Coca-Cola/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes 5f
- (2yo, 5f, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £4,205 2nd £1,251 3rd £625 4th £313
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 1.90s
- Off time: 13:50:49
|2||131 9-5||E J Alston||Jason Hart (3)||6/4f|
|2||131 9-5||K R Burke||D Tudhope||8/1|
Denton Dawn (IRE) 19
|2||126 9-0||M Dods||Connor Beasley (3)||15/8|
Soft Love (IRE)
|2||126 9-0||K A Ryan||P Mulrennan||7/2|
CASTERBRIDGE ran as well as could be expected from a wide draw when fourth in the Lily Anges at Chester. That looks superior form to Denton Dawn's second at Thirsk and Eric Alston's colt gets the nod to open his account. Neither Westhoughton nor Soft Love look anything special on breeding with the former related to a 7f winner and the betting may give the best clue as to their chances.
Casterbridge 25-1 (8-12) Chased leader until well over 1f out, chased leading pair, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 9, 3l behind Mukhmal (9-7) at Chester 5f 2yo stks (2) gd.
Denton Dawn (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden and edged left over 1f out, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Captain Colby (9-5) at Thirsk 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Westhoughton Equiano colt out of Khyber Knight.
Soft Love (IRE) Kodiac filly out of Appley Bridge.