188Bet Winter Hill Stakes (Group 3) 1m 2f 7y
- (3yo+, 1m 2f 7y, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216 5th £1,614 6th £810
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 1.62s
- Off time: 18:46:06
|1st||1 Al Kazeem||8/11f|
|2nd||8 True Story||½||2/1|
Al Kazeem 35
|6||127 9-1||R Charlton||G Baker||123||8/11f|
Bayrir (FR) 161
|5||127 9-1||M Botti||Martin Harley||109||16/1|
Presburg (IRE) 14
|5||127 9-1||J Tuite||S J Drowne||90||50/1|
Zambucca (SAF) 28
|6||127 9-1 v1||Miss Gay Kelleway||S Donohoe||102||25/1|
Gifted Girl (IRE) 10
|5||124 8-12 t||P F I Cole||N Callan||102||8/1|
Complicit (IRE) 21
|3||119 8-7||P F I Cole||C Catlin||97||33/1|
True Story 14
|3||119 8-7 v||Saeed bin Suroor||S De Sousa||112||2/1|
||5||91 p||J Noseda||Non Runner||113||NR|
||3||87||R Hannon||M Dwyer||95||NR|
||6||9-0||M Botti||L Dettori||1/2|
AL KAZEEM is a cut above these. He rattled up a hat-trick of Group 1 wins last year culminating with victory in the Eclipse and can be forgiven a defeat on his comeback at Newbury. The rest are running for place money if he's back to his best with Grandeur and the three-year-old True Story the best of them. The former has been competing in Graded races in North America and the latter is preferred on his four length defeat in this year's Eclipse at Sandown. Bayrir has his first start for Marco Botti and has outside claims if matching the best of his form in 2012 when trained in France.
Grandeur (IRE) 13-20fav (8-10) 4w upper, lost bob, 2nd of 7, hd behind Hangover Kid (8-3) at Belmont Park(USA) 1m 4f Grp 2 gd in Jul.
Truth Or Dare 8-1 (8-9) Led 1f, tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 11l behind Windhoek (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Al Kazeem 11-10fav (9-4) Raced wide in mid-division, steady headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, ridden in 3rd over 1f out, no extra in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Amralah (9-4) at Newbury 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gd in Jul.
True Story 9-4fav (8-8) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, rallied and went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Amralah (9-3) at Haydock 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Complicit (IRE) (8-11) 3rd of 8, 2l behind Luannan (8-11) at Deauville(FR) 1m 3yo lst stk (1) gd.
Presburg (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Semeen (9-2) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Bayrir (FR) (9-1) 4th of 7, 10l behind Junoob (8-7) at Randwick(AUS) 1m 2f lst stk fm in Mar.
Zambucca (SAF) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, lost place over 3f out, soon ridden, behind 1f out, stayed on under pressure towards finish, no impression, 5th of 7, 5l behind Sheikhzayedroad (9-3) at York 1m 2f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul.
Gifted Girl (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) In rear, headway when not clear run from over 2f out, switched left approaching final furlong , ran on, no threat to winner, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Lady Pimpernel (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf.