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16:50 Ascot

Hong Kong International Raceday Handicap (Class D)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 4f
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 38.53s
  • 9 Ran
2nd
Silk -
13/2

    3rd
    Silk -
    1(5)
    Silk - Light Blue, Yellow hooped sleeves, Black and Yellow check cap
    • Form 0-62201
    • Age 3
    • Weight 9-7

    held up tracking leaders, hampered and lost place halfway, ridden when ran wide on bend well over 2f out, soon beaten

    2(7)
    Silk - Emerald Green, Royal Blue sleeves, White cap, Emerald Green spots
    • Form 0-13
    • Age 3
    • Weight 9-7

    led, headed over 7f out, ridden to lead again over 2f out, quickened clear

    3(8)
    Silk - Lilac, Rose quartered cap
    13/2
    • Form 530306
    • Age 3
    • Weight 9-2

    prominent, led over 7f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on same pace

    4(3)
    Silk - Purple, Royal Blue sleeves
    • Form 0-0130
    • Age 3
    • Weight 8-12

    held up rear, well behind final 5f

    5(2)
    Silk - Pink and Dark Blue stripes, Pink sleeves and cap
    • Form 003
    • Age 3
    • Weight 8-10

    tracked leader over 7f out, ridden 3f out, weakened

    6(6)
    Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow Cross of Lorraine, diabolo on sleeves
    • Form 133030
    • Age 3
    • Weight 8-9

    in touch and keen, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out

    7(4)
    Silk - Light Blue, Dark Blue stars, Light Blue cap
    • Form 221132
    • Age 3
    • Weight 8-9

    held up towards rear, steady headway on inside over 3f out to chase leaders, one pace final furlong

    8(1)
    Silk - BLACK, EMERALD GREEN triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, BLACK cap, EMERALD GREEN diamond
    • Form 31-0000
    • Age 3
    • Weight 8-6

    held up towards rear, behind from over 4f out

    9(9)
    Silk - MAROON, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap, MAROON diamond
    13/2
    • Form 1-56034
    • Age 3
    • Weight 8-4

    held up tracking leaders, chased leaders over 3f out, faded final furlong

    In depth

    Verdict

    A tricky finale in which a chance is taken with Bahlino ahead of joint topweights Curlew River and Adopted Hero. This generally goes to an improving sort and there is no doubt that Willie Jarvis's inmate falls into that category, having been in good form all season. A back-to-back winner at Redcar and Beverley, he ran well under a penalty behind Ebor-bound Inglis Drever, and then beat all bar another well handicapped Sir Mark Prescott inmate, Tempsford at Lingfield four days ago. With the cheekpieces on to keep his mind on the job, Bahlino is taken to get back to winning ways. Curlew River opened his account at the expense of the more fancied Alaared at Kempton and will be expected to improve again, although the ground is now a worry. In contrast, Adopted Hero found conditions too fast at Haydock and has the scope to win a decent handicap. Lightly raced, he is the dark horse here, but we still prefer the claims of the consistent Bahlino.