Neptune Investment Management Handicap 1m 4f
- (3yo, 1m 4f, Class 2, 10 runners)
- Winner £31,125 2nd £9,320 3rd £4,660 4th £2,330 5th £1,165 6th £585
- Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 29.12s
- Off time: 16:15:46
|2nd||12 Oasis Fantasy||1¾||7/1|
|3rd||5 Maid In Rio||nk||8/1|
Miner's Lamp (IRE) 22
|3||133 9-7||C Appleby||A Kirby||105||5/1|
|3||117 8-5||M Johnston||J P Fahy||89||25/1|
|3||117 8-5||L M Cumani||L Morris||89||9/2j|
Maid In Rio (IRE) 15
|3||113 8-1||M Johnston||F Norton||85||8/1|
Good Value 45
|3||112 8-0||Sir Michael Stoute||Cam Hardie (5)||84||7/1|
Galizzi (USA) 35
|3||112 8-0||M L W Bell||Jack Garritty (5)||84||10/1|
Nabatean (IRE) 37
|3||112 8-0||A M Balding||David Probert (ex1)||83||9/2j|
Hesketh Bank 35
|3||112 8-0||R A Fahey||A Mullen||83||14/1|
|3||112 8-0||R Varian||N Mackay||82||10/1|
Oasis Fantasy (IRE) 29
|3||112 8-0||E A L Dunlop||J Quinn||81||7/1|
||3||89||W J Haggas||Graham Gibbons||93||NR|
||3||M R Channon||Patrick Pilley||82||NR|
||3||9-6||Sir Michael Stoute||James Doyle||15/8|
None of these can be easily dismissed. Kinshasa took the step up in trip in his stride to score over 1m4f at Salisbury last time. But WRANGLER won a higher grade handicap at Haydock on his latest start and is just preferred. Miner's Lamp faced a tough task in a Group 2 at Ascot last month and the Newmarket winner will be more at home in this company while Maid In Rio rattled up a hat-trick with a victory at headquarters last month when Battersea finished a close -up second. Good Value has taken another hike in the weights despite finding one too good again at Kempton and Nabatean is preferred on his handicap debut.
Wrangler 11-10fav (9-1) Tracked leading pair, headway over 2f out, soon challenged, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to lead when edged left well inside final furlong, held on, won at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in May beating Montaly (8-9) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Arantes 8-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Oasis Fantasy (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Battersea 7-1 (9-5) Keen held up, headway 3f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 8, nk behind Maid In Rio (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Oasis Fantasy (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear headway over 1f out, led 1f out, kept on well, won at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun beating Rocket Ship (9-5) by 2l, 10 ran.
Maid In Rio (IRE) 10-3 (9-7) Close up, pressed leader over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven and ran on strongly final furlong, won at Newmarket 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun beating Battersea (9-5) by nk, 8 ran.
Swivel 66-1 (8-8) Towards rear, pushed along 5f out, weakened soon after, 14th of 18, 14l behind Elite Army (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Nabatean (IRE) 5-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd going well over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well, won at Lingfield 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun beating Ultimate Act (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Good Value 9-4fav (9-5) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace of winner and just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Arab Dawn (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in May.
Kinshasa 9-4fav (9-3) Close up, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun beating Pack Leader (9-7) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Galizzi (USA) 15-2 (8-6) Took keen hold tracking leaders on inside, ridden 2f out, edged left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind What About Carlo (9-2) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun.
Miner's Lamp (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 6th of 9, 11l behind Eagle Top (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Hesketh Bank 33-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader 2f out, switched left over 1f out, ran on to lead final strides, won at Musselburgh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun beating Master Of Finance (9-0) by nk, 13 ran.