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  • 15:40 totepool Sagaro Stakes 2m

  • (Group 3) £60,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £34,062 2nd £12,912 3rd £6,462 4th £3,222
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 29.42s
  • Off time: 15:40:44

Askar has Sagaro answers

Royal Ascot next stop for winner

Last Updated: 27/04/11 4:24pm

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Askar Tau: Sweeps clear to win the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot

Askar Tau: Sweeps clear to win the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot

Askar Tau continued Marcus Tregoning's fine start to the season with a smooth win in the totepool Sagaro Stakes at Ascot.

In something of a rematch of the Further Flight Stakes from Nottingham three weeks earlier, where Askar Tau was third behind The Betchworth Kid and Free Agent, it was his turn to pounce under George Baker.

The patiently-ridden 4-1 winner mastered front-running Akmal at the furlong pole and went on to score by two-and-a-half lengths followed by his old foes in third and fourth.

"He just needs top of the ground," said Tregoning.

"For some reason he just wasn't moving as well last season but we got him started early and he was very good today.

"He'll go for the Gold Cup and I'm not ruling another run in or out, it depends if the ground goes."

Coral, Paddy Power, Sky Bet and totesport offer 16-1 at this stage for the Royal Ascot showpiece.

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