Steve Donoghue Apprentice Handicap 1m 2f 18y
- (4yo+, 1m 2f 18y, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,234 2nd £962 3rd £481 4th £240
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 9.30s
- Off time: 18:21:38
|2nd||1 Ever Fortune||1½||2/1f|
Ever Fortune (USA) 17
|4||138 9-12||Rae Guest||Thomas Brown||73||2/1f|
Xinbama (IRE) 22
|4||137 9-11 t||C Hills||Shelley Birkett (5)||72||4/1|
Bert The Alert 118
|5||136 9-10||G L Moore||Ned Curtis (5)||71||14/1|
Norfolk Sky 7
|4||133 9-7||Mrs L J Mongan||Aaron Chave (7)||68||3/1|
Standing Strong (IRE) 16
|5||127 9-1 p||Miss Z C Davison||Ross Atkinson||62||14/1|
Megalala (IRE) 9
|12||124 8-12||J J Bridger||Michael J M Murphy (3)||59||5/1|
|6||120 8-8||P Phelan||Sophie Ralston (7)||55||25/1|
||4||8-5||G C Bravery||Adam Beschizza||11/4|
Norfolk Sky ran really well here last week though that was over 1m4f and she has an inexperienced apprentice on board here. EVER FORTUNE won two from four in his first campaign and caught the eye with a fine effort on his reappearance at Chepstow where he would have finished much closer but for being impeded. He can improve again and take this as though Standing Strong ran with credit at Brighton last time he's still a maiden after 16 starts. Xinbama is slipping to a mark he should be capable of winning from soon and Shelley Birkett was on board when he ran well last time.
Xinbama (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Close up, headway and edged right 2f out, ridden and every chance when edged right over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Mubtadi (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f app hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun.
Ever Fortune (USA) 6-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon pushed along, one pace and no impression, 5th of 8, 5l behind Burnham (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Megalala (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace, 2nd of 5, 13l behind Brigh (9-1) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Norfolk Sky 16-1 (9-0) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden to chase leading pair 2f out, ran towards finish, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind Break Rank (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Standing Strong (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Led, ridden well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2 places final strides, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Green Earth (8-11) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Ermyntrude 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 3f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 8, 10l behind Young Jackie (8-10) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp (6) gf.
Bert The Alert 6-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, headway on outer to press leader 2f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 3rd of 4, 4l behind Officer In Command (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.