Weatherbys VAT Services Handicap 1m 6f
- (3yo, 1m 6f, Class 3, 6 runners)
- Winner £7,439 2nd £2,214 3rd £1,106 4th £553
- Going: Good to Firm (Round Course: Good, Good to Firm in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 5.26s
- Off time: 14:30:33
|2nd||5 Lady Pimpernel||2||5/2f|
Arbaah (USA) 27
|3||133 9-7||B J Meehan||P Hanagan||83||5/1|
Portmonarch (IRE) 24
|3||132 9-6 p||D R Lanigan||R L Moore||82||9/2|
|3||130 9-4||A M Balding||David Probert||80||11/4|
|3||129 9-3||R M Beckett||James Doyle||79||10/1|
Lady Pimpernel 21
|3||128 9-2||H Candy||Dane O'Neill||78||5/2f|
Deficit (IRE) 23
|3||121 8-9||M L W Bell||W Buick||71||7/1|
||3||8-2||M L W Bell||Hayley Turner||9/2|
Deficit has often been the subject of market support and it was not misplaced at Bath. The grey appears capable of showing his form on any surface, and having finally got his head in front, a 6lb rise might not be enough to prevent a repeat. Andrew Balding's string are in rude health so DEBDEBDEB can prove too good on this occasion. The filly did require the intervention of the stewards at Newbury in order to gift her victory, but she was far from disgraced on her first attempt over this trip at Haydock Park. Lady Pimpernel does not have a pedigree laden with stamina although her half-brother has placed in a bumper at Worcester. Arbaah was a ready winner at Newmarket last time, and the form of her earlier second at Newbury was given a significant boost by the winner last weekend.
Debdebdeb 7-2 (8-9) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Great Hall (9-7) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Lady Pimpernel 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, challenged over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 7, nk behind Chesterfield (9-6) at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Portmonarch (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Prominent, led after 1f, headed over 10f out, prominent, led again well over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Alwilda (9-1) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Sizzler 14-1 (8-0) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, kept on one pace, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 6l behind Silver Lime (9-10) at Ascot 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Deficit (IRE) 7-4fav (8-11) Made all, ridden clear 4f out, driven and pressed inside final furlong, battled on well and found extra in closing stages, won at Bath 1m 5f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) fm beating Zenafire (9-1) by nk, 6 ran.
Arbaah (USA) 9-2 (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, soon clear, stayed on strongly, won at Newmarket 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun beating Deira Phantom (9-7) by 5l, 6 ran.