Vertem Handicap 1m 2f 32y
- (4yo+, 1m 2f 32y, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £4,690 2nd £1,396 3rd £697 4th £349
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 19.69s
- Off time: 16:30:19
|1st||6 Arc Light||6/1|
|2nd||4 Triple Eight||½||33/1|
Mean It (IRE) 36
|4||133 9-7||D M Simcock||G Lee||78||2/5f|
I'm Super Too (IRE) 13
|6||130 9-4||G A Swinbank||R Winston||75||12/1|
Joshua The First 16
|4||123 8-11||K Dalgleish||T Eaves||68||33/1|
Triple Eight (IRE) 246
|5||123 8-11 b||P A Kirby||M O'connell (ex1)||68||33/1|
|4||121 8-9||D O'Meara||G Gibbons||66||20/1|
Arc Light (IRE) 36
|5||121 8-9||T D Easterby||D Fentiman||66||6/1|
Blue Maisey 10
|5||119 8-7||E W Tuer||R Ffrench||63||16/1|
||4||88||J S Goldie||P Mulrennan||65||NR|
||6||9-7||G A Swinbank||G Whillans||8/1|
MEAN IT was sent off favourite for his return to action over a mile at Windsor but found one too good. The winner had already flown by the time he found top gear and David Simcock's charge is taken to make amends over this longer trip. I'm Super Too will handle the going but today's distance may be a problem for both him and Joshua The First while Titus Bolt may have scored over track and trip last month but he's 7lb higher today and has been beaten since. Arc Light is lightly-raced for his age and looks a threat off his current mark after his close-up fourth over course and distance last time.
Titus Bolt (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) In touch on, not much room on inside 2f out, soon switched right, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 8l behind Roman Flight (9-5) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Arc Light (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Held up, took keen hold, headway over 3f out, edged left inside final furlong, stayed on, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Carragold (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Triple Eight (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden and effort when edged right well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 11l behind Just Lille (9-9) at Musselburgh 1m 1f clm stks (6) gf in Sep.
Mean It (IRE) 11-4fav (8-13) Steadied start, held up in last pair, headway over 1f out, pushed along edged left and stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no chance of reaching winner, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Snow Trooper (9-2) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
I'm Super Too (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) In touch, ridden over 3f out, effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Sound Advice (9-6) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Morocco 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 8l behind Mujaadel (8-12) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Blue Maisey 11-1 (8-11) Chased leaders on outside, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace in 4th final furlong, 4th of 15, 7l behind No Dominion (9-2) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Joshua The First 12-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 16l behind Coral Sands (8-7) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.