Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes (Group 3) 1m
- (3yo, 1m, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner £36,862 2nd £13,975 3rd £6,994 4th £3,484 5th £1,748 6th £878
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 35.42s
- Off time: 16:05:48
|2nd||6 The Grey Gatsby||2||16/1|
|3||129 9-3||R Hannon||P Hanagan||111||16/1|
Toormore (IRE) 214
|3||129 9-3||R Hannon||R L Moore||122||Evsf|
Be Ready (IRE) 216
|3||126 9-0||Saeed bin Suroor||S De Sousa||111||7/4|
Patentar (FR) 187
|3||126 9-0||M Botti||W Buick||87||40/1|
Postponed (IRE) 194
|3||126 9-0||L M Cumani||Andrea Atzeni||96||8/1|
The Grey Gatsby (IRE) 173
|3||126 9-0||K A Ryan||J P Spencer||110||16/1|
||3||9-1||R Hannon||R Hughes||8/11|
Currently third favourite for the 2000 Guineas, TOORMORE is looking to land a hat-trick in this race for the Hannon yard. Well clear of today's opposition on official ratings having won the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh in September, he's the one to beat on his return to action. Stablemate Anjaal should also be thereabouts given he won the July Stakes last term but The Grey Gatsby has plenty to find with the selection on collateral form. Be Ready is also in the Guineas betting and signed off last season with an impressive victory in Listed company at Doncaster but maiden winners Postponed and Patentar are being throw in at the deep-end, although the former ran well when second in a valuable sales race here in October.
Toormore (IRE) Evensfav (9-3) Made all, pushed along and challenged 2f out, asserted 1f out, kept on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Curragh 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep beating Sudirman (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
The Grey Gatsby (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 12l behind Kingston Hill (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2yo Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Postponed (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Held up, pushed along 3f out, headway over 1f out, running on when slightly hampered inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, 2nd of 17, 1 1/2l behind Oklahoma City (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) gf in Oct.
Patentar (FR) 3-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon ridden, hung left under pressure approaching final furlong, ran on well, won at York 7f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Oct beating Supersta (9-5) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Anjaal 10-1 (9-1) In touch in rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden when headway entering final furlong, no impression towards finish, 4th of 6, 3l behind War Command (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Be Ready (IRE) 13-8fav (9-0) Steadied start, took keen hold, held up in 5th on outside, headway to 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, drifted right to rail inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, ridden out, won at Doncaster 7f Listed stks 2yo (1) gs in Sep beating Barley Mow (9-0) by 3l, 5 ran.