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Newcastle

  • 18:50 E.B.F. 'Kheleyf' Hoppings Stakes 1m 2f 32y

  • Winner £17,031 2nd £6,456 3rd £3,231 4th £1,611
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 9.13s
  • Off time: 18:50:25
18:50 Newcastle Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Principal Role (USA) 7/4
2nd Fanditha (IRE) 50/1
3rd Piano 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (4) 410-126 Royal Blue, White hollow box, striped sleeves, check cap Cracking Lass (IRE) 34
Nag me
4 9-5 R A Fahey P Hanagan 95 9/110.00
2 (6) 603-806 Mauve, Mauve and White check sleeves, White cap Crystal Gal (IRE) 11
Nag me
4 9-5 Mrs L Wadham R Winston 96 9/110.00
3 (9) 20-1184 Red, Yellow stars, Royal Blue sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Yellow stars Fanditha (IRE) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-5 M R Channon J H Bowman 90 50/151.00
4 (12) 321-423 Purple, Light Blue chevron, Light Blue cap Opera Gal (IRE) 13
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 9-5 A M Balding L P Keniry 96 11/26.50
5 (1) 311-415 Red, White sash, Royal Blue cap Piano 11
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-5 J H M Gosden William Buick 98 3/14.00
6 (7) 3470-10 Yellow, Light Green epaulets, chevrons on sleeves, hooped cap Plaisterer 20
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-5 C F Wall G Gibbons 92 16/117.00
7 (10) 34148-3 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Principal Role (USA) 34
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-5 Sir H R A Cecil T P Queally 106 7/42.75
8 (5) 439-094 Dark Blue, White cross belts, Dark Blue sleeves, White stars, Dark Blue cap, White star Silver Grey (IRE) 78
Nag me
4 9-5 b R Ingram M Fenton 95 40/141.00
9 (2) 152154 Purple, Light Blue and Purple hooped sleeves, Light Blue cap Snow Dancer (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
7 9-5 H A McWilliams P Makin 83 66/167.00
10 (11) 712406- Red, Royal Blue epaulets Starkat 230
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-5 G G Margarson T Eaves 85 50/151.00
11 (8) 16-7 Emerald Green and White diamonds, striped sleeves, Red cap Matula (IRE) 15
Nag me
3 8-7 R M Beckett Jim Crowley (ex1) 86 14/115.00
Non runners
12 (3)2-11184Palm Pilot (IRE)38-7E A L DunlopT G McLaughlin90

Verdict

Haydock winner Plaisterer went off too quickly at Epsom next time but this looks an even tougher task. Piano wasn't beaten far in this grade at Warwick and has the beating of Crystal Gal on that run, while Principal Role won at this level at Newbury last season and will be all the better for last month's third at Goodwood. The three-year-old Palm Pilot has never won on turf, however, and is yet to prove conclusively that she stays this far while Cracking Lass' best form is over further. This is OPERA GAL's first tilt at pattern company but she's earned the right with a string of solid efforts in decent handicaps and was only headed close home when third at Chester last time. The second, Lost In The Moment, ran well at Royal Ascot last week so Andrew Balding's filly gets the vote here.