York

  • 14:40 Betfred Melrose Handicap1m 6f

  • Winner £49,800 2nd £14,912 3rd £7,456 4th £3,728
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 56.64s
  • Off time: 14:43:48
14:40 York Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Vent De Force 16/1
2nd Adventure Seeker (IRE) 8/1
3rd Connecticut 4/1
4th Kashmiri Sunset 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (8) 3111 Yellow, large Black spots and spots on cap Connecticut 29
Nag meCourse Winner
3 9-7 L M Cumani Andrea Atzeni 99 4/15.00
2 (16) 6-31316 Royal Blue, Red chevrons, White and Red striped sleeves, Red and White quartered cap Urban Moon (IRE) 63
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-3 h J P Murtagh C R King (3) 95 20/121.00
3 (13) 422211 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Rocket Ship 17
Nag me
3 8-13 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 91 8/19.00
4 (15) 501221 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Our Gabrial (IRE) 14
Nag me
3 8-13 R A Fahey Jack Garritty (5) 91 16/117.00
5 (6) 02-1213 Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Captain Morley 65
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3 8-13 D M Simcock J P Spencer 91 7/18.00
8 (17) 414-516 White, Dark Blue and White check sleeves, Dark Blue cap Adventure Seeker (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
3 8-11 E F Vaughan Jim Crowley 89 8/19.00
9 (5) 912411 Black, White chevrons on sleeves, White cap Penhill 35
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3 8-11 J D Bethell P McDonald 89 9/110.00
10 (9) 55241 Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe Fiery Sunset 31
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3 8-7 h M L W Bell Daniel Muscutt (5) 85 25/126.00
11 (7) 53-5116 Royal Blue and Yellow diabolo, Yellow sleeves, Royal Blue cap Vent De Force 44
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-7 H Morrison R Kingscote 85 16/117.00
12 (10) 825242 Emerald Green, Red sash, striped sleeves, quartered cap Notarised 7
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 8-7 M Johnston S De Sousa 85 20/121.00
13 (4) 213513 Dark Blue and Pink (quartered), Dark Blue sleeves and cap Sebastian Beach (IRE) 9
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
3 8-6 R Hannon Cam Hardie (5) 84 25/126.00
14 (11) 21-6041 Purple, Yellow chevron and cap Uradel (GER) 83
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3 8-6 W P Mullins P Hanagan 84 11/26.50
15 (19) 1176 White, Emerald Green hoop From Frost 14
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3 8-6 vt A M Balding David Probert 84 33/134.00
16 (1) 153122 Emerald Green, Red hoops, quartered cap Innocent Touch (IRE) 21
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3 8-4 R A Fahey P Mathers 82 20/121.00
17 (14) 31-1585 Mcalpine Tartan, Rose Pink armlets and cap Fun Mac (GER) 21
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3 8-2 b1 H Morrison L Morris 80 20/121.00
18 (2) 96361 Red, White epaulets, halved sleeves Mantou (IRE) 8
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3 8-1 M L W Bell Joe Doyle (5) 79 33/134.00
19 (3) 7-53122 Black, pink chevron, white sleeves, pink cap Kashmiri Sunset 11
Nag me
3 8-1 E De Giles Noel Garbutt (5) 79 20/121.00
Non runners
6 (18)93-521Battersea38-12R VarianG Lee90
7 (12)9-75164Farquhar (IRE)38-12P W Chapple-HyamL Dettori90

Verdict

This looks as competitive as ever but it could pay to look no further than top weight CONNECTICUT. He bids for a four-timer having landed the odds with the minimum of fuss at Newmarket and Luca Cumani knows what it takes to win this. Rocket Ship is another progressive type with every chance as he steps up in class and it's unlikely we have seen the best of Ascot winner Battersea yet. Penhill was a ready winner in this grade at Ripon while Farquhar wasn't beaten far at Haydock last time and is reunited with winning partner Frankie Dettori. Our Gabrial and Captain Morley have won lower grade handicaps recently but Uradel is something of an unknown quantity at this level for new trainer Willie Mullins having won a claimer in France back in June.