Today's racecards

Newbury

  • 14:40 Sharps Brewery Steventon Stakes 1m 2f 6y

  • Winner £20,983 2nd £7,955 3rd £3,981 4th £1,983
  • Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 6.33s
  • Off time: 14:40:38
14:40 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Royal Empire 9/4
2nd Al Waab (IRE) 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 42118-8 RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap Black Spirit (USA) 15
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 9-4 t C G Cox A Kirby 109 6/17.00
2 (4) 01-5506 Dark Blue, White sash and sleeves, quartered cap Dick Doughtywylie 15
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-4 J H M Gosden William Buick 102 4/15.00
3 (3) 3311-50 Dark Blue, Gold hoops, White sleeves and cap Mobaco (FR) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-4 L M Cumani R Hughes 102 8/19.00
4 (6) 5110/8 Royal blue, white cap Ocean War 29
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-4 Saeed bin Suroor P Hanagan 106 7/24.50
5 (1) 62-1220 Royal blue Royal Empire 140
Nag meBeaten Favourite
4 9-4 Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa 112 9/43.25
6 (2) 1123-64 Emerald green, orange hoop and sleeves Al Waab (IRE) 51
Nag me
3 8-8 Lady Cecil N Callan (ex1) 97 7/18.00

Verdict

Al Waab may have needed her first run of the campaign and she can leave that form behind but ROYAL EMPIRE can justify Godolphin's decision to keep him in training. The four-year-old flopped badly on his last start in Dubai and connections have clearly given him plenty of time to get over any ailments that had come to light. Ocean War has seen his racecourse appearances limited by training troubles and he brings 2011 Derby form to the table. A Listed winner at Newmarket prior to his visit to Epsom, he is closely watched in the market. Richard Hughes may have been booked to ride Mobaco with the aim of being a calming influence in the saddle. The Group 3 winner has raced far too keenly to do himself justice on his two British starts. Dick Doughtywylie ran a fair race at Sandown when tried at this level although official figures suggest him as having a bit to find on this occasion.