Cantor Fitzgerald Investment Trusts Henry II Stakes
Group 3, Sandown 19:10
£65,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 78y, Class 1  
Thursday 28th May 2015

1 Vent De Force 6/4F
2 Trip To Paris 4/1
3 Aussie Reigns 50/1
NR: High Jinx (IRE)
7 ran Distances: 1¾l, ½l, ½l
TIME 3m 37.86s (slow by 5.36s)

Well-backed favourite Vent De Force makes all to take the Henry II Stakes and will be a key Gold Cup player now

Vent De Force
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Vent De Force

Held in high regard by Hughie Morrison, a change of tactics saw the four-year-old receive a perfectly-executed ride from the front by Richard Hughes, asserting a furlong and a half out after Forever Now and then Simenon had challenged.

The latter ran a particularly eyecatching race on his return from a long absence, but nothing got within real striking distance of the impressive winner, with Trip To Paris coming out best of the rest a length and three-quarters in arrears of the 6-4 favourite.

Morrison said: "Richard took the view that he didn't want it to turn into a dawdle, and he did it the hard way from the front.

"That proves he can come from behind or go from the front and you can ride him where you like, which is excellent.

"Hopefully that will put him spot on for Ascot and that's where he'll go, providing he doesn't have any blips in the next few weeks.

"You never know if they'll stay two and a half miles in a truly-run race, and you only find out when they run in the Gold Cup.

"But he's got a rounded shaped belly that makes him look fat, we had one a few years ago like that and what they can do is fill their lungs up and go again about three-quarters of a mile out."

Ed Dunlop was pleased with the effort of Chester Cup winner Trip To Paris.

He said: "I'm as delighted as much I can be with coming second, it was his first run in Pattern company but he proved he was up to it.

"He's not in the Gold Cup and we would have to supplement him, but it's under consideration. He's goes on fast ground and it looks it will probably be like that at Ascot, but the main thing is we learned he can run in Pattern company.

"I thought Richard Hughes gave the winner a fantastic ride."

MansionBet , MansionBet and RaceBets gave a unanimous verdict of 8-1 about the winner for the Gold Cup.

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Cantor Fitzgerald Investment Trusts Henry II Stakes (Group 3)
£65,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 78y, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Draw Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (1) Vent De Force 6/4f R Hughes
H Morrison 4
2nd (4) Trip To Paris (IRE) 4/1 G Lee
E A L Dunlop 4
3rd (3) ½ Aussie Reigns (IRE) 50/1 Jim Crowley
W J Knight 5
4th (2) ½ Forever Now 11/4 L Dettori
J H M Gosden 4
5th (7) ½ Simenon (IRE) 7/1 R L Moore
W P Mullins 8
6th (8) ½ Forgotten Voice (IRE) 20/1 J P Spencer
N J Henderson 10
7th (6) Alwilda 20/1 L Morris
Sir Mark Prescott 5
NR (5) High Jinx (IRE) 7/1 James Doyle
J R Fanshawe 7

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