John Smith's / E.B.F. Maiden Stakes 5f
- (3yo, 5f, Class 5, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,881 2nd £1,155 3rd £577 4th £289
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 4.65s
- Off time: 14:30:37
|2nd||4 Spirit Of Parkes||2¾||14/1|
|3||131 9-5||W J Haggas||G Lee||8/13f|
|3||131 9-5 t||B Smart||T Eaves||49||10/1|
Spirit Of Parkes 39
|3||131 9-5||E J Alston||R Winston||14/1|
Teetotal (IRE) 15
|3||131 9-5||N Tinkler||P Mulrennan||61||3/1|
The Nifty Blaze 31
|3||131 9-5||T D Easterby||D Fentiman||12/1|
Sound Affects 19
|3||126 9-0||A D Brown||D Swift||43||100/1|
||3||95||D H Brown||Non Runner||NR|
Today's likely soft going is an unknown factor for most of these with the exception of Teetotal but even he would prefer a faster surface. A chance is taken that the slow ground will help the chances of ASSEMBLY as he drops back from 7f after a third at Beverley last week and he gets the vote. The Nifty Blaze should also finish closer with a debut at Thirsk under his belt and there was some cut in the ground when Ichimoku finished third at Musselburgh last time, although he never threatened the winner. The remainder are harder to fancy on what little they've shown so far.
Sixty Minutes 10-3 (9-5) Tracked leaders, niggled along over 3f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Different (9-0) at Yarmouth 5f 3yo mdn aut (6) gf in Apr.
Ichimoku 16-1 (8-6) Outpaced behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Antonio Gramsci (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Spirit Of Parkes 11-2 (9-0) Slowly away, took keen hold and soon tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 21l behind Jontleman (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr.
Teetotal (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 4th close home, 4th of 12, 4l behind Tumblewind (9-1) at Beverley 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
The Nifty Blaze 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 9th of 11, 11l behind Lord Ashley (9-0) at Thirsk 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd in Apr.
Assembly 9-4fav (9-5) Pressed winner, ridden 2f out, soon outpaced by winner, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Declamation (9-5) at Beverley 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
Sound Affects 50-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 16, 18l behind Natures Law (9-0) at Redcar 6f fll mdn stks (5) gf.