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  • 14:20 Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks 1m 3f 79y

  • (For The Robert Sangster Memorial Cup) (Fillies' Listed) £30,000 added 3yo 9 ran
  • Winner £17,031 2nd £6,456 3rd £3,231 4th £1,611
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 24.81s
  • Off time: 14:20:41

Full result

14:20 Chester Result 4th May 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (8) Wonder of Wonders (USA) 8-12 R L Moore A P O'Brien 3 6/5f
Held up mid-division, headway on inner over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well opened 11/8 touched 11/8 £1100-£800(x2) £1000-£800 £500-£400
2nd (1) Blaise Chorus (IRE) 8-12 M Hills B W Hills 3 16/1
Led, clear over 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, kept on opened 20/1 touched 20/1
3rd (3) Fork Handles 8-12 J P Spencer M R Channon 3 7/1
Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway on outer over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong opened 8/1 touched 8/1
4th (7) ½ Musharakaat (IRE) 8-12 R Hills E A L Dunlop 3 14/1
Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on opened 14/1 touched 14/1
5th (6) Jaaryah (IRE) 8-12 L Dettori R Varian 3 8/1
Held up in touch, pushed along and weakened over 1f out opened 8/1 touched 8/1
6th (9) 1 Bilidn 8-12 P Robinson C E Brittain 3 100/1
Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous opened 66/1 touched 100/1
7th (4) hd Sunday Bess (JPN) 8-12 R Kingscote Tom Dascombe 3 20/1
Held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, never dangerous opened 20/1 touched 25/1
8th (5) 3 Encore Une Annee 8-12 Jim Crowley R M Beckett 3 14/1
Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 12/1 touched 16/1
9th (2) 1 Midnight Caller 8-12 William Buick J H M Gosden 3 9/2
Tracked leader until over 1f out, soon weakened opened 4/1 touched 9/2

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.20 Tote Place: £1.10,3.10,1.40
Straight Forecast: £22.67 Exacta: £21.50 Trifecta: £144.20 Swingers: 1&2:5.70 2&3:10.00 1&3:1.10

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

Although this is hardly the best trial for the Oaks (only Light Shift has used the race as a successful trial for Epsom), this commanding performance from WONDER OF WONDERS predictably saw her odds for June tumble. This didn't look the strongest of races in truth, so she was entitled to win, although it did take her a while to work her way into a race winning position. She had just an average draw, but was smartly into stride and was soon worked into a midfield position by Ryan Moore. She did come off the bridle before long-time leader Blaise Chorus but ate up the ground off the home turn and was soon alongside. Once she hit the front there was no stopping her and she quickened nicely away for a comprehensive win. She raced keenly enough, and seems to look around a bit with her head in the air, but she showed a nice attitude and could be as good as her breeding suggests. Whether the occasion of Epsom will suit is perhaps debatable, and it may be more likely that she heads for the Irish Oaks at Curragh instead. Mind you this run around a tight turning track will have taught her plenty and if she does head to Epsom then she'll be a big player. Blaise Chorus ran a blinder, although it should be noted that she got an uncontested lead pretty much throughout. She looked as if she might have nicked the race when the favourite came off the bridle three furlongs out, but was reeled in quite readily in the end. This was a step up on her maiden form, and connections will be delighted with her run; a maiden looks a formality, although if she continues at this level then she might not get so easy a lead next time. Third home, and beaten some way, was Fork Handles who came from a long way back. She doesn't look to be top class but helps give the form some substance, having contested the Fillies Mile last season; she'll appreciate a return to a more galloping track. Half a length back in fourth was Musharakaat. She travelled kindly for a long way but didn't pick up immediately when asked by Richard Hills. Hands and heels for a long way, she then took off again when hit with the whip and may well be seen to better effect when ridden from the front. She certainly didn't seem to be beaten by the new trip anyway. There was a bit of barging a furlong out, as Jaaryah was short of room between the third and fourth home. Eventually Roger Varian's filly filled fifth place but it was very much under hands and heels after her chance of a place had gone. She is one to look out for next time, especially as this first run of the season will have brought her on plenty. Midnight Caller disappointed, having come off the bridle when the pace quickened, whilst Sunday Bess and Bilidn both shaped with a little more promise further back, with both making up a bit of ground from off the pace late on.