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  • 15:05 King Edward VII Stakes 1m 4f

  • (Group 2) £152,810 added 3yo 10 ran
  • Winner £86,750 2nd £32,884 3rd £16,457 4th £8,205
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 34.48s
  • Off time: 15:05:52

Nathaniel routs Ascot field

Gosden turns thoughts to Leger

Last Updated: 17/06/11 6:17pm

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Nathaniel: Brilliant winner of King Edward VII Stakes

Nathaniel: Brilliant winner of King Edward VII Stakes

Nathaniel was a brilliant winner of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

John Gosden's charge threatened to boil over in the preliminaries but was always travelling strongly through the race.

William Buick tracked leader World Domination into the straight before taking the 11-4 favourite to the front and the race was over.

The Ladbrokes St Leger favourite strode clear to score by five lengths from Firoente (9-1) who ran a race full of promise in second with Alexander Pope (12-1) third.

Gosden said: "The Leger is the last Classic so we have to starting thinking about it as it comes up quite quickly.

"He's a very good horse - he loved the ground and he stays well.

"I think he and the one that won last night of Michael Owen's (Brown Panther) are legitimate favourites for the Leger.

"He gets very fizzy and warm, that's his nature and that of the family.

"The jockey pointed him in the right direction, so that was good.

"The Voltigeur (York) is a strong possibility now - he'd go there with a penalty - and I also quite like the race at Newbury (Geoffrey Freer).

"We'll have one run before the Leger if the owners want to go to Doncaster."

Ground key

Buick added: "He got warm, but he just wants to get on with it and that's just him.

"He loved the ground, he stays well, and the only thing is I won a bit too far.

"It's nice to get one on the board."

Stoute pleased

Sir Michael Stoute said of the runner-up: "He acquitted himself well and I'm very pleased with him.

"Ryan and I had a chat and because of where he was drawn we thought we might go wide.

"But he was too babyish and he wanted to join the pack again."

When asked if he was a St Leger horse, Stoute replied: "I hope not. We'll take him back home and see how he is."

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