16:10 Brighton

Hardings Supports The Brooke Hospital Claiming Stakes

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 1f 209y
  • Going: Firm
  • Surface: Turf
  • ¤0 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 1.18s
  • 7 Ran
Silk - DARK BLUE, RED cap, GREEN spots
  • Form 700-950
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-5
  • Official Rating 70

led and set strong pace, headed 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, no extra

Silk - Black and Yellow (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Black armlets, Black cap
  • Form 245908-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-5
  • Official Rating 60

held up in 5th and well off the pace, closed to track leading pair over 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on final furlong but always held

Silk - PURPLE and YELLOW (quartered), striped sleeves, YELLOW cap

Ben Hur

22 D
  • Form 6885-75
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-9
  • Official Rating 54

with leader and clear of rest, led 2f out, hard ridden final furlong, held on

Silk - Emerald Green, Dark Blue diamonds on sleeves and cap
  • Form 000-000
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-9
  • Official Rating 51

held up in 4th and well off the pace, pushed along 3f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong nearest finish

Silk - WHITE, ROYAL BLUE chevrons, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, WHITE spots, quartered cap
  • Form 0/0577-6
  • Age 9
  • Weight 8-7
  • Official Rating 43

held up last, pushed along 3f out, stayed on final furlong nearest finish

Silk - Maroon and Orange (quartered), Orange sleeves


24 C
  • Form 5-90035
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-5
  • Official Rating 37

held up in rear, well behind final 3f

Silk - Yellow, Maroon armlets, quartered cap
  • Form 05-7947
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-5
  • Official Rating 42

chased clear leading pair to over 3f out, weakened quickly

In depth


It is hard to fancy many of these so the vote goes to Ben Hur ahead of Looks The Business and A One. Ben Hur won a Chester claimer when rated 63 last summer, although more recent efforts have been disappointing. That said, a return to a track of this nature might rekindle him, that plus the fact that the opposition looks modest. Looks The Business showed some promise on the Flat before his attention was switched to hurdles, over which he won. He has to be respected at this level. A One won five times last summer, and would be a shoo-in if back in that type of mood, but his form since August leaves something to be desired. That said, he has to be given serious thought at this level. Finally, Mighty Pip caught the eye making some late gains over course and distance last time and might go well in what is a modest race but, for the winner, we return to Ben Hur.


A One (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Outpaced, always in rear, 12th of 13, 16l behind Devon Flame (9-8) at Windsor 6f clm (5) gf.

Looks The Business (IRE) 11-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 6f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 16, 13l behind Cause Celebre (8-9) at Bath 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (E) gf in May '04.

Ben Hur 7-2 (8-12) Pushed into lead, headed over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened, 5th of 8, 13l behind Go Green (8-7) at Chepstow 1m 4f sll (6) gs.

Pick of The Crop 66-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride and always behind, last of 12, 11l behind Temper Tantrum (9-10) at Lingfield 1m hcp (F4) pol in Mar.

Mighty Pip (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway on wide outside 2f out, never reached leaders, 6th of 19, 8l behind Lyrical Way (9-11) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp (6) gf.

Pererin 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on but not reach leaders, 5th of 17, 4l behind Make It Happen Now (8-2) at Leicester 7f stk (7) sft.

Stylish Sunrise (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Held up, effort over 4f out, soon beaten, last of 7, well behind Given A Chance (8-10) at Yarmouth 2m stk (7) gd in Apr.