14:40 Fontwell Park

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  • 8 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 5f 164y
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £4,800 added
  • Winner: £3,119
  • 2nd: £916
  • 3rd: £458
  • 4th: £229
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 37.40s
  • Off Time: 14:40:11
  • 8 Ran

Danboru (IRE)

34 t BF
  • Form: 8222F-3
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Official Rating: 108
  • Trainer: Tim Vaughan
  • Jockey: Alan Johns

led to 1st, tracked leader, not fluent 7th, ridden after 3 out, outpaced by front pair next, no impression after, lost 3rd flat

  • Form: 0/4443-4
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: Dr R D P Newland
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies

tracked leaders, mistake 7th, outpaced before 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on into 3rd flat, no impression

  • Form: 2/
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
  • Jockey: A P Cawley

mid-division, outpaced 3 out, never able to challenge

  • Form: 0-2
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: Jamie Snowden
  • Jockey: G Sheehan

led 1st, headed 4 out, lost place next, weakened before 2 out, tailed off

  • Form: 94-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: D J S Ffrench Davis
  • Jockey: M D Grant

held up behind, not fluent 3rd, struggling 4 out, never able to get involved

  • Form: 53
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: D G Bridgwater
  • Jockey: Tom Cannon

prominent, led 4 out, hit next, hard pressed 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, kept on, no impression with winner flat



  • Form: 4F83-U9
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-9
  • Official Rating: 106
  • Trainer: N B King
  • Jockey: Bryony Frost

held up mid-division, tracked leaders 7th, went 2nd 3 out, poised to challenge when not fluent next, led between last 2, ridden clear flat, edged left, stayed on well

  • Form: 0-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-9
  • Trainer: Miss Sarah Robinson
  • Jockey: Daniel Hiskett

always in rear, reminder after 3rd, lost touch 5th, pulled up before 7th

In depth


DANBORU (NAP) is hard to assess as he's yet to perform over timber, having been sent straight over fences when trained in Ireland. However, there are plus points to his chance as he stays the trip well, handles soft ground should conditions worsen and has been performing consistently over fences for Tim Vaughan. Dancing In The Sky is also an Irish import and the shrewd Newland team will surely elicit further improvement from the gelding after a solid if unspectacular first run for the yard. Slaine, Lyrical King and Moans Cross have revealed ability and are respected but the one to note in the market is Jonjo O'Neill's gelding, Dontbitedabait, a promising second in an Irish point on his sole start back in January last year but not seen since.


Danboru (IRE) 11-4fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, driven after 5 out, ridden after 3 out, stayed on to lead narrowly next, headed last, kept on and every chance towards stands rail flat, no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Cillian's Well (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in May.

Dancing In The Sky (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 4 out, went 4th before 2 out, no impression and well held when mistake last, 4th of 9, 14l behind Golden Taipan (11-2) at Warwick 2m mdn (5) gd in May.

Dontbitedabait (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Pr, 3rd 1/2way, 6l 4th 3out, rdn & drpd to 5th appr str, left 2nd 2out, 3l dwn last, closing on wnr to line, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Kapgarry (12-2) at Tinahely 3m mdn sft in Jan.

Lyrical King 12-1 (10-12) Led, headed before 2f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Mount Windsor (11-1) at Plumpton 2m 2f (5) gd in May.

Master Sam Bellamy 66-1 (11-0) Held up, closed 8f out, outpaced 4f out, kept on final 2f, no chance with winner, 4th of 7, 14 1/4l behind First Lord De Cuet (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 2f (5) gs in Mar.

Moans Cross (USA) 33-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, tracked winner, ridden and lost place after 3 out, no impression before next, went 3rd last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 5, 16l behind Present Ranger (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f (4) gd in May.

Slaine 11-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 10, dist behind Midnight Aurora (10-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in May.

Volavicious 150-1 (10-7) Always behind, lost touch after 4 out, tailed off, last of 11, dist behind Grey Diamond (11-0) at Chepstow 2m mdn (5) gd in Apr.