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  • 14:30 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing E.B.F. Maiden Stakes 7f

  • (Div 1) (Str) £6,550 added 2yo 11 ran
  • Winner £4,237 2nd £1,261 3rd £630 4th £315
  • Going: Good to Firm (Good in Places on the Straight course)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 26.74s
  • Off time: 14:30:42

Full result

14:30 Newbury Result 15th July 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Ektihaam (IRE) 9-3 R Hills R Varian 2 8/1
Reared and went left start, took keen hold, held up in touch, smooth headway to track leader 2f out, led and hung right inside final furlong, stayed on strongly and in command final 110 yards opened 13/2 touched 8/1
2nd (7) Harvard N Yale (USA) 9-3 G Baker J Noseda 2 9/2
In touch, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, took 2nd close home, no impression on winner opened 9/2 touched 6/1 £2750-£500
3rd (3) hd Campanology 9-3 R Hughes Richard Hannon 2 11/8f
Led, ridden and headed when hung right and carried right inside final furlong, stayed upsides until weakened final 110 yards, lost 2nd last strides opened 13/8 touched 13/8 £650-£400
4th (6) Gunner Will (IRE) 9-3 Matthew Davies (3) George Baker 2 11/1
Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, went 3rd inside final 2f, ridden hung left and struck into rear of 3rd horse over 1f out, no impression when weakened to 4th final 120 yards opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £6000-£500
5th (10) 4 Martin Chuzzlewit (IRE) 9-3 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2 9/2
In touch, pushed along and green 3f out, plugged on inside final furlong opened 6/1 touched 6/1
6th (5) Producer 9-3 William Buick Richard Hannon 2 16/1
Chased leaders, went 2nd 3f out until 2f out, weakened final furlong opened 20/1 touched 20/1
7th (1) Alvitude (USA) 9-3 S Drowne R Charlton 2 33/1
Slowly away, ran green in rear, ridden 2f out, never a factor opened 25/1 touched 33/1
8th (9) ½ Beau Duke (IRE) 9-3 J Fortune A M Balding 2 40/1
Slowly into stride, held up and behind, never on terms opened 40/1 touched 40/1
9th (8) Drummond 9-3 A Kirby C G Cox 2 20/1
Chased leader until 3f out, weakened 2f out opened 16/1 touched 20/1
10th (11) 6 Welsh Nayber 9-3 Jim Crowley Mrs A J Perrett 2 66/1
Chased leaders over 4f, behind when hung left over 1f out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
11th (4) 13 Kula Kangri (IRE) 9-3 T P Queally Miss R Curtis 2 66/1
Chased leaders 4f opened 50/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £10.30 Tote Place: £2.70,2.10,1.10
Straight Forecast: £41.93 Exacta: £53.70 Trifecta: £353.30 Swingers: 1&2:5.20 2&3:3.50 1&3:3.40

Jackpot: £2,503.03 carried forward to Newmarket, 16th Jul, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £25.90, Pool: £63961.76, 1802.77 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.40, Pool: £3565.42, 143.05 winning tickets

Verdict

The last two winners of this maiden have gone on to win at Group Three level and EKTIHAAM is held in quite high regard by his connections who reported that he wouldn't be given too hard a time of things this season and he has no big race entries other than a sales race at this stage. He travelled like the best horse to the race and moved smoothly to the front before running green and giving Richard Hills one or two steering problems. There should be plenty more to come and he could stay further if inheriting the stamina evident on his dam's side. Jeremy Noseda's juveniles are running well at present and this was a pleasing start to the career of Harvard N Yale who appears to have plenty of scope. He travelled well before becoming outpaced when the tempo quickened and took some time to find his stride but was going on strongly at the finish. Campanology, midfield in the Coventry before being disqualified at Haydock, should have little trouble finding a race but is starting to have his limitations exposed. Gunner Will made good progress at Sandown when racing alone down the centre of the track and again showed plenty of ability although he did run around a fair bit under pressure, giving Campanology a bump in the process. They finished clear of Martin Chuzzlewit, Producer and Alvitude; three colts from top yards with middle distance pedigrees who all showed ability and can be expected to improve considerably. Beau Duke should also leave this run behind in time although it was a shade disappointing that Drummond didn't fare better having shown promise on debut although it is too soon to be writing him off.