John Sunley Memorial Handicap 1m 3f 5y
- (3yo, 1m 3f 5y, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £4,690 2nd £1,396 3rd £697 4th £349
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 21.19s
- Off time: 16:11:28
|1st||8 Arab Dawn||11/2|
|2nd||1 Personal Opinion||½||4/1|
Personal Opinion 17
|3||133 9-7||C Appleby||S De Sousa||85||4/1|
Raven Ridge (IRE) 29
|3||133 9-7||M L W Bell||J P Spencer||85||9/4f|
Farquhar (IRE) 21
|3||130 9-4||P W Chapple-Hyam||R Havlin||82||40/1|
Mannaro (IRE) 21
|3||130 9-4 b1||M Botti||L Morris||82||20/1|
Hooded (USA) 170
|3||128 9-2||R Charlton||A Kirby||80||8/1|
Elysian Prince 10
|3||126 9-0||P F I Cole||P Cosgrave||78||20/1|
|3||124 8-12||M Johnston||P Hanagan||76||7/2|
Arab Dawn 13
|3||123 8-11||H Morrison||R Hughes||75||11/2|
||3||8-13||A M Balding||Thomas Brown||3/1|
Personal Opinion has now won twice on the Polytrack after making a winning return over 1m4 at Wolverhampton. He's upped 7lb for that while the handicapper has taken no chances with Arab Dawn raising him 9lb for scoring at Goodwood earlier this month. Hooded steps up in distance for his reappearance having won at Lingfield in November while Mannaro made a winning start at Yarmouth last year but was tailed off on his return. RAVEN RIDGE ran fresh on his seasonal debut at Newmarket and finished a one-paced fourth. He's crying out for this longer trip and Michael Bell's colt gets the nod dropped in class.
Arab Dawn 3-1fav (9-3) Held up in rear, steady headway from over 2f out, joined leader inside final furlong, ridden to lead near finish, won at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Cotton Club (9-0) by nk, 10 ran.
Personal Opinion 4-6fav (9-4) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr beating Galizzi (9-6) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Notarised 9-4fav (8-10) Led, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 3l behind Rudi Five One (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.
Raven Ridge (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) In touch, effort over 1 f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Cloudscape (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Farquhar (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Steadied start, pulled hard, soon in touch, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 8, 37l behind Windshear (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Mannaro (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 8, well behind Windshear (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Elysian Prince 14-1 (8-11) In rear, ridden over 2f out, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 4th of 7, 6l behind Devilment (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) pol.
Hooded (USA) 4-1 (9-5) Made all, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Billy Blue (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.