bet365 Handicap (BOBIS Race) 1m 2f 7y
- (3yo, 1m 2f 7y, Class 3, 8 runners)
- Winner £9,338 2nd £2,796 3rd £1,398 4th £699 5th £350 6th £176
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 21.16s
- Off time: 16:58:55
|3rd||3 Elite Army||1¾||5/2|
Hymenaios (IRE) 27
|3||130 9-4||Richard Hannon||P J Dobbs||86||6/1|
Elite Army 165
|3||130 9-4||Saeed bin Suroor||S De Sousa||86||5/2|
|3||129 9-3||Sir Michael Stoute||R L Moore||85||9/1|
Farquhar (IRE) 157
|3||129 9-3||P W Chapple-Hyam||William Buick||85||25/1|
Mannaro (IRE) 178
|3||129 9-3||M Botti||A Kirby||85||20/1|
|3||125 8-13 t||A M Balding||J Fortune||81||10/1|
|3||124 8-12||Richard Hannon||R Hughes||80||13/8f|
Oasis Fantasy (IRE) 200
|3||120 8-8||E A L Dunlop||J P Spencer (ex1)||76||22/1|
||3||97||J H M Gosden||Non Runner||89||NR|
||3||812||R Charlton||James Doyle||80||NR|
||3||810||P F I Cole||Jim Crowley||78||NR|
||3||9-2||Eve Johnson Houghton||T P Queally||5/1|
A very tricky finale with most of these having the scope to go on to better things though Richard Hannon has a very strong hand with Hymenaios and WINDSHEAR, who both made impressive reappearances. The former made his debut over this trip on soft ground at Doncaster and came through smoothly from the back to land a maiden going away. He can go well but it's his stablemate who has to be the selection as his close second to the well-supported Cloudscape over this trip at Newmarket was a cracking effort and, with the winner now rated 94, Richard Hughes' mount looks very well treated. Taghrooda is by Sea The Stars out of a triple Listed winner who stayed 1m6f so this could prove on the short side but Elite Army did everything right at Kempton and there's much more to come. It's impossible to find one without a chance of sorts and Gothic appreciated soft ground to score at Leicester while Mannaro justified strong support to land a decent Yarmouth maiden.
Taghrooda 20-1 (9-0) Dwelt in rear, smooth headway over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 2yo stks (4) gd in Sep beating Casual Smile (9-0) by nk, 14 ran.
Hooded (USA) 4-1 (9-5) Made all, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Billy Blue (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Elysian Prince 7-4fav (9-7) Led, hit rail and lost action badly approaching final 2f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied near finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Castle Combe (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Windshear 4-1 (8-11) Led, ridden over 2 f out, joined from over 1 f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Cloudscape (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Collaboration 5-4fav (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, easily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar beating Shimba Hills (9-2) by 2l, 6 ran.
Elite Army 5-1 (9-5) Keen early tracked leader after 2f, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Intermedium (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Gothic 4-11fav (9-5) Made all, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at Leicester 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct beating Alex My Boy (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Hymenaios (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Dwelt, held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, shaken up to lead over 1f out, kept on well, won at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Mar beating Cape Caster (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Oasis Fantasy (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headway between horses inside final furlong, stayed on to lead close home, won at Windsor 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct beating Throne Room (9-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Farquhar (IRE) (8-11) 9th of 10, 7l behind Under The Radar (8-11) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 2yo stk gd in Nov.
Mannaro (IRE) 9-2fav (9-5) Dwelt towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct beating Second Step (9-5) by nk, 12 ran.