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16:30 Epsom Downs

Investec Surefooted Handicap (Class 2)

  • 16 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 4f 10y
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
  • £20,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 38.20s
  • Off Time: 16:34:04
  • 16 Ran
1(8)
Silk - Black and Orange (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Black spots, Yellow cap, Black spots
  • Form 028333
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-9
  • Official Rating 100

tracked leaders, ridden and every chance from over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong

2(5)
Silk - ORANGE, EMERALD GREEN stars
10/1
  • Form 7-83765
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-5
  • Official Rating 96

slowly into stride, always towards rear

3(17)
Silk - Beige, Dark Blue armlets, Dark Blue cap
16/1
  • Form 31-7
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-1
  • Official Rating 92

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

4(15)
Silk - LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets
33/1
  • Form 1444-65
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-1
  • Official Rating 92

always mid-division

5(16)
Silk - Royal Blue and Yellow stripes, checked sleeves, Royal Blue cap
12/1
  • Form 5008-75
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 91

always mid-division

6(2)
Silk - Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap

Martyr

15 D
13/2
  • Form 146-011
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 91

disputed lead until overall leader 4f out, soon hard pressed, kept on gamely, no extra when headed inside final furlong

7(13)
Silk - Pink and Yellow check, Pink sleeves
33/1
  • Form 42-4860
  • Age 7
  • Weight 8-13
  • Official Rating 90

mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, eased

8(14)
Silk - Light blue, black sash, armlets and hoop on cap

Bureaucrat

252 CD
14/1
  • Form 198/190-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 8-13
  • Official Rating 90

mid-division, hung left under pressure from 3f out, stayed on final furlong

9(7)
Silk - Orange, White stars on sleeves
  • Form 134-105
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-13
  • Official Rating 91

disputed lead until 4f out, gradually weakened

10(9)
Silk - Maroon, light blue epaulets, light blue sleeves, maroon stars, quartered cap
9/1
  • Form 35116-0
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-12
  • Official Rating 89

held up in last pair, ridden and steady headway from 3f out, switched right and stayed on final furlong

11(12)
Silk - White, Red cross belts and armlets, Yellow cap
11/1
  • Form 48718-5
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-10
  • Official Rating 87

in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, eased

13(3)
Silk - Emerald Green, Pink seams, sleeves and star on cap
  • Form 32149-4
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-7
  • Official Rating 84

tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, ran on strongly to lead inside final furlong, ridden out

14(6)
Silk - White, Emerald Green stripe, White sleeves, Dark Blue armlets

War Party

15 D
14/1
  • Form 34790-6
  • Age 5
  • Weight 8-6
  • Official Rating 83

tracked leaders, ridden well over 2f out, kept on same pace

15(10)
Silk - Dark Blue, White stars, Dark Blue sleeves, White cap
50/1
  • Form 5791-26
  • Age 5
  • Weight 8-4
  • Official Rating 81

always towards rear

16(4)
Silk - Purple, Yellow stripe, striped cap
5/1
  • Form 14333/5-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 8-4
  • Official Rating 81

always towards rear

17(1)
Silk - PURPLE and YELLOW diamonds, diabolo on sleeves

Kaleo

23
66/1
  • Form 37/3-606
  • Age 5
  • Weight 8-4
  • Official Rating 78

always mid-division

12(11)
NR

Conquisto

15 BF
  • Form 82684-5
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-7
  • Official Rating 84

Nonrunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Another tricky puzzle to solve in this Handicap and the missing piece to complete the selection picture looks to be recent winning hurdler HOT DIAMOND but only just in preference to Coin Of The Realm while Drill Sergeant shouldn't be ignored from a yard in form. The pick is rated at a useful 122 over timber and his last effort saw him place behind Joe Jo Star in the prestigious Swinton Hurdle last month. The winner has since gone on to land a decent contest on the level so with the form franked nicely and the pick on good form he should go well. Coin Of The Realm was runner up in fair Novice Hurdle at Aintree on his last start and having already won over this trip on the level should challenge off a fair at best mark. Drill Sergeant has to concede weight all round but is racing off the mark which saw him grab a place in a decent handicap at Doncaster last time. Before Mark Johnston's runner had put in a decent run in Listed company off a higher mark and with the yard going well he has decent claims. Martyr is on really good form having scored on both of his last two starts but as a result his rating is now looking prohibitive so, in what is a trappy affair, we like Hot Diamond.

Formwatch

Drill Sergeant 9-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 3f out and remained in touch, driven over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Dansili Dancer (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.

Love Galore (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Pulled very hard, led over 8f out, clear with one other, reduced lead over 4f out, ridden and headed inside final 3f, soon weakened and eased, last of 5, 30l behind Scintillo (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.

Red Kestrel (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, no impression, 7th of 12, 9l behind Moonquake (9-4) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.

Resplendent Light 15-2 (8-12) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 17l behind Unnefer (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f stks (2) gf in May.

Group Captain 25-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden over 2f out, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 18, 3l behind Hatton Flight (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (3) gd in Apr.

Martyr 4-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 9f out, remained in touch, ridden 2f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May beating John Terry (9-4) by 3/4l, 8 ran.

Pevensey (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Chased leader to 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, 21l behind Hatton Flight (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.

Bureaucrat 25-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, ridden 3f out, always in rear, 16th of 20, 16l behind All The Good (9-0) at Newbury 1m 5f hcap (2) gs in Aug.

Press The Button (GER) 7-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, not clear run well over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4l behind Cheshire Prince (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.

Storyland (USA) 5-1 (8-11) Switched right soon after start, held up in rear, hampered over 3f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 11th of 14, 12l behind Hatton Flight (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.

Bandama (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 12l behind Seeking The Buck (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.

Coin of The Realm (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 18, 2 3/4l behind Hatton Flight (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (3) gd in Apr.

War Party 20-1 (9-2) Raced keenly in rear, ridden over 2f out, never troubled leaders, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Martyr (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.

Aegean Prince 16-1 (9-2) Held up, headway over 1f out, soon hung left, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Mezzanisi (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in May.

Hot Diamond 10-3 (8-4) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway when hung right over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 9l behind Ajaan (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May '08.

Kaleo 10-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, led over 3f out until over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 23l behind Seeking The Buck (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.

Conquisto 7-2fav (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden along and headway 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 5th of 8, 4l behind Aleatricis (8-10) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.