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  • 14:10 Summer Vase Heritage Handicap1m 1f 192y

  • £60,000 added 3yo 16 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 7.18s
  • Off time: 14:10:29

Roman Battles To Summer Glory

Last Updated: 30/07/09 2:57pm

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Roman Republic battles to victory.

Roman Republic battles to victory.

Roman Republic gave Goodwood specialist Mark Johnston another success at the Glorious meeting in the Summer Vase Stakes.

Neil Callan took the lead on the 9-2 shot over a furlong and a half out, and the Cape Cross colt kept on strongly to keep his rivals at bay.

Roman Republic went on to score by three-quarters of a length from Sopranist, with 7-2 favourite Mirrored half a length away in third and River Captain fourth.

Callan said: "Last time at Newmarket I thought I had it wrapped up going into the Dip.

"The horse that beat me, Firebet, was second in the Group Three here on Tuesday so the form stacked up.

"He's had a break since then and felt a different horse today as he was switched on and travelled good."

Johnston said: "He's a really nice horse. He had a little problem which kept him off last summer and ever since he has run like an inexperienced horse.

"Neil said he switched off much better than last time but I think there is still more to come."

John Gosden, trainer of the runner-up, added: "He's run well and it was a good performance in a big, open handicap.

"I thought he had every chance of winning, but he didn't."

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