Charlton’s fine run continues

Trainer Roger Charlton saddled his second winner at the QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend when bottom-weight Makram (7/1) took the concluding Betfred Treble Odds On Lucky 15’s Handicap under champion jockey Oisin Murphy.

The lightly-raced three-year-old was making his fourth start in the mile contest and after overhauling leader Ejtilaab (Ian Williams/David Egan, 50/1) just inside the final furlong, he stayed on well to hold off the challenge of 13/8 favourite Mars Landing (Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore) by a length and a quarter.

Oisin Murphy said: “Makram is still an inexperienced horse. He travelled nicely; we went very slowly, and he picked up well. There’s plenty of upside to him. Normally when Roger puts me up they have a chance, so I am pleased we won.

“Everyone might have said, ‘why didn’t you stay following Tom Marquand [on Strait Of Hormuz], but I wanted to get closer to Ryan [Moore, on Mars Landing] without using up petrol, because we went super-slow. Makram is babyish; he is quite a big unit and has improved for racing and time. That was a realistic level off his mark today and he didn’t win by very far, so hopefully he can stay in that grade and win for a while. I am pleased for the owner and for everyone. Roger’s horses are in great form.”

4.50pm Betfred Treble Odds On Lucky 15’s Handicap 1m

1 Makram – Roger Charlton 3-8-12 Oisin Murphy 7/1

2 Mars Landing – Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-02 Ryan Moore 13/8 Fav

3 Ejtilaab – Ian Williams 4-9-13 Ian Williams 50/1

Winner owned by M Al-Qatami & K M Al-Mudhaf

Breeding: b g Make Believe  – Spontaneous (IRE)  (Sinndar)

Breeder: Frank Dunne

Time: 1m 43.30s

Distances: 1¼, ¾   

Tote Win: £9.30 Places: £2.50, £1.20, £8.90 Exacta: £25.10

Sunday’s Stewards’ Reports

12:45pm. BETFRED MOBILE HANDICAP STAKES

Nothing to report

1:20pm betfred.com FILLIES’ HANDICAP STAKES

Permission was given for SEEN THE LYTE (IRE) to be mounted in the chute. ISHVARA, placed second, appeared to show improved form compared with its previous run at Great Yarmouth on 15 July 2020 where the filly finished last of nine, beaten by 58¼ lengths over 6 furlongs on Good to Firm ground. Robert Cowell’s representative’s explanation that ISHVARA may have appreciated the drop back down to 5 furlongs combined with a return to easier ground, which was officially described as Good on this occasion, as well as the application of first-time cheekpieces, was noted. ISHVARA was routine tested.

1:55pm PLAY NIFTY FIFTY EXCLUSIVELY AT BETFRED HANDICAP STAKES

Permission was given for KONCHEK to wear a red hood to the start.

2:30pm BETFRED ‘FRED’S PUSHES’ HANDICAP STAKES

Permission was given for DAL HORRISGLE to wear a red hood to the start. An enquiry was held to consider the placings in this race after interference inside the final furlong involving the winner, JEREMIAH, ridden by Jim Crowley, and SAM COOKE (IRE), placed second, ridden by Harry Bentley. The Stewards considered that the interference had not improved JEREMIAH’s placing as although there had been slight contact between the two runners, neither rider appeared to lose any momentum as a result of the interference and the Stewards therefore ordered the placings remain unaltered. The interference was found to be accidental as JEREMIAH and SAM COOKE (IRE) had come together, thereafter SAM COOKE (IRE) had edged slightly left-handed on the run to the line, and as such the Stewards were unable to apportion blame to either rider. Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that COUNTRY, which started favourite and finished unplaced, had bled from the nose.

3:05pm BETFRED VALIANT FILLIES’ STAKES (Group 3)

Permission was given for VIVA GLORIA (GER) to wear a hood in the Parade Ring only and MISS O CONNOR (IRE) to wear a red hood to the start. The Starter reported that LADY BOWTHORPE was the subject of a third criteria failure. William Jarvis was informed that the filly could not run until the day after passing a stalls test. Following the race, Ryan Moore reported that AGINCOURT (IRE), which started second favourite and finished unplaced, was denied a clear run on several occasions in the home straight, John Egan reported that VIVA GLORIA (GER), placed fourth, was denied a clear run and Robert Havlin reported that LOVE AND THUNDER (IRE), unplaced, was denied a clear run.

3:40pm PRINCESS MARGARET BETFRED STAKES (Group 3)

Hollie Doyle, the rider of CAROLINE DALE, placed third, was suspended for 2 days for using her whip in the incorrect place on the run to the line. Following the race, Hollie Doyle (August 9 & 10) reported that CAROLINE DALE, which started second favourite and finished third, hung left-handed under pressure.

4:15pm BETFRED SUPPORTS JACK BERRY HOUSE HANDICAP STAKES

The winner, RIVER NYMPH, appeared to show improved form compared with its previous run at Newmarket on 20 June 2020 where the colt finished eighth of ten, beaten by 10 lengths. Clive Cox could offer no explanation for the colt’s improved form other than RIVER NYMPH had perhaps appreciated the return to a less undulating track. The performance of CAMPARI, which started second favourite and finished last of the twelve runners, beaten by 14 lengths, was considered. The representative of Roger Charlton could offer no explanation for the gelding’s performance. Following the race, Sean Levey reported that ZIGGLE POPS, unplaced, hung left-handed.

4:50pm. BETFRED TREBLE ODDS ON LUCKY 15’S HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 4)

The Starter reported that MARS LANDING (IRE) was the subject of a third criteria failure. Sir Michael Stoute was informed that the gelding could not run until the day after passing a stalls test. Following the race, Cieren Fallon reported that REPAUPO (USA), unplaced, was slowly away.