Unibet Hever Sprint Stakes (All-Weather Championship Fast-Track Qualifier) (Listed) 5f 6y

  • (4yo+, 5f 6y, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner £25,520 2nd £9,675 3rd £4,842 4th £2,412 5th £1,210 6th £608
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 0m 58.08s
  • Off time: 15:43:41

Full Result

15:40 Lingfield Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (7) 8 Pretend (IRE) C Appleby 4 9-0 A Kirby 11/10f
SP 11/10f Steadied start and soon switched left, held up towards rear, still plenty to do when switched right over 1f out, ridden and headway entering final furlong, quicken to lead inside final furlong, won going away opened 5/4
2nd (8) 1 Alben Star (IRE) R A Fahey 7 9-0 T Hamilton 16/1
SP 16/1 Raced wide, held up, ridden and headway entering final furlong, ran on
3rd (1) 1 3 Boom The Groom (IRE) A W Carroll 4 9-0 William Carson 7/1
SP 7/1 Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, ran on opened 6/1
4th (3) ½ 6 Masamah (IRE) M Botti 9 9-0 p Martin Harley 16/1
SP 16/1 Led, ridden over 1f out, quickened 3 lengths clear entering final furlong, headed and no extra inside final furlong opened 14/1
5th (6) 10 Zac Brown (IRE) T D Barron 4 9-0 h Graham Gibbons 6/1
SP 6/1 Keen in touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace opened 8/1
6th (2) hd 5 Green Door (IRE) O Stevens 4 9-0 Andrea Atzeni 12/1
SP 12/1 Keen close up, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace opened 10/1
7th (9) ¾ 4 Dungannon A M Balding 8 9-0 b Thomas Brown 5/1
SP 5/1 In rear, never near leaders
8th (10) hd 7 Oriental Relation (IRE) J G Given 4 9-0 v P McDonald 66/1
SP 66/1 Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong
9th (5) 2 B Fifty Two (IRE) C Hills 6 9-0 bt L Dettori 25/1
SP 25/1 Disputed lead until ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong opened 20/1
NR (4) 9 Royal Bajan (USA) J G Given 7 9-0 P McDonald

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.80 Tote Place £1.10,£4.30,£2.30 Straight Forecast £22.32 Exacta £26.30 Trifecta £118.90 Swingers 1&2:£7.40 2&3:£19.80 1&3:£2.50


Charlie Appleby: "I thought everyone looked to be thrown out at the start but it did not harm. Adam said to us in the paddock that he was keen to get Pretend down to the rail - the horse hadn't had any experience around here and, coming round that turn at that speed, he wanted to get a bit of cover. Whether he wanted quite as much cover as that, I don't know. It was another fine ride by Adam. He is on fire and has so much confidence out there today. He has had confidence in this horse ever since he sat on him - he told me that that this was good horse - and, when you get a combination like that together, you never know where they are going to end up. It was a great performance and hopefully he has signed himself in to come back on Good Friday. We were trying to race him over a mile earlier in his career but, thankfully, the trainer woke up and we dropped him back to sprinting."

Adam Kirby: "I think the world of this horse and I have always had a lot of time for him. He has got so much natural speed and he doesn't quicken once, he quickens twice. He is quite special. A couple of horses came round here a bit sharpish and there was a few in the field that had a bit of early burn. The main thing with Pretend is that I didn't want him involved for the first half. I wanted to get him into the race, into the straight, because I know that he will pick them up. He has got a very high cruising speed and my main worry was getting him round the home turn. He is a pretty big boy and it happens quickly round that turn but, once I got him balanced, he quickened good. If Pretend is as good on turf as he is on the All-Weather, he will be up there with Reckless Abandon."