Betfred Chipchase Stakes (Group 3) 6f
- (3yo+, 6f, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216 5th £1,614 6th £810
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 13.83s
- Off time: 14:05:11
|1st||4 Jack Dexter||4/5f|
|2nd||7 Mass Rally||hd||15/2|
Free Zone 22
|4||129 9-3||B Smart||T Eaves||101||20/1|
Jack Dexter 11
|4||129 9-3||J S Goldie||G Lee||110||4/5f|
|4||129 9-3||R Varian||Jim Crowley||101||13/2|
Majestic Myles (IRE) 63
|5||129 9-3||R A Fahey||P Hanagan||105||6/1|
Mass Rally (IRE) 7
|6||129 9-3 hb||M Dods||P Mulrennan||104||15/2|
|6||129 9-3 p1||Rae Guest||S Sanders||96||33/1|
Switcher (IRE) 77
|4||126 9-0 v||D O'Meara||D Tudhope||95||11/1|
||8||97||T D Barron||Graham Gibbons||108||NR|
||5||93 t||D H Brown||P Makin||102||NR|
||5||9-3||D P Nagle||G Lee||11/4|
JACK DEXTER's fourth in the King's Stand Stakes is the best form on offer in this and Jim Goldie's much-improved sprinter can get back to winning ways. Majestic Myles has won a couple of Listed races but his best form has generally been over 7f, though heavy rain would bring him into the equation. There may not be enough runners for the quirky Mass Rally to find cover while this looks too tough for the likes of Dubawi Sound, Free Zone and Justineo. Hitchens won in the grade at the Curragh last month but there is no reason to believe he can reverse Doncaster running in March with the selection.
Hitchens (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Mid-division far side, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same pace, never on terms, 19th of 26, 12l behind York Glory (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf.
Dubawi Sound 40-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, behind stands' side, driven and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 11th of 27, 6l behind Lightning Cloud (8-13) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Jack Dexter 33-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden and headway entering final furlong, ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 19, 1 3/4l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd.
Mass Rally (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Towards rear far side, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 11th of 26, 7l behind York Glory (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf.
Mirza 25-1 (9-2) 7th of 9, 8l behind Spirit Quartz (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 5f Grp 2 (1) gs.
Majestic Myles (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Keen edged right throughout, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 11l behind Producer (9-2) at Leicester 7f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gf in Apr.
Justineo 12-1 (9-4) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Professor (9-1) at Salisbury 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Switcher (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, modderate headway inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 12l behind Lily's Angel (9-1) at Kempton 1m fll lst stks (1) pol in Apr.
Free Zone 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, raced towards near side, and soon chasing leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon beaten, 6th of 11, 6l behind Medicean Man (9-3) at Haydock 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.