Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Earl Of Sefton Stakes (Group 3) 1m 1f
- (4yo+, 1m 1f, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216 5th £1,614 6th £810
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 48.58s
- Off time: 16:41:19
|1st||1 Mull Of Killough||3/1|
Mull Of Killough (IRE) 166
|7||127 9-1||Jane Chapple-Hyam||G Baker||113||3/1|
|4||124 8-12||A M Balding||J Fortune||114||11/4|
Boom And Bust (IRE) 201
|6||124 8-12||M P Tregoning||Hayley Turner||106||6/1|
Premio Loco (USA) 33
|9||124 8-12||C F Wall||T E Durcan||111||12/1|
Proud Chieftain 166
|5||124 8-12||C V Lines||James Doyle||97||66/1|
|4||124 8-12||Sir H R A Cecil||T P Queally||110||15/8f|
||4||8-12||J H M Gosden||W Buick||10/1|
Proud Chieftain and Boom Or Bust will need a big improvement on last year's form to get involved and Stipulate has four lengths to find with Mull Of Killough. The latter was in the form of his life last year ending the season with a Group 3 victory over track and trip before winning a Listed event back here. Premio Loco wasn't at his best in the Winter Derby at Lingfield last month but is certainly good enough to land this if BONFIRE fails to fulfil last season's early promise. The winner of the Dante Stakes at York in May, disappointing efforts in the Derby and the Eclipse followed, but Andrew Balding's charge still has the potential to make-up into a high-class performer and gets the vote on his comeback.
Mull Of Killough (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Prominent, joined leaders 3f out, led entering final 2f, ridden and ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Nov beating Hajras (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Stipulate 11-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, switched right and forced through between horses 1f out, soon ridden, stayed to take 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Mull Of Killough (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Bonfire 13-2 (8-10) Held up, took keen hold, ridden and edged left over 2f out, no real headway, 6th of 9, 19l behind Nathaniel (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gs in Jul.
Boom And Bust (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Raced far side, tracked leader, led that group 3f out, headed that side 1f out, chased leader until not pace of winner and dropped to 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 33, 1 1/2l behind Bronze Angel (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Proud Chieftain 22-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and joined 3f out, headed entering final 2f, kept on one pace, lost 3rd post, 4th of 8, 6l behind Mull Of Killough (9-8) at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Nov.
Premio Loco (USA) 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4l behind Farraaj (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol in Mar.