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  • 15:20 Transformers & Rectifiers Summer Mile Stakes 1m

  • (Group 2) (Rnd) £100,000 added 4yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360
  • Going: Good (Round Course - Good to Soft)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 41.36s
  • Off time: 15:22:57

Fanunalter glory as Carlton flops

Fanunalter lands Group 2 prize as Queen's horse misses out

Last Updated: 21/07/12 3:55pm

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Fanunalter (left) springs a surprise at 33-1

Fanunalter (left) springs a surprise at 33-1

There was a big shock in the Transformers & Rectifiers Summer Mile at Ascot as 33-1 chance Fanunalter landed the Group 2 contest under Olivier Peslier.

The race revolved around 4-7 favourite Carlton House for The Queen on his drop back to a mile and he was a pretty keen in the early stages under Ryan Moore.

Although he managed to hit the front two furlongs out, those early exertions took a toll as the winner swept to the lead down the outer and was able to hold off a late thrust up the far rail from Pastoral Player by a neck.

Tullius kept on for third as Carlton House eventually dead-heated for fourth with Cai Shen.

Quiet approach

Wigham said: "We just brought him along quietly - we haven't galloped him a lot - and he's done a lot of swimming.

"We thought he would improve a lot for today, but obviously I was wrong.

"We came here thinking he'd run well and that there would be one or two too good for us.

"We were going to go for a Group Three in Norway, but I think we'll be shelving that now.

"We'll have to go home and have a word with his owner.

"We'll have a rethink and work out what we're going to do at this stage.

"He obviously still retains a lot of his ability."

Wigham added: "His final race in Europe will be at the Arc meeting, but we'll have to have a rethink about what he might do before that.

"The owner may want to take him back to the Middle East."

Stoute said of Carlton House: "He looked as though he didn't settle.

"Ryan said he regretted not dropping him in.

"I don't know what we'll do now. We'll have to have a think."

Morrison was delighted with the effort of Pastoral Player.

He said: "They didn't go fast enough, but it was a great run.

"We wouldn't be frightened of going a mile in this sort of company again."

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