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  • 14:35 RSA Thoroughbred Stakes 1m

  • (Group 3) £55,000 added 3yo 14 ran
  • Winner £31,190 2nd £11,825 3rd £5,918 4th £2,948
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 37.53s
  • Off time: 14:36:26

Major and 'bishop share spoils

Thrilling finish to Group Three contest sees spoils shared

Last Updated: 03/08/12 6:15pm

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Trumpet Major and Archbishop dead-heat

Trumpet Major and Archbishop dead-heat

Trumpet Major and Archbishop shared the spoils in the RSA Thoroughbred Stakes after the judge called a dead-heat finish.

Richard Hannon's Trumpet Major was 6-1 to bounce back from a disappointing performance when favourite for the Irish 2,000 Guineas and was given a confident ride by Richard Hughes.

He looked set to win outright when moving to the lead inside the final furlong but Brian Meehan's 10-1 shot Archbishop stuck to his guns well under Frankie Dettori and the two passed the line together ahead of a desperately unlucky Aljamaaheer.

The joint-favourite was stuck on the rail at a crucial stage before flashing home once the gap came to finish third and may well have been the victor with a clearer passage.

Hung On

Hughes said: "He led them down to the furlong pole in the Guineas after going a good gallop. He went to Ireland and got sick but we knew he was sick and thought that if we could get him back to his right form he'd take all the beating.

"I had to wait for a gap and then when I got out I had to remember I was the only one with a 4lb penalty so I just sat for a few more strides before I went which was just as well because I only just hung on.

"It felt like Frankie's horse was ahead of me because he was quite a bit bigger but at the same time my lad's head was down and he's like a little terrier."

First Winner

Dettori said: "I'll be honest, when it's that close you don't really know but my horse was very courageous and if it wasn't for a bad draw he probably would have won outright. Two teams are happy so everything's good, he's my first winner this week."

Meehan said: "I wasn't sure when they went past the post. It looked very close and we've won, that's the main thing. He's been consistent all season and I thought that was a Group Two in all but name."

Hannon said: "Half a cake is better than none. He came back with a bad scope after the Irish Guineas, he just didn't turn up.

"That was much better and he'll probably go to the Foret now."

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