Ascot 4:25, 6f Group 2 (C&G) (1), "Coventry Stakes"
|1||Power||4||79||3||A. P. O'Brien||19||BOk, Ngl Erl, -3L Hf Ngl, Eff-2f STTR, ko ins-2f, Chal-1f+, PO & Duel, Ld-0.5f, PoLt|
|2||Roman Soldier||10||78||3||m||J. Noseda||23||Supp 12/1, BkWL, LdgLn Erl, 2nd+1f Sttld, TvCmf Hf, Ld-2f+, SEff-2f, PO, Eff-1.5f, ko, Chalgd-1f, PO & Duel, Hdd-0.5f|
|3||St Barths||14||74||3||m||B. J. Meehan||22||AP Blanket, BOk, H-3 Erl, -4.5L Hf, Eff-2f+ Bmp other, PO ins-2f, HgR-1f+, 3rd-1f, PO, PoLt|
|4||Lethal Force||50||73||3||C. G. Cox||8||FrSd, B-1 PNgl, Mdfld+0.5f FrSd Grp, -6.5L Hf, Dv-2.5f+, PO-2f, ko ins-1.5f, 6th-1f, PO, PoLt|
|5||Gatepost||7||72||3||v||M. R. Channon||4||1st Cols, FrSd, B-1 PHmp-2, LastOv Erl, SwcL+2f, Last in Stds Grp Hf -8LOv, PO-2f, 7th-1f, PO, PoLt|
|6||B Fifty Two||25||63||4||v||J. W. Hills||21||BOk, H-1 Erl, Ngl+1f, Eff-2f+, Po, Resp-1f+, Po, po-0.5f, FdLt|
|7||North Star Boy||25||62||3||m||R. Hannon||20||BOk, H-2 Erl, Eff-2f+, Po, po-0.5f, FdLt|
|8||Jack Who's He||50||60||3||d||P. D. Evans||12||Trbl Ldg, BRh-1 PBmp, H-2 +0.5f, Ngl+2f, Dv-2.5f+, PO, Po-1f+, Hmp ins-1f, TTR, PoLt|
|9||Red Aggressor||100||59||4||A||C. E. Brittain||2||FrSd, BkWL, Ld FrSd Grp Erl, X to Stds Grp Hf, Eff-2f+, PO ins 3rd, Po-1f+, po-0.5f, FdLt|
|10||Mezmaar||6.5||58||2||m/V||B. W. Hills||1||FrSd, B-2 Wdst, Fre+1f & Pull to Prg FFH, 2R+2f Hld, TvOk-2f+, Eff-2f ModResp, Po, SHmp-1f, po, Eased-0.5f|
|11||Chandlery||50||57||2||m/G||R. Hannon||7||FrSd, B-2 PBmp, Ngl Hf Resp, PO-2f+ SwcL, Po-1f, Resp to Ln, 7f+ Btr, Ok Follow|
|12||Rebellious Guest||20||55||2||m/D||G. G. Margarson||13||B-1 PNgl Resp, H-1 +0.5f, SFre+2f & LdgLn, Eff-2f, PO ins 2nd, Po-1f, po-0.5f, FdLt|
|13||Campanology||40||49||2||M||R. Hannon||5||FrSd, AP Blanket, P-1, H-2 Erl, Eff-2f, Po Wdst, po-1f+, Fd-0.5f|
|14||Trumpet Major||12||46||3||m/D||R. Hannon||18||BOk, H-2 +0.5f, TvOk-2.5f, Eff-2f, Po, SHgR-1.5f, po-1f, Fd-0.5f+|
|15||Barolo Top||66||45||3||m||T. G. Dascombe||10||FrSd, LdgLn FrSd Grp Erl, 2R+1f, Outpcd-2f, po ins-2f, Fd-0.5f+|
|16||Fulbright||14||41||4||l||M. Johnston||17||FrSd, B-1 PBmp, Ngl Erl TTR, Whip Hf, HgR-2f+, Po ins-2f, po-1f+, Fd ins-1f|
|17||Evervescent||66||40||4||a||J. S. Moore||3||FrSd, B-1, Ngl Erl TTR, SHgR+1f, DvHf, SOutpcd-2.5f, po-2f, Fd ins-1f|
|18||Pride And Joy||100||38||3||M||J. A. Osborne||16||B-1, H-1 Erl, Po-2f, Hmp-1.5f -3L, po, Fd-1f|
|19||Mitchum||66||33||3||a||T. D. Barron||11||BkWL, LdgLn Erl Cent SFre, H-2 +1f Drop-in, DvHf, LsGrnd-2.5f, po ins-2f, Fd-1f+|
|20||Gabrial||20||25||3||d||R. A. Fahey||15||2nd Cols, BkWL, LdgLn Erl, QFre+0.5f & Pull to Prg SFFH, Sttld+1.5f, Ngl-2.5f+, Outpcd-2f, Fd-1.5f|
|21||Brocklebank||14||10||3||m||K. A. Ryan||9||FrSd, LdgLn FrSd Grp Erl, 2R+1f, Dv-2.5f+, SOuptcd-2f+, po, Fd ins-1.5f|
|22||Commissar||8||-16||3||m||M. A. Zarooni||6||Supp 11/1, FrSd, BkWL, LdgLn FrSd Grp Erl, H-3 +1f, po-2f, MvAwk-1.5f, Eased-1f+|
|23||Italo (bt)||16||-21||2||W. A. Ward||14||B-1 PBmp, Dv Erl Resp, Prg+0.5f, Ld+1f 1. 5Clr, Ngl Hf, Hdd-2f+, Fd ins-2f|
||GGS going after rain the previous Sunday. Going Stick at 8:15am as THREE Readings with Stands' Side 9.2, Centre 9.6 & Far Side 9.0.
Light Breeze as a Half Headwind in the Straight.
Stalls Centre. Note that as a RH Course the Draw Numbering have switched over. Higher Draws now towards Stands' Side.
