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  • 17:00 Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes Heritage Handicap1m 4f

  • £50,000 added 3yo+ 17 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 2m 29.70s
  • Off time: 17:01:05

Drill Sergeant Takes Charge

By Martin Kelly and Tom Peacock, PA Sport.   Last Updated: 04/06/10 1:58pm

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Drill Sergeant (left) - scored under Joe Fanning.

Drill Sergeant (left) - scored under Joe Fanning.

Drill Sergeant and Record Breaker gave Mark Johnston a one-two in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The winner was always up with the pace as another Johnston runner, Road To Love, made the running with Martyr also prominent.

Joe Fanning kicked for home well over a furlong out and although Record Breaker came with a wet sail in the centre of the course, Drill Sergeant (14-1) got the verdict by a length and a quarter. Martyr was another length away third with Young Mick fourth.

There was drama shortly after the stalls opened when William Buick was unshipped from the well-fancied Hatton Flight.

Johnston said of the winner: "The loose horse in front of him gave him something to chase and that helped him along.

"I wrote to the handicapper imploring him not to put him up because he keeps running good races without winning and going up in the weights.

"It's great for the horse to get his just desserts."

Of the second, he said: "Arguably he was the best horse in the race, but he probably needs another two furlongs and he couldn't follow the field across because of the loose horse."

Harry Herbert, racing manager to Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, responsible for the third, Martyr, said: "We're thrilled with his run. He's been a revelation this year and we might step him up to a mile and three quarters and take a look at the Ebor."

George Margarson, trainer of the fourth, Young Mick, said: "The plan was to hang on to him as long as we could, but the loose horse meant we started chasing the pace.

"I'm chuffed to bits with his run and we'll look at the Old Newton Cup and the Ebor."

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