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  • 14:50 bet365 Lancashire Oaks 1m 3f 200y

  • (Fillies' Group 2) £80,000 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £45,368 2nd £17,200 3rd £8,608 4th £4,288
  • Going: Good to Firm (Firm in places.1m and further:Good to Firm)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 30.59s
  • Off time: 14:52:38

Bell tolls at Haydock

Gosden filly stays in front as favourite endures nightmare

Last Updated: 02/07/11 3:56pm

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Gertrude Bell scores in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on Saturday afternoon

Gertrude Bell scores in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on Saturday afternoon

Gertrude Bell (9-2) looked a fortunate winner of the bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock after the saddle slipped on the odds-on favourite Vita Nova.

The latter's rider Tom Queally did exceptionally well to stay on board and somehow get the filly home into second place.

However, the honours belonged to the John Gosden-trained Gertrude Bell, who now has a Group Two success to add to her two Listed wins.

After Polly's Mark had taken them along, Gertrude Bell hit the front two furlongs out under William Buick and stayed on stoutly to win by a length and a quarter.

Queally's heroics were rewarded with the runner-up spot, a neck ahead of Dorcas Lane.

"She would prefer cut in the ground as she hits the ground hard," said Buick.

"She's won this because she stays well and she's a Group Two winner now."

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