Salisbury

  • 20:20 Graham Fitch Birthday Celebration Classified Stakes1m 1f 201y

  • Winner £4,092 2nd £1,218 3rd £608 4th £400
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 9.56s
  • Off time: 20:20:16
20:20 Salisbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Pempie (IRE) 5/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (4) 95-82 EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW stripe, YELLOW cap Pempie (IRE) 12
3 9-3 A M Balding Oisin Murphy 71 5/42.25
2 (1) 854-3 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Akwaan (IRE) 22
Beaten Favourite
3 9-2 S Crisford Dane O'Neill 70 2/13.00
3 (3) 324 Maroon, dark blue braces and sleeves Ifreet (UNR) 51
3 9-2 R Hannon S M Levey 70 9/25.50
4 (2) 58-5 Dark blue, large light blue spots Starczewski (USA) 18
3 9-2 D M Simcock Charles Bishop 69 13/27.50

Verdict

PEMPIE looked certain to be suited by further when a close second over a mile at Windsor and has every chance of going one better. Akwaan also takes a step up from a mile after failing to justify favouritism at Chepstow and his dam won over 1m4f so stamina shouldn't be a problem. Ifreet has had three all-weather runs on different surfaces but couldn't handle Fibresand at Southwell last time while Starczewski has a very similar profile having only raced on artificial surfaces, though he's more likely to appreciate the longer trip.