Winning Express Achilles Stakes (Listed) 5f
- (3yo+, 5f, Class 1, 9 runners)
- Winner £20,983 2nd £7,955 3rd £3,981 4th £1,983 5th £995 6th £500
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 0.87s
- Off time: 15:17:01
|2nd||2 Eton Rifles||nk||7/1|
Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 28
|6||134 9-8||H Candy||T P Queally||107||10/1|
Eton Rifles (IRE) 17
|9||134 9-8||S C Williams||P J Smullen||107||7/1|
Steps (IRE) 50
|6||134 9-8 b||R Varian||K Fallon||105||6/1|
|7||130 9-4 e||T D Easterby||P McDonald||94||16/1|
Move In Time 322
|6||130 9-4||D O'Meara||D Tudhope||105||9/2|
Noble Storm (USA) 14
|8||130 9-4||E S McMahon||Jason Hart||105||9/1|
York Glory (USA) 252
|6||130 9-4 b||K A Ryan||R Hughes||109||7/2|
Da'quonde (IRE) 14
|6||125 8-13||B Smart||R Ffrench||86||33/1|
Swan Song 24
|5||125 8-13||A M Balding||David Probert||100||11/4f|
||4||813||R M H Cowell||Jim Crowley||93||NR|
||7||9-3||J Gask||S J Drowne||10/1|
York Glory edges this at the weights and Richard Hughes presence suggests the grey will be somewhere near his best on his first start since September. Noble Storm won this in 2011 and has the more recent form with an impressive win at Thirsk though it's been some time since he scored in soft ground. ETON RIFLES ran below par behind Maarek in the Duke Of York last time but this is more his level. With the soft ground in his favour, Stuart Williams's sprinter is can take revenge on Steps for October's short-head defeat at Ascot. Dinkum Diamond has a bit to find with the latter pair on Ascot running while Swan Song has the beating of Move In Time on her recent victory at Chester.
Graphic Guest 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, headway over 2f out, driven inside final 2f, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 4th of 10, 8l behind Joyeuse (8-12) at Haydock 6f fll lst stks (1) sft.
Steps (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Keen, raced centre close up, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Lucky Beggar (8-13) at Newbury 5f hcp (2) gs in Apr.
Eton Rifles (IRE) 10-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 22l behind Maarek (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) sft.
Da'quonde (IRE) 11-1 (8-8) Chased leaders in 5th, ridden over 1f out, chased winner over 1f out until no extra towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Noble Storm (9-3) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Move In Time 7-1fav (9-10) Fractious before start, raced near side, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, hanging right and losing place when hampered approaching final furlong, soon eased, 12th of 19, 6l behind Masamah (9-2) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Confessional 20-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 11, 5l behind Noble Storm (9-3) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden 2f out, no impression, 7th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Sole Power (9-2) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
York Glory (USA) 7-1 (9-0) Raced centre, held up towards rear, headway and swiched right over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, not reach winner, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Maarek (9-0) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 (1) sft in Sep.
Noble Storm (USA) 16-1 (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd beating Pearl Acclaim (8-11) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Swan Song 5-1 (8-13) Quickly away, led briefly, pressed leader, switched right off inside rail approaching final 3f, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led final 150 yards, ran on well, won at Chester 5f cond Stakes (3) gd beating Masamah (9-4) by 1l, 9 ran.