Vale UK Handicap 1m 6f
- (3yo, 1m 6f, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £8,086 2nd £2,406 3rd £1,202 4th £601
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 4.18s
- Off time: 16:45:52
|1st||4 Big Thunder||9/2|
|3||135 9-9||J H M Gosden||R Havlin||97||15/2|
Eshtiaal (USA) 20
|3||133 9-7 bt||B J Meehan||G Lee||95||4/1|
|3||131 9-5||C Hills||T P Queally||93||4/1|
Big Thunder 48
|3||131 9-5||Sir Mark Prescott||L Morris||93||9/2|
|3||130 9-4||M R Channon||S Hitchcott||92||12/1|
Hawk High (IRE) 34
|3||118 8-6||T D Easterby||D Allan||80||7/2f|
Deficit (IRE) 20
|3||117 8-5||M L W Bell||Andrea Atzeni||79||17/2|
||3||9-7||Sir Mark Prescott||L Morris||11/4|
The normally consistent Fledged ran a shocker at Newmarket last time but has claims on his earlier form. ESHTIAAL looks high enough in the weights at present but today's longer trip may bring further improvement and he gets the vote to confirm recent Ascot running with Glenard. The latter and Big Thunder had been taking it in turns to beat each other earlier in the season while Elidor also has something to find with the selection on latest form at Ascot. Hawk High won a lower grade handicap over track and trip in July and is 3lb higher while Deficit has been raised 8lb for finishing runner-up over 2m at Kempton.
Big Thunder 7-2 (9-1) Soon led, headed 2f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Glenard (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Deficit (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Tracked leading trio on inside, going well 3f out, chased (clear) winner over 2f out, closed inside final furlong but never going pace to threaten, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Ballinderry Boy (8-12) at Kempton 2m 3yo hcp (4) pol.
Elidor 14-1 (8-12) Keen early, mid-division, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression when switched right towards finish, 8th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Excellent Result (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gd.
Fledged 7-2fav (9-3) Chased leaders, driven and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 13, 27l behind Mysterious Man (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Hawk High (IRE) 10-1 (8-3) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway towards stands side over 2f out, stayed on to chase leaders final furlong, no impression, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Dark Crusader (8-13) at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Aug.
Glenard 14-1 (8-11) Keen early, tracked leaders, ridden and one pace on outside over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Excellent Result (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gd.
Eshtiaal (USA) 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division in touch, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure on outside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, alway held, 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Excellent Result (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gd.