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Epsom Downs

  • 15:15 'dash' Heritage Handicap5f

  • £50,000 added 3yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm on the Sprint Course)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 0m 55.33s
  • Off time: 15:15:46

Full result

15:15 Epsom Downs Result 7th June 2008
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (8) Holbeck Ghyll (IRE) 8-7 W Buick A M Balding 6 15/2
Went right start, soon prominent, driven over 1f out, led final 100yds, ran on opened 8/1 touched 8/1
2nd (19) ½ Merlin's Dancer 8-5 J F Egan S Dow 8 12/1
Led on near side rail, chased leaders in centre group, every chance entering final furlong, ran on, not quite pace of winner opened 12/1 touched 12/1
3rd (12) ½ Safari Mischief 8-8 L Morris (3) P Winkworth 5 17/2
Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, every chance entering final furlong, kept on to take 3rd near finish opened 10/1 touched 10/1
4th (17) ½ Hogmaneigh (IRE) 9-8 Saleem Golam S C Williams 5 9/2f
Steadied start, held up, headway to chase leaders 2f out, effort entering final furlong, kept on one pace, not reach leaders opened 5/1 touched 5/1 £2500-£500(x2) £1500-£300
5th (6) nk Masta Plasta (IRE) (ex4) 9-8 Adele Rothery (7) D Nicholls 5 7/1
Overall leader in centre, driven over 1f out, no extra and headed final 100 yards, faded towards finish opened 7/1 touched 7/1 £3250-£500
6th (20) nk Fathom Five (IRE) 9-5 P Mulrennan B Smart 4 8/1
Started slowly, soon prominent, every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace opened 8/1 touched 8/1
7th (7) nk Strike Up The Band 8-13 S De Sousa D Nicholls 5 18/1
Chased leaders, towards centre, 2nd and every chance over 1f out, no extra and one pace inside final furlong opened 20/1 touched 20/1
8th (9) ½ Bond City (IRE) 9-0 A Munro G R Oldroyd 6 20/1
Slightly hampered start, behind, kept on from over 1f out, not trouble leaders opened 18/1 touched 20/1
9th (10) ¾ Northern Empire (IRE) 9-2 N Callan K A Ryan 5 20/1
Anticipated start and hit stalls, reared leaving stalls, switched right to stand side rail, towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on, never nearer opened 20/1 touched 20/1
10th (4) Tournedos (IRE) (ex4) 9-4 Adrian Nicholls D Nicholls 6 12/1
Never better than mid-division opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £5000-£300
11th (5) nk Hereford Boy 8-3 (+1) Kirsty Milczarek (3) D K Ivory 4 40/1
Behind, ridden halfway, never dangerous opened 40/1 touched 40/1
12th (13) nk Steelcut (ex4) 8-0 David Probert (7) R A Fahey 4 33/1
In touch to halfway, weakened over 1f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
13th (16) ½ Magic Glade 8-2 P Mathers Peter Grayson 9 40/1
Chased leaders 2f, weakened gradually from halfway opened 33/1 touched 40/1
14th (18) ¾ Canadian Danehill (IRE) 9-3 L Dettori R M H Cowell 6 16/1
Held up behind mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
15th (1) nk Morinqua (IRE) 9-3 T P Queally J G Given 4 16/1
Chased leader centre, ridden 2f out and weakened quickly over 1f out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
16th (15) ½ Evens And Odds (IRE) 9-10 Neil Brown (5) K A Ryan 4 11/1
Mid-division to halfway, soon outpaced and weakened 2f out opened 11/1 touched 12/1
17th (3) ¾ Ocean Blaze 8-2 A McCarthy B R Millman 4 25/1
Chased leaders in centre, weakened quickly over 1f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
18th (11) nk Bigalos Bandit 8-4 S Whitworth D Nicholls 6 50/1
Started slowly, always in rear group, never a factor opened 50/1 touched 50/1
19th (14) Diane's Choice 8-4 T P O'Shea Miss Gay Kelleway 5 50/1
Always behind and never on terms opened 40/1 touched 50/1
NR (2) How's She Cuttin' (IRE) 8-7 Doubtful T D Barron 5

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.50,£3.00,£2.20,£2.00
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00

Jackpot: £126,961.80 carried forward to Southwell, 7th Jun
Placepot: £63.50, Pool: £293821.3, 3372.52 winning tickets
Quadpot: £27.70, Pool: £11475.3, 306.05 winning tickets
PlaceSix: £41.02
PlaceFive: £26.43


Previous experience of the flying five at Epsom is a huge advantage in sprints over the minimum distance - a factor that aided HOLBECK GHYLL who finished fourth in this race last season. William Buick took the gelding to the front approaching the furlong marker and the result never looked in doubt from that point onwards. "He jumped out well from the stalls and picked up inside the final furlong." said Buick. The six-year-old has now won three of his four starts this season and he appears to be going from strength to strength. Merlin's Dancer has also run in this race before (finished eighth in the last two renewals) and came very close to breaking his duck at Epsom. He may have preferred faster ground, so this was a solid effort from him. Safari Mischief copes well with these idiosyncratic courses and was doing sterling work near the finish. He is due to go up 3lb in future handicaps and may struggle from now on. Last year's winner Hogmaneigh lso motored into top gear near the line and looks to be running into form hile Masta Plasta is also in great heart just now and has obviously thrived since joining David Nicholls' yard. There was also plenty to like about the effort from Fathom Five who is proving to be consistent and versatile regarding the ground. Bond City and Northern Empire ran to form but are hard to win with at the present time.