Gocompare.com Apprentice Training Series Handicap (Racing Excellence Initiative) 1m 4f 23y
- (4yo+, 1m 4f 23y, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 38.10s
- Off time: 18:02:35
|1st||3 Now What||4/1|
|2nd||6 Surprise Us||4½||10/1|
Dollar Bill 20
|5||138 9-12 v||N J Gifford||Jordan Vaughan||65||11/4j|
Honourable Knight (IRE) 12
|6||131 9-5 v||M D I Usher||Charlotte Jenner||58||11/4j|
Now What 46
|7||128 9-2||J G Portman||Ned Curtis||55||4/1|
Elusive Band (USA) 11
|4||123 8-11 pt||B J Llewellyn||D A Parkes (3)||50||10/1|
|4||120 8-8 pt||B J Llewellyn||Michael Kenneally (5)||47||4/1|
Surprise Us 9
|7||119 8-7 p||Mark Gillard||Kieran Shoemark (5)||46||10/1|
Stafford Charlie 19
|8||119 8-7 p||J G M O'Shea||Aaron Jones (5)||45||33/1|
||4||9-12||A M Balding||Oisin Murphy||6/4|
Dollar Bill returns to a more realistic level having taken his chance in the Queen Alexandra Stakes but he faces no easy task in conceding weight all round and HONOURABLE KNIGHT appears a more appealing proposition. Mark Usher's six-year-old tends to come to hand at this time of the season and having finished a respectable fourth to Thecornishcowboy at Windsor, it is hoped that he can build upon that performance. Surprise Us attempted to make all in a modest handicap over C&D last month and the other riders will need to keep a close eye on him tonight. The well-bred Petrify was sold cheaply out of Luca Cumani's stable and Bernard Llewellyn allows him another try over the distance. Now What finished fourth in this race last season and he is set to take his chance in this year's renewal off a 4lb lower mark.
Now What 14-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 16l behind Highlife Dancer (9-0) at Leicester 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May.
Surprise Us 33-1 (8-6) Led, ridden over 3f out, headed 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4l behind Crouching Harry (8-11) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Dollar Bill 66-1 (9-2) Led until 10f out, chased leader until over 4f out, weakened quickly, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Pique Sous (9-2) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gf in Jun.
Petrify 5-1 (8-4) Pressed leader, led 8f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Men Don't Cry (9-12) at Ffos Las 1m 4f app hcp (6) gd in Jun.
Stafford Charlie 66-1 (8-4) Outpaced and behind, never a factor, 8th of 10, 24l behind Bondi Mist (8-13) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul '13.
Elusive Band (USA) 10-1 (8-12) Dwelt, close up, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 25l behind Men Don't Cry (9-12) at Ffos Las 1m 4f app hcp (6) gd in Jun.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Led until 7f out, tracked leader until ridden over 1f out, chased leaders and every chance until edged left and not quicken final 100 yards, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Thecornishcowboy (10-1) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.