Epsom Downs

  • 14:40 Investec Diomed Stakes 1m 114y

  • Winner £28,385 2nd £10,760 3rd £5,385 4th £2,685
  • Going: Good to Firm (Good in places;Sprint;Good to Firm)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 45.12s
  • Off time: 14:40:38
14:40 Epsom Downs Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Fanunalter 16/1
2nd St Moritz (IRE) 9/2
3rd Rio de La Plata (USA) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (6) 171211- Royal blue Rio de La Plata (USA) 209
Distance Winner
6 9-11 Saeed bin Suroor L Dettori 120 7/24.50
2 (3) 1/0339-3 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Awzaan 14
4 9-4 M Johnston R Hills 110 17/29.50
3 (1) 8771-23 Light Blue, Yellow hoop and armlets, Yellow cap, Light Blue diamond Fanunalter 86
Beaten Favourite
5 9-4 M Botti A Kirby 107 16/117.00
4 (4) 50-0607 Grey, Dark Blue stripe, Dark Blue sleeves, Yellow armlets, check cap Mac Love 106
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 9-4 Stef Higgins N Callan 102 14/115.00
5 (2) 221107- White, Emerald Green hoop Nationalism 217
Distance Winner
4 9-4 J H M Gosden W Buick 102 16/117.00
6 (7) 1328-43 Orange, Black diamond, halved sleeves Premio Loco (USA) 21
7 9-4 C F Wall G Baker 119 15/82.88
7 (8) 50-1121 Pink and Purple diamonds, diabolo on sleeves St Moritz (IRE) 23
5 9-4 D Nicholls Adrian Nicholls 107 9/25.50
8 (5) 821415- Royal blue, white cap Vesuve (IRE) 232
5 9-4 Saeed bin Suroor M Barzalona 110 8/19.00

Verdict

PREMIO LOCO is admirably consistent and well up to winning at this level and above as he showed when landing the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot in July. Chris Wall's seven-year-old can't quite manage an elusive Group 1 but ran another excellent race behind Canford Cliffs in the Lockinge and goes unpenalised here. Rio De La Plata improved out of all recognition as last season progressed and followed a superb effort when beaten a head in the Prix Du Moulin with two victories in the highest grade in Italy. He's penalised for those successes, however, and entries in all the major Group 1's of the summer suggest he might not quite be ready for this and it would be no great surprise to see his stablemate Vesuve, who wasn't far behind him in the Strensall Stakes at York, reverse the form. Awzaan's brilliant juvenile career culminated in a victory in the Middle Park and though he never really got going last term there were signs on his comeback at York that all is not lost. Fanunalter ran very well in Dubai but hasn't convinced at this level in the past while St Moritz and the veteran Mac Love don't quite look up to this.