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Newbury

  • 15:50 Whitley Stud Maiden Fillies' Stakes 1m 2f 6y

  • (Div 1) £7,000 added 3yo 14 ran
  • Winner £4,528 2nd £1,348 3rd £673 4th £337
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 20.37s
  • Off time: 15:51:37

Full result

15:50 Newbury Result 20th April 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (15) Vow 9-0 J P Murtagh W J Haggas 3 11/2
Raced green in rear, pushed along 4f out, headway over 2f out, ran on strongly to lead near finish, eased close home opened 4/1 touched 11/2
2nd (2) 1 Everlong 9-0 J P Spencer P W Chapple-Hyam 3 4/1
Set strong pace, ridden and clear 2f out, stayed on, headed near finish opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £2250-£500
3rd (11) Devine Guest (IRE) 9-0 Martin Harley M R Channon 3 33/1
Mid-division, good headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, no impression final furlong opened 50/1 touched 50/1
4th (9) Hunt A Mistress (IRE) 9-0 J Fortune P F I Cole 3 10/1
Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, plugged on same pace opened 10/1 touched 10/1
5th (7) Young Lou 9-0 R Ffrench R Dickin 3 100/1
Mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on inside final furlong opened 100/1 touched 100/1
6th (3) Sequence (IRE) 9-0 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3 9/1
In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 10/1 touched 12/1
7th (5) Findeln 9-0 Catherine Gannon Eve Johnson Houghton 3 100/1
Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
8th (12) 2 Amaraja (GER) 9-0 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 3 5/1
Towards rear, effort 3f out, never near leaders opened 11/2 touched 11/2
9th (10) 7 Gallipot 9-0 William Buick J H M Gosden 3 7/2f
In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 7/2 touched 7/2 £1400-£400
10th (6) 5 Vickers Vimy 9-0 Jim Crowley R M Beckett 3 20/1
Always in rear opened 16/1 touched 20/1
11th (14) 15 Eight Letters (USA) 9-0 Hayley Turner M L W Bell 3 40/1
Always in rear, weakened 3f out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
12th (13) 26 Runway Girl (IRE) 9-0 J Doyle R Charlton 3 25/1
Always in rear, weakened 3f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
13th (8) 20 Four Leaves (IRE) 9-0 A Kirby M Botti 3 16/1
Mid-division, weakened 3f out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
14th (1) 57 Optimism 9-0 Martin Dwyer W R Muir 3 100/1
Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 3f out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
NR (4) Bashaash (USA) 9-0 Non Runner E A L Dunlop 3

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.40 Tote Place: £2.60,1.50,9.80
Straight Forecast: £25.34 Exacta: £29.60 Trifecta: £490.90 Swingers: 1&2:6.30 2&3:26.10 1&3:51.40

Jackpot: £18,204.70, Pool: £76921.56, 3.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £701.50, Pool: £90617.66, 94.29 winning tickets
Quadpot: £128.90, Pool: £7819.64, 44.86 winning tickets

Verdict

For much of the straight it appeared that Jamie Spencer was going to pinch this contest with a fine ride from the front aboard Everlong only for VOW to sprout wings in the closing stages and sprint past in the manner of a smart performer. While, the testing conditions - which she's bred to appreciate as a daughter of Motivator - add a necessary note of caution to the form it was hard not to be impressed with the performance while the fact that her stable won a division of this race with subsequent Oaks winner Dancing Rain 12 months ago adds further interest to this debut effort. As a half-sister to Beaten Up and Harris Tweed (both trained by William Haggas), it's reasonable to expect her to improve significantly with age and a stiffer test of stamina while it's not difficult to envisage her progressing markedly from this run given that she was very green throughout and looked likelier to finish nearer last than first for much of the race. She could now head to the Swettenham Stakes back at this course, a race in which Dancing Rain was beaten in before winning at Epsom. Everlong was beaten 10 lengths in the May Hill on her final juvenile start and has certainly trained on; she should certainly be able to pick up an average maiden on this evidence before her sights are raised again. There was a good deal to like about the run of Devine Guest who travelled noticeably well into the race but who couldn't pick up as well as her rivals in the closing stages. She has no fancy entries but could be above average and better ground may help to show her in a better light while she's also bred to stay a trip. Hunt A Mistress reversed last season's course form with Gallipot (who ran better than her finishing position suggests) and is now qualified for handicaps as is Findeln who did more than enough to think that she can win races in that sphere. Sequence and Vickers Vimy weren't disgraced on their returns while Amaraja can be expected to build on this initial effort. Relatively short in the market and with big race entries to her name, she palpably failed to live up to those expectations but was wide throughout and this big filly ran very green and she may well need more time. As such, the Epsom and Irish Oaks are more than likely to come too soon for her but this extremely well bred filly could yet live up to the family name.