Newbury

  • 14:55 Al Zubarah London Gold Cup Handicap1m 2f

  • Winner £43,575 2nd £13,048 3rd £6,524 4th £3,262
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 14.57s
  • Off time: 14:57:47
14:55 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Defoe (IRE) 8/1
2nd Mucho Applause (IRE) 7/2
3rd Time To Study (FR) 9/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 (6) 2212-65 Red, gold braid, white sleeves and cap with gold       tassel Al Hamdany (IRE) 8
3 9-7 p1 M Botti L Dettori 95 1001
2 (10) 4144-6 Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap Contrast (IRE) 22
3 9-5 R Hannon R L Moore 93 1001
3 (9) 35111-5 Red, royal blue chevron, white sleeves, royal blue stars, red cap, royal blue star Count Calabash (IRE) 31
Distance Winner
3 9-1 P F I Cole A Kirby 89 1001
4 (12) 121- Yellow, dark blue sleeves, yellow stars, yellow cap, dark blue star Time To Study (FR) 184
Distance Winner
3 9-0 M Johnston F Norton 88 1001
5 (1) 120- Yellow, large Black spots and spots on cap Defoe (IRE) 224
3 9-0 R Varian Andrea Atzeni 88 1001
6 (11) 531-3 Emerald Green, Black epaulets, striped sleeves, Emerald Green cap Century Dream (IRE) 22
3 8-13 t S Crisford Harry Bentley 87 1001
7 (4) 112-5 Black, white hoop, white sleeves, black armlets Andok (IRE) 14
3 8-13 R A Fahey P Hanagan 87 1001
8 (7) 341-2 Red, white star, halved sleeves and stars on cap Mucho Applause (IRE) 22
3 8-11 A M Balding Oisin Murphy 85 1001
9 (13) 41-2 Pink, royal blue braces Glorious Forever 22
3 8-11 Ed Walker J P Spencer 85 1001
10 (14) 21156-4 Light blue, yellow and light blue halved sleeves Zymyran 18
3 8-9 D M Simcock Tom Marquand 83 1001
11 (5) 001 ROYAL BLUE and PURPLE (quartered), ROYAL BLUE sleeves and cap Duke Of Bronte 28
Course Winner
3 8-9 B R Millman Ryan Tate 83 1001
12 (8) 214 Yellow, Black and Yellow striped sleeves, White cap Bush House (IRE) 48
3 8-7 b H Palmer Josephine Gordon 81 1001
14 (3) 083-412 Royal blue, dark green sleeves, dark green cap, white spots I'vegotthepower (IRE) 10
3 8-3 v B J Meehan Kieren Fox 77 1001
Non runners
13 (2)2242-71Mister Blue Sky (IRE)38-4S KirkM Dwyer78

Verdict

Time To Study did well to score twice in his first season as he's by Motivator so should do better this term but Defoe didn't have much to beat on his debut and was well beaten when stepped into Listed company at Newmarket in October. Century Dream improved with each run in his first campaign and led for a long way on his reappearance over this trip at Sandown while Andok, who has a soft ground victory to his credit, looked in need of the run on his reappearance at Newmarket and will be ready for this. MUCHO APPLAUSE, a winner on soft ground at Salibury, was caught right on the line over a mile at Sandown last month and, with that under his belt, can go one better. The progressive Glorious Forever is another to note in a very competitive handicap.