York

  • 16:40 John Smith's Stayers' Handicap2m 88y

  • Winner £8,410 2nd £2,502 3rd £1,251 4th £625
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 31.02s
  • Off time: 16:41:39
16:40 York Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Eagle Rock (IRE) 7/1
2nd Mawaqeet (USA) 13/2
3rd Gabrial's King (IRE) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (2) 496-469 LIGHT BLUE and GREY stripes, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, hooped cap Blue Bajan (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
11 9-7 D O'Meara D Tudhope 93 9/110.00
2 (3) 307-183 Orange, Emerald Green sleeves, Orange armlets, quartered cap Itlaaq 29
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
7 9-6 t M W Easterby Graham Gibbons 92 14/115.00
3 (6) 1000-81 Red, Royal Blue armlets, check cap Herostatus 20
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-3 J Ward T Hamilton 89 12/113.00
4 (12) 6403/95 RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap All The Aces (IRE) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
8 9-2 N J Henderson Andrea Atzeni 88 16/117.00
5 (13) 3124-60 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Mawaqeet (USA) 25
Nag me
4 9-0 v Sir Michael Stoute Jim Crowley 86 13/27.50
6 (7) 463664 Dark Green, Yellow star, Yellow sleeves, Dark Green armlets, Dark Green cap Mica Mika (IRE) 17
Nag meDistance Winner
5 8-12 R A Fahey George Chaloner (5) 84 20/121.00
7 (4) 1/00-733 RED and YELLOW check, YELLOW sleeves, RED armlets Art History (IRE) 20
Nag me
5 8-12 v D O'Meara D Nolan 84 25/126.00
9 (11) 8334-13 Black, Yellow sleeves, Black armlets, Black cap, Yellow stars Jonny Delta 28
Nag meDistance Winner
6 8-8 J S Goldie G Lee (ex1) 80 9/110.00
10 (14) 35-1603 Black and Light Blue check, Black sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Red cap Wyborne 16
Nag me
4 8-8 B Ellison D Swift 80 12/113.00
11 (10) 23-1232 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Gabrial's King (IRE) 14
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 8-5 D M Simcock Kirsty Milczarek 77 12/113.00
12 (9) 583-092 Royal Blue, large White spots Choisan (IRE) 24
Nag me
4 8-3 T D Easterby D Fentiman 75 33/134.00
13 (1) 33-1620 Dark Blue, Beige star, armlets and star on cap Singzak 16
Nag me
5 8-3 M W Easterby Shirley Teasdale (5) 75 40/141.00
14 (5) 340-711 White, red hoops, red sleeves, white spots, white cap Big Time Billy (IRE) 16
Nag meDistance Winner
7 8-2 v P Bowen S De Sousa 74 9/43.25
15 (8) 3-64064 Terracotta, Emerald Green cap and tassel Eagle Rock (IRE) 20
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 8-2 p1 T P Tate F Norton 73 7/18.00
Non runners
8 (15)430-400Dazinski78-11M H TompkinsP Mulrennan83

Verdict

It's hard to get away from Peter Bowen's in-form dual purpose performer BIG TIME BILLY who has racked up six successive victories under both codes in recent months. There was no sign that his improvement was coming to a halt with a demolition job on his rivals at Newcastle last time and Silvestre de Sousa is a cracking booking. He's worth sticking with until beaten in his current mood from the foot of the weights. A good run from Montaser earlier on the card would augur well for the claims of Itlaaq, a regular contender in competitive staying handicaps at this venue. Blue Bajan has been far from disgraced on his last two outings in the Ascot Stakes and the Northumberland Plate suggesting that the fires are still burning pretty brightly. He has to concede weight all round but this is a more straightforward assignment for the likable veteran and he makes the shortlist.