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  • 13:45 Manor House Stables Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes5f 16y

  • £16,000 added 2yo 9 ran
  • Winner £9,970 2nd £2,986 3rd £1,493 4th £747
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 1.02s
  • Off time: 13:46:23

Full result

13:45 Chester Result 4th May 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Lily's Angel (IRE) 8-10 P Hanagan R A Fahey 2 7/4f
Dwelt, behind and pushed along, headway on inner over 2f out, squeezed through gap to lead inside final furlong, kept on well towards finish opened 15/8 touched 15/8 £1000-£500(x2) £1875-£1000 £1500-£800(x3) £750-£400 £1400-£800
2nd (7) Marford Missile (IRE) 8-12 Jim Crowley Tom Dascombe 2 40/1
Towards rear, headway on inner over 2f out, soon chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, always held opened 33/1 touched 40/1
3rd (3) ½ Redair (IRE) 8-10 Catherine Gannon P D Evans 2 7/2
With leaders, ridden over 1f out, every chance entering final furlong, kept on opened 4/1 touched 4/1 £5400-£1200 £2000-£500
4th (1) s.h Choice Of Remark (IRE) 8-12 K Fallon P D Evans 2 7/2
Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on opened 5/1 touched 5/1 £2250-£500 £1200-£300
5th (5) 1 He's So Cool (IRE) 9-1 Kieren Fox W G M Turner 2 7/1
Slowly away, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out on outer, stayed on inside final furlong opened 5/1 touched 7/1
6th (8) 2 Van Go Go 8-7 R Kingscote Tom Dascombe 2 16/1
Close up, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong opened 12/1 touched 18/1
7th (10) ½ Beau Mistral (IRE) 8-7 James P Sullivan Paul Green 2 22/1
Went right start, mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no impression opened 20/1 touched 25/1
8th (9) 12 Mousie 8-7 K T O'Neill A J Mccabe 2 33/1
Chased leaders on outer, lost place over 2f out opened 33/1 touched 40/1
9th (4) Jawking 9-1 N Callan P D Evans 2 28/1
Chased leaders, lost place 2f out opened 25/1 touched 33/1
NR (6) Lexi's Prince (IRE) 8-12 Non Runner Tom Dascombe 2

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.60 Tote Place: £1.40,6.00,1.50
Straight Forecast: £89.37 Exacta: £82.50 Trifecta: £401.30 Swingers: 1&2:7.40 2&3:10.30 1&3:1.40

Jackpot: £5,632.10, Pool: £133981.89, 16.89 winning tickets
Placepot: £69.60, Pool: £148257.5, 1554.71 winning tickets
Quadpot: £34.70, Pool: £6847.32, 145.8 winning tickets

Verdict

A likeable performance from LILY'S ANGEL who managed to win with a spot of luck at the right time. Having unshipped her jockey by rearing before the loading process, the filly was then not the quickest into stride and had to settle for a berth towards the rear. Jockey Paul Hanagan said that she's normally very laid back and that she had been spooked by something down at the start, so that goes some way to explaining the early part of her race. However they went a very strong gallop up-front which meant that she would have a chance from off the pace as long as the gaps opened up for her and they certainly did. She still had several lengths to find off the home turn but she quickened up nicely between Choice Of Remark and Marford Missile and was well in charge come the line. She might head to Royal Ascot now, although her trainer admits that he is struggling to work out the pecking order at home and he also has Miss Work Of Art as a feasible Queen Mary candidate. Runner-up Marford Missile ran very well. He didn't have the best of draws however he managed to hold a good position on the rail just behind the pacesetters. Tom Dascombe won the race last year and is a man to follow in 12 months time. Third home was Redair who is gutsy; she fared best of the David Evans trio and did well to finish where she did after helping to cut out the frantic early fractions. He's So Cool was outpaced throughout but caught the eye staying on quite pleasingly down the centre of the track, whilst Choice Of Remark probably paid the price for going too quick; he was rousted along on the rails for his position and faded late on having held the lead turning in. Van Go Go certainly looks better than average (she won a seller on her previous start) and she made a menacing move around the outside of the field around halfway before just lasting home into sixth. As a footnote Paul Hanagan, riding the winner, was in trouble with the stewards for helping to manoeuvre the gap between runners turning in but in truth his riding was neither dangerous nor reckless, and at no point did Jim Crowley on the runner-up have to stop riding.