quirky types can thrive here so we'll take him to double his tally.
Fire Fighting (IRE) 4-1fav (8-12) Mid-division, headway and effort on outside over 2f out, soon challenged, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Tall Ship (8-6) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Muhawalah (IRE) 5-4fav (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Carlisle 1m fll mdn stks (5) gf in Jul beating Potent Embrace (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Sandy Cove 3-1fav (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Fresh Kingdom (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Laurelita (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Hampered start, last trio, headway on outside 2f out, 5th and one pace final furlong, no impression, 5th of 11, 6l behind Cay Dancer (8-12) at Sandown 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Serena Grae 7-2 (8-13) Raced keenly, made all, ridden 2f out, clear final furlong, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Bath 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fm beating Chinese Jade (9-7) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Penny's Boy 7-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, soon challenged, led final 100 yards, kept on, won at Ffos Las 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul beating Aristocracy (8-6) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.