Tony Lewis & Our Best Pal Handicap 1m 4y
- (3yo, 1m 4y, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £5,175 2nd £1,540 3rd £770 4th £385
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 43.43s
- Off time: 19:50:43
|1st||5 Stepping Ahead||5/1|
|2nd||3 Mystical Man||7||40/1|
Melvin The Grate (IRE) 41
|3||133 9-7||A M Balding||R Hughes||82||11/2|
Mission Approved 19
|3||133 9-7||Sir Michael Stoute||R L Moore||82||8/11f|
Mystical Man 60
|3||131 9-5||J Tate||N Callan||80||40/1|
Greeleys Love (USA) 8
|3||129 9-3 b1||M Johnston||J Fanning||78||5/1|
Stepping Ahead (FR) 41
|3||128 9-2||Mrs K Burke||Martin Harley||77||5/1|
MISSION APPROVED is bred for middle-distances so he's done well to win twice over 7f. He's stepping up in class and trip here but looks the type to go on to better things and earns the verdict. Greeleys Love attempted to make all over 1m2f at Windsor but couldn't quite hold He's A Striker. This should be his trip and he's likely to make a bold bid in first-time blinkers. Stepping Ahead followed a promising debut on Polytrack in November with a very convincing maiden victory at Nottingham. The runner-up is now rated 77, the same as Elaine Burke's charge, who looks well enough weighted to give a good account. Mystical Man won over 6f here in July but finished tailed off on his reappearance.
Stepping Ahead (FR) 9-4 (9-5) Made all, ridden over 1f out, came clear final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr beating Elhaame (9-5) by 7l, 8 ran.
Mystical Man 16-1 (9-2) Keen soon switched to race wide, tracked leader until ridden 5f out, soon struggling, tailed off, eased final 2f, last of 6, well behind Mister Impatience (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.
Greeleys Love (USA) 7-2fav (9-6) Made most, edged left over 3f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, narrowly headed inside final furlong, stayed on, held nearing finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind He's A Striker (8-8) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Mission Approved 5-4fav (9-5) Dropped into rear from wide draw, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, readily, won at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Khobaraa (9-4) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Melvin The Grate (IRE) 7-4fav (9-6) Took keen hold, prominent until tracked leaders 5f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Intimidate (9-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.