Greville Starkey Wood Ditton Stakes 1m

  • (3yo, 1m, Class 4, 13 runners)
  • Winner £5,181 2nd £1,542 3rd £770 4th £385
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 39.76s
  • Off time: 14:26:16

Full Result

14:25 Newmarket
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (9) 10 Midsummer Fair (USA) M Al Zarooni 3 9-3 M Barzalona 6/1
SP 6/1 Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon pressed, ridden clear final furlong opened 13/2
2nd (8) 3 2 Air Traffic Sir H R A Cecil 3 9-3 T P Queally 6/1
SP 6/1 Slow into stride, keen, soon recovered, mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, not reach winner opened 11/2 touched 7/1 £5000-£800
3rd (13) 9 Laashak (USA) Sir Michael Stoute 3 9-3 R Hills 12/1
SP 12/1 Dwelt in rear, headway 5f out, ridden and stayed on final furlong, not trouble leaders opened 10/1 touched 14/1
4th (11) 2 6 England Rules (IRE) J Noseda 3 9-3 William Buick 16/1
SP 16/1 Keen, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong
5th (3) ½ 1 Above Standard (IRE) B W Hills 3 9-3 M Hills 7/2f
SP 7/2f In touch on outer, headway over 3f out, pressed winner from over 2f out until inside final furlong, no extra and lost 3 places opened 5/1 touched 3/1
6th (7) nk 4 Ashiri (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 3 9-3 Louis Beuzelin (3) 10/1
SP 10/1 Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, keeping on when short of room over 1f out, not trouble leaders
7th (2) 13 The Guru Of Gloom (IRE) W R Muir 3 9-3 R Hughes 33/1
SP 33/1 In rear, keeping on from over 1f out, switched left 1f out, eased briefly inside final furlong, switched right and stayed on towards finish
8th (5) ½ 7 Enjoy Today (USA) B J Meehan 3 9-3 Martin Dwyer 10/1
SP 10/1 In touch on outer, ridden over 1f out, weakened approaching final furlong opened 11/1
9th (4) 3 Arch Fire (USA) Sir Michael Stoute 3 9-3 R L Moore 9/2
SP 9/2 Slowly into stride, in rear, never a factor opened 5/1 £10000-£2000 £5000-£1000 £2500-£500
10th (10) 1 14 Dffra (IRE) C E Brittain 3 8-12 P Robinson 16/1
SP 16/1 Pulled hard, led after 2f, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong
11th (14) 11 Nuzool (IRE) J L Dunlop 3 9-3 T P O'Shea 66/1
SP 66/1 Dwelt, always in rear
12th (6) ¾ 8 Galloping Minister (IRE) Tom Dascombe 3 9-3 R Kingscote 66/1
SP 66/1 Led 2f, tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out opened 100/1
13th (12) 65 5 Donnaconna (CAN) M Johnston 3 9-3 L Dettori 12/1
SP 12/1 Mid-division, took closer order over 5f out, weakened quickly over 3f out, tailed off, virtually pulled up opened 10/1
NR (1) 12 Strategic Bid P F I Cole 3 9-3 J P Spencer

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £7.30 Tote Place £2.60 £3.00 £4.40 Straight Forecast £41.90 Exacta £50.30 Trifecta £363.30 Swingers 1&2 £8.20, 2&3 £15.10, 1&3 £16.60

Jackpot £11,223.40 carried forward to Newbury, 15th Apr
Placepot £189.40, Pool: £76777.89, 295.78 winning tickets
Quadpot £23.00, Pool: £6915.44, 221.86 winning tickets

Analysis

A very taking win for MIDSUMMER FAIR, who like many from the yard seemed very fit for his racecourse bow. A strapping son of Medaglio d'Oro, he was smartly into stride and was always near to the pace. Dffra was sent to the front after a furlong, with her jockey unhappy with the early tempo, but the winner kept close tabs on the pace and was still travelling well with two furlongs left to run. It was at that point that Above Standard and Midsummer Fair tried to kick away from the field, and to the credit of both they kicked several lengths away. However whilst Above Standard seemed to flail when hitting the rising ground, that's when the winner really seemed to find his stride and he strode majestically away. His trainer believes that the extra distance will be no problem for this Derby entry, although he also suggested that he may not quite have the class to win it. Regardless this was a fine introduction and it will be fascinating to see how his career develops. Eventually Above Standard weakened badly into fifth, with Air Traffic, the eye-catcher of the race running on for second. Big green and gangly, Henry Cecil's charge had to be ridden along to try and advance his position at halfway. However he responded well to his rider and started to eat up the ground in the final two furlongs. He never looked like picking up the winner, as the bird had flown, but he was the best of the rest by a fair way. Third was another eye-catcher Laashak. He didn't get the clearest of runs, having to try and force a gap between runners at the furlong pole, but once he saw daylight he picked up nicely. He will have learnt plenty from the run and should be wiser next time. Next came England Rules who made some late headway from off the gallop; he wasn't well-fancied on this racecourse debut and he looked a bit keen and green early on. Behind Above standard in fifth came Ashiri who was caught up in a barging match in the dip and came off worst. Like Laashak, he really picked up in taking fashion when egtting some fresh air and he is a winner in waiting. The Guru Of Gloom shaped with promise in behind, having not been given a hard time, whilst Arch Fire was slowly into stride and never looked like featuring. He looked in need of the experience and should progress as the season goes on. Nuzool wasn't the quickest into stride and looked as if he found it all happening a bit too quickly; watch out for him over a mile and half in the autumn.