Denford Stakes (Listed) (Str) 7f
- (2yo, 7f, Class 1, 5 runners)
- Winner £25,520 2nd £9,675 3rd £4,842 4th £2,412 5th £1,210 6th £607
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 25.27s
- Off time: 13:55:34
|1st||2 Victory Dance||8/15f|
|2nd||5 Ferrari Queen||1¼||5/1|
Bluelight Bay (IRE) 16
|2||129 9-3||Eve Johnson Houghton||Charles Bishop||96|
Victory Dance (IRE) 35
|2||129 9-3||C Appleby||W Buick||105|
Candle Of Hope 22
|2||124 8-12||R Hughes||Tom Marquand||89|
Cite D'Or (FR) 9
|2||124 8-12||Harry Eustace||Hollie Doyle|
Ferrari Queen (IRE) 11
|2||124 8-12||C & M Johnston||Andrea Atzeni||85|
||2||9-1||A M Balding||W Buick||6/4|
VICTORY DANCE is clear of today’s opposition at the weights and boasts the strongest form having been beaten only a head in the Group 2 Superlative Sakes at Newmarket - the Godolphin colt can go one better in this. Bluelight Bay came up short in the Richmond at Goodwood and is upped in trip and the remainder step up in class. The unbeaten fillies Ferrari Queen and Candle Of Hope are both entered in the Fillies’ Mile later in the season but face their toughest tasks so far while Cite D'Or only won a Brighton maiden.
Victory Dance (IRE)5-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, closed 3f out, ridden over 2f out, strong challenged inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 5, hd behind Isaac Shelby (9-3) at Newmarket 7f Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Jul.
Ferrari Queen (IRE)4-9fav (9-7) Made all, pushed along 2f out, always in command, ran on, readily, won at Kempton 7f stks (5) pol in Aug beating Congresbury (9-7) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Candle Of Hope8-13fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led 2f out, clear inside final furlong, comfortable, won at Thirsk 7f fll stks (4) gd in Jul beating Haughty (9-2) by 4 1/4l, 10 ran.
Cite D'Or (FR)9-4 (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, headway 1f out, ran on well to lead inside final furlong, won at Brighton 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug beating Inspirited (9-7) by 2l, 5 ran.
Bluelight Bay (IRE)12-1 (9-2) In touch towards rear, pushed along and headway 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 5 3/4l behind Royal Scotsman (9-2) at Goodwood 6f Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Jul.