Newbury

  • 13:50 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes 1m 4f 5y

  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Straight: Good, Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 37.86s
  • Off time: 13:50:11
13:50 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Universal (IRE) 11/1
2nd Quiz Mistress 16/1
3rd Noble Mission 5/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (6) 158905- White and Yellow check, Red sleeves, Yellow cap Allied Powers (IRE) 196
Course WinnerDistance Winner
8 8-12 M L W Bell J P Spencer 101 33/134.00
2 (1) 1216-72 Light Blue, Yellow hoop and armlets, Yellow cap, Light Blue diamond Fattsota 51
Distance Winner
5 8-12 M Botti Martin Harley 106 11/112.00
3 (8) 17/20- Maroon and White diabolo, White sleeves, quartered cap Meganisi (IRE) 14
Course Winner
6 8-12 Miss R Curtis Liam Jones 105 40/141.00
4 (7) 117378- Emerald Green and White diamonds, striped sleeves, Red cap Ed De Gas 223
Distance Winner
4 8-11 Rae Guest C Catlin 100 66/167.00
5 (9) 21117- Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap Guarantee 217
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 8-11 W J Haggas Johnny Murtagh (ex1) 105 4/15.00
6 (4) 3/123-1 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves, GREEN CAP Model Pupil 29
Distance Winner
4 8-11 C Hills R L Moore 107 4/15.00
7 (3) 122142- Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Noble Mission 175
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
4 8-11 h Sir H R A Cecil T P Queally 115 5/42.25
8 (2) 093921 Yellow, dark blue sleeves, yellow stars, yellow cap, dark blue star Universal (IRE) 14
Distance Winner
4 8-11 M Johnston S De Sousa 107 11/112.00
9 (5) 120417- Royal Blue and Yellow diabolo, Yellow sleeves, Royal Blue cap Quiz Mistress 174
Distance Winner
5 8-9 H Morrison R Hughes 100 16/117.00

Verdict

Allied Powers was runner-up in this Group 3 12 months ago and should be thereabouts again, despite making his seasonal reappearance. Fattsota was second on the Tapeta at Meydan in February and will appreciate the switch back to Turf while Model Pupil may be about to start fulfilling his potential after an easy win at Doncaster. Universal defied a big weight in a decent handicap at Lingfield earlier this month but needs to take a further step forward here. NOBLE MISSION looks the one to be on as he beat subsequent St Leger hero Encke in the Gordon Stakes last July and lost nothing in defeat behind useful filly Hazel Lavery on his final start of 2012 over today's course and distance. Guarantee was a long way behind Encke in the St Leger but had won his three previous starts and could develop into a cup horse this term. Ed de Gas and Quiz Mistress will find easier opportunities in the months ahead.