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  • 15:05 Ribblesdale Stakes 1m 4f

  • (Fillies' Group 2) £100,000 added 3yo 12 ran
  • Winner £56,770 2nd £21,520 3rd £10,770 4th £5,370
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 37.06s
  • Off time: 15:05:50

Banimpire edges Ribblesdale

Bolger filly toughs it out on Ladies' Day

Last Updated: 16/06/11 6:31pm

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Banimpire: Gutsy win over Field Of Miracles

Banimpire: Gutsy win over Field Of Miracles

Jim Bolger's Banimpire won the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot after a thrilling battle with Field Of Miracles on Thursday.

The Holy Roman Emperor filly was sent off the 3-1 favourite after winning five of her 10 races, the last of which came at Cork just four days ago.

Richard Hughes set the pace on Cheveley Park's Field Of Miracles and he had most of the field on the stretch turning into the home straight.

Kevin Manning was several lengths down aboard Banimpire but the filly was edging closer with each stride and got on top just before the finish.

Field Of Miracles battled back but was a short head away at the line, with Dorcas Lane seven lengths back in third.

Plan A

Bolger said: "After she won at Cork this was always the plan if she came out of it all right.

"We used Cork as if we were giving her a blow-out at home, we'd done it before and it was successful.

"All she does is eats and sleeps and the only time she exerts herself is on the racecourse.

"We'd have preferred good ground. She didn't handle it too well but she got there in the end - she's very courageous.

"I'll probably find a race between now and the Irish Oaks and then we'll do what the French do and give her a break before the Prix de l'Opera."

Tough

Manning added: "She's very tough and improving all the time but the ground wasn't ideal for her.

"When I asked her to quicken she was just keeping on, when normally she shows more of a turn of foot.

"I don't think she was as effective on this ground.

"I always felt I would pick them up but she just didn't pick up as well as I thought because of the ground."

John Gosden had two runners but it was his apparent second-string Field Of Miracles who fared best in second, with Highest finishing seventh.

Gosden said: "She (Field Of Miracles) ran a great race and she was coming back at the line. I like to see that.

"Highest couldn't handle the ground - it was like me trying to run on ice."

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