Stan James Handicap 1m 4f 5y
- (3yo, 1m 4f 5y, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £4,080 2nd £1,214 3rd £607 4th £303
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 38.71s
- Off time: 21:12:18
|1st||6 Western Prize||9/2|
State Opera 47
|3||133 9-7||M Johnston||S De Sousa||85||8/1|
|3||130 9-4||J H M Gosden||W Buick||82||10/1|
Anton Dolin (IRE) 21
|3||128 9-2||J L Dunlop||T E Durcan||80||5/2f|
Four Nations (USA) 21
|3||126 9-0||Mrs A J Perrett||P J Dobbs||78||7/2|
Viking Storm 40
|3||125 8-13||H J L Dunlop||J P Spencer||77||7/1|
Western Prize 22
|3||125 8-13||R M Beckett||Jim Crowley||77||9/2|
|3||123 8-11||H Candy||Dane O'Neill||75||14/1|
|3||122 8-10||Sir Michael Stoute||Louis Beuzelin (3)||74||20/1|
Secret Edge 20
|3||118 8-6||A King||Simon Pearce (3)||70||25/1|
Christopher Wren (USA)
||3||9-3||J R Best||S J Drowne||5/2|
Shamacam, Schism and Western Prize all look progressive and much will depend on their respective improvement levels. The former makes most appeal in that respect, having stayed on well last time upped to this trip behind Midnight Oil at Leicester. He'll need to improve again but is just the sort his yard does well with. ANTON DOLIN and Four Nations are more exposed than the aforementioned trio but finished first and second here last time over this trip. There should be nothing between them at the weights today but the former is on a real roll at present and is a typical John Dunlop slow-burner. He can improve again and land a competitive finale.
Western Prize 7-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 4th of 13, 11l behind Samarkand (8-8) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Manifestation 20-1 (9-2) Soon led, ridden 3f out, headed and hampered 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 11l behind Chain Lightning (9-4) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Shamacam 8-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Midnight Oil (8-10) at Leicester 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd.
State Opera 25-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, unable to quicken over 1f out, soon beaten, 6th of 8, 6l behind Al Kazeem (9-4) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Four Nations (USA) 11-4fav (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, ran on, closing on winner towards finish, always held, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Anton Dolin (9-4) at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Secret Edge 10-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, modest headway inside final furlong, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 11l behind Grumeti (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Viking Storm 12-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, challenged well over 3f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 10, 9l behind Brown Panther (8-12) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Schism 3-1 (8-12) Pressed leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led final 110 yards, kept on, won at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo fll stks (5) gf beating Oneiric (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Anton Dolin (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway over 4f out, led over 2f out, clear inside final furlong, always holding on, won at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Four Nations (9-4) by 3/4l, 11 ran.