John Smith's Extra Smooth Maiden Stakes 7f
- (3yo, 7f, Class 5, 13 runners)
- Winner £3,234 2nd £962 3rd £481 4th £240
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 29.12s
- Off time: 14:49:50
|1st||9 That Is The Spirit||6/1|
|2nd||6 Provident Spirit||1½||4/1|
Aran Sky (IRE) 141
|3||131 9-5||K R Burke||P Makin||33/1|
|3||131 9-5||R A Fahey||Lee Topliss||50/1|
|3||131 9-5||C Hills||Dane O'Neill||6/5f|
Orient Sky 320
|3||131 9-5||P T Midgley||G Lee||100/1|
|3||131 9-5||J H M Gosden||William Buick||4/1|
|3||131 9-5||R M Beckett||Jim Crowley||77||8/1|
|3||131 9-5||R Harris||L Morris||74||16/1|
That Is The Spirit
|3||131 9-5||D O'Meara||D Tudhope||6/1|
|3||131 9-5||T D Easterby||G Gibbons||66/1|
|3||131 9-5||R A Fahey||T Hamilton||33/1|
|3||126 9-0||T D Easterby||D Fentiman||66/1|
Full Day 165
|3||126 9-0||B Ellison||D Swift||72||14/1|
Sighora (IRE) 239
|3||126 9-0||I Mohammed||T P Queally||25/1|
||3||95||P T Midgley||P Mulrennan||NR|
||3||9-0||M W Easterby||G Gibbons||16/1|
It was soft ground when Ravenous finished third at Newbury in October and he's preferred to the more exposed Supersta and Full Day. Woodbridge looks his yard's first choice ahead of the newcomer Hesketh Bank and Aran Sky ran much better over today's trip on his debut than he did over 6f last time. Any strong support for Provident Spirit on his debut should be noted and That Is The Spirit is another debutant to keep an eye on. MARMOON was not given a hard time on his introduction at Newbury where he ran on for fourth behind a subsequent winner and Charlie Hills' colt gets the nod to open his account.
Naggers (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, ran green and pushed along towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 11, 17l behind Torchlighter (9-5) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
That Is The Spirit Invincible Spirit gelding out of Fraulein.
Provident Spirit Invincible Spirit colt out of Port Providence.
Marmoom 14-1 (9-5) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 7l behind Barley Mow (9-5) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Sighora (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Raced centre in rear outpaced halfway, kept on final furlong, 8th of 14, 14l behind Sound Reflection (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo stks (4) gd in Aug.
Ravenous 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, every chance 1f out, not pace of leaders final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Strait Run (9-5) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Hesketh Bank Aqlaam gelding out of Wendylina.
Full Day 9-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders on outside, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Ejadah (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2yo stks (5) hvy in Oct.
Aran Sky (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 9th of 15, 19l behind Jazz (9-5) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Nov.
Orient Sky 28-1 (9-5) Hampered and squeezed out start, in rear, ridden after 2f, never a factor, 7th of 8, 11l behind Supplicant (9-5) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Election Night Mount Nelson filly out of Psychic.
Woodbridge 12-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Mindurownbusiness (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
To Begin Tobougg gelding out of Sagina.
Supersta 5-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 14, 24l behind Cape Factor (9-1) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.