Burj Khalifa Challenge Stakes (Group 2) 7f
- (3yo+, 7f, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner £45,368 2nd £17,200 3rd £8,608 4th £4,288 5th £2,152 6th £1,080
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 22.74s
- Off time: 14:07:19
|1st||1 Strong Suit||13/8f|
Strong Suit (USA) 74
|3||131 9-5||Richard Hannon||R Hughes||118||13/8f|
Across The Rhine (USA) 6
|5||129 9-3||T Collins||P Shanahan||109||20/1|
Giant Sandman (IRE) 27
|4||129 9-3 t1||R Haugen||Fredrik Johansson||20/1|
Lechevalier Choisi (IRE) 49
|3||127 9-1 v||J B McCabe||P J Smullen||89||25/1|
Chachamaidee (IRE) 14
|4||126 9-0 h||Sir H R A Cecil||T P Queally||113||7/4|
Elshabakiya (IRE) 7
|3||124 8-12||C E Brittain||N Callan||102||25/1|
|3||124 8-12||J H M Gosden||R Hills||108||6/1|
|3||124 8-12||P F I Cole||William Buick||107||14/1|
STRONG SUIT had a breathing operation after being well beaten behind Frankel in the Greenham and has returned in great style, landing the Jersey Stakes and Lennox Stakes over this trip. He's probably capable of making further progress and this should be within his capabilities. Chachamaidee is another making great strides and produced her best run to date when just a length behind Sahpresa in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes over a mile here a fortnight ago. Sir Henry Cecil's filly is probably even better at this trip and looks certain to go well. She holds both Rimth and Maqaasid on their run in the Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood in July though the latter, who started favourite that day, had a poor run and can do better. Across The Rhine and Giant Sandman are penalised for Group 3 victories and will need to improve to get involved.
Strong Suit (USA) 5-2fav (8-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, readily, won at Goodwood 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Jul beating Red Jazz (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Chachamaidee (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Keen held up in touch, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, stayed on to chase winner near finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Sahpresa (9-3) at Newmarket 1m flls Grp 1 (1) gf in Sep.
Maqaasid 4-1fav (8-9) Mid-division on inside, switched left and headway on outside over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to trouble leaders, 5th of 17, 6l behind Chachamaidee (9-2) at Goodwood 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gf in Jul.
Rimth 16-1 (8-13) Slowly away and went left start, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 11, 8l behind Alanza (8-10) at Doncaster 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Sep.
Elshabakiya (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Went right start, keen early, held up in rear, not clear run and switched left inside final 2f, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on well inside final furlong to 2nd towards finish, not reached winner, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Crying Lightening (8-11) at Ascot 7f fll lst stks (1) gd.
Across The Rhine (USA) 13-2 (9-6) Tracked leader, no impression under pressure from under 2f out, moderate 4th and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Anam Allta (8-12) at Tipperary 7f Grp 3 (1) hvy.
Giant Sandman (IRE) (9-4) won at Taby(SWE) 6f Listed stks gd in Sep, 11 ran.
Lechevalier Choisi (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Doncaster Rover (9-0) at York 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Aug.