14:25 York

Saturday 25 August 2018

All13:5014:2515:0015:4016:1516:5017:20

Sky Bet Melrose Handicap

Class 2  |   1m 5f 188y  |   Good to Firm  |   16 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 14:26  |   Winning time: 2m 53.87s
Weighed In
1st
5
(1)
10/1
T: C ApplebyJ: W Buick
Soon tracking leader, led going well over 2f out, stayed on well, ridden out op 11/1
2nd
½
11
(11)
6/1
T: D M SimcockJ: J P Spencer
Steadied start, held up last, headway and plenty to do when not clear run and switched left inside final 2f, went 2nd final 100 yards, stayed on, not reach winner op 11/2
3rd
1
1
(10)
20/1
T: Tom DascombeJ: R Kingscote
Mid-division on outside, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish op 25/1
4th
nk
6
(16)
38-12
11/2f
T: Sir Michael StouteJ: D Tudhope
Led, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner until final 100 yards, no extra and lost 3rd towards finish op 7/1
5th
hd
4
(12)
15/2
T: A M BaldingJ: Jason Watson (3)
Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, hung right and one pace under pressure over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong op 8/1
6th
½
3
(14)
39-3
6/1
T: H MorrisonJ: Jim Crowley
Held up towards rear, headway on inside chasing leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong op 13/2
7th
1 ½
7
(13)
16/1
T: Ian WilliamsJ: P Hanagan
Tracked leaders in 5th, pushed along 4f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong
8th
nk
16
(5)
8/1
T: W J HaggasJ: Liam Jones
Towards rear, headway on outside and hung left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never enough pace to threaten
9th
7
15
(2)
40/1
T: H MorrisonJ: A Mullen
Held up in 6th on inside, headway chasing leaders 5f out, weakened 2f out op 33/1
10th
½
8
(3)
38-9
20/1
T: R CharltonJ: David Probert
Towards rear, behind and struggling 4f out, kept on final furlong, no threat op 16/1
11th
1
12
(9)
28/1
T: R HannonJ: B A Curtis
Always towards rear op 40/1 tchd 25/1
12th
nse
10
(15)
25/1
T: Ian WilliamsJ: Andrew Breslin (5)
Held up in last pair, never involved tchd 28/1
13th
3 ¾
2
(7)
6/1
T: M JohnstonJ: S De Sousa
Slowly into stride, recovered and soon chasing leading pair, ridden and weakened 2f out
14th
2 ¼
14
(6)
33/1
T: J RyanJ: K T O'Neill
Always towards rear
15th
3
13
(8)
20/1
T: L M CumaniJ: George Wood
In touch in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, soon weakened op 16/1
16th
¾
9
(4)
20/1
T: M JohnstonJ: P J McDonald
Mid-division, headway chasing leaders over 4f out, ridden 2f out, weakened soon after

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Betting

Forecast

Mekong (11/2), Supernova (6/1), Corgi (6/1), Making Miracles (6/1), Berkshire Blue (15/2), Heart Of Grace (8/1), Ghostwatch (10/1), Blue Laureate (16/1), Proschema (20/1), Polish (20/1), Coolongolook (20/1), Lucky Deal (20/1), Shuhood (25/1), Sergio Leone (28/1), Midnight Wilde (33/1), Candidate (40/1)

Verdict

The most difficult looking race on Saturday's York card, with a plethora of interwoven handicap form-lines and the constant worry of an unexposed sort lurking, with both Supernova and Heart Of Grace most feared on that particular score. Corgi has raced consistently all summer and deserves to be on the premises, but wherever he finishes both Making Miracles and Proschema shouldn't be far away. However, with that latter named pair likely to make this an end to end gallop, the stout stayer GHOSTWATCH is fancied to pounce late for Will Buick (admittedly needs to negotiate a safe passage past weakening horses), with another to consider being Mekong.
  1. Ghostwatch
  2. Mekong
  3. Corgi

Previous Winners

2017
Secret Advisor
Weight: 9-2  |Age: 3
Weight: 9-2  |  
Age: 3  |  
J: James Doyle
  |  
T: C Appleby
5/1

Prize Money

1st: £77,812.002nd: £23,300.003rd: £11,650.004th: £5,825.005th: £2,912.006th: £1,462.00

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