ITV Racing review, Saturday, June 16th, 2018

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Published: 17th June 2018

Marmelo ably justified 11/8 favouritism to win the Listed Sky Bet Grand Cup in front of the ITV Racing cameras.

The Group Two-winning five-year-old was a pleasing runner-up in front of the ITV Racine cameras on his comeback in May.
He made no mistake in a course-record time over the mile and three-quarter contest at York.
Frankie Dettori was keen to seize the initiative aboard Weekender, who was still in front two furlongs from home.
John Gosden’s inmate was outflanked by Marmelo and Duretto once push came to shove.
But he fought back creditably to finish second.
Marmelo was nonetheless on top at the line and was good value for his neck triumph under Ryan Moore.
Encrypted won the Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap.


Josephine Gordon’s companion charged a neck clear to take the £100,000 sprint for Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer.
Game front-runner Soldier’s Minute attempted to do it the hard way down the centre of the track.
But his challenge petered out inside the penultimate furlong when Encrypted took control.
Savalas threw down a stern challenge as he went in pursuit of a fourth victory on the spin, but Encrypted was not having any of it and won nicely.
Bambino Lola and Staxton finished third and fourth respectively.
Above The Rest defied top weight in clear-cut fashion in the JCB Handicap.
The David Barron’s seven-year-old gained his first win since last year’s Bunbury Cup.
He took a two-length advantage over a furlong out and nothing could get near him, with hot favourite Spanish City finding little in fourth.
The Dods-trained Get Knotted came from the clouds to claim second.


But he was beaten a length and a quarter by the 16/1 winner.
Haddaf bounced back to form to claim a second success over the five-furlong track at Sandown.
He took the Listed honours in front of the ITV Racing cameras in the Randox Health Scurry Stakes.
Unplaced at York after winning his first two starts, the James Tate-trained son of Dawn Approach returned to winning ways in style.
Held up in the early stages as Wings Of The Rock and Sound And Silence blazed the trail.
Haddaf was produced by James Doyle to hit the front in the final furlong and won going away by three-quarters of a length.
Wings Of Rock edged out Sound And Silence for third, some two and a quarter lengths away.
Live racing coverage continues on ITV Racing this week when the ITV Racing team bring you full coverage of Royal Ascot.ITV Racing


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