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Sandown Park

  • 16:00 Ambant Gala Stakes 1m 2f 7y

  • (Listed) £30,000 added 3yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner £17,013 2nd £6,450 3rd £3,228 4th £1,608
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 6.95s
  • Off time: 16:00:57

Full result

16:00 Sandown Park Result 1st July 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (5) Class Is Class (IRE) 9-5 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 5 5/1
Sweating and edgy, took keen hold, tracked leading pair, tracked leader over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, driven out opened 5/1 touched 5/1 £2500-£500
2nd (1) 4 Tazeez (USA) 9-5 R Hills J H M Gosden 7 10/3f
Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no chance with winner inside final furlong, kept on for clear 2nd opened 7/2 touched 7/2
3rd (8) 3 Black Spirit (USA) 9-5 L Morris C G Cox 4 12/1
Chased leading trio, driven 2f out, stayed on to well held 3rd over 1f out, just held on to that position closing stages opened 12/1 touched 12/1
4th (7) s.h All The Aces (IRE) 9-5 N Callan R Varian 6 25/1
Held up in 6th in touch, outpaced 2f out, stayed on again inside final furlong, almost snatched 3rd opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th (4) 1 Fallen Idol 9-5 R Havlin J H M Gosden 4 9/1
Held up in last pair, headway towards inside over 1f out, staying on same pace in 5th when short of room on rail close home opened 12/1 touched 12/1
6th (2) 2 Emirates Champion 9-5 Martin Dwyer Saeed bin Suroor 5 12/1
Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never in contention opened 14/1 touched 16/1
7th (10) nk Rasmy 9-5 T P O'Shea M P Tregoning 4 40/1
Took keen hold towards rear on outside, pushed along over 3f out, no progress when hung right from 2f out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
8th (11) ½ Prince Siegfried (FR) 9-5 T E Durcan Saeed bin Suroor 5 14/1
Chased leader until ridden over 2f out, chased leading pair until over 1f out, weakened soon after opened 14/1 touched 14/1
9th (6) Jet Away 9-5 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 4 7/1
Slowly into stride, last pair, never a factor opened 5/1 touched 7/1
10th (9) 2 Forte Dei Marmi 9-5 K Fallon L M Cumani 5 9/2
Held up towards rear, some progress on inside 2f out, never reached leaders, weakened over 1f out opened 5/1 touched 5/1 £5000-£1000(x3)
11th (3) 20 Vesuve (IRE) 9-5 R Hughes Saeed bin Suroor 5 12/1
In touch in 5th, ridden and weakened 2f out, eased when no chance over 1f out opened 12/1 touched 14/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.50 Tote Place: £2.00,1.70,3.00
Straight Forecast: £21.75 Exacta: £19.60 Trifecta: £214.50 Swingers: 1&2:3.30 2&3:11.00 1&3:9.00

Jackpot: £18,948.47 carried forward to Sandown Park, 2nd Jul, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £151.40, Pool: £80462.07, 387.78 winning tickets
Quadpot: £23.00, Pool: £6527.77, 209.63 winning tickets

Verdict

CLASS IS CLASS hasn't proved the easiest to win with with two wins and four seconds from 13 career starts although he has proved a consistent performer since being fitted with a visor and was gaining his second success at this level to end an uncharacteristically long losing streak for his trainer. A number of this field had something to prove either in terms of fitness or current form so it's hard to assess what he achieved in a race that favoured those that raced on the pace but he did run out a comfortable winner and finished a lot further in front of Forte Dei Marmi than he had at Goodwood on his reappearance. He does stay a mile and a half but this appears to be his optimum trip and probably his level too although this was arguably a career best performance and connections may be able to find a small Group Three for him somewhere along the line. Tazeez had progressed well last season and was having his first run since being outclassed in a Group One at Meydan in March. He benefited from a typically canny front-running ride from Richard Hills, didn't go down without a fight and pulled readily clear of the remainder. This run will have delighted connections for whom the seven year old has won three Group Threes and finished third in last year's Prince Of Wales's Stakes and he should continue to be a force at the right level. The first three home were in the first four throughout with Black Spirit returning to form following a disappointing run behind Workforce in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes. He runs this track particularly well but is without a win since picking up a handicap here 12 months ago and will continue to be hard to place. All The Aces had been off the track for over 600 days and made an encouraging return staying on stoutly for pressure having been outpaced. His last two wins came over a mile and a half and he will be more effective when stepped back up to that trip providing that he suffers no ill-effects from this outing. Fallen Idol was having his first run of the season having disappointed on his final two starts of last term on soft ground. He came from a long way back to take fifth at a track where he has gained two of his three career successes; this was just his sixth start and he can be found the right opening to add to his win at this level. Emirates Champion and Rasmy shaped creditably returning from breaks and both should have more to offer in this grade. Jet Away was a shade disappointing over 12f last time; he was forced to race wide throughout after missing the break but failed to pick up when asked and has something to prove now. Forte Dei Marmi progressed well in handicaps last season but has failed to fire in Pattern races this term and this was another disappointing performance, finding little having been produced to challenge. Prince Siegfried should have fared better given the way the race was run and has yet to recapture his best form whilst stablemate Vesuve was eased right down as though something was amiss.