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16:45 Newmarket

Gordon's Handicap (Class 2)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 6f
  • Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £50,000 added
  • Winner: £31,125
  • 2nd: £9,320
  • 3rd: £4,660
  • 4th: £2,330
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 59.88s
  • Off Time: 16:46:46
  • 7 Ran
1st
Silk -
11/4

    2nd
    Silk -
    1(5)
    Silk - Silver, tassel on cap

    Hochfeld (IRE)

    273 DCD
    6/1
    • Form 261935-
    • Age 4
    • Weight 9-10
    • Official Rating 103

    led, brought field to centre over 7f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace

    2(4)
    Silk - Royal blue, white cap
    14/1
    • Form 8-35490
    • Age 5
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 100

    close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong

    3(2)
    Silk - WHITE, large BLACK spots, BLACK cap

    Elgin

    42
    5/2
    • Form 311
    • Age 6
    • Weight 9-5
    • Official Rating 98

    keen, held up, ridden and headway 2f out, weakened final furlong

    5(3)
    Silk - Royal blue

    Hamada

    58
    11/4
    • Form 321/11
    • Age 4
    • Weight 9-3
    • Official Rating 96

    tracked leader, switched towards stands side and led over 1f out, edged left and ran on strongly inside final furlong, comfortable

    6(6)
    Silk - Pink, red sleeves, pink armlets, red cap

    Shraaoh (IRE)

    35 t D
    7/2
    • Form 4300-41
    • Age 5
    • Weight 9-2
    • Official Rating 95

    in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, chased clear winner inside final furlong, no threat

    7(8)
    Silk - Grey, dark blue braces

    Fire Jet (IRE)

    13 CDCD
    14/1
    • Form 18-5247
    • Age 5
    • Weight 8-11
    • Official Rating 90

    tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace

    8(1)
    Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
    12/1
    • Form 2410/22-
    • Age 5
    • Weight 8-2
    • Official Rating 81

    towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor

    4(7)
    NR
    7/1
    • Form 4821-48
    • Age 5
    • Weight 9-5
    • Official Rating 98

    NonRunner

    In depth

    Verdict

    Hochfeld won easily over track and trip last season but paid the price with a hike in the weights and remains 11lb higher. A smart hurdler, Elgin has recorded a double in novice company and makes his handicap debut on the Flat but HAMADA (NAP) makes most appeal. He landed a hat-trick with victory in this grade at York in May and a 4lb rise may not be enough to anchor him in this. Natural Scenery also represents Godolphin and is better than he’s shown so far this year while Shraaoh won nicely over today’s trip at Goodwood last time and could figure. Saunter is worth another try over 1m6f and looks best of the rest.

    Formwatch

    Hochfeld (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Tracked clear leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 6l behind First Nation (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp (2) gd in Oct.

    Natural Scenery 11-2 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, driven and no impression when not clear run over 2f out, never threatened leaders, 11th of 20, 18 1/4l behind Withhold (9-1) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) pol in Jun.

    Elgin 4-6fav (9-9) Close up, went 3rd 5f out, tracked leader over 3f out, led on bit entering final furlong, readily, won at Catterick 1m 4f stks (5) gd in Jun beating Saroog (9-2) by 3/4l, 5 ran.

    Hamada 5-2fav (8-12) Disputed close 2nd, outright 2nd 3f out, challenged over 1f out, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at York 1m 4f hcp (2) gf in May beating Crowned Eagle (9-5) by hd, 7 ran.

    Shraaoh (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp (3) gd in Jun beating Sky Eagle (8-9) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.

    Fire Jet (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Soon towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on from over 1f out, never threatened leaders, 7th of 19, 11 1/4l behind Cosmelli (9-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) pol in Jun.

    Project Bluebook (FR) 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders on inside, disputed 2nd 3 out, ridden and lost place between last 2, kept on same pace, no impression before last, 6th of 19, 4 1/4l behind Jester Jet (10-9) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp (1) sft in Apr.

    Saunter (FR) 16-1 (9-4) Mid-division, switched left over 2f out, soon ridden to challenge, never on terms, 8th of 17, 6 1/4l behind Dash Of Spice (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp stks (2) gf in Jun.