Epsom Downs

  • 13:40 Investec Diomed Stakes 1m 114y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 43.61s
  • Off time: 13:43:11
13:40 Epsom Downs Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Mac Love 14/1
2nd Confront 6/4
3rd Deposer (IRE) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 179-464 White, Royal Blue triple diamond, Royal Blue and White striped sleeves, Royal Blue cap Lovelace 22
Nag me
5 9-9 M Johnston J P Spencer 110 9/25.50
2 (2) 3-61286 Royal blue Hatta Fort 23
Nag me
4 9-7 t Saeed bin Suroor L Dettori 112 6/17.00
3 (8) 21/54-1 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Confront 34
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-4 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 110 6/42.50
4 (6) 04720-1 Yellow, Dark Blue cross belts, quartered cap General Eliott (IRE) 37
Nag me
4 9-4 b1 P F I Cole J Fortune 109 8/19.00
5 (4) 0/0210-4 Grey, Dark Blue stripe, Dark Blue sleeves, Yellow armlets, check cap Mac Love 6
Nag meCourse Winner
8 9-4 Stef Higgins M Fenton 109 14/115.00
6 (3) 465-247 Dark Blue and Maroon (quartered), Dark Blue sleeves and cap Vitznau (IRE) 27
Nag meCourse Winner
5 9-4 R Hannon R Hughes 102 25/126.00
7 (1) 71-8325 Maroon and White diamonds, White sleeves and cap Without A Prayer (IRE) 76
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-4 R M Beckett S Sanders 105 8/19.00
8 (7) 647-924 Dark Green, Orange stripe Deposer (IRE) 28
Nag me
3 8-6 J R Best R Winston (ex1) 103 14/115.00

Verdict

CONFRONT looks capable of making a successful step up in grade with Hatta Fort, Vitznau and General Eliott possible challengers for minor honours. It looked significant that the connections of the Nayef gelding had opted to keep him in training despite the fact that he had only made it to the racecourse four times in two seasons. He showed just why they had persevered with a commanding display under topweight in a handicap which may not have been as competitive as the numbers suggested. A different track and the bounce factor are concerns as is the possibility of a tactical race given that he came under pressure at Newmarket some way from home only to power clear when meeting the rising ground. General Eliott battled bravely to get the better of Perfect Stride at Ascot and is respected despite the runner-up failing to boost the form at Goodwood where he may not have handled the track. It's interesting to see the Cole runner with blinkers given that he didn't appear to lack resolution and he's worth another try at this level. Hatta Fort's pedigree suggests that he'll stay this far but his only run over a mile came at Belmont some twelve starts ago but he is related to a mile winner and was staying on strongly over six at York. A penalty makes his life harder as it does for Lovelace who didn't run badly at York and may be suited if this turns into a tactical test of speed rather than one of stamina. Mac Love ran a blinder at Goodwood but it's difficult to envisage him playing more than a minor role, Without A Prayer is essentially opposable as is Vitznau who is better over shorter but Richard Hughes knows him well and is back on for the first time in eight starts and he has place claims but we don't want to take on Confront.