Queen Mother's Cup (Lady Amateur Riders' Handicap) 1m 4f
- (3yo+, 1m 4f, Class 3, 10 runners)
- Winner £12,478 2nd £3,870 3rd £1,934 4th £968
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 33.31s
- Off time: 14:05:16
|1st||2 Pearl Castle||4/1f|
|3rd||8 Mica Mika||1||13/2|
Saptapadi (IRE) 7
|8||154 11-0 t||B Ellison||Ms K Walsh||87||9/2|
Pearl Castle (IRE) 42
|4||153 10-13||J J Quinn||Miss S Brotherton||86||4/1f|
Kings Bayonet 18
|7||149 10-9||A King||Miss M Nicholls (3)||82||7/1|
Warlu Way 14
|7||146 10-6||M W Easterby||Miss Joanna Mason||79||8/1|
|9||143 10-3||T D Easterby||Miss Hayley Moore||76||12/1|
Nanton (USA) 205
|12||143 10-3||J S Goldie||Mrs C Bartley||76||18/1|
Mica Mika (IRE) 14
|6||143 10-3 p||R A Fahey||Miss Emily Bullock (6)||76||13/2|
|8||142 10-2 b||B Ellison||Miss H Bethell||75||25/1|
Sherman McCoy 8
|8||137 9-11||Mrs Marjorie Fife||Miss N Hayes (3)||70||10/1|
Tiger Lilly (IRE) 42
|3||128 9-2||R A Fahey||Miss A Deniel||76||6/1|
||7||1012||R M Whitaker||Miss E J Jones||85||NR|
||11||10-1||J S Goldie||Mrs C Bartley||9/1|
Some old rivals contest this prestigious event for lady riders, though a few appear on the downgrade. Kings Bayonet is obviously of interest after his 17-length demolition job last time but that came on heavy ground against only a couple of rivals. He has the virtue of arriving in good form but this represents a very different challenge and PEARL CASTLE is preferred. John Quinn's charge enjoyed a fine juvenile hurdling campaign at the top table and has every chance if able to translate strong credentials over timber to the Flat. The yard remains in good form and Serena Brotherton will provide capable assistance from the saddle. Tiger Lily is an unusual contender for this contest, coming here on the back of a single run when landing a Thirsk maiden over this trip. She's unexposed, represents a yard with an excellent course record and receives considerable weight from all of her rivals - she is not to be dismissed lightly. Mica Mika usually runs his race and appeals most of the remainder.
Rio's Rosanna (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Held up in mid-division, effort near side over 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, 10th of 15, 8l behind Wadi Al Hattawi (9-5) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Pearl Castle (IRE) 10-3 (8-10) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 7l behind Gospel Choir (10-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Saptapadi (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, headway when hampered over 2f out, plugging on same pace and no chance when hampered again inside final 2f, 6th of 15, 10l behind Miss Marjurie (8-4) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Mica Mika (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Raced keenly, led until 7f out, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3l behind San Cassiano (10-13) at York 1m 2f am hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Tiger Lilly (IRE) 18-1 (8-4) Ran green in mid-division on inside, headway on outside over 2f out, went 3rd and edged left over 1f out, stayed on to lead final 50 yards, won at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in May beating Sternrubin (8-9) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Kings Bayonet 4-5fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, closed over 3f out, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, very easily, won at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in May beating Hunting Ground (9-5) by 17l, 3 ran.
Sherman McCoy 1-4fav (8-12) Chased leader, closed after 5f, led over 6f out, clear over 1f out, easily, won at Catterick 1m 6f 4yo sell stks (6) sft beating English Summer (8-9) by 8l, 4 ran.
Nanton (USA) 33-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 12, 7l behind Shavansky (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Crackentorp 16-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, in touch, tracked leaders over 5f out, pushed along over 3f out, soon weakened, 14th of 15, 28l behind Wadi Al Hattawi (9-5) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Warlu Way 40-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, switched left after start, held up in rear, never involved, 11th of 15, 14l behind Wadi Al Hattawi (9-5) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Ultimate 8-1 (8-11) Led 1f, tracked winner until ridden over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, eased 2f out, last of 8, 42l behind Dance King (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.