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14:45 Newbury

Grundon Stakes (Class A) (Registered As The Aston Park Stakes) (Listed Race) (Class A)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 5f 61y
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 50.60s
  • 6 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
1(3)
Silk - Dark Blue, Grey stars, Dark Blue cap, Grey star
4/1
  • Form 31111-0
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-4

mulish on way to post, held up behind leaders, pulled out to challenge going easily 2f out, led on bit well over 1f out, quickened clear, ridden out, very easily

2(2)
Silk - Yellow, Dark Blue disc
7/2
  • Form 630115/
  • Age 8
  • Weight 8-12

held up in 5th, hard ridden over 2f out, ran on to take 3rd inside final furlong

3(1)
Silk - Green, red epaulets
11/1
  • Form 034/14-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-12

tracked leaders, ridden along 3f out, driven, edged right and flashed tail under pressure, not run on final furlong

4(6)
Silk - Purple, Light Blue chevron, Light Blue cap
  • Form 23120-1
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-12

soon led, ridden along throughout, narrowly headed over 3f out, stayed chasing until one-paced and lost 2nd inside final furlong

5(5)
Silk - White, Red sash, Red and White striped cap
16/1
  • Form 5162-02
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-12

held up in rear, ridden and ran on to take modest 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner

6(4)
Silk - Grey, Royal Blue seams, sleeves and cap
11/2
  • Form 213425-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-10

tracked leader, led narrowly over 3f out, soon driven, headed well over 1f out, weakened quickly approaching final furlong

In depth

Verdict

Arctic Owl has been a credit to connections having landed the Irish St Leger in 2000 but has had his share of problems since and is best watched on his return following a lengthy absence since disappointing over hurdles. High Pitched was a most progressive sort last term and took the step up from handicap company in his stride when landing the Group 3 St Simon Stakes. Henry Cecil's charge is entitled to improve for his reappearance and any rain will be in his favour. Love Everlasting is not out of it if able to reproduce the pick of last year's form while First Ballot showed he is in good form judged on his Newmarket success (Warrsan held) and Dawari is capable of further progress having been lightly campaigned.