14:25 Sandown

Friday 23 April 2021

All13:1513:5014:2515:0015:3516:1016:40

    bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes (Group 3)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   1m 1f 209y  |   Good (Good to Firm in places)  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:27  |   Winning time: 2m 13.56s
1st
Horse silk
6
(3)
6/4f
T: J & T GosdenJ: L Dettori
Led 1f, tracked leader, led again 2f out, shaken up and stayed on well inside final furlong op 13/8 tchd 11/8 and tchd 7/4
2nd
Horse silk
1 ¼
1
(2)
40/1
T: D M SimcockJ: Andrea Atzeni
Steadied start, held up in rear, gained a place 6f out, headway between horses over 2f out, soon hung right, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner op 33/1
3rd
Horse silk
2 ½
2
(1)
16/1
T: R CharltonJ: Hollie Doyle
Edgy and wore hood to post, pressed leader, led after 1f and dictated steady pace, pushed along and headed 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken when hung right over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, plugged on in 3rd tchd 12/1
4th
Horse silk
2 ½
4
(6)
49-0
7/2
T: Owen BurrowsJ: Jim Crowley
Tracked leaders until steadied into 5th 8f out, steady headway out wide 3f out, chased leaders soon after, 4th and no impression final furlong op 4/1 tchd 10/3
5th
Horse silk
1 ¼
7
(7)
80/1
T: D MenuisierJ: W Buick
Held up in last trio until dropped to last 6f out, pushed along and struggling to quicken 3f out, some late minor headway, never going pace to get involved op 66/1
6th
Horse silk
4 ½
3
(5)
5/2
T: Sir Michael StouteJ: R L Moore
Held up in last pair, closer on inside tracking leaders 8f out, edged right and went 3rd over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened over 1f out op 9/4 tchd 3/1
7th
Horse silk
3 ½
5
(4)
7/1
T: M JohnstonJ: F Norton
Tracked leading pair, pushed along 3f out, pushed along and lost 3rd over 2f out, wandered and weakened entering final 2f op 15/2

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£2.50Pl:£1.60, £11.10EX:£43.20Trifecta:£278.00SF:£58.51Swingers:£7.80, £4.10, £21.50

Forecasts

Waldkonig (6/4), Highest Ground (5/2), Hukum (7/2), Thunderous (7/1), Extra Elusive (16/1), Desert Encounter (40/1), Winter Reprise (80/1)

Verdict

A belting renewal of this Group 3, featuring a few who are likely to make their presence felt at the highest level in 2021. HIGHEST GROUND gets the nod to turn around last year's Dante form with Thunderous and provide Sir Michael Stoute with a fourth successive winner of the race. Hukum was a rapid improver last year and could be the one to give him most to do.

  1. HIGHEST GROUND (IRE)
  2. HUKUM (IRE)
  3. WALDKONIG

Prize Money

1st: £25,520.002nd: £9,675.003rd: £4,842.004th: £2,412.005th: £1,210.006th: £608.00

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