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17:25 Epsom Downs

Vodafone Group Services Handicap (Class C) (Class C)

  • 17 Runners
  • Distance: 7f
  • Going: Good
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 23.39s
  • 17 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
3rd
Silk -
1(12)
Silk - Yellow, Red chevrons, Red sleeves, Yellow diamonds, Black cap
  • Form 65-0300
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-7

held up in touch, ridden 3f out, soon one paced

2(17)
Silk - Royal blue
16/1
  • Form 1204-5
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-5

in touch wide, ridden over 2f out, soon lost action, weakened quickly and eased 1f out

3(8)
Silk - YELLOW, BLACK epaulets
9/1
  • Form 3-03402
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-0

track leaders, led 2f out, ridden clear 1f out, ran on well

4(15)
Silk - Royal Blue, White chevron, Light Blue cap
  • Form 5420-50
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-13

behind, headway 2f out, not reach reach leaders, stayed on same pace in final furlong

5(6)
Silk - Mauve, Light Blue cross belts
16/1
  • Form 260-000
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-13

led until headed 2f out, kept on until weakened final furlong

6(14)
Silk - YELLOW, BLACK epaulets
14/1
  • Form 32120-4
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-13

started slowly, held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, always held

7(16)
Silk - Red, White cross belts, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star
  • Form 061-140
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-13

in rear, some headway 2f out, never nearer

8(2)
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, PINK chevrons, ROYAL BLUE cap
20/1
  • Form 415-000
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-11

slowly into stride, soon in mid-division, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out

9(3)
Silk - White, Red epaulets, striped sleeves and cap
5/2
  • Form 2-11301
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-11

close up, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened and eased final furlong

10(7)
Silk - Dark Blue, Pink triple diamond, Dark Blue sleeves, Pink stars, Dark Blue cap, Pink star
40/1
  • Form 6154-60
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-8

slowly into stride, soon in touch, ridded 3f out, weakened well over 1f out

11(11)
Silk - Light Green and Yellow check, Yellow cap
40/1
  • Form 326-100
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-8

pulled hard towards rear, headway wide 2f out, ran on well final furlong to take third, nearest finish

12(9)
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, ORANGE and ROYAL BLUE striped sleeves and cap
10/1
  • Form 231-313
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-7

started slowly, towards rear, ridden 3f out, never dangerous

13(1)
Silk - Yellow, black star, light blue sleeves
  • Form 21-0
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-6

track leader, ridden 3f out, weakened quickly inside final two furlongs

14(4)
Silk - Dark Blue, Yellow hoop and sleeves, White cap
  • Form 22-0U50
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-6

held up mid-division, headway to chase winner over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, lost third close home

15(10)
Silk - Black and White stripes, checked sleeves, White cap
  • Form 300-001
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-5

behind, headway 2f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders

16(13)
Silk - Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves
14/1
  • Form 20-1602
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-4

prominent, effort over 2f out, soon ridden and kept on same pace

17(5)
Silk - Dark Blue and Maroon (quartered), Dark Blue sleeves and cap

Cello

29
12/1
  • Form 355-216
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-3

towards rear, headway and hampered inside final 2 furlongs, kept on but never dangerous

In depth

Verdict

The progressive Secret Place gets our vote here ahead of Free Trip, Makfool, Desert Dreamer, Mandobi and Taruskin. Much as the selection has been raised eight pounds for beating Dr Thong at Goodwood last time, that rates as decent handicap form and, having proven that he handles an undulating and switchback track and comes here in good heart, can run well again. Botanical has been quite highly tried to date so time will tell as to how good he is, but Makfool's second to subsequent Vodafone Derby supplementary entry Gatwick in a valuable Haydock handicap last time has a very good look to it. Desert Dreamer will probably fare better back at this trip and, if reading Gatwick form literally, his chance is the equal of Makfool, while Overdrawn has a bit to find. The best of Mandobi's juvenile form brings him into the mix and he should have better to come this year, while Free Trip ran well from the unfavoured side from today's mark at Lingfield last time, a race in which he finished one-and-a-half lengths behind Flip Flop And Fly but is now three pounds better off. Taruskin will be better off at this rip than the six he encountered at Salisbury last time and is another to pay some heed to in a tricky handicap. Overall, though, our vote just goes to Secret Place.