PCA Cup Handicap (London Middle Distance Series Qualifier) 1m 3f
- (3yo+, 1m 3f, Class 3, 12 runners)
- Winner £7,159 2nd £2,144 3rd £1,072 4th £536 5th £268 6th £135
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 19.57s
- Off time: 18:40:09
Open Eagle (IRE) 12
|4||136 9-10||D O'Meara||D Tudhope||95||7/1|
Spifer (IRE) 56
|5||134 9-8||M Botti||Martin Harley||93||7/1|
Castilo Del Diablo (IRE) 76
|4||133 9-7 b||D M Simcock||Jim Crowley||92||11/8f|
|8||131 9-5 v||L Carter||Oisin Murphy (5)||90||8/1|
|5||129 9-3||S Durack||G Baker||88||16/1|
Rio's Rosanna (IRE) 12
|6||128 9-2||R M Whitaker||George Chaloner (5)||87||10/1|
|9||127 9-1||B R Millman||Shelley Birkett (5)||86||25/1|
Franco Is My Name 15
|7||123 8-11 p||P Hedger||Kieren Fox||82||33/1|
Super Say (IRE) 14
|7||122 8-10 t||M Appleby||B A Curtis||81||25/1|
Layl (USA) 14
|3||122 8-10||M Johnston||J Fanning||86||6/1|
Nanton (USA) 40
|11||122 8-10||J S Goldie||G Lee||81||33/1|
Lexington Bay (IRE) 208
|5||122 8-10||R A Fahey||T Hamilton||80||25/1|
||3||95||J H M Gosden||R Havlin||95||NR|
||5||J R Jenkins||F Tylicki||85||NR|
Layl only won a three-runner race at Wolverhampton last time but is on the up. Nautilus was taking on better opposition at Lingfield last time and has won at Newmarket and Leicester this year. He's not easily dismissed while Castilo Del Diablo has yet to finish out of the first two in three previous runs here and should be in the firing-line again. Karam Albaari was runner-up over course and distance earlier this month and is only 2lb higher and Rio's Rosanna should go close if reproducing his second in the November Handicap as he's weighted to reverse Carlisle running with Open Eagle in September. SPIFER hasn't been disgraced on Turf recently but this is his favourite track and a repeat of his run behind Expert Fighter here in May would make him hard to beat.
Nautilus 12-1 (9-6) Dwelt towards rear, switched to outer over 3f out, wide into straight 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Winterlude (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Oct.
Karam Albaari (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, no impression on winner final furlong, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Stevie Thunder (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Shavansky 50-1 (8-13) Mid-division, never nearer, 8th of 25, 4 1/2l behind Bancnuanaheireann (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Lowther 25-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Anaconda (9-8) at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol.
Litigant (8-13) won at Maisons-laffitte(FR) 1m 6f stk gd in Jul '11 beating Landscape (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Super Say (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, outpaced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 7, 9l behind Prince Alzain (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Spifer (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Held up in last pair, headway and squeezed through over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Ennistown (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Rio's Rosanna (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) Held up on outer, headway 5f out, ridden to lead 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 23, 5l behind Conduct (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) sft.
Castilo Del Diablo (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Cat O'Mountain (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Franco Is My Name 16-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, stayed on from over 1f out, never on terms with leaders, 9th of 12, 9l behind Stevie Thunder (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Open Eagle (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 23, 8l behind Conduct (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) sft.
Layl (USA) 15-2 (9-5) Chased leader, effort over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged left, held on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Tweed (9-2) by nk, 3 ran.
Lexington Bay (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Ardlui (9-11) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Nanton (USA) 100-1 (8-5) Behind, outpaced over 3f out, never dangerous, 22nd of 33, 27l behind Scatter Dice (8-8) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.