Newbury

  • 16:35 Berkshire County Blind Society Handicap1m 3f 5y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 19.99s
  • Off time: 16:35:13
16:35 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Berling (IRE) 9/2
2nd Activate 9/2
3rd Arctic Cosmos (USA) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (3) 631-5 Yellow, mauve spots, yellow sleeves Red Courtier 12
3 9-4 P F I Cole A Kirby 80 8/19.00
2 (11) 924-18 Dark Blue, Royal Blue epaulets and armlets, Pink cap Street Entertainer (IRE) 21
3 9-3 Mrs A J Perrett P Cosgrave 79 16/117.00
3 (9) 5-1 RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap Huff And Puff 23
Distance Winner
3 9-2 Mrs A J Perrett A Munro 78 10/111.00
4 (8) 44-1 Dark Blue, White sash and sleeves, quartered cap Arctic Cosmos (USA) 24
3 9-2 J H M Gosden W Buick 78 5/16.00
5 (13) 653-1 Black and Grey check, Black sleeves and cap Berling (IRE) 24
3 9-2 J L Dunlop E Ahern 78 9/25.50
6 (7) 51-0 Red, Black stars, Red sleeves, Black spots and stars on cap Higgy's Ragazzo (FR) 21
3 9-2 R Hannon P Hills (3) 78 16/117.00
7 (10) 100-9 Dark Blue, Emerald Green cross belts and sleeves, Pink cap Meglio Ancora 21
Course Winner
3 9-2 J G Portman Dane O'Neill 78 28/129.00
9 (4) 062-1 Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap Activate 16
Distance Winner
3 9-1 M L W Bell J P Spencer 77 9/25.50
10 (12) 421-92 Royal Blue, White seams, chevrons on sleeves, White cap Essexbridge 4
3 8-12 R Hannon R Hughes 74 9/25.50
11 (2) 53551-3 Orange, purple chevron, purple and orange chevrons on sleeves, purple and orange quartered cap If I Were A Boy (IRE) 130
Beaten Favourite
3 8-11 D J S Ffrench Davis J F McDonald 73 66/167.00
12 (6) 7333 Grey, Pink epaulets, quartered cap Corres (IRE) 39
3 8-10 D R C Elsworth Michael Hills 72 20/121.00
13 (5) 235-6 Royal Blue, Yellow chevron, Yellow cap, Royal Blue spots King's Parade 36
3 8-10 v1 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 72 14/115.00
Non runners
8 (1)804-Caucus39-1H MorrisonS J Drowne77

Verdict

Quite a demanding little puzzle but the signs point to ARCTIC COSMOS who is just preferred to Caucus and Berling in an open race. The selection showed ability on two starts over a mile at the backend of last season and duly confirmed that promise with a ready success on his seasonal return over an extended nine furlongs at Wolverhampton. There are mixed messages from the form but he was a very impressive winner and he will need to go close to winning this from a mark of 78 if his entry in a Group 2 next month doesn't prove to be fanciful. Red Courtier looked in need of the run when finishing a close-up fifth in a competitive handicap at the Guineas meeting and it would be no surprise to see him take a hand in the finish here whilst Caucus appeals as a certain improver now handicapping over middle distances and should be monitored in the market. Berling's third to Ted Spread in a Goodwood maiden looks a fair effort now and the form of his handicap win at Folkestone is rock solid whilst Huff And Puff and Activate are amongst others sure to attract support but we'll look to Arctic Cosmos to lead them home.