Newmarket

  • 16:25 Vision.ae Rockfel Stakes 7f

  • Winner £39,697 2nd £15,050 3rd £7,532 4th £3,752
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 25.54s
  • Off time: 16:29:27
16:25 Newmarket Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Al Thakhira 5/1
2nd Blockade (IRE) 33/1
3rd Valonia 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (8) 1 Grey, maroon epaulets Al Thakhira 25
2 8-12 M Botti Martin Harley 5/16.00
2 (6) 220118 White, Red sash, Yellow cap Blockade (IRE) 21
2 8-12 J Tate N Callan 93 33/134.00
3 (5) 721428 Grey, purple seams, sleeves and cap Hoku (IRE) 6
2 8-12 O Stevens Jim Crowley 98 16/117.00
5 (4) 112 Yellow, black stars, diabolo on sleeves, black cap, yellow stars Lightning Thunder 15
2 8-12 O Stevens Harry Bentley 110 8/111.73
6 (7) 14 Royal Blue, Yellow sash Lustrous 29
Distance Winner
2 8-12 R Hannon R Hughes 12/113.00
7 (9) 41222 Emerald green, brown stars, emerald green cap, brown star Thewandaofu (IRE) 14
2 8-12 J A Osborne R L Moore 77 25/126.00
8 (3) 214 Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Valonia 21
Beaten Favourite
2 8-12 H Candy J P Spencer 96 7/18.00
9 (2) 820331 LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Ventura Mist 7
2 8-12 p T D Easterby D Fentiman 97 14/115.00
Non runners
4 (1)44Ifrika28-12C E BrittainJames Doyle

Verdict

LIGHTNING THUNDER stands out in this. She missed out on landing a Group 2 at this track last month by only a short-head to an Andre Fabre-trained winner and can go one better. Olly Stevens has a strong hand as he also runs Hoku, who had Ventura Mist, Valonia and Blockade behind when second at Ayr last month. Lustrous never figured in the May Hill at Doncaster last time but today's drop back in trip will suit while Marco Botti clearly thinks well of Al Thakhira as he steps her up in class having won a maiden at Yarmouth.