Shadwell Joel Stakes
|Group 2, Newmarket 15:35
1m, Class 1
|Friday 29th September 2017|
1 Beat The Bank 11/8F
2 Sir John Lavery 3/1
3 Jallota 20/1
8 ran NR: Zonderland Distances: 5l, 2¼l, 1¼l
Time: 1m 38.67s (slow by 3.67s)
Beat The Bank clears right away from his rivals to win in style
Formerly trained in Ireland by Darren Bunyan, Beat The Bank made his first start for Andrew Balding when landing a conditions race at this venue back in May.
He disappointed in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, but has since won a Listed prize on the July Course and a Group Three at Goodwood, and was the 11-8 market leader to continue his winning spree in this one-mile Group Two.
Whitecliffsofdover took the field along, but he was running on empty two furlongs down and Beat The Bank soon took over and asserted.
The slightly wayward Sir John Lavery went in pursuit, but Balding's charge was away and gone and passed the post with five lengths in hand under Oisin Murphy.
Sir John Lavery was a clear second ahead of Jallota in third. South African challenger Whisky Baron was well beaten.
Murphy said: "He's very talented, Josh Bryan rides him at home, one of Andrew's apprentices, and he's done a top job with him. Sandeep (Gauravaram) who used to look after Frankel, has him, and while he's not another Frankel he's a very good horse.
"This horse is very lightly raced, he was tuned for today.
"I followed the Ballydoyle pacemaker and it happened a bit too easy, which meant he had a look around in front, but he was entitled to.
"He's gone through the ranks and it has been very good placing by Andrew, I hope he's up to the QEII."
Shadwell Joel Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 2)
£100,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
|Pos||Dr||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(6)||Beat The Bank 11/8f||Oisin Murphy
|A M Balding||3|
|2nd||(9)||5||Sir John Lavery (IRE) 3/1||R L Moore
|A P O'Brien||3|
|3rd||(1)||2¼||Jallota 20/1||J P Spencer
|4th||(3)||1¼||Sovereign Debt (IRE) 14/1||J P Sullivan
|Mrs R Carr||8|
|5th||(7)||3½||Custom Cut (IRE) 33/1||D Tudhope
|6th||(5)||2||Whisky Baron (AUS) 20/1||Greg Cheyne
|7th||(4)||3½||Mustashry 7/2||Jim Crowley
|Sir Michael Stoute||4|
|7th||(8)||d.h||Whitecliffsofdover (USA) 20/1||S M Levey
|A P O'Brien||3|
|C G Cox||4|