Merry Christmas Maiden Stakes 1m 141y
- (3yo+, 1m 141y, Class 5, 8 runners)
- Winner £2,386 2nd £705 3rd £352
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 49.65s
- Off time: 14:40:50
|2nd||2 Frontier Fighter||¾||7/2|
|3rd||7 Dutch Mistress||2||4/1|
|4||131 9-5||R Harris||L Morris||72||11/10f|
|4||131 9-5||D O'Meara||T Eaves||7/2|
American Lover (FR) 9
|5||126 9-0||J S Wainwright||A Carter (5)||45||25/1|
Mistress Shy 22
|5||126 9-0 t||M Appleby||Graham Gibbons||45||12/1|
Clouds Of Glory 422
|3||124 8-12||J Ward||R Winston||10||100/1|
|3||124 8-12||A J Lidderdale||F Sweeney||15/2|
Dutch Mistress 9
|3||124 8-12||J W Unett||David Probert||4/1|
|3||124 8-12||J S Wainwright||Barry McHugh||35||125/1|
DUTCH MISTRESS showed enough when runner-up on her racecourse debut over C&D earlier this month to suggest she can win a race of this nature. James Unett's filly ran a shade green in the closing stages and will have benefited from the experience. Abbraccio was returned a losing favourite in similar company last time though he still makes more appeal than both American Lover and Mistress Shy. The newcomers wouldn't need to be anything special to get involved and Frontier Fighter, a half-brother to a couple of winners, is preferred to Dubai Story.
Abbraccio 5-4fav (9-3) In touch, outpaced haflway, headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 7, 3l behind The Mongoose (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol.
Frontier Fighter Invincible Spirit gelding out of Rawabi.
Dutch Mistress 25-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge and every chance when edged left over 1f out, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Light Shine (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.
American Lover (FR) 14-1 (8-9) Raced keenly in touch, pressed winner after 3f, ridden inside final furlong, no impression with leading pair over 1f out, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 6, 5l behind Light Shine (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.
Mistress Shy 25-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, driven and stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Alezanna (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Dubai Story Dubai Destination filly out of Madrigale.
Kuraanda 66-1 (8-12) Dwelt soon pushed along in rear, 11th of 12, 17l behind Quan (9-3) at Southwell 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Clouds Of Glory 100-1 (8-3) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, well behind Adranian (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo sell stks (6) pol in Oct '11.