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  • 17:35 Queen Alexandra Stakes Conditions Race2m 5f 159y

  • £50,000 added 4yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 53.90s
  • Off time: 17:35:16

Vintage Car Lands Royal Finale

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

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Caracciola - took Royal Ascot finale.

Caracciola - took Royal Ascot finale.

Caracciola defied his advancing years with a game effort to shrug off his younger rivals in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The 12-year-old, trained by Nicky Henderson, went on a furlong and a half out and galloped all the way to the line for Eddie Ahern.

His stablemate Tasheba took the lead half a mile from home after Plane Painter and Tyrrells Wood had set the pace in this marathon test.

But he could not pull clear as Caracciola (6-1) made it his day with a popular victory. He won by two and a half lengths from Tyrrells Wood with Amerigo third, a length away.

Winning owner Piers Pottinger said: "We have banned Nicky from coming racing when he is running in a big race, as he only ever wins when Nicky isn't here.

"For all at Seven Barrows this is just amazing, and Eddie has a great affinity with him.

"He is the most extraordinary horse I have owned and when he was headed last time at York and came back it showed what courage and guts he has.

"We initially mentioned the Melbourne Cup as a joke but he could go there, or we may supplement him into the Breeders' Cup Marathon as he must have fast ground. It will be one or the other of those two races."

Richard Ryan, assistant to Terry Mills, trainer of the runner-up Tyrrells Wood, said: "He's an improving horse who does both jobs on the Flat and over jumps well. He's going to the July Sales with a nice reserve and after that I hope he can run in the Goodwood Stakes."

Michael Jarvis, trainer of the third, Amerigo, said: "It was a good run, we have no excuses. We'll probably drop him back to a mile and three-quarters for his next run."

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