CSP European Free Handicap (Listed) 7f
- (3yo, 7f, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner £20,983 2nd £7,955 3rd £3,981 4th £1,983 5th £995 6th £500
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 26.72s
- Off time: 15:30:59
|1st||3 Shifting Power||13/8f|
Parbold (IRE) 235
|3||133 9-7||R A Fahey||J Fortune||111||4/1|
|3||130 9-4 h||W J Haggas||J P Spencer||108||10/1|
Shifting Power 257
|3||127 9-1||R Hannon||R L Moore||105||13/8f|
Miracle of Medinah 202
|3||126 9-0||M D I Usher||L P Keniry||104||12/1|
|3||123 8-11||E S McMahon||G Lee||101||8/1|
|3||122 8-10||R Varian||P Hanagan||100||3/1|
||3||9-0||R A Fahey||T Hamilton||5/2|
Garswood never figured in the 2000 Guineas after winning this last year. His trainer runs Parbold this time round and the latter finished well ahead of Saayerr when runner-up over 6f in the Gimcrack at York in August. Saayerr had won the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood earlier and is closely matched with Miracle of Medinah on collateral form. Aeolus and Mushir have a bit to find on today's terms though the latter is unbeaten and entered in the 2000 Guineas having won the Rockingham at York in October. SHIFTING POWER is also undefeated after beating Treaty Of Paris six lengths in a novices event over 7f on the July course here in August. The latter went on to win the Acomb Stakes so the form looks rock-solid and Richard Hannon's colt gets the vote.
Shifting Power 5-2 (9-2) Raced green early held up, headway to dispute 2nd halfway, led on bit and edged right over 1f out, continued to drift right and carry head high, ran on, comfortable, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Aug beating Treaty Of Paris (9-5) by 6l, 6 ran.
Mushir 11-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, switched left and headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, held on well, won at York 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd in Oct beating No Leaf Clover (9-0) by hd, 10 ran.
Aeolus 10-3 (9-1) Close up, ridden 2f out, chased winner entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Night Of Thunder (9-1) at Doncaster 6f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in Oct.
Saayerr 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 5l behind Astaire (8-12) at York 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) sft in Aug.
Parbold (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) With leader, driven over 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, held when lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Astaire (8-12) at York 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) sft in Aug.
Miracle of Medinah 25-1 (8-12) Pressed leader, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on gamely, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep beating Cable Bay (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.