Betfred Hambleton Handicap (Listed) 1m
- (4yo+, 1m, Class 1, 11 runners)
- Winner £22,684 2nd £8,600 3rd £4,304 4th £2,144 5th £1,076 6th £540
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 37.70s
- Off time: 15:18:54
|1st||7 Navajo Chief||15/2|
|2nd||11 Fort Bastion||s.h||8/1|
|3rd||4 Prince Of Johanne||1¼||12/1|
|6||133 9-7 v||J J Quinn||P Makin||104||25/1|
Tales Of Grimm (USA) 47
|5||131 9-5||R A Fahey||T Hamilton||102||25/1|
Prince Of Johanne (IRE) 215
|8||129 9-3 p||T P Tate||G Lee||100||12/1|
Spa's Dancer (IRE) 33
|7||127 9-1||J M P Eustace||Jim Crowley||98||11/2|
Sweet Lightning 19
|9||126 9-0 t||D O'Meara||D Nolan||97||20/1|
Navajo Chief 229
|7||126 9-0||A P Jarvis||K Fallon||97||15/2|
Ingleby Angel (IRE) 12
|5||126 9-0||D O'Meara||D Tudhope||97||15/2|
|6||124 8-12 p||W J Haggas||R L Moore||95||3/1f|
Askaud (IRE) 12
|6||124 8-12 p||S Dixon||F Tylicki||95||10/1|
Fort Bastion (IRE) 12
|5||123 8-11||Mrs R Carr||J P Sullivan||94||8/1|
Alfred Hutchinson 27
|6||119 8-7||G R Oldroyd||T Eaves||90||17/2|
||4||93||W J Haggas||J P Spencer||100||NR|
||6||9-1||A P Jarvis||Michael J M Murphy||12/1|
Navajo Chief made a successful seasonal debut in this a year ago when he had Prince Of Johanne just over a length back in second. He's 6lb higher this time but is always best fresh so the lack of a run won't be a concern. FURY was conceding Prince Of Johanne 6lb when beating him a nose in this the previous year when Navajo Chief was fifth. William Haggas' charge hasn't won subsequently which is why he's on such an attractive mark and with Ryan Moore in the saddle he's taken to gain his second victory in the race. The Newmarket-based handler is also represented by Queensberry Rules, who didn't run as a juvenile but landed his opening two runs last season and finished close up in very tough handicaps here and at Ascot. Fort Bastion and Ingleby Angel fought out the finish of the Hunt Cup at Thirsk and there's very little between the pair again while Spa's Dancer ran a superb race in the Spring Cup at Newbury and would be an obvious threat in that kind of form.
Queensberry Rules (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear stands side, ridden and headway over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 20th of 31, 18l behind Educate (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Navajo Chief 25-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, ridden halfway, soon beaten, eased over 1f out, last of 8, 38l behind Short Squeeze (8-11) at Haydock 1m hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Fort Bastion (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, not clear run on rail and switched right over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd beating Ingleby Angel (9-5) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Prince Of Johanne (IRE) 28-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 11l behind Seussical (9-0) at York 1m 2f (2) gd in Oct.
Tales Of Grimm (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 9l behind Graphic (9-0) at Doncaster 1m Listed stks (1) sft in Mar.
Alfred Hutchinson 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Captain Cat (9-5) at Lingfield 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Apr.
Askaud (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Be My Gal (8-8) at Goodwood 1m fll lst stks (1) gs.
Spa's Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Raced stand side, in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on, went 2nd near finish, 2nd of 23, 1 1/2l behind Gabrial's Kaka (8-12) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Sweet Lightning 9-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, never a factor, 14th of 16, 17l behind Yourartisonfire (7-12) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Ingleby Angel (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd post, not reach winner, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Fort Bastion (9-0) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Fury 9-1 (9-7) Raced near side, held up in touch, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, no threat, 8th of 27, 4l behind Breton Rock (9-4) at Ascot 7f (2) sft in Oct.
Levitate 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leadrer centre, driven and lost place 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 10, 12l behind Ocean Tempest (9-0) at Ascot 1m Listed stks (1) sft in Apr.