RAF Falcons Handicap 6f
- (3yo+, 6f, Class 3, 13 runners)
- Winner £8,410 2nd £2,502 3rd £1,251 4th £625
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 12.17s
- Off time: 16:17:04
|1st||12 Golden Steps||4/1f|
|2nd||8 Out Do||½||11/2|
Secret Witness 15
|8||140 10-0 b||R Harris||L Morris||95||12/1|
Secondo (FR) 42
|4||138 9-12||R Charlton||William Twiston-Davies (3)||93||9/1|
Yeeoow (IRE) 32
|5||138 9-12||K R Burke||Joey Haynes (5)||93||6/1|
Fairway To Heaven (IRE) 37
|5||137 9-11||M Wigham||R Winston||92||16/1|
Picture Dealer 15
|5||135 9-9||Mrs L Pearce||Simon Pearce (3)||90||12/1|
Secret Look 214
|4||133 9-7||E S McMahon||F Norton||88||33/1|
Huntsmans Close 13
|4||133 9-7 h||R Charlton||James Doyle||88||14/1|
Out Do 22
|5||133 9-7||D O'Meara||D Tudhope||88||11/2|
|5||132 9-6||T D Barron||Graham Gibbons||87||11/1|
|5||132 9-6||J Gask||Andrea Atzeni||87||16/1|
|6||131 9-5 t||A J McCabe||A Kirby||86||14/1|
Golden Steps (FR) 20
|3||122 8-10||M Botti||R L Moore||85||4/1f|
Crisis Averted (IRE) 94
|3||116 8-4||R A Fahey||P Hanagan||79||12/1|
||6||9-7||D Carroll||Jason Hart||14/1|
Both three-year-olds are noted at the foot of the weights against their elders but both are relatively inexperienced and may not be quite good enough against battle-hardened handicappers. YEEOOW didn't really put down a marker with any conviction in the ultra-competitive York handicap won by the progressive Aetna last time but previous efforts in similar contests at Newmarket and Pontefract put him in here with a good shout. It's over a year since he visited the winner's circle but there have been plenty of creditable efforts, always in decent handicaps, to suggest that today might be his day with Joey Haynes good value for his claim. Secondo has only run eight times so expect Roger Charlton to eke out further improvement this season now he's got an all-important reappearance run under his belt. Mississippi returns from an injury-enforced absence of nearly a year but if he's anywhere close to his best he'd be a danger to all and the market may well prove the best signpost to his chance.
Golden Steps (FR) 7-1 (9-2) Dwelt, in touch in rear, pushed along over 2f out, edged left and headway entering final furlong, ran on to go 2nd post, nearest finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Kickboxer (9-4) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Out Do 5-1fav (9-7) Chased leading pair stands' side, ridden to chase leader that side inside final 2f, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 6l behind Bear Behind (9-5) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Yeeoow (IRE) 7-1fav (8-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and switched left over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 20, 7l behind Aetna (8-9) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) sft in May.
Ansaab 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Off The Pulse (8-8) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Mississippi 12-1 (8-12) Chased leaders over 3f, soon weakened, 19th of 20, 15l behind Tropics (9-10) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Gabbiano 14-1 (8-12) Raced centre, held up in last pair, headway halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, staying on same pace when hung left under pressure over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 9l behind Blessington (9-0) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Secondo (FR) 10-1 (8-13) Held up, switched right to centre group halfway, headway soon after, ridden when weakened final furlong, 12th of 21, 8l behind Goldream (8-10) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf in May.
Picture Dealer 15-2 (9-2) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on, never nearer, 7th of 13, 7l behind Rene Mathis (9-3) at Newmarket 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in May.
Secret Look 16-1 (9-3) Towards rear and pushed along, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 7l behind Perfect Pasture (9-1) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Crisis Averted (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar beating Under Approval (8-5) by hd, 9 ran.
Secret Witness 14-1 (8-11) Held up in mid-division, good headway far side 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed close home, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 18, 1/2l behind Top Boy (7-13) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gs in May.
Huntsmans Close 3-1fav (9-0) Always towards rear, 6th of 9, 6l behind Clear Spring (9-5) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Fairway To Heaven (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Tracked leading pair near side but mid-division overall, no impression when hung right over 1f out, 9th of 15, 14l behind Blessington (9-0) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.