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Epsom Downs

  • 14:10 Investec Woodcote Stakes 6f

  • (Listed) £25,000 added 2yo 8 ran
  • Winner £14,192 2nd £5,380 3rd £2,692 4th £1,342
  • Going: Good to Firm (Good in places;Sprint;Good to Firm)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 9.44s
  • Off time: 14:11:06

Full result

14:10 Epsom Downs Result 4th June 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (8) Fulbright 9-0 S De Sousa M Johnston 2 3/1
Chased leader, pushed right 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well, driven out opened 11/4 touched 7/2 £2000-£500 £14000-£400 £7000-£2000(x3) £3500-£1000 £1400-£400 £1000-£300 £3000-£1000 £1500-£500
2nd (1) Evervescent (IRE) 9-0 N Callan J S Moore 2 12/1
Chased leading pair, switched right halfway, outpaced over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner opened 14/1 touched 14/1
3rd (7) ½ On The Dark Side (IRE) 8-9 P Mulrennan K A Ryan 2 8/1
Went left start, led, edged right off rails 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no chance with winner final furlong, lost 2nd close home opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £10000-£1200
4th (6) 2 Caspar Netscher 9-0 Johnny Murtagh A J McCabe 2 11/4f
Dwelt and hampered start, held up in last pair, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 4th last strides, never on terms opened 11/4 touched 10/3 £2000-£600 £1000-£300 £1500-£500(x2)
5th (2) hd Princess Banu 8-9 Catherine Gannon M R Channon 2 16/1
Raced in 5th on inside and off the pace, went modest 4th inside final 3f, ridden and weakened over 1f out, dropped to 5th last strides opened 12/1 touched 18/1
6th (5) He's So Cool (IRE) 9-0 Kieren Fox W G M Turner 2 13/2
Chased leaders early until lost place on downhill over 4f out, no chance after, pushed along and struggling halfway opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £2100-£300
7th (4) ½ Norse Gold 9-0 K Fallon D R C Elsworth 2 3/1
Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, soon beaten opened 4/1 touched 4/1 £2000-£400 £1500-£300 £4000-£1000 £2000-£500(x3) £7000-£2000
8th (3) 7 Miss Muga 8-9 E Creighton E J Creighton 2 66/1
Slowly away, outpaced in rear throughout opened 66/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.50,£3.30,£2.20
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£7.70 2&3:£7.70 1&3:£4.00

Jackpot: £63,769.89 carried forward to Worcester, 5th Jun
Placepot: £304.50, Pool: £294270.22, 705.37 winning tickets
Quadpot: £60.50, Pool: £14454.16, 176.7 winning tickets


Mark Johnston gained a third success in this race since 2002 with FULBRIGHT overcoming a wide draw to win impressively. He matched strides with On The Dark Side until the filly started to weaken and survived a minor bump or two from the weakening pacesetter to comfortably land the spoils. This Listed race has struggled to live up to its status in recent years and this year's renewal didn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary. However, the winner is related to smart sprinter Baltic King and showed plenty of speed here, as he had done at Musselburgh, and sees out this trip well; he has Group One entries in Ireland for later in the season but could head to Royal Ascot for the Coventry Stakes first and can't be underestimated given his rate of improvement. He was beaten by the well backed Caspar Netscher at Beverley on debut and things haven't really gone the way of Alan McCabe's runner since. He was beaten when giving plenty of weight away in a muddling race at Pontefract and found things happening too quickly over this sharp six but did best of those held-up. He still looks a shade green and already looks in need of further having possible inherited plenty of stamina from his dam; he may yet be competitive at this level. On The Dark Side picked up a modest Catterick maiden on debut and ran well until tiring. She was picked up close home by Evervescent who lacked the pace to trouble the winner and may be better suited by seven. Princess Banu is already relatively exposed and was beaten over eight lengths in a useful Listed race at York on her penultimate start; she had run a little better last time but her proximity does hold the bare form down. Norse Gold is well regarded by David Elsworth but got a little lit up when getting a knock at the start and took a while to settle - he is fairly stoutly bred and is worth another chance.