Goodwood 4:00, 5f Group 3 (1), "Molecomb Stakes"
|1||Zebedee||2||74||5||g/A||R. Hannon||9||BOk, H-3 Erl Drop Back & SwcR to Cent, TvCmf-2f+, SEff-1.5f, JkQt-1f SwcR, Eff ins-1f, ko, Ld Lt, SCmf|
|2||Stone Of Folca||4||73||4||J. R. Best||10||TP Erl, BOk, QFre Erl & Hld, FFH for 1.5f & Pull to 2nd Rank, TvCmf-2f, SwcL-1f+ & Eff, PO ins-1f, Chal Lt|
|3||Choose Wisely||33||72||5||a||K. A. Ryan||12||BLh-1 Wd PNgl Resp, Hld+0.5f SFFH, H-1 +1f & 2nd Rank Cent, Eff ins-1f, PO & Duel, Ld-1f, PO, Hdd Lt|
|4||Mayson||5.5||65||3||m/D||R. A. Fahey||3||Supp 7/1, BSAwk, SFre Erl & FFH, H-1 +1f & Mdfld, SwcR-2f, Eff ins-2f, Po, Resp-1f, Stall Lt|
|5||Avonmore Star||5||64||5||v||R. Hannon||11||Supp 9/1, BkWl Wd, Eff Erl & LdgLn, Ld+0.5f Cent, TvOk-2f, Eff-1.5f, PO & Duel, Hdd-1f, Po-0.5f+, Fd Lt|
|6||Leiba Leiba||16||63||6||v||M. Botti||1||BOk RL, H-2 +0.5f Drop Back, TvOk-2f, Eff ins-2f, Po, Stall-0.5f, po Lt|
|7||Lord Of The Stars||9||62||3||m/V||R. M. Beckett||4||BRear-1, Resp Erl & Prg, Mdfld+1f Sttld, Eff-2f, po ins-2f, SOutpcd-1f+, Resp-0.5f+ & po|
|8||Serena's Pride||33||53||6||m||A. P. Jarvis||2||BkWL ins, Sfre Erl & LdgLn Hld, JkQt-2f & po, Stall-1f+, Fd-0.5f, Eased Lt|
|9||Primo Lady||25||50||6||l||G. A. Kelleway||5||BRear PStmbl NoLoss, Ld Erl, Hdd+0.5f & LdgLn Stds Sd, Eff ins-2f, po, Stall-1f, Fd-0.5f SHgR|
|10||Style And Panache (v)||100||49||8||m/N||P. D. Evans||7||BAwk-1, Eff Erl & Prg, Fre+0.5f & Pull to LdgLn, FFH for 0.5f, Eff-2f, Po, Stall-1f SHgR, po, Fd ins-0.5f|
|11||Bold Bidder||18||44||6||a||K. A. Ryan||8||BOk HdRPNgl, TTR Erl & Drop Back SHgR, Ngl+2f, Dv-2f+, SOutpcd-2f, po, Fd ins-1f|
|12||Scarlet Rocks (v)||50||24||11||d||P. D. Evans||6||BOk P-1, H-1 Erl & SFre, FFH for 1.5f, SOutpcd ins-2f SMvAwk, Fd-1f HgR, Eased-0.5f+|
||Race develop in centre track later on after Avonmore Star provided a strong lead there into the last 2f. Choose Wisely providing the late race lead there and looked in excellent condition and has strengthened well and pulled together (more neatly made). Stalked by SoF & Zebedee into the last 0.5f and provide the marker for them to aim for. Both of that pair have looked to need to be held up to deliver their efforts late.
Stone Of Folca because he races too freely and fades soon after he has made his, strong, forward effort. Raced too freely here and took 1.5F to settle down. Able to produce a late race effort but as often is the case with this sort of speed type, when it is unleashed later in the race it is less potent. Got past the leader but not the sort of zip seen at Royal Ascot. Ridden by Jimmy Quinn here who, as a lightweight, had ridden the trainer's Kingsgate Native (beaten in this race, as a maiden, by Fleeting Spirit) to win the Nunthorpe Stakes. Trainer said this one might run in the Group 1 at York if he ran well here. The alternative being a maiden race at Folkestone. He said that SoF was more of a ready 2yo and lacked the bulk and power of Kingsgate Native and less scope to develop so treat him as a preocious 2yo.
Zebedee has demonstrated a different power output to SoF and, typically for a Hannon horse, is more settled and tractable in his races. In his three wins he has travelled well at the pace set then Hughes has waited to deliver his challenge into the last 1F. The pick up has never been immediate but a 50 yards+ build up followed by a strong burst that does not peter out in the SoF manner. A classic set-up for this race would have been SoF skipping clear and then being run down by Zebedee's delayed effort. We got a muted version of that with SoF able to produce just a lesser version of his effort and Hughes delaying the Zebedee effort to just get him to the front near the line. At Royal Ascot he had run less well and not seen the race out. The difference may well be that in the Ascot event he raced too prominently (a neck off the lead at halfway and led into the last 2f).
In general a solid to good looking edition of the race with the right horses getting to the front. Rather than being the highpoint of the season for a bunch of nippy ones lacking scope the first 4-5 here have prospects to go on. Some to compete at higher level or pick up races dropped in class. Worth recalling that this used to be a fillies' only race and the first 7 home were the males and the last 5 were the females. Fillies allowance only 3lbs in this event when it is normally 5lbs.
[Update - this race on the first day and the first three home plus the 5th raced in a stack on the same strip in centre track. These four present a strong group anyway but the straight race sprints during the week suggest strongly that the centre was the best place to be and the Stands' rail some sort of negative. The field here split roughly into two groups with BB, SR & LOTS racing stands side of the centre group with SAP running in the leading line between that group and the other 4 on the rail side. Given the way the racing developed later in the week perhaps upgrade Mayson effort although he switched to Centre-Stands later on and also LL who ran down the rail strip.
BB blasted off and clear of the Supersprint field LTO but never going here. Niggled along to pick up after the break and at time to halfway. Losing ground as the efforts made and not look comfortable overall. Similar comments to SR who has never looked that stable and not reacting well to being held up here and hanging in later race. Meanwhile you could look at a filly like Primo Lady and never mind not training on to 3yos. Adding early Listed races like the Marygate (an empty race this year) and you can watch precocious, 'Black Type', 2yos blown away by bigger, more powerful kit, just after mid-season. Which is what the Pattern and Listed races initially tried to avoid. But as the number and level of Group & Listed races increases you inevitably end up rewarding inferior horses. 2 minutes looking at a Bell Shaped, Normal Distribution, Curve would be enough to understand why.]
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