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  • 14:50 Bank Of New York Mellon Dragon Stakes 5f 6y

  • (Listed) £21,500 added 2yo 6 ran
  • Winner £12,193 2nd £4,622 3rd £2,313 4th £1,152
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 2.06s
  • Off time: 14:53:38

Full result

14:50 Sandown Park Result 1st July 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (1) Forevertheoptimist (IRE) 9-2 K Fallon Mrs L Stubbs 2 9/1
Chased leader, led over 3f out, ridden and narrowly headed inside final furlong, driven and stayed on to regain lead last strides opened 9/1 touched 11/1
2nd (6) hd Kohala (IRE) 8-11 Graham Gibbons T D Barron 2 2/1j
Soon crossed over to press leaders on outer, chased winner approaching final 3f, led narrowly inside final furlong, stayed on, headed last strides opened 9/4 touched 9/4 £900-£400(x4) £1000-£500
3rd (2) 1 Bear Behind (IRE) 9-2 R L Moore Tom Dascombe 2 2/1j
Smartly away, led on rail over 1f, chased leading pair, outpaced halfway, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, kept on towards finish opened 2/1 touched 2/1 £4500-£2000 £900-£400(x2) £1700-£800 £4000-£2000(x2) £2000-£1000 £1000-£500 £3500-£2000
4th (3) The Penny Horse (IRE) 9-2 James Doyle J S Moore 2 12/1
Walked to post, chased leaders, ridden halfway, stayed on same pace final furlong opened 12/1 touched 14/1
5th (4) 2 Jack Who's He (IRE) 9-2 Catherine Gannon P D Evans 2 3/1
Soon pushed along in 5th, hampered over 4f out, ridden and struggling when hung left 2f out opened 3/1 touched 3/1 £3333-£1000
6th (5) 5 Dawn Lightning 8-11 R Winston A J McCabe 2 40/1
Held up in rear, always behind, never a factor opened 33/1 touched 40/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.70,£1.60
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£3.90 2&3:£1.10 1&3:£2.20

Jackpot: £18,948.47 carried forward to Sandown Park, 2nd Jul, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £151.40, Pool: £80462.07, 387.78 winning tickets
Quadpot: £23.00, Pool: £6527.77, 209.63 winning tickets


A fair race for the grade saw a tight finish fought out between two grey northern raiders in FOREVERTHEOPTIMIST and Kohala. The winner had stepped up from a promising debut to beat the useful Bannock and Misty Conquest (Listed placed) at Doncaster before flopping at Newcastle. He had bounced back from that race to run creditably in the Norfolk Stakes and is the second winner from that Group Two contest from just four to have run since. He jumped well and was soon involved in a three-way battle for the lead with Kohala and Bear Behind with Ryan Moore soon content to get a lead from the other pair. However, the front-two kept galloping all the way to the line with Kieren Fallon just able to edge his mount's head in front on the line despite getting a slight bump in the closing stages. Connections believe that there's more to come from him this season but will keep him at this level for the time being with the Rose Bowl Stakes (a race they won with Saxford in 2007) at Newbury in a fortnight's time the next target. Fillies have made the most of their allowance in recent runnings and Kohala came close to providing them with another success. She didn't look anything out of the ordinary on debut but has improved in leaps and bounds since and caught the eye in the Queen Mary Stakes in being beaten under three lengths despite racing towards the unflavoured part of the track. She showed plenty of pace here and certainly looks capable of winning at this level if not at a little higher, particularly on a course which places a greater emphasis on her speed. Ryan Moore was keen to get a good early position with Bear Behind but, having got to the front, was content to take a pull and allow the front two to go on. He closed the gap in the closing stages but was never quite getting there and was essentially outpaced; he looks in need of a step up in trip now having given the same impression in the Windsor Castle. They were clear of The Penny Horse who tried hard to get involved with a couple of furlongs to run but struggled to make any inroads and needs his sights lowering. Jack Who's He took a step back from his midfield run in the Coventry although he was always struggling to go the gallop and did finish a length further in front of Dawn Lightning than he had when the pair met at Leicester in March; he looks in need of further on this evidence.