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  • 16:25 Wokingham Stakes 6f

  • (Heritage Handicap) £125,000 added 3yo+ 28 ran
  • Winner £77,812 2nd £23,300 3rd £11,650 4th £5,825
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft, Good in places on the Round Course)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 13.87s
  • Off time: 16:25:49

Dandy takes Wokingham

Bookies relieved as outsider lands big betting heat

Last Updated: 23/06/12 6:42pm

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Dandy Boy: Bursts clear to win the Wokingham at Royal Ascot

Dandy Boy: Bursts clear to win the Wokingham at Royal Ascot

Irish raider Dandy Boy scooted clear to record an impressive success in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot for trainer David Marnane and jockey Pat Dobbs.

The six-year-old swept to the front inside the final furlong in far-side group to cause a 33-1 upset and score by a length-and-a-quarter.

Waffle (11-1) fared best of the stands-side battalion to finish second, a length and a quarter away from the winner. Hawkeyethenoo (20-1) and Morache Music (20-1) finished third and fourth respectively.

Dandy Boy won the Victoria Cup at this track in May 2010 and was providing Marnane and Dobbs with first Royal Ascot winners.

Relaxing Key

The trainer said: "We've been trying to get him to switch off. He's always been a horse with plenty of speed. He's come here in the best form we've had him in for a long, long time. We've had him all of his racing life. He's been a great money-earner for us.

"What's really pleasing is that two years ago I came here with two favourites and they both disappointed, but this time I've had a winner as well as a second in the Buckingham Palace (Jamesie). I'm delighted for his owner, who is a big supporter of the yard."

Dobbs added: "The plan was to drop in and take my time - I even got there a bit too soon."

Fran Berry, rider of the David Barron-trained Waffle, finishing in the runner-up position for the second successive year, said: "He's run a cracking race, Mr Barron said he was in equally as good form as last year. The plan was to come late and everything went well, it was just unfortunate he didn't win."

Jim Goldie said of Hawkeyethenoo: "I'm delighted, it's a tough race and we'll probably bring him back for the International here."

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