Newmarket

  • 20:05 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Handicap1m 4f

  • Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 34.04s
  • Off time: 20:07:48
20:05 Newmarket Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Apparel (IRE) 4/1
2nd Maher (USA) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (7) 376-237 Pink, brown epaulets, hooped sleeves, brown cap Maher (USA) 20
Nag me
3 9-7 D M Simcock Adam Beschizza (3) 70 5/16.00
3 (8) 421615 White, Emerald Green hoop, sleeves and cap Jeu De Vivre (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-6 M Johnston D Holland 69 4/15.00
4 (9) 909 Emerald Green, Red sash, Yellow sleeves and cap Bright Abbey 33
Nag me
3 8-13 W R Swinburn K Fallon 62 7/24.50
5 (6) 4-706 Yellow, Black spots, Yellow sleeves and cap Apparel (IRE) 71
Nag me
3 8-12 E A L Dunlop J P Spencer 61 4/15.00
6 (1) 060649 Black, Beige epaulets, striped sleeves and star on cap Grecian Goddess (IRE) 2
Nag me
3 8-8 J Ryan Ahmed Ajtebi 57 14/115.00
7 (2) 5044 Orange and White check, Emerald Green sleeves and cap Band Of Thunder 7
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 8-5 v A M Balding Hayley Turner 54 10/34.33
8 (4) 704970 Pink and Black stripes, diamonds on sleeves, Black cap Varlak 14
Nag me
3 8-2 p1 K F Clutterbuck J Mackay 46 40/141.00
Non runners
2 (5)02-83O Ma Lad (IRE)39-7S KirkN Callan70
9 (3)080-069Rasteau (IRE)38-2T KeddyA McCarthy45

Verdict

An interesting move from Andrew Balding with lightly-raced BAND OF THUNDER who was significantly upped to two miles for his handicap debut when well supported at Chepstow, only beaten a length into fourth, staying on well. However, connections opt to drop back half a mile now despite his obvious stamina and the hint is worth taking. He looks well handicapped and should progress further. Jeu De Vivre has been well placed to land two successes and like many fillies from the yard could improve significantly in the second half of the campaign but does have to concede the selection over a stone. Apparel and Bright Abbey could do better in handicaps, whilst Maher and O Ma Lad look harshly treated for what they've achieved to date.