• 13:45 Sky Bet Melrose Stakes Heritage Handicap1m 6f

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


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 58.47s
  • Off time: 13:45:32
13:45 York Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Akmal 8/1
2nd Alanbrooke 12/1
3rd Bernie The Bolt (IRE) 20/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (7) 1-67131 Maroon, light blue epaulets, light blue sleeves, maroon stars, quartered cap Classic Vintage (USA) 23
3 9-7 Mrs A J Perrett Jim Crowley 97 9/25.50
2 (12) 1-16456 Royal Blue, White striped sleeves, White cap Too Much Trouble 23
3 9-6 M R Channon J Fortune 96 12/113.00
3 (3) 311215 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Akmal 23
Course and Distance Winner
3 9-3 J L Dunlop R Hills 93 8/19.00
4 (11) 681126 DARK GREEN, RED cap, DARK GREEN diamond Alanbrooke 13
Distance Winner
3 9-3 b M Johnston J Fanning 93 12/113.00
5 (4) 091314 Emerald Green and White (quartered), hooped sleeves, Black cap Cosmic Sun 23
Course Winner
3 9-2 R A Fahey P Hanagan 92 9/25.50
6 (2) 01-101 Black, White sleeves, Maroon cap, Grey star Braveheart Move (IRE) 5 (ex6)
3 9-2 Sir Mark Prescott R L Moore 86 13/27.50
7 (14) 121304 Red, White cross belts, halved sleeves Barwell Bridge 13
Course Winner
3 9-0 S Kirk James Doyle 90 25/126.00
9 (10) 311323 ORANGE, MAROON hoop and armlets, BLACK and ORANGE quartered cap Final Victory 13
3 8-9 A M Balding E Ahern 85 16/117.00
10 (13) 4-44211 Emerald Green, White stars, sleeves and cap Penang Princess 57
Distance Winner
3 8-7 R M Beckett J P Fahy (7) 83 8/19.00
11 (5) 11-72 Dark green, red chevrons on sleeves, red cap, dark green diamond Alcalde 6
Beaten Favourite
3 8-6 b1 M Johnston R Ffrench 82 10/111.00
12 (9) 0-53331 Emerald green, red sleeves, emerald green stars, emerald green cap, red star Bernie The Bolt (IRE) 14
Distance Winner
3 8-4 A M Balding W Buick 80 20/121.00
13 (1) 622022 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Gibb River (IRE) 14
Beaten Favourite
3 8-2 P W Chapple-Hyam A McCarthy 78 20/121.00
14 (6) 334315 Black and Orange (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Black spots, Yellow cap, Black spots Royal Trooper (IRE) 15
3 8-1 J G Given M Dwyer 77 33/134.00
Non runners
8 (8)222111Stanstill (IRE)39-0G A SwinbankR Winston90


The 2009 renewal of the Melrose looks just as tricky as ever with numerous chances, but it will take a good one to lower the colours of STANSTILL, who gets the vote ahead of Penang Princess and Braveheart Move. The last-named has the typical profile of a Sir Mark Prescott-trained improver, having already been well placed to win three of his five starts. He handles fast ground well and has to shoulder a penalty for a recent Pontefract win, but pedigree suggests that stamina may be an issue over this far. There are no such concerns for supporters of Penang Princess, who has won over both this trip and also two miles at Kempton last time out. Fast ground is ideal for her and even after a 7lb rise she has to be given plenty of respect. With the yard in good form Alcalde could well emerge as a leading player. Mark Johnston's colt clearly needed his return run and went very close over 1m 4f at Newmarket last weekend. He is related to winners over this trip, is open to improvement after just four runs, and given his prominent style of racing he looks like being a big danger. Top weight Classic Vintage has been raised 7lbs for a Glorious Goodwood success, and although pedigree suggests that he may run out of gas, that latest win indicated otherwise. Cosmic Sun is 6lbs better off with Amanda Perrett's charge for three lengths in that Goodwood contest, and with this trip more likely to suit the Helission gelding he may well be up to turning the tables. Alanbrooke will keep going when others have cried enough, though the handicapper looks to have his measure for now. Final Victory is 3lbs better off with the selection for a little over a length at Haydock and is not discounted, but we prefer his conqueror that day, Stanstill. Alan Swinbank's gelding has not been out of the first two all season, winning his last three. He is a tough one for the assessor to get right given that he only just does enough to win, meaning that he may still have a bit in hand. He stays this far, the ground is not a problem and he looks likely to continue on the rise.