Nottingham

  • 16:25 Manny Bernstein Debit Card Betting Median Auction Maiden Stakes1m 75y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 55.95s
  • Off time: 16:27:23
16:25 Nottingham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Illusive Spirit (IRE) 7/2
2nd Lilly Royal (IRE) 33/1
3rd Group Leader (IRE) 50/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 (10) 69- Black, Yellow disc, checked sleeves and cap Group Leader (IRE) 330
Nag me
3 9-3 J R Jenkins A McCarthy 50/151.00
4 (1) 7560 White, Emerald Green hoop Illusive Spirit (IRE) 49
Nag me
3 9-3 J H M Gosden R Havlin 68 7/24.50
5 (5) 5 Dark Blue, Light Blue cross belts, striped sleeves, White cap Landofthefourones (USA) 13
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3 9-3 D R Lanigan G Baker 5/42.25
6 (9) 7- Yellow, Dark Green sleeves Largem 331
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3 9-3 J R Jenkins S Donohoe 16/117.00
7 (8) 00- White, Red star, Royal Blue and Light Green striped sleeves, Red cap Mythical Thrill 287
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3 9-3 J G Given P Mulrennan 33/134.00
8 (4) 96-66 Brown, Black epaulets Chateauneuf (IRE) 17
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3 8-12 B W Hills R Winston 58 9/25.50
10 (3) Royal Blue, Orange chevrons, Royal Blue sleeves, Orange cap Herecomethegirls
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3 8-12 M L W Bell C Catlin 3/14.00
11 (11) 0 Emerald Green, Red triple diamond, striped sleeves and star on cap Lilly Royal (IRE) 7
Nag me
3 8-12 B Palling N Chalmers 33/134.00
Non runners
1 (7)0Fanunalter39-3M BottiJ M O'Dwyer
3 (2)722222-Hay Fever (IRE)39-3Eve Johnson Houghton79
9 (6)2Expressive38-12Sir Michael StouteLouis Beuzelin

Verdict

Sir Michael Stoute is keen to put more distance between himself and his rivals in the trainer's title race - EXPRESSIVE can help by landing the cash on offer to the winner. Hay Fever did well as a juvenile so is shortlisted as a threat, while Illusive Spirit and Chateauneuf can scrap it out as the best of the rest. Chateauneuf ran better than her finishing position would have you believe at Windsor 17 days ago. She just failed to quicken when it really mattered, but kept on to finish sixth behind Romany Princess (a subsequent winner at Sandown). She doesn't have much to find to make the frame in this company, though. Similar comments apply to Illusive Spirit even though he is out of sight in the pecking order at John Gosden's yard. Hay Fever finished second five times as a youngster and obviously has the heart to go close. However, he hasn't seen a racecourse for 330 days, so needs to prove his fitness. Therefore, it looks safest to stick with Expressive, who already looked like a professional when she finished second at Wolverhampton on her debut in May. The prize-money may be chicken feed in comparison to some of the haul amassed by team-Stoute this season. However, Expressive looks good enough to strike at this level and that's all that matters for the time being.