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Beverley

  • 15:45 Brian Yeardley Continental Two Year Old Trophy 5f

  • (Conditions Stakes) £15,000 added 2yo 5 ran
  • Winner £9,346 2nd £2,799 3rd £1,400 4th £700
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 4.15s
  • Off time: 15:45:47

Full result

15:45 Beverley Result 28th May 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (1) Gabrial (IRE) 9-2 P Hanagan R A Fahey 2 6/5f
Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish opened 5/4 touched 11/8 £1100-£800(x2) £550-£400(x3) £1000-£800(x2) £1250-£1000 £500-£400(x4)
2nd (2) ½ Cravat 8-12 S De Sousa M Johnston 2 12/1
With leader, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, kept on opened 11/1 touched 12/1
3rd (3) ½ Hamza (IRE) 9-2 T Eaves K A Ryan 2 11/4
Led, headed over 3f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on towards finish opened 3/1 touched 3/1
4th (4) ½ Arnold Lane (IRE) 9-2 S Hitchcott M R Channon 2 7/2
Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, one pace opened 4/1 touched 4/1
5th (5) nk Mitchum 9-2 G Gibbons T D Barron 2 12/1
Went left start, in rear but in touch, ridden and one pace final furlong opened 17/2 touched 12/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.00 Tote Place: £1.30,5.00
Straight Forecast: £15.60 Exacta: £11.10

Placepot: £342.70, Pool: £58580.45, 124.76 winning tickets
Quadpot: £30.00, Pool: £3602.88, 88.8 winning tickets

Verdict

It's tempting to knock the form with around two lengths covering the field although a number of the connections had harboured Royal Ascot dreams prior to the contest. They included those of the winner, GABRIAL, whose maiden Chester win had received a couple of knocks but he knuckled down well to come out on top. They were racing from a long way out as a steady tempo was wound up from the front and a stronger pace would surely have suited with connections feeling that he already needs a sixth furlong and that assessment looks spot on on this evidence. A tilt at the Coventry Stakes is still on the agenda but he'll need to leave this bare form a long way behind in order to be a factor there. The owner has another candidate for that race in Gatepost who had won a novice race at York where he had Hamza (second) and Cravat (sixth) behind. Cravat was hampered at the start at York and reversed the form here; his breeding strongly suggests that he'll improve as he's stepped up in trip and it would be dangerous to assume that this is as good as he is. In contrast, Hamza appears to have inherited plenty of his sire's speed although he did to well to repel the challengers for third. He is already looking vulnerable to something with a touch of class and the sales races (for which he has three entries) may offer him the best chance of landing a big pot. Arnold Lane was one for whom Royal Ascot was being considered but that looks a little optimistic on this evidence; he travelled quite well but couldn't quicken as well as the principals and still looked a little green, wandering under pressure. He may already be in need of a longer trip and may yet make his mark in minor Pattern company. Mitchum was described as 'exciting' by David Barron and may have found the ground faster than ideal given that he has a fairly high action; he stuck to his task gamely without ever threatening to land a blow and looks to lack the class of the principals but he only cost 4,000 guineas and it's not difficult to envisage him playing a leading role in the Redcar two year old trophy in October if he holds his form through the season.