bet365 Empress Stakes (Fillies' Listed) 6f
- (2yo, 6f, Class 1, 11 runners)
- Winner £14,745 2nd £5,590 3rd £2,798 4th £1,394 5th £699 6th £351
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 11.62s
- Off time: 14:21:32
|1st||2 Fig Roll||5/2j|
|2nd||12 Ventura Mist||¾||12/1|
|3rd||7 Love In The Desert||hd||14/1|
Disko (IRE) 14
|2||124 8-12||D Kubler||James McDonald||33/1|
Fig Roll 10
|2||124 8-12||R Hannon||R Hughes||5/2j|
Hoku (IRE) 43
|2||124 8-12||O Stevens||J P Spencer||8/1|
Lady Chantilly (IRE) 9
|2||124 8-12||J Hughes||Catherine Gannon||33/1|
Lady Lydia (IRE) 43
|2||124 8-12||M Wigham||L Dettori||16/1|
Love In The Desert 23
|2||124 8-12||Noel Quinlan||P Cosgrave||14/1|
Majeyda (USA) 14
|2||124 8-12||Saeed bin Suroor||M Barzalona||5/2j|
Rough Courte (IRE) 42
|2||124 8-12||M R Channon||F Tylicki||50/1|
Sunny Harbor (IRE) 32
|2||124 8-12||D O'Meara||R L Moore||5/1|
Sweet Alibi (IRE) 21
|2||124 8-12 p1||J S Moore||Liam Jones||100/1|
Ventura Mist 10
|2||124 8-12 p||T D Easterby||D Fentiman||12/1|
||2||812||R Hannon||Dane O'Neill||NR|
City Image (IRE)
||2||8-12||R Hannon||R Hughes||3/1|
FIG ROLL, the choice of Richard Hughes from two Hannon entries, produced a career-best last week at the royal meeting when fourth in the Queen Mary, looking for all the world that a sixth furlong is just what she's crying out for. That also looked the case much earlier in her juvenile career when coming from an unpromising position to score at Salisbury. She now tackles the extra yardage for the first time and is hard to oppose if over her Ascot exertions. Majeyda looks the major danger for the in-form Godolphin empire. She may only have landed an ordinary Leicester maiden on debut but the style in which she did so was unmistakable and she certainly looks one with a future. Hoku's last run in Listed grade at York didn't receive the anticipated Royal Ascot boost from Beldale Memory but she's still a filly on the up who merits considerable respect here.
Jive 7-1 (9-0) Led after 1f, hard ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in May beating Pound Piece (9-5) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Fig Roll 33-1 (8-12) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on under pressure final 100 yards, not pace to threaten, 4th of 23, 3 1/2l behind Rizeena (8-12) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf.
Ventura Mist 40-1 (8-12) Raced far side and chased leader until ridden inside final 2f, chased leaders, weakened final 100 yards, 8th of 23, 6l behind Rizeena (8-12) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf.
Love In The Desert 15-8fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Thirsk 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf beating Tanseeb (9-5) by 1l, 11 ran.
Disko (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Soon switched to rail to lead, made rest, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Lingfield 5f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (6) gf beating Tautira (9-0) by 1l, 9 ran.
Majeyda (USA) 9-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, quickened clear, impressive, won at Leicester 6f 2yo stks (5) gd beating Genuine Quality (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Rough Courte (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway inside final 2f, effort when not clear run 1f out, switched outside and ridden inside final furlong, stayed on and every chance towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 11, ns behind Ventura Mist (9-0) at Thirsk 5f 2yo stks (4) sft in May.
Lady Chantilly (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Outpaced, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead just inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Warwick 5f 2yo stks (5) gf beating Sunset Shore (8-11) by nk, 6 ran.
Hoku (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) Dwelt, towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Beldale Memory (8-12) at York 5f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) sft in May.
Sunny Harbor (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway to lead over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, won at Redcar 6f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gf in May beating Augusta Ada (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Lady Lydia (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Justice Day (9-5) at Newmarket 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in May.
Sweet Alibi (IRE) 40-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden and one pace into 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Ligeia (8-4) at Newbury 6f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gf.