Field split into Two Groups to Halfway with the Larger Group Racing Centre to Stands' Side away from the Rail. Smaller Group Centre to far side. Stands' Side Group taken along faster by Italo pressing on and had this group ahead of the Wider racers. That Group also more spread out Lengthwise and not racing as a tight pace. The Wider racing group clearly behind heading to wards halfway and Red Agressor leading that Group working over to merge with the Stands' Group just after halfway and taking his Group with him. BUT, at halfway Red Agressor 4th overall and about 1.5L behind the three leaders, Mezmaar having made a slow break from the widest draw then run freely, second in his Group behind Red Agressor but 10th overall and 3.5L back. Brocklebank 3rd in the Far Side Group at halfway, niggled along, but 16th overall and nearly 5L off the leader. The rest of the Far Side Group (7 Horses) spread out over 5L behind the last horse on the Stands' side. Jockey Spencer on Gatepost had been last overall (imagine that) on the Far Side and was already crossing over to join the back of the Stands' side Group. Spencer said after the race the Far Side group were not carrying him into the race so he had to go where the race was.
The post race feeling from the jockeys did not match the Going Stick which said the Centre track was fastest. Feeling was that Centre to Stands side going was faster and later Windsor Castle field all tracked over to that strip. Mixed messages though. You could say this was a Fair Test and all the runners had an ok chance and the final result a good reflectiion of abilities. A small bias to the Centre-Stands' strip offset a little by being off the pace by 3L+ probably being some sort of positive. One one hand the First three home were in a line stacked on the same narrow strip of ground to 2F out which might suggest some bias. On the other hand what about the effort made by Lethal Force to get from 17th at halfway (6L+ back) to 4th racing wide in the Far Side group and then centre track? If he could do it what is the excuse for the others? Including Mezmaar who made a moderate effort 2f out. Or is Lethal Force just better? Overall a positive for Roman Solider who was the one British trained runner in the field who had seemed to show something a 'bit different' who his easy win and strong finish at LEIC. He travelled best in the race and did best of those that ran porminently. The other 4 in the first 5 home came from relatively far back as Closers. Roman Soldier took the lead before 2F out without the jockey moving and able to raise a solid effort. Worn down by Roman Soldier in the last 0.5F with that horse being scrubbed along at halfway while Roman Soldier was cruising. [A good moment in the pointless Stewards' Enquiry when jockey Baker said he had been bumped by Power as that horse 'went by him..' No, George, no, try 'as the other horse tried to challenge me he bumped me and I lost my balance and momentum and it made the difference between him being able to get to me...' or the like. ]
A good field without looking a strong one in Profile and none standing out as obvious longer term Group types (rather than just juvenile versions). Looking at the result which might be the longer term group ones....?
