Newbury

  • 13:50 bet365 Stakes 1m 2f

  • Winner £20,983 2nd £7,955 3rd £3,981 4th £1,983
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 10.08s
  • Off time: 13:50:39
13:50 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Fox Chairman (IRE) 8/13
2nd Pondus 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (2) 5/021-80 Mauve, white halved sleeves Dolphin Vista (IRE) 32
Distance Winner
6 9-6 R M Beckett R Kingscote 110 14/115.00
2 (6) 4-13503 Royal blue First Nation 15
Distance Winner
5 9-6 C Appleby James Doyle 109 6/17.00
3 (5) 900-294 Black, Red chevron, sleeves and cap What About Carlo (FR) 40
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 9-6 Eve Johnson Houghton Tom Marquand 96 25/126.00
4 (1) 132 Royal blue, white hoop, striped sleeves, white cap, royal blue star Fox Chairman (IRE) 30
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
3 8-11 A M Balding S De Sousa 107 8/131.62
5 (4) 4116 Pink, red epaulets, white sleeves, orange cap Pondus 29
Distance Winner
3 8-11 J R Fanshawe Oisin Murphy 98 7/24.50
Non runners
6 (3)1-130Set Piece38-11H PalmerNon Runner104

Verdict

Dolphin Vista has seemingly been out of sorts since landing the Doonside Cup last season whilst First Nation and What About Carlo are running okay but concede 9lb to the three-year-olds. Pondus was quietly fancied for the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot but was never competitive. Maybe the race came too soon but this will provide a better barometer of his ability. Set Piece, third in the Craven Stakes and unplaced in the 2000 Guineas, steps up to 10f now but the classy FOX CHAIRMAN (NAP) is preferred. Whether he'd have won is another matter, but he was unlucky in running when second in the Hampton Court at the Royal meeting and can go one better.