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13:20 Wolverhampton

No 5p Rule 4s At Betdirect Selling Stakes (Class 6)

  • 11 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 5f 194y
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Fibresand
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 9.21s
  • 11 Ran
1st
Silk -
7/2

    2nd
    Silk -
    7/2

      3rd
      Silk -
      1(2)
      Silk - Royal blue, yellow cross belts and armlets

      Activist

      7 p D
      7/2
      • Form 3/0247-6
      • Age 8
      • Weight 9-3
      • Official Rating 58

      held up in touch, lost position 6f out, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, edged left and led over 1f out, stayed on well

      2(10)
      Silk - Purple, light green disc and sleeves, hooped cap

      Ambersong

      340 C
      20/1
      • Form 43600/6-
      • Age 8
      • Weight 9-3
      • Official Rating 45

      slowly into stride and behind, some headway over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, never nearer

      3(4)
      Silk - Red, White stripe, diamonds on sleeves, Black cap
      9/1
      • Form 15430-4
      • Age 10
      • Weight 9-3
      • Official Rating 54

      led early, settled in touch, led again over 6f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon one pace

      4(1)
      Silk - Light Blue, Maroon hoop, hooped sleeves, Maroon cap

      Moon Shot

      9 C
      7/2
      • Form 89542-2
      • Age 10
      • Weight 9-3
      • Official Rating 50

      held up in touch, headway on inside 6f out, every chance when not much room over 1f out, one pace final furlong

      5(9)
      Silk - Black, Yellow braces, checked sleeves and cap

      York Cliff

      4 BFC
      5/2
      • Form 32238-4
      • Age 8
      • Weight 9-3
      • Official Rating 53

      slowly into stride and in rear, headway over 4f out, soon ridden and eased when beaten inside final furlong

      6(8)
      Silk - Light Green and White (quartered), White sleeves, Light Green armlets
      33/1
      • Form 84310-0
      • Age 8
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 55

      led after 2f, headed over 6f out, ridden and weakened over 4f out, tailed off

      7(3)
      Silk - Grey, Red triple diamond, Purple sleeves, Grey diamonds, Red cap
      20/1
      • Form 07/90-
      • Age 5
      • Weight 8-12
      • Official Rating 40

      slowly into stride, always towards rear

      8(5)
      Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves, hooped cap
      • Form 80001-
      • Age 4
      • Weight 8-11

      prominent until ridden and weakened 5f out, tailed off

      9(6)
      Silk - Yellow, Dark Blue chevron, hooped sleeves, Dark Blue cap, Yellow star
      • Form 36360-9
      • Age 4
      • Weight 8-6
      • Official Rating 45

      slowly into stride, behind, ridden along 3f out, soon tailed off

      10(11)
      Silk - Maroon, Light Blue chevron, chevrons on sleeves, Light Blue cap
      • Form 07058-P
      • Age 4
      • Weight 8-6
      • Official Rating 30

      keen and soon led, headed after 2f, ridden and weakened over 4f out

      11(7)
      Silk - Red, light green chevron, light green cap

      Strathtay

      6 b
      16/1
      • Form 96275-9
      • Age 4
      • Weight 8-6
      • Official Rating 56

      held up in touch, chased leader over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened

      In depth

      Verdict

      York Cliff, unsuited by the slow gallop in a race here on Monday, can land this seller at the expense of Southern Shore and Activist. Mark Brisbourne, leading trainer at the track, supplied four runners in the 0-55 handicap and York Cliff went off the favourite, but the early crawl countered against the son of Marju and the event developed into a two-furlong sprint. It was to his credit that York Cliff managed to finished fourth to a bang in-form rival in Little Richard. Robert Winston takes over from the holidaying Eddie Ahern and, with a drop in class and an expected better gallop, York Cliff looks one of the better bets on the card. One, though, that deserves a second glance is Dai Burchell's Southern Shore. HIs form shown on the level is hardly awe-inspiring - a distant 10th of 16th in a handicap at Folkestone - but the 4-y-o has won a hurdle event and finished a respectable sixth to Dishdasha in a novice event at Huntingdon. His ability to act on the all-weather has to be taken on trust but he looks the main danger. Activist, trained by Declan Carroll, shown a glimmer of promise in an Amateur Riders' event, but his record of just one victory in 18 starts (0 from 4 on the all-weather) tempers enthusiasm, while the poor recent form of Tony Carroll's yard poses a question mark over Ambersong, absent from the flat for 340 days and who showed little in a recent spin over hurdles. The same worry applies to Ron Harris' yard, whose representative is Bella Pavlina. The mare won back in May but has shown very little in two recent starts. Even though this is a seller a confident vote is given to York Cliff.

      Formwatch

      Activist 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Cumbrian Knight (11-2) at W'hampton 2m 1f amt hcp (6) pol.

      Ambersong 7-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden and headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 13, 5l behind Magical Wit (8-11) at W'hampton 1m 1f stk (H5) pol in Feb.

      Eton (GER) 33-1 (8-9) Led 1f, chased leader, ridden 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Desperation (9-3) at W'hampton 1m 4f clm (6) pol.

      Moon Shot 9-1 (9-6) Keen, in touch, ridden to lead 1f out, headed last strides, 2nd of 9, nk behind Little Richard (9-1) at W'hampton 1m 6f (7) pol.

      York Cliff 4-1jt-fav (8-13) Held up, ridden and headway well over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Little Richard (8-9) at W'hampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) std.

      Bella Pavlina 12-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden halfway, behind final 4f, last of 12, well behind Cotton Eyed Joe (8-13) at Southwell 1m 4f (7) fbs.

      Southern Shore (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Made all, ridden along over 3f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo sll hcp (6) gf in Aug beating Cois Na Tine Eile (8-10) by 2l, 9 ran.

      Strathtay 12-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 9th of 10, 7l behind Whenwillitwin (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f sll (6) pol.