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Haydock Park

  • 14:50 bet365 Lancashire Oaks 1m 3f 200y

  • (Fillies' Group 2) £80,000 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £45,368 2nd £17,200 3rd £8,608 4th £4,288
  • Going: Good to Firm (Firm in places.1m and further:Good to Firm)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 30.59s
  • Off time: 14:52:38

Full result

14:50 Haydock Park Result 2nd July 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Gertrude Bell 9-5 William Buick J H M Gosden 4 9/2
Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on opened 7/2 touched 9/2 £2000-£500
2nd (3) Vita Nova (IRE) 9-5 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 4 10/11f
Took keen hold, held up in touch in rear, headway when not much room 3f out, saddle slipping from 2f out, went 2nd and rider lost irons well inside final furlong, not able to trouble winner opened 11/8 touched 11/8 £1200-£800 £930-£620 £600-£400 £1100-£800 £500-£400(x2) £1200-£1000 £600-£500(x3) £1100-£1000(x3) £550-£500(x5) £1000-£1000(x3) £500-£500(x6)
3rd (6) nk Dorcas Lane 8-6 L Morris Mrs L Wadham 3 13/2
Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and edged left 2f out, kept on inside final furlong opened 15/2 touched 15/2
4th (1) ½ Eleanora Duse (IRE) 9-5 R Mullen Sir Michael Stoute 4 7/1
Not much room soon after start, held up in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong opened 11/2 touched 7/1
5th (7) nk Polly's Mark (IRE) 9-5 P Robinson C G Cox 5 15/2
Took keen hold, soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong opened 7/1 touched 15/2
6th (4) 18 Fork Handles 8-6 S Hitchcott M R Channon 3 33/1
Held up in touch in rear, took keen hold, ridden 4f out, well beaten final 2f opened 28/1 touched 33/1 £10000-£300
7th (5) Bilidn 8-6 S De Sousa C E Brittain 3 80/1
Led early, tracked leader until ridden over 3f out, hung left and weakened well over 1f out opened 50/1 touched 80/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.80 Tote Place: £2.40,1.70
Straight Forecast: £8.66 Exacta: £12.90 Swingers: 1&2:2.80 2&3:1.02 1&3:4.20

Placepot: £221.00, Pool: £136646.22, 451.23 winning tickets
Quadpot: £44.80, Pool: £7545.08, 124.6 winning tickets

Verdict

Vita Nova has to rate as one of the unluckiest losers of the season. Tom Queally's mount was travelling strongly but short of room from the two furlong marker and then the saddle slipped meaning her pilot was merely a passenger inside the distance. He did wonderfully well to keep the partnership intact but was merely a passenger. His mount is lightly-raced, firmly on the upgrade and could be a big player in a race like the Yorkshire Oaks. Gertrude Bell was in the perfect position throughout and ran on willingly for pressure. She's a thoroughly admirable sort who can win again at this grade. Dorcas Lane is in her first season racing and emerged as best of the three-year-olds. She seemed happier back on the faster ground and saw the trip out well. Eleanora Duse seemed to have no excuses in fourth and has yet to reach peak-form this term. This was a small step in the right direction. Polly's Mark was lit up in a first-time visor through the early stages and saw it out well in the circumstances. There was a huge gap back to the giant Fork Handles, who is proving disappointing, and the outclassed Bilidin.