British Stallion Studs/Akzonobel E.B.F. Novice Stakes 5f 11y
- (2yo, 5f 11y, Class 4, 3 runners)
- Winner £4,075 2nd £1,213 3rd £606 4th £303
- Going: Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 2.36s
- Off time: 14:10:50
Scruffy Tramp (IRE) 15
|2||130 9-4||M Wigham||S M Levey||83||7/1|
Blue Mood (IRE) 14
|2||126 9-0||Saeed bin Suroor||R Havlin||4/11f|
|2||126 9-0||Richard Hannon||P J Dobbs||87||7/2|
||2||Sir Mark Prescott||Non Runner||77||NR|
||2||9-2||Sir Mark Prescott||C Catlin||5/2|
Each of these runners has tasted victory but we take BLUE MOOD to get the verdict on this occasion. After a slow start to the season, Saeed Bin Suroor's string have hit full stride and the daughter of Invincible Spirit made light work of her rivals over course and distance a fortnight ago. Fast was down the field in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and Richard Hannon's filly now has questions to answer after disappointing badly at Windsor next time out. Scruffy Tramp scrambled home in a nursery, and while he carried topweight there, it won't be easy to give 4lb to today's rivals. Sunset Shore has already had six races this term and while she didn't get the clearest of runs on her most recent start, she appears to be up against it in this grade.
Sunset Shore 9-2 (9-6) Chased winner 1f, soon not much room on inside and outpaced in 4th, headway 2f out, soon in 3rd, disputing well held 2nd and edged left inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Zalzilah (9-7) at Bath 5f 2yo hcp (5) fm.
Fast 5-6fav (8-12) Went very keen to post, chased leaders on rail, pushed along halfway, weakened quickly inside final 2f, behind and virtually pulled up over 1f out, last of 6, 21l behind Majestic Alexander (8-12) at Windsor 5f 2yo fll stks (2) gf in Jun.
Scruffy Tramp (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden to challenge 1f out, led inside final furlong, strongly pressed, held on, won at Lingfield 5f 2yo hcp (5) pol beating Umneyati (8-10) by shd, 6 ran.
Blue Mood (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd halfway, led going well inside final 2f, came clear final furlong, easily, won at Bath 5f 2yo stks (5) fm beating Flighty Peaches (9-0) by 6l, 5 ran.