British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Strawberry Hill Maiden Stakes 6f
- (2yo, 6f, Class 4, 11 runners)
- Winner £4,528 2nd £1,348 3rd £673 4th £337
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 16.68s
- Off time: 14:20:30
|3rd||6 Smart Alec||1½||16/1|
Bearskin (IRE) 19
|2||131 9-5 p1||Mrs A Duffield||M O'connell||22/1|
|2||131 9-5||B Haslam||A Elliott||66/1|
Mighty Force (IRE)
|2||131 9-5||N P Littmoden||L Morris||33/1|
My Target (IRE)
|2||131 9-5||Saeed bin Suroor||M Barzalona||9/4|
|2||131 9-5||P T Midgley||Lee Topliss||50/1|
|2||131 9-5||G A Swinbank||A Mullen||16/1|
Smidgen (IRE) 27
|2||131 9-5||E De Giles||M Coumbe (3)||80/1|
Soviet Courage (IRE)
|2||131 9-5||W J Haggas||G Gibbons||7/2|
Torchlighter (IRE) 8
|2||131 9-5||M Johnston||Liam Jones||6/4f|
Queen of Arts 43
|2||126 9-0||R A Fahey||T Hamilton||20/1|
|2||126 9-0||Ollie Pears||R Winston||50/1|
||2||95||R Varian||D Fox||NR|
Surge Ahead (IRE)
||2||9-3||Ed Walker||D Tudhope||7/2|
Although there are several potentially useful newcomers here, TORCHLIGHTER sets a high standard and will be difficult to beat. Mark Johnston's colt couldn't quite hold the persistent challenge of Oxsana over 7f at Yarmouth but the winner very nearly landed a major sales race at Newmarket on Saturday so the form looks useful. The Godolphin colt My Target has a first-class pedigree being a half-brother to four winners including a Grade 1 winner in the USA. William Haggas has his horses flying so the Dutch Art colt Soviet Courage is one to keep an eye on as is Three Cliffs, who is by Exceed And Excel out of a Group 3 winner.
Three Cliffs Exceed And Excel colt out of Gower Song.
Torchlighter (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 8, nk behind Oxsana (9-0) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Smidgen (IRE) 18-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up behind in touch, outpaced when hung left towards centre over 2f out, ridden and weakened 1f out, last of 8, 16l behind Arranger (8-11) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug.
Smart Alec Dandy Man gelding out of Art Critic.
Bearskin (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 15l behind Comino (9-5) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs.
Soviet Courage (IRE) Dutch Art colt out of Place De Moscou.
My Target (IRE) Cape Cross colt out of Chercheuse.
Starlite Jewel Virtual filly out of Celestial Empire.
Mighty Force (IRE) Acclamation colt out of Ikan.
Naggers (IRE) Excellent Art gelding out of Trika.
Eastern Dynasty Exceed And Excel gelding out of Agooda.
Queen of Arts 16-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride and went left start, outpaced, 8th of 12, 13l behind Northern Water (8-10) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug.