Emaar Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) 6f

  • (2yo, 6f, Class 1, 16 runners)
  • Winner £92,721 2nd £35,152 3rd £17,593 4th £8,764
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 10.75s
  • Off time: 14:38:17

Full Result

14:35 Newmarket
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (8) 7 Crusade (USA) A P O'Brien 2 8-12 J A Heffernan 25/1
SP 25/1 Tracked leader centre, effort to lead group inside final 2f, soon ridden, challenged 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on
2nd (11) ¾ 10 Lilbourne Lad (IRE) R Hannon 2 8-12 R Hughes 8/1
SP 8/1 In touch stands side, chellenged 2f out, ridden and every chance 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish
3rd (13) hd 12 Reply (IRE) A P O'Brien 2 8-12 R L Moore 9/1
SP 9/1 Tracked leader stands side, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, lost 2nd near finish opened 11/1
4th (1) hd 2 Balty Boys (IRE) C Hills 2 8-12 Michael Hills 40/1
SP 40/1 Raced alone far side rail, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, held near finish opened 50/1
5th (7) hd 6 Caspar Netscher A J McCabe 2 8-12 R Winston 5/1j
SP 5/1j Slowly into stride, behind stands side, not clear run and switched left towards stands side rail inside final 2f, headway 1f out, ridden and ran on well inside final furlong, nearest finish
6th (5) s.h 13 Saigon J A R Toller 2 8-12 Johnny Murtagh 10/1
SP 10/1 Behind centre, came towards stands side and headway into mid-division 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not reached leaders opened 14/1
7th (10) 1 16 West Leake Diman (IRE) C Hills 2 8-12 L Dettori 66/1
SP 66/1 Led centre group, ridden and headed inside final 2f, kept on same pace final furlong opened 100/1
8th (15) 1 4 B Fifty Two (IRE) C Hills 2 8-12 S Sanders 40/1
SP 40/1 Led overall on stands side rail, ridden inside final 2f, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong
9th (6) nk 15 Tough As Nails (IRE) Michael Mulvany 2 8-12 G F Carroll 25/1
SP 25/1 Chased leaders centre, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong
10th (12) ½ 8 Family One (FR) Y Barberot 2 8-12 O Peslier 5/1j
SP 5/1j Tracked leaders stands side, outpaced 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong opened 11/2 £5000-£800 £1650-£300(x2)
11th (14) hd 9 Justineo W J Haggas 2 8-12 K Fallon 25/1
SP 25/1 Chased leaders, stand side, driven over 2f out, kept on same pace, never on terms
12th (9) 14 Samminder (IRE) P W Chapple-Hyam 2 8-12 W Buick 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division centre, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden and no impression, weakened inside final furlong opened 16/1
13th (4) 11 Rebellious Guest G G Margarson 2 8-12 T P Queally 8/1
SP 8/1 Slowly into stride, behind centre, headway into mid-division 3f out, outpaced 2f out, weakened final furlong £4500-£500
14th (3) nk 1 Arnold Lane (IRE) M R Channon 2 8-12 S Hitchcott 80/1
SP 80/1 Towards rear centre, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous opened 66/1
15th (2) hd 5 Burwaaz E A L Dunlop 2 8-12 R Hills 12/1
SP 12/1 Chased leaders centre, ridden over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong
16th (16) 18 3 Bapak Chinta (USA) K A Ryan 2 8-12 P Makin 11/2
SP 11/2 Tracked leaders stands side rail, ridden and lost place over 2f out, soon weakened and behind, eased final furlong opened 5/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £43.80 Tote Place £11.70,£3.20,£3.90 Straight Forecast £201.69 Exacta £443.90 Trifecta £3025.30 Swingers 1&2:£72.50 2&3:£13.60 1&3:£93.40

Placepot £119.90, Pool: £179163.6, 1090.07 winning tickets
Quadpot £35.40, Pool: £10573.35, 220.53 winning tickets


A surprise result, and questionable form, but an interesting race nonetheless. Victory went the way of prominent racer CRUSADE under Seamie Heffernan, and on first inspection it would appear that up with the pace was the place to be. He raced more down the centre of the track than many, skipped a length or two clear a furlong out, and then found plenty of reserves when challenged inside the final furlong to hang on for a gritty win. He was dropping in trip here, and the feeling might be that this son of Mr Greeley out of a sprint mare might struggle to be as effective over a mile next season. Runner-up Lilbourne Lad ran a cracker, moving into contention from midfield with two furlongs to run. He didn't have to shoulder a penalty here unlike earlier in the season, and it showed, as he put in a powerful performance and seemed to relish hitting the rising ground coming out of the dip. Reply finished third, and did best of those who raced on the stands side rail. He was never too far off the pace and looked as if he might pounce on the rail, but couldn't run down his stablemate. Balty Boys ran a season best in fourth. His close-up run may lead people to question the form (perhaps rightly so), however his jockey made a bold move to try and make all on the far side and it nearly paid off. He was only a nostril out of the places and only lost out in the dying strides. The talking point of the race is probably Caspar Netscher. Searching for his third top level win of the year, after Gimcrack and Mill Reef successes, he was badly outpaced by halfway, having fluffed the start slightly, before absolutely rocketing home. He cannot be classed as unlucky, as he got the gaps, but would surely have caught the winner in another 10 strides and lost little caste in defeat. He probably heads to the Breeders' Cup, and after this run connections may favour the mile race. Two others ran cracking races - namely Saigon and West Leake Diman. The former stayed on from off the pace and looks more than ready for another furlong, whilst the latter was always up with the pace in the centre of the track and ran a gallant race in defeat. B Fifty Two ran well but could never quite get to the leading bunch, whilst Family One travelled well for a long way (held up) but ultimately flattered to deceive and was well-beaten. The other well-fancied runner, Bapak Chinta, showed good pace to lead on the stands rail but he quickly got shuffled back before the race started in earnest and he trailed in last. This was disappointing, and he looked beaten even before the longer trip became an issue; this wasn't his true running.