Xpress Handicap 1m 2f
- (3yo+, 1m 2f, 10 runners)
- Winner 314,303 2nd 118,887 3rd 59,061 4th 27,032 5th 13,624 6th 8,131
- Going: Good
- Surface: Sand
- Off time: 16:16:01
|2nd||10 Layali Al Andalus||10/1|
Daddy Long Legs (USA) 14
|5||132 9-6||M F De Kock||C Soumillon||11/2|
Zip Top (IRE) 824
|5||130 9-4||C Appleby||M Barzalona||3/1j|
Mutajare (IRE) 13
|6||129 9-3 t||A Al Raihe||P Hanagan||16/1|
Manalapan (IRE) 97
|4||127 9-1||P J Prendergast||T E Durcan||8/1|
|4||122 8-10||Saeed bin Suroor||S De Sousa||3/1j|
Sweet Lightning 14
|9||120 8-8||D O'Meara||J P Spencer||25/1|
Banoffee (IRE) 57
|4||119 8-7||H Morrison||K Fallon||7/1|
Plantagenet (SPA) 102
|7||118 8-6||N Petersen||P A Graberg||14/1|
Izaaj (USA) 14
|7||117 8-5||A Bin Harmash||T P O'Shea||20/1|
Layali Al Andalus 14
|7||117 8-5||S Seemar||R Mullen||10/1|
Daddy Long Legs has never come anywhere near the form shown when landing the UAE Derby in 2012 though he has been racing in better class than this. He was a couple of lengths behind Plantagenet here in March and the latter would have a chance if repeating that sort of form. Layali Al Andalus was behind the pair of them on that occasion while Windhoek was beaten in a Beverley handicap in August and has never fulfilled the promise shown when he completed a hat-trick in his first three starts. Banoffee may be better over further but MANALAPAN ran two cracking races at Dundalk in October so in the hope he'll be suited by this surface is given the nod. Zip Top hasn't been seen since runner-up to Camelot in the 2011 Racing Post Trophy, which turned out to be a poor race.
Daddy Long Legs (USA) 8-1 (9-0) 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Shuruq (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 2 sks (1).
Zip Top (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Camelot (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct '11.
Manalapan (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Soon chased leader in 2nd, ridden in close 2nd and strongly pressed winner from 2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, hd behind Paene Magnus (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Oct.
Sweet Lightning 16-1 (9-4) last of 10, 10l behind Busker (8-10) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f hcp.
Banoffee (IRE) 11-4 (8-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led over 2f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Aussie Reigns (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Izaaj (USA) 11-1 (9-2) 7th of 10, 6l behind Busker (8-10) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f hcp.
Windhoek Evensfav (9-7) Chased winner, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace and always held, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind London Citizen (8-0) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Aug.
Layali Al Andalus 16-1 (8-5) 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Busker (8-10) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f hcp.
Mutajare (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) 2nd of 8, nk behind Interpret (9-0) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 1m 2f 3yo Listed stks.
Plantagenet (SPA) (9-4) 4th of 7, 10l behind Funinthesand (9-4) at Taby(SWE) 1m 2f 3yo Listed stks (1) in Oct.