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Bath Monday May 1 2yo race review

Bath 1600 Mon May 1
Median Auction Stakes
5f10yds, Class 4, 1m1.73s
(slow by 1.23s)
Firm

Rock of Estonia. Won on debut at Windsor three weeks previous. Jumped straight to the front. Challenged at 2f on both sides, showed big heart to fend off rivals on both sides and win pushed out hands & heels in the end, giving at least 11lbs to rest of field.

Joe's Spirit. Apr 1, £42k yearling (17k gns foal). Settled on the rail behind leader. Pushed through on the rail to lead by half-length at the furlong but run ended, only just held onto third.

Ghepardo. Apr 30, €20k yearling. Dam very slow but half-sister to handy 2yo Sir Reginald among others. Parked outside leader and appeared to be going better when challenging at 2f but couldn't go with front two. Kept working home late and still seemed to have something up sleeve on the line.

Cranworth Phoenix. Apr 6, half-sister to several winners. Reared at start, settled a few lengths behind. Never got near them.

Watch Tan - withdrawn at gates for refusing to go in.

KEY POINTS
Exceptionally tough effort from the winner conceding 11lbs. Second and third showed enough on debut to be confident of decent run next time out.

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1615 local time, 0515 GMT

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