Bet365 Bunbury Cup
£120,000 added, 3yo plus,
7f, Class 2
|Saturday 15th July 2017|
1 Above The Rest 12/1
2 Sir Dancealot 16/1
3 Steady Pace 7/1
4 Tony Curtis 33/1
18 ran NR: Flaming Spear, Raising Sand Distances: ½l, nk, ¾l
Time: 1m 23.78s (slow by 0.78s)
Above The Rest flashes home for apprentice Clifford Lee
Steady Pace looked likely to claim the lucrative prize after passing the furlong marker over a length in front under Josephine Gordon, but was collared in the closing stages by both the 12-1 winner and Sir Dancealot.
The David Barron-trained Above The Rest passed the post half a length ahead in the hands of apprentice Clifford Lee, with Sir Dancealot second, Steady Pace third and Tony Curtis in fourth.
Lee, securing the 50th victory of his riding career, said: "I'm very grateful to the owners and the trainer for putting me on these sort of horses, especially when they're winners.
"I'm over the moon to get my 50th winner, which brings me down to a 3lb claimer now. I'm overwhelmed.
"He came off the bridle a little bit. I had to squeeze him up early doors and then he came back on the bridle.
"I didn't want to get there too soon as he tends to stop a little bit, but he's done enough and did it nicely in the end.
"You've got to take these opportunities with both hands."
Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap)
£120,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 2
Going: Good to Firm
|Pos||Dr||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(19)||Above The Rest (IRE) 12/1||Clifford Lee (5)
|T D Barron||6|
|2nd||(20)||½||Sir Dancealot (IRE) 16/1||J Quinn
|D R C Elsworth||3|
|3rd||(15)||nk||Steady Pace 7/1||Josephine Gordon
|S bin Suroor||4|
|4th||(12)||¾||Tony Curtis 33/1||S M Levey
|5th||(3)||1¼||Robero (ex6) 11/1||T P Queally
|M W Easterby||5|
|6th||(14)||½||Von Blucher (IRE) 33/1||P McDonald
|7th||(7)||nk||Gossiping 8/1||S W Kelly
|G L Moore||5|
|8th||(10)||½||Mutawathea 8/1||Lewis Edmunds (5)
|9th||(1)||¾||Tabarrak (IRE) 13/2||R L Moore
|10th||(11)||¾||Withernsea (IRE) 25/1||P Hanagan
|R A Fahey||6|
|11th||(16)||½||Boomshackerlacker (IRE) 28/1||R Kingscote
|12th||(13)||2||Kadrizzi (FR) 33/1||Harry Bentley
|D K Ivory||4|
|13th||(18)||nk||Donncha (IRE) 16/1||Kieran Shoemark (3)
|14th||(17)||3¼||Bossy Guest (IRE) 16/1||A Kirby
|M R Channon||5|
|15th||(5)||nk||Holiday Magic (IRE) 25/1||T Eaves
|M W Easterby||6|
|16th||(9)||1¼||Tashweeq (IRE) 4/1f||Jim Crowley
|J H M Gosden||4|
|17th||(8)||nk||Buckstay (IRE) 25/1||J P Spencer
|P W Chapple-Hyam||7|
|18th||(4)||½||Sutter County 20/1||W Buick
|NR||(6)||Flaming Spear (IRE)||R Winston
|K A Ryan||5|
|NR||(2)||Raising Sand||K T O'Neill
|J A Osborne||5|