Newbury 14:25
£100,000 added,
3yo plus, 2m 110y,
Class 2 Handicap    
Saturday 21st July 2018

1 Stratum 11/4F
2 Kloud Gate 33/1
3 Coeur de Lion 17/2
4 Golden Wolf 25/1
16 ran NR: Buzz, Saunter
Distances: 3l, nk, hd Time: 3m 32.57s

Stratum lands the gamble for Willie Mullins and Tony Bloom


Third behind his Willie Mullins-trained stablemate Lagostovegas in the Ascot Stakes on his second start after a long absence, Stratum justified strong market support in the inaugural running of this extended two-mile handicap.

Robert Winston weaved his way through the field on the 11-4 favourite to lead at the business end and win cosily, continuing the fine run of his owner, Brighton chairman Tony Bloom, who was successful with Withhold in the Northumberland Plate.

Kloud Gate was beaten three lengths in second place, with Coeur De Lion a neck away in third and Golden Wolf another head back in fourth.

Winston, who also rode the Roger Charlton-trained Withhold, said: “Everything went to plan and he settled well today.

“He had a hood on and had a grackle bit on. He had a much faster pace today and got into a lovely rhythm. It was just a matter of when I was going to get a gap in the straight.

“He came there with plenty in hand and quickened nicely in front.

“He was far too keen (at Ascot) and it was a very muddling pace. This is just stepping stones at the moment. I think the possibility would be the Ebor next for him. 

“I don’t think we have seen the best of him yet. I think there is more to come.”

£100,000 added, 3yo plus, 2m 110y, Class 2 Handicap
16 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (1) Stratum 11/4f R Winston
W P Mullins 5
2nd (16) 3 Kloud Gate (FR) 33/1 Harry Bentley
G L Moore 6
3rd (2) nk Coeur de Lion 17/2 M Harley
A King 5
4th (12) hd Golden Wolf (IRE) 25/1 S W Kelly
R Hughes 4
5th (3) hd Nakeeta 25/1 Callum Rodriguez (3)
I Jardine 7
6th (10) ½ Cleonte (IRE) 25/1 Joshua Bryan (3)
A M Balding 5
7th (7) ½ Sir Chauvelin 14/1 George Downing
J S Goldie 6
8th (11) ¾ Island Brave (IRE) 25/1 L Morris
Mrs H Main 4
9th (9) hd Hochfeld (IRE) 10/1 W Buick
M Johnston 4
10th (4) Almoghared (IRE) 11/2 Andrea Atzeni
J H M Gosden 3
11th (6) Amazing Red (IRE) 10/1 L Dettori
E A L Dunlop 5
12th (8) Quloob 8/1 Jim Crowley
Owen Burrows 4
13th (18) ½ Arch Villain (IRE) 40/1 P J Dobbs
Mrs A J Perrett 9
14th (5) 11 Percy's Word 9/1 P Hanagan
S Crisford 4
15th (13) 18 Stars Over The Sea (USA) 20/1 A Kirby
Ian Williams 7
16th (17) 6 Newlands (AUS) 66/1 S Donohoe
C Fellowes 7
NR (14) Saunter (FR) P Makin
Ian Williams 5
NR (15) Buzz (FR) L P Keniry
H Morrison 4

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