Mitie Events & Leisure Handicap 1m 2f
- (3yo, 1m 2f, Class 3, 6 runners)
- Winner £9,338 2nd £2,796 3rd £1,398 4th £699 5th £350 6th £176
- Going: Good to Firm (Round Course: Good to Firm, Good in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 9.19s
- Off time: 16:15:16
|2nd||1 Agent Murphy||¾||15/8f|
Agent Murphy 43
|3||133 9-7||B J Meehan||J Fortune||89||15/8f|
|3||132 9-6||W J Haggas||S Sanders||88||4/1|
Raise Your Gaze 22
|3||131 9-5||C G Cox||A Kirby||87||11/2|
Lungarno Palace (USA) 37
|3||128 9-2 bt||M Botti||Martin Harley||84||12/1|
Good Value 15
|3||127 9-1||Sir Michael Stoute||R L Moore||83||11/4|
Mantou (IRE) 23
|3||121 8-9||M L W Bell||T P Queally||77||12/1|
Four recent winners clash in a fascinating little heat, headed by Agent Murphy who did very well on just his second start to repel the challenge of Torchlighter in a competitive Sandown handicap. He is clearly on the upgrade and well respected. However, REDKIRK created a good impression on his debut when landing a Yarmouth contest that was nothing special, but won in a manner that certainly was, and it may just be worth going along with him again on his first handicap appearance. Raise Your Gaze impressed when routing his Sandown field last time but a 10lb rise may scupper his chance, whilst Lungarno Palace and Good Value have shown enough to merit consideration. Mantou needs to improve on maiden form to figure.
Redkirk 6-1 (9-5) Held up in last pair, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd 2f out, led well over 1f out, pushed clear final furlong, easily, won at Yarmouth 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (6) gf in Jun beating Perspicace (8-12) by 5l, 7 ran.
Agent Murphy 9-1 (9-4) Keen tracked leader, switched left 3f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Sandown 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun beating Torchlighter (9-2) by hd, 13 ran.
Raise Your Gaze 5-2fav (8-10) Held up in rear, headway on outside 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon clear, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Samtu (8-7) by 6l, 6 ran.
Good Value 7-1 (7-9) Took keen hold, soon led and set steady pace, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner until inside final furlong, weakened, 6th of 10, 5l behind Battersea (8-0) at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Lungarno Palace (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon hung left and ridden, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun beating Swanwick Shore (9-1) by nk, 10 ran.
Mantou (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Jailawi (9-5) at Doncaster 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf.