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  • 14:30 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes 1m

  • (c&g) (group 2) £125,000 added 2yo 10 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 39.55s
  • Off time: 14:31:13
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Joshua Tree Lands Royal Lodge

Last Updated: 26/09/09 4:00pm

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Joshua Tree is clear in the Royal Lodge.

Joshua Tree is clear in the Royal Lodge.

Joshua Tree powered home for the Aidan O'Brien team to win the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot.

The 12-1 chance, ridden by Colm O'Donoghue, was the stable's second string on jockey bookings but showed a devastating turn of foot in the Group Two.

However, he drifted right across towards the far rail and appeared to hamper a couple of rivals inside the final furlong.

Joshua Tree strode clear to win by a length and a quarter from Waseet with Vale Of York a head away third.

It was no surprise that a stewards' inquiry was called but the result was allowed to stand.

Sky Bet introduced Joshua Tree into their Investec Derby betting at 25/1.

O'Brien said of the winner: "He won his maiden well at Gowran, then he went to Listowel and learned a lot. He has been coming forward every run.

"Colm gave him a lovely ride. There was plenty of pace on and we haven't had this kind of ground in Ireland.

"He's a very nice horse and we won't be in any hurry with him. He's had his three runs and we'll see how he comes out of this.

"When there's loads of speed on the horses up there drop back. Johnny (Murtagh on Mikhail Glinka) got caught up.

"When Colm's horse went to the front he went to the right, I think Colm had the whip in his right (correct) hand. With a green two-year-old anything can happen off a strong pace."

Angus Gold, representing Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, owner of Waseet, said: "It was a very pleasing run. Richard (Hills) said that when he wanted to go for a run he was held in by the winner, he didn't think it made any difference to the overall result but thought we could have finished a bit closer.

"It was a very good run from a nice horse. He will stay further next year.

"I've not spoken to Sheikh Hamdan, but it is highly unlikely he will run again this year as he is a horse we don't want to abuse."

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: "Vale Of York has run really well, he stays nicely and will be an interesting horse next year.

"Frankie (Dettori) felt Frozen Power just wasn't good enough, he had every chance and we will have to lower his sights now."

John Gosden, trainer of uneasy joint-favourite High Twelve, said after his fourth-place finish: "He was a bit keen and needs to settle more. But he has run a nice race from an impossible position."

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