Stella Artois Handicap 1m 5f 89y
- (3yo, 1m 5f 89y, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £6,469 2nd £1,925 3rd £962 4th £481
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 57.47s
- Off time: 17:21:00
|1st||1 Gabrial The Master||4/1|
|2nd||5 Duke Of Yorkshire||1||5/1|
Gabrial The Master (IRE) 14
|3||133 9-7||R A Fahey||T Eaves||77||4/1|
Edwyn Ralph 51
|3||132 9-6||D M Simcock||C Catlin||76||5/2|
Eton Rambler (USA) 22
|3||128 9-2 p||George Baker||Dane O'Neill||72||15/8f|
Duke Of Yorkshire 7
|3||126 9-0||D Carroll||Neil Farley (3)||70||5/1|
Vicky Valentine 8
|3||121 8-9||A C Whillans||Julie Burke (3)||65||11/1|
Uncle Bernie (IRE) 15
|3||114 8-2 p||A Hollinshead||Ryan Powell (3)||58||16/1|
||3||91 b||E S McMahon||Non Runner||71||NR|
||3||9-7||A M Balding||R Mullen||4/1|
VICKY VALENTINE won a shade cosily over 1m4f at Newcastle last time and may be capable of shrugging off a 4lb weight rise with Julie Burke claiming 3lb. Duke Of Yorkshire won over a similar trip at Catterick and is entitled to respect along with course winner Eton Rambler, who is on a hat-trick, while Gabrial The Master always seems to run well here but is climbing the weights despite not winning. Edwyn Ralph was third to the prolific Beacon's Lady at Brighton last time but is still chasing a first victory on Turf.
Arlecchino (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Steadied start, held up in rear off the pace, ridden 3f out, no impression, eased over 1f out, 5th of 6, 32l behind Hunting Rights (9-5) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Gabrial The Master (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Soon in touch on outside, ridden to chase winner over 2f out, stayed on same pace, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Chocala (9-4) at Chester 2m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Duke Of Yorkshire 6-1 (8-12) Always prominent, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, hard pressed, held on, won at Catterick 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Sunblazer (9-6) by shd, 7 ran.
Vicky Valentine 9-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, led 2f out, driven over 1f out, idled in front but always doing enough, won at Newcastle 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Aneedh (9-7) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Edwyn Ralph 13-8fav (8-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along over 3f out, went 3rd 2f out, driven and one pace over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Beacon Lady (8-5) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Eton Rambler (USA) 8-1 (9-1) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, headway and switched left to inside over 1f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Musikhani (8-10) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Uncle Bernie (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway on outside 5f out, lost place 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 28l behind See And Be Seen (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.