York 3:10, 6f Group 2 (C&G) (1), "Gimcrack Stakes"
|1||Ajaya||3.5||52.0||-||5||m|| W. J. Haggas||9||0.0|
|2||Ribchester||25||48.3||1.3||2||G|| R. A. Fahey||5||0.0|
|3||Raucous||8.5||42.3||3.3||3||d|| W. J. Haggas||4||0.0|
|4||King Of Rooks||5.5||34.8||5.8||6||l|| R. Hannon (Jnr)||7||0.0|
|5||Steady Pace||4||31.8||6.8||6||m|| S. B. Suroor||1||0.0||2ndCols,|
|6||Areen||12||30.3||7.3||6||m|| K. A. Ryan||6||0.0|
|7||Finnegan (t)||2.75||28.8||7.8||3|| W. A. Ward||3||0.0|
|8||Ode To Evening||12||-16.3||22.8||4||m|| M. Johnston||2||0.0||, WTRB = Jk said hrs Never Travelling|
|NR||Buratino||g|| M. Johnston||8||1stCols, NR =,|
||G by Ract Time. GGS on Decs from GS on Decs.
Stalls Far Side. GStick 6.5 Fasr Side & Centre, 6.3 Stands Side.
Jk Hanagan on ML trying to be polite but saying that the going on Friday was churned up & rough, because of the number of runners over the previous 3 days. Adding that a couple of his rides took "bad steps" and got unbalanced.
=== Post Race ===
VRev AP pictures with Ode To Evening looking looking flat, in attitude and coat, drooping tail, lacking muscle and looking narrow. Not just a case of others developing physically past him in 2 months. Like whatever had brought him to the blossoming & mid June peak had gone away. Worth looking at how the other mid June peak efforts from MaJo horses are going now (incl the absent Buratino's laboured effort LTO in Ireland. Although there Air Force Blue seemed to have grown and just looked taller and bigger than the others) . All adding to an increasing, long held, feeling of understanding how MaJo horses run, develop, regress, etc. is atypical in some ways. Even the AP view of OTE would not prepare you for the horrible run. Losing touch early, moving poorly, looking sub-willing.
Pace presumably too stiff for the conditions although Ajaya sitting 3rd/2nd and producing a good kick off it but still folding back to the staying on placed, Closing, horses. Ajaya coming across as this year's 'Limato'. In a stocky field he looks lighter framed but rangy. Doing a lot of it at 2yo on his movement pluses. Odd to hear trainer Haggas say post race saying he has done nothing but improve physically and in March he through Ajaya needed sending home for 6 weeks (out of training and come back when he is ready). Ajaya still not a powerhouse but taller and rangier than the underpowered looking FTO version.
Areen the opposite of Ajaya and a low slung, deep-bodied and bulky type. Seemed to be travelling best in 2nd around halfway but, unlike Ajaya, nothing happened at 2f out. Ribchester loking fine as a strong 85+ type and not holding the form level down.
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