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  • 14:00 totesport.com Middleton Stakes 1m 2f 88y

  • (Fillies' Group 2) £100,000 added 4yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £56,770 2nd £21,520 3rd £10,770 4th £5,370
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 10.05s
  • Off time: 14:01:01

Full result

14:00 York Result 12th May 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (4) Midday 9-3 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 5 11/10f
In touch, headway to chase leader 2f out, soon ridden, led inside final furlong, asserted near finish opened 6/4 touched 6/4 £1500-£1000(x4) £1200-£800(x2) £600-£400(x7) £1100-£800(x3) £688-£500(x4) £550-£400(x7) £3750-£3000 £1500-£1200 £1000-£800(x2) £500-£400(x6) £1100-£1000
2nd (7) 2 Sajjhaa 8-12 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 4 7/1
Set steady pace, quickened over 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on for clear 2nd opened 6/1 touched 7/1
3rd (3) 4 Timepiece 8-12 I Mongan Sir H R A Cecil 4 6/1
Keen tracked leader until 2f out, ridden and kept on, one pace opened 9/2 touched 6/1
4th (1) Music Show (IRE) 8-12 J P Spencer M R Channon 4 5/1
Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, edged right and kept on, one pace opened 5/1 touched 11/2 £3000-£540
5th (5) Brushing 8-12 K Fallon M H Tompkins 5 66/1
Towards rear, outpaced when pace quickened over 3f out, headway when not clear run and switched left 2f out, never nearer opened 66/1 touched 66/1
6th (6) 1 Nouriya 8-12 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 4 14/1
Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 12/1 touched 14/1
7th (8) 10 Field Day (IRE) 8-12 Martin Dwyer B J Meehan 4 16/1
Keen towards rear, outpaced when pace quickened over 3f out opened 16/1 touched 18/1
8th (2) 7 Myplacelater 8-12 P Hanagan D R C Elsworth 4 16/1
Steadied start, in rear, outpaced when pace quickened over 3f out opened 11/1 touched 16/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.80 Tote Place: £1.10,1.60,2.30
Straight Forecast: £8.71 Exacta: £6.20 Trifecta: £30.60 Swingers: 1&2:2.30 2&3:6.00 1&3:2.50

Jackpot: £4,062.80, Pool: £20028.0, 3.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £20.40, Pool: £189973.53, 6775.51 winning tickets
Quadpot: £5.70, Pool: £9356.46, 1194.67 winning tickets

Verdict

A fine return from MIDDAY who was winning on her seasonal reappearance for the first time in her career. Teddy Grimthorpe did report that she was more forward than is usually the case at this time of year although Henry Cecil felt that she would definitely come on for the run. She was saddled with a Group One penalty and was up against some smart fillies but she was well on top at the line and looks set for another fine season with a third consecutive win in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood at the end of July one of her more immediate targets although connections will look at the Coronation Cup with a return to the Breeders' Cup a longer term objective. She settled well and was always well placed behind a steady pace; it took her a while to find her stride when asked to go about her work by Tom Queally but she gradually wound herself up and was going away at the line to record another likeable success from a thoroughly likeable mare. Sajjhaa (who was reported to have done well physically over the winter) had unseated Frankie Dettori in the paddock and was a little worked up at the start on her first start since leaving Michael Jarvis. Her previous trainer had thought enough of her to run her in the Oaks on her second career start and there should be plenty more to come from her in time as this was just her seventh career start. She settled well in front despite her pre-race antics and had the remainder well beaten off as Dettori quickened the pace in the straight. Connections reportedly have the Windsor Forest Stakes over a mile as her next target although she looks well worth another attempt over further than this ten furlong trip in time; she looks capable of winning at this level at least and may not be out of place in a Group One later in the season. Timepiece is well regarded by her trainer but is undoubtedly a little quirky; in fairness, that didn't emerge here but she was readily put in her place by the first two having raced too keenly in the early exchanges. It remains to be seen whether connections can get the best out of her. Music Show was trying this trip for the first time and was, arguably, a shade disappointing as she could do no more than keep on at the one pace. Brushing ran well enough in the face of a stiff task whilst Nouriya and Myplacelater both hail from yards that aren't really firing on all cylinders at present and may prove more competitive later in the season. Field Day was expected to improve for her seasonal return but she saw plenty of daylight on the outside and failed to settle and was disappointing. However, she has won over a mile at Ascot and it would be no surprise to see her improve on this form if allowed to take her chance in the Windsor Forest.