City Plate Day | Chester Racecourse

City Plate Day

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 11:30
Raceday Report

Moon King completes electric Kingscote Treble on City Plate Day

Jockey Richard Kingscote set the pace aboard the 11/8 favourite Dr. Simpson in the Hashtag At Rosies EBF Stallions Novice Stakes, the first race on the SportPesa City Plate Day card and was never headed. The filly drew clear by seven-lengths, from Enjoy the Moment, the second horse home. “She’s a filly we’ve always liked.  She was in the stalls a long time at Windsor last time and then she went off the boil and we left her alone.  We’ve given her time; she’s a big strong girl and we’re delighted. Richard said she’s electric!” explained Colin Gorman, representing the winning trainer, Tom Dascombe.

The Homeserve Fillies’ Handicap Stakes provided racegoers with an exciting finish as Fizzy Feet faded and three horses were in line as they galloped over the winning line, resulting in a photo finish being called.  Pass The Gin, sent off one of the 7/2 co-favourites came wider and was announced the winner by a nose from Rock On Baileys.  “They went a nice gallop and she travelled well.  The plan was to get her to relax and finish her race off. She’s fine when she gets into a rhythm,” explained successful jockey William Cox.

Richard Kingscote recorded his second success of the day when landing the Sportpesa City Plate Stakes with Beauty Filly, returned one of the 5/2 joint favourites and trained by William Haggas. The winning distance was one and a quarter lengths. The field fanned out across the course in the closing stages and the winner proved to have the strongest finish.  Oh This Is Us occupied second place, a short head in front of Salateen.

Moon King justified being sent off the 6/5 favourite and land the MBNA Handicap Stakes unopposed. The field of four were closely bunched behind Glutnforunishment until the home straight when the winner surged clear and opened-up a margin of seven-lengths crossing the line. Jockey Richard Kingscote, who was recording his third victory of the afternoon said: “He’s been well handled, and he’s got a nice way about him.  He’s well balanced and travelled.  It takes a lot two win five races on the bounce!”

Medalla De Oro, a 6/1 chance, made all for jockey Jack Mitchell in the Walker Smith Handicap Stakes and was half a length in front of his nearest rival, Swift Emperor at the winning post.  “He’s a bit of a fragile horse but the race was run to suit him.  We got a good break and into a rhythm.  I wanted to get at him because he stays further and I was screaming for the line,” said Mitchell.

The 5/2 favourite, Spirit Of May was first past the post in the Sportpesa Handicap Stakes and was the second leg of a double for jockey Jack Mitchell. The winner set the pace from the early stages of the race and Friendly Advice was the only serious challenger who finished one and a quarter lengths behind the winner, in second place.  “It’s been a good day.  That was always the plan and he’s a tough little horse.  He’s still a bit inexperienced for round here, with the crowd, that was pretty good,” said the jockey. 

“He jumped off well and had a tendency to keeping lugging left, but he’s an honest horse.  He’s still a big baby and it’s daunting here.  I knew he’d keep battling to the line and I was keeping tabs on the others,” was how jockey Scott McCullagh described his win aboard the 11/4 joint favourite City Wanderer in the CSP Audi Visual Apprentice Handicap Stakes.  Sparklealot pulled hard in the lead and Harvey Dent challenged round the final bend.  The winner had a clear run further out from the rail and pulled clear to win by one length on the line.

Attendance at the City Plate meeting was 21,132. Saturday, 27 July is the date of the Stella Artois Midsummer Meeting, the next fixture in the 2019 calendar at Chester Racecourse. Click here for more inforamtion and to buy tickets.

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