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  • 14:30 sportingbet.com Acomb Stakes 7f

  • (Group 3) £50,000 added 2yo 13 ran
  • Winner £29,600 2nd £11,195 3rd £5,595 4th £2,795
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 26.12s
  • Off time: 14:32:15

Full result

14:30 York Result 17th August 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Entifaadha 9-0 R Hills W J Haggas 2 7/2f
Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, challenged and edged left over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on strongly to assert and draw closing stages opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £5000-£1000 £5400-£1200 £2250-£500 £7000-£2000
2nd (7) Fort Bastion (IRE) 9-0 R Hughes R Hannon 2 15/2
Chased leaders, went 2nd entering final 3f, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on until no extra closing stages opened 9/1 touched 9/1
3rd (11) ¾ Zumbi (IRE) 9-0 K Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2 8/1
Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, evey chance 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong opened 8/1 touched 9/1
4th (1) ½ Caledonian Spring (IRE) 9-0 T P Queally P W D'Arcy 2 25/1
Slowly into stride, behind, hampered over 2f out, soon switched right, headway under pressure over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, stayed on well closing stages, never nearer opened 28/1 touched 28/1 £10000-£350
5th (9) Al Khan (IRE) 9-0 J Fortune P W Chapple-Hyam 2 10/1
Held up in mid-division, headway travelling well over 2f out, chased leaders and driven to challenge over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 9/1 touched 11/1 £10000-£900 £5000-£450(x2) £5000-£400(x2)
6th (4) Archbishop (USA) 9-0 M Dwyer B J Meehan 2 7/1
Chased leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 6/1 touched 7/1 £1950-£350
7th (3) ¾ Furner's Green (IRE) 9-0 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 2 5/1
Held up towards rear, headway under pressure 2f out, no impression over 1f out opened 11/2 touched 11/2 £13750-£2500 £12500-£2500 £2500-£500(x3) £2250-£500(x2)
8th (8) ½ Moon Pearl (USA) 9-0 Jim Crowley R M Beckett 2 20/1
Towards rear, pushed along halfway, some headway over 2f out, driven and weakened over 1f out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
9th (12) 7 Balty Boys (IRE) 9-0 M Hills B W Hills 2 11/2
In rear, never on terms opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £3000-£420 £2000-£360
10th (13) 2 Now My Sun 9-0 N Callan Mrs K Burke 2 66/1
Dwelt and stumbled start, took keen hold and soon recovered to chase leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened opened 50/1 touched 66/1
11th (6) East Meets West (IRE) 9-0 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 2 16/1
Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened opened 12/1 touched 16/1
12th (5) 2 Rock Supreme (IRE) 9-0 P Makin M Dods 2 33/1
Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out opened 25/1 touched 33/1
13th (10) Battle Of Saratoga (IRE) 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 2 40/1
Led, ridden and headed 3f out, soon weakened opened 33/1 touched 40/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.60,£3.10,£2.50
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£6.10 2&3:£11.70 1&3:£5.30

Jackpot: £20,072.29 carried forward to York, 18th Aug
Placepot: £426.40, Pool: £263574.12, 451.22 winning tickets
Quadpot: £46.00, Pool: £12228.33, 196.53 winning tickets

Verdict

A taking performance from winner ENTIFAADHA who had to work hard to see off the placed horses but did so with a willing attitude. He isn't the biggest so may lack the scope for improvement of some of his rivals but he is a sharp two-year-old and a race like the Champagne Stakes over this trip may be a better route than the Dewhurst or Racingpost Trophy options; he's entered in lots of races, and got the obligatory Guineas quote directly after this win. He got a nice tow through the race from the keen-going Archbishop and was always well-placed by Richard Hills, although he seemed to find a little trouble around the bend. However once on an even keel he found his stride, and despite being off the bridle quite early, he continued to battle on well. He didn't put the race to bed immediately but he was gutsy and always looked in command in the final 50 yards. Fort Bastion is still a maiden but he ran a cracker here, finishing second and bouncing back from an average HQ run last time. He was always near the pace, and although he came off the bit as the pace quickened, he actually came back on the bridle with two to run. He had every chance in the final 200 yards but just found a better horse on the day. Third home was Zumbi who came from further back than the first pair. He too held every chance with a furlong to go but seemed to get a little tired, perhaps due to the going or having to make up his ground quite quickly. He has lots of scope for improvement but might just be better off back over six furlongs at this stage of his career. Fourth, and unlucky, was Caledonian Springs. He represents an unfashionable yard but would surely have been placed had he got a clear run. He was repeatedly hampered (held up last) and only made up his ground when finally granted some fresh air; compensation awaits down the line. The first quartet were clear of Al Khan who travelled well but the response when asked to quicken was tepid; he probably raced too keenly to begin with. Sixth home was Archbishop who set the pace but certainly raced far too keenly. He looks a nice long-term prospect however, whilst Furners Green and Moon Pearl were both well-held but each ran on quite takingly late in the day. Balty Boys was outpaced throughout and made some modest late headway.