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  • 14:20 Nayef Joel Stakes 1m

  • (British Champions Series) (Group 2) £100,000 added 3yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 36.32s
  • Off time: 14:21:29

Penitent springs surprise

O'Meara charge holds off Side Glance

Last Updated: 28/09/12 2:40pm

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Penitent: Landed the Nayef Joel Stakes for David O'Meara

Penitent: Landed the Nayef Joel Stakes for David O'Meara

David O'Meara's Penitent (10-1) held off the late thrust of Side Glance (6-1) to win the Nayef Joel Stakes at Newmarket.

The winner raced against the far rail throughout and held a definite lead a furlong and a half out - just as Jimmy Fortune was galvanising the eventual runner-up for his challenge.

He did begin to reel the leader in upon meeting the rising ground but Penitent had enough in reserve to score by a neck.

Premio Loco (16-1) again ran with great credit back in third, a further length-and-a-quarter adrift.

Favourite Most Improved tried to make all under Kieren Fallon but was going backwards two furlongs out and beat only one home, the disappointing Trumpet Major.

O'Meara said: "He's a grand horse. We thought he should've been third at Doncaster on fast ground over seven furlongs. He was hampered against the rail and his run in France didn't suit him at all.

"He ran flat in Ireland but he was showing enough for us to think he retained plenty of ability and the fact he can do it at either end of the season is great.

"There is another option for him in early November."

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