------------- Pre-Race Quotes ------------------------
Hannon on his Website = "We will be trying to win the Coventry for the third year running, and this year we are four-handed. Assessing our prospects, the boss said:We have two drawn low (Campanology and Chandlery) and two high (Trumpet Major and North Star Boy), and, while we aren't going with the same sort of confidence we had in Canford Cliffs and Strong Suit, make no mistake these are four decent two-year-olds. "Hughesie rides Trumpet Major, who, having finished a promising third in one of the best maidens run so far this season at Newbury, then won easily at Goodwood. He reminds me very much of Dick Turpin and has the same owner, and this has been the target for some time now. North Star Boy was going away at the end at Ascot and will definitely improve for stepping up a furlong, while Chandlery was impressive when making a winning debut at Goodwood 11 days ago even though he only won a short head, and, like Campanology, Dubawi Gold's half-brother, who showed his inexperience when beaten first time out at Doncaster but will now be a lot sharper, he is entitled to take his chance."
Barry Hills website news for w/b 13th June = "We run the exciting Mezmaar in the Coventry. He won easily from a highly regarded horse at Haydock, and has been pleasing us at home since. His sire Teofilo has got off to a great start at stud and hopefully this horse can continue that trend."
Highclere TB website wrt Brocklebank whom they bough a majority share in after his STO win = "Brocklebank looks an absolute picture and this morning moved beautifully on Kevin’s woodchip gallop. He looks amazing in his skin and everybody seems very happy with how he is coming into the race. He will be ridden by Phillip Makin who was there this morning and who was extremely excited about his prospects. Brocklebank will be routinely scoped on Monday and, provided the scope is clear, it is all systems go to run in the Coventry."
Fahey on his Sporting Life website blog = "..Koukash decided to run both of his speedy juveniles in the Coventry Stakes and one has been drawn well with the other not so well berthed. Ours, Gabrial, is drawn well in 15 and he's an improving horse who's done nothing wrong. He's got to step up again - this is the Olympics now and it's a whole new challenge for him. 6f should suit this horse - he stayed well at Beverley and he's still learning and progressing. Our fellow is unbeaten but it's hard to gauge how good he is in comparison to the rest so if he's placed I'd be delighted."
Channon on his website news wrt Gatepost = "An utter professional who has done nothing but thrive at home since his win at York. He's done everything asked of him and there's no hiding place. I'm very hopeful. Drawn 4, I have no idea of if that's a positive but the race is wide open and I expect the majority of trainers think their horse is a class act. I'm one of them"
Jeremy Noseda on his website news wrt Roman Soldier = "..who hacked up at Leicester on his second start, may be drawn away from the quickest ground in gate 23. But he won't mind getting his toe in and has George Baker booked to ride. Noseda said: "Roman Soldier is in good order and I am happy with him. The rain will help, I feel, so he'll have ground to suit. The draw is a little bit of a concern as it appears as if he'll be on the slowest of the ground.""
Meehan on his website wrt St Barths = "very unlucky not to win hot Newbury maiden on debut, suffering multiple interference. Made no mistake at Leicester next time and runner-up and fifth have both boosted the form. Sure to run a big race in this top juvenile company."
Trainer Zarooni on the Godolphin website = "Commissar won his maiden well when he made all of the running on a very windy day at Newmarket. 'His last piece of work went very well and I think that he will run a really good race. He is very professional and is always relaxed in his work. We don’t know how good he is at the moment but we will have a better idea of his ability after Tuesday’s race.' "
Tom Dascombe on a small message service around noon = "Ground perfect for Barolo Top and he's improved since Haydock. On paper there's nothing outstanding so we thought he deserved his chance..."
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