At The Races Virgin 534 Nursery 7f 9y
- (2yo, 7f 9y, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Good to Firm, Good in places (Watered)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 24.55s
- Off time: 14:26:08
|1st||5 Mr Shekells||10/1|
|2||133 9-7||J Tate||R L Moore||7/4f|
Mylaporyours (IRE) 55
|2||131 9-5||B R Millman||Andrea Atzeni||8/1|
British Embassy (IRE) 9
|2||124 8-12||Eve Johnson Houghton||J Fortune||15/8|
Go White Lightning (IRE) 23
|2||118 8-6||P D Evans||Noel Garbutt (5)||50/1|
Mr Shekells 27
|2||116 8-4||P J McBride||Danny Brock (5) (ex1)||10/1|
Framley Garth (IRE) 19
|2||115 8-3||D R C Elsworth||P Sirigu||11/1|
Cafe Cortado (IRE) 35
|2||112 8-0||K R Burke||Joey Haynes (3)||10/1|
After a fair run at Sandown, Groor was sent to Ascot for a Listed contest but couldn't cope and finished well beaten. He'll appreciate the drop in class but faces in-form rivals including British Embassy, who was staying on strongly in a similar race at Pontefract and will be suited by the extra furlong. Mylaporyours landed a soft ground maiden over the minimum at Bath and didn't run badly in a better race than this at Pontefract while Framley Garth has had four runs in strong maiden company at Newmarket. It was only a seller that CAFE CORTADO won at Yarmouth but she still looked inexperienced and with further progress expected she can make the transition into nursery company and take this.
Mr Shekells 40-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 9th of 12, 11l behind Epithet (9-5) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.
Groor 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 12th of 14, 16l behind Richard Pankhurst (9-3) at Royal Ascot 7f 2yo lst stk (1) gf in Jun.
Cafe Cortado (IRE) 3-1 (8-1) Keen made all, ridden 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, ran on, won at Yarmouth 7f 2yo sll (6) gf in Jun beating Wink Oliver (8-4) by nk, 7 ran.
Framley Garth (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind Zephuros (9-5) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.
Mylaporyours (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Took keen hold in touch in rear, effort when hung right over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 4th of 5, 5l behind Bond's Girl (8-7) at Pontefract 6f 2yo stks (2) sft in May.
Go White Lightning (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and switched right over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind Alonsoa (9-0) at Newbury 7f mdn (4) gd in Jun.
British Embassy (IRE) 7-2fav (8-9) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Miami Carousel (8-5) at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp (4) gd.