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  • 16:10 Grosvenor Casinos Cumberland Lodge Stakes 1m 4f

  • (group 3) £65,000 added 3yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £36,900 2nd £13,988 3rd £7,000 4th £3,490
  • Going: Good To Soft (soft in places on the round course)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 34.32s
  • Off time: 16:10:38

Laaheb Edges Lodge Thriller

Last Updated: 26/09/10 4:39pm

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Laaheb edges an Ascot thriller.

Laaheb edges an Ascot thriller.

Laaheb just held Whispering Gallery after a bruising battle in the final quarter of a mile of a rain-hit race for the Grosvenor Casinos Cumberland Lodge Stakes.

Whispering Gallery set out to make all the running in the hands of Kieren Fallon, who was replacing Durcan after he was stood down following his earlier tumble.

Richard Hills always had the Michael Jarvis-trained Laaheb on the heels of the leader and looked like he was going to register a comfortable success when making his challenge.

But Whispering Gallery would not go away and Laaheb, the 5-6 favourite, was all out to win by a nose.

Roger Varian, assistant to trainer Michael Jarvis, said of the winner: "It was very close, but I did think on the bob that we'd got it, which is a bit of a relief as we had one beaten a nose here on Friday and by a short head on Saturday.

"He's a lovely horse that has done nothing wrong all year.

"Sheikh Hamdan might now want to take him to the Dubai Carnival, but if he ran again here the St Simon Stakes at Newbury would be an option."

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