Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes
|Group 3, Salisbury 16:10
1m, Class 1
|Thursday 16th August 2018|
1 Plumatic 3/1
2 Oh This Is Us 12/1
3 Zonderland 9/1
6 ran Distances: 1l, 1l, 2l
Time: 1m 45.02s (slow by 5.52s)
The Andre Fabre-trained Plumatic wins
Plumatic : source Salisbury Racecourse
Plumatic, a recent winner of a conditions race at Chantilly for Andre Fabre, won easily in the hands of Maxime Guyon.
The four-year-old picked up to lead in the final furlong and was well on top as he passed the post a length ahead of Oh This Is Us.
Zonderland, winner of this race in 2016, was third.
Guyon said: “We had a perfect race behind the leader. My horse is very relaxed and when he is like that, he has a good turn of foot.
“This distance is really good for him. Before he went over 2000 metres (mile and a quarter) and 2400 metres (mile and a half) and maybe that is too far for him. Now we know he is better at 1600 metres.
“It’s the first time I’ve ridden on the track but it was OK. It rained a bit this morning, but we were OK as it was good to soft and not soft.”
Mark Johnston will have to go back to the drawing board with a disappointing Elarqam, finishing a lacklustre fourth.
He said: “Jim (Crowley) said he was hanging right throughout.
“Something is bothering him as he gets edgy at the start. He walks around the paddock as quiet as a lamb, then he sees those starting stalls and he starts to sweat.
“The early part of the race has gone great, but he just found nothing. We will go home and think again.
“We thought the ground was too firm in Ireland and we can’t say it is too soft today.”
Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes (Group 3)
£75,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
|Pos||Dr||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(5)||Plumatic 3/1||M Guyon
|2nd||(6)||1||Oh This Is Us (IRE) 12/1||R L Moore
|3rd||(3)||1||Zonderland 9/1||A Kirby
|C G Cox||5|
|4th||(4)||2||Elarqam Evsf||Jim Crowley
|5th||(1)||1¾||South Seas (IRE) 8/1||Oisin Murphy
|A M Balding||4|
|6th||(2)||3½||Hathal (USA) 14/1||W Buick
|J A Osborne||6|