toteplacepot Racing's Favourite Bet Maiden Auction Stakes 1m 4f 8y
- (3yo, 1m 4f 8y, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £4,528 2nd £1,348 3rd £673 4th £337
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places (Watered)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 38.42s
- Off time: 14:40:20
|2nd||1 Smiling Stranger||1½||4/11f|
Smiling Stranger (IRE) 36
|3||127 9-1||A M Balding||Oisin Murphy (3)||4/11f|
Stout Cortez 11
|3||124 8-12||M Johnston||S De Sousa||65||8/1|
Mambo Rhythm 27
|3||120 8-8||M Johnston||F Norton||65||10/1|
Strawberry Martini 27
|3||120 8-8||W R Muir||Andrea Atzeni||11/1|
Petite Madame (IRE) 63
|3||119 8-7||D Thompson||J Quinn||50/1|
Barbara Elizabeth 11
|3||118 8-6||T Coyle||Barry McHugh||55||50/1|
|3||118 8-6||W J Haggas||Liam Jones||16/1|
SMILING STRANGER has much the best form of these. He was just outpointed by the well-regarded Connecticut at Newbury last month and the latter has subsequently won a handicap - Andrew Balding's colt gets the nod. There's not much to choose between the remainder with Stout Cortez and Mambo Rhythm sharing the same handicap mark and looking vulnerable to one of the less exposed types such as Westerly or Strawberry Martini.
Westerly 50-1 (8-10) Started slowly, behind, moderate progress inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 8l behind Placidia (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn fll stks (5) pol in May.
Smiling Stranger (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Connecticut (9-5) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Mambo Rhythm 2-1fav (9-6) With leader, led after 1f, ridden over 3f out, headed over 2f out, kept on, no impression with winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Blue Talisman (8-10) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Strawberry Martini 25-1 (8-10) Dwelt in rear, ridden 4f out, headway under pressure 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never a factor, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Rewaaya (8-10) at Leicester 1m 4f fll mdn stks (5) sft in May.
Stout Cortez 11-8fav (9-4) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Frederic Chopin (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Barbara Elizabeth 7-1 (9-2) Led, hung left, ran wide on bend and headed over 10f out, soon well behind, last of 11, 32l behind Chivers (9-6) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Petite Madame (IRE) 40-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, led narrowly over 6f out, headed over 5f out, tracked leader, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 16l behind Alex My Boy (8-8) at Musselburgh 1m 4f mdn stks (4) gf in Apr.