Diomed Golden Anniversary Handicap 6f 3y
- (3yo+, 6f 3y, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £8,086 2nd £2,406 3rd £1,202 4th £601
- Going: Good to firm, firm in places in the chute.
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 11.28s
- Off time: 19:22:09
|2nd||2 Clear Spring||3¼||4/1|
Nassau Storm 25
|4||140 10-0||W J Knight||S W Kelly||90||5/2|
Clear Spring (IRE) 12
|5||136 9-10||J L Spearing||N Mackay||86||4/1|
Maglietta Fina (IRE) 44
|4||135 9-9||R M H Cowell||R Havlin||85||28/1|
|4||135 9-9||Rae Guest||S Sanders||85||7/5f|
Piazza San Pietro 4
|7||131 9-5 p||Miss Z C Davison||S Pearce (3)||81||10/1|
Angel Way (IRE) 20
|4||124 8-12||M Murphy||Martin Lane||74||16/1|
|4||122 8-10 p||S Dixon||L Morris||72||20/1|
||3||91||A Bailey||F Norton||82||NR|
Always interesting to see a sprinter hit form and watch how far they can go which brings us to Clear Spring, winner of his last two starts after a fallow period, most recently when beating a decent act in La Fortunata at Epsom. That was the third time in his career he's delivered back-to-back victories but has yet to go on and notch the hat-trick. He's up 11lb for those wins but must be a leading player in his current form. However, he's taken on with MINALISA, a decisive winner at Warwick at this trip before far from disappointing next time when running Cincinnati Kid close at Doncaster over 5f, giving the winner 16lb. She makes plenty of appeal back at 6f and can thwart the Clear Spring hat-trick bid. Maglietta Fina, a four-time winner, is an interesting Italian import for the Cowell team and requires a market check on her first run for the yard, whilst Angel Way was much better last time and merits respect.
Equitania 10-1 (9-5) Went right start, led, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Tax Free (9-11) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Minalisa 13-8fav (9-12) Close up, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Cincinnati Kit (8-10) at Doncaster 5f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Clear Spring (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, not clear entering final 2f, switched right approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on to lead post, readily, won at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating La Fortunata (9-8) by hd, 6 ran.
Nassau Storm 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division far side, outpaced 2f out, weakend final furlong, 23rd of 27, 18l behind Lightning Cloud (8-13) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Maglietta Fina (IRE) (9-7) 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Armonblu (8-2) at Capannelle(ITY) 5f hcap gd in Jun.
Piazza San Pietro 16-1 (9-6) Restrained start, held up in rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 5l behind Al Khan (9-4) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Angel Way (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Took keen hold chasing leading pair, led entering final 2f, ridden and headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Badr Al Badoor (9-7) at Kempton 6f fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun.
Burnhope 14-1 (9-7) Close up, led over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 6l behind Pea Shooter (9-8) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.