Bazuka Handicap 1m 6f 17y
- (3yo+, 1m 6f 17y, Class 5, 4 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Good to firm, firm in places in the chute.
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 10.11s
- Off time: 20:50:17
|1st||5 Choral Prince||9/5|
Outback (IRE) 6
|4||140 10-0 p||N B King||Martin Lane||65||3/1|
Dr Finley (IRE) 6
|6||140 10-0 v||Mrs L Pearce||S Pearce (3)||65||3/2f|
|4||138 9-12 b||J R Weymes||J Quinn||63||10/1|
Choral Prince (IRE) 17
|3||126 9-0||M Murphy||S W Kelly||65||9/5|
||5||912||R Ingram||R Havlin||63||NR|
||3||8-12||D M Simcock||Martin Lane||3/1|
All have chances with just 2lb between the quintet on official ratings and it's case of selection by elimination. Bridge That Gap is unproven at the trip and Underwritten's recent successes arrived in selling grade whilst Choral Prince has not always looked enthusiastic and has yet to travel further than 1m4f. We are left with DR FINLEY and Outback, third and fourth here just six days ago at today's trip when the former was over two lengths clear of his reopposing rival. He is also the only course and distance winner on show, handles fast ground and stays further so stamina is assured. He does hold Outback on recent running and gets the vote.
Bridge That Gap 6-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden and went 4th inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 8l behind Mountain Range (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jun.
Choral Prince (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Behind, driven over 3f out, ridden and stayed on to chase leaders final 2f, never on terms, 4th of 10, 8l behind Chant (9-6) at Doncaster 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Outback (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden 3f out, kept on final fulong, nearest finish, 4th of 7, 5l behind Meetings Man (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Dr Finley (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) In rear, headway to lead 9f out, headed over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Meetings Man (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Underwritten 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, reminders 8f out and again 6f out, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, hung left over 1f out, plugged on to 5th inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 10l behind Proud Times (9-2) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.