John Akehurst Handicap 6f
- (3yo+, 6f, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £7,439 2nd £2,214 3rd £1,106 4th £553
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 9.44s
- Off time: 14:52:09
|1st||3 Hopes N Dreams||8/1|
|2nd||7 Clear Praise||2¾||8/1|
Head Space (IRE) 10
|5||136 9-10 p||Mrs R Carr||J P Sullivan||89||8/1|
Picture Dealer 24
|4||136 9-10||G L Moore||R L Moore||89||Evsf|
Hopes N Dreams (IRE) 10
|5||134 9-8||K A Ryan||J P Spencer||87||8/1|
Noverre To Go (IRE) 10
|7||130 9-4 p||R Harris||S J Drowne||83||14/1|
Fortinbrass (IRE) 16
|3||128 9-2||R M Beckett||Jim Crowley||84||7/1|
Clear Praise (USA) 17
|6||123 8-11||S Dow||R Hughes||76||8/1|
|8||120 8-8||R A Fahey||P Hanagan||73||8/1|
||4||93||O Stevens||Non Runner||82||NR|
||4||9-10||S Dixon||I Mongan||8/1|
Baldemar has plenty to find with a couple of these and Clear Praise is upped in class after scoring at Ripon where Head Space, Noverre To Go and Hopes N Dreams were all well beaten. Fortinbrass and School Fees are both recent winners over track and trip but have been beaten in this grade since while PICTURE DEALER ran below par in a Class 2 sprint at Goodwood last time. The latter had recorded a double in good style before that, however, and it would be no surprise to see Gary Moore's charge bounce back in this lesser company.
School Fees 14-1 (9-0) Raced stands' side in rear, ridden and kept on final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Elusive Flame (9-6) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Hopes N Dreams (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Raced near side, chased leader until 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 20, 13l behind Clear Spring (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd.
Clear Praise (USA) 4-1 (9-8) Made all, clear 4f out, pushed out final furlong, unchallenged (new track record), won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fm beating Panther Patrol (9-6) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Head Space (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 20, 5l behind Clear Spring (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd.
Picture Dealer 6-1 (9-8) Slowly away, in rear centre group, pushed along over 2f out, headway 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 11th of 24, 3 1/2l behind Seeking Magic (9-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd.
Noverre To Go (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Raced near side, held up in rear, ran on inside final furlong, went 4th in group final stides, 9th of 20, 8l behind Clear Spring (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd.
Baldemar 28-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 16th of 20, 10l behind Picture Dealer (9-12) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Fortinbrass (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) Close up, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 7l behind Brazen (9-7) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.