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  • 13:50 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes 1m 4f 5y

  • (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3) £60,000 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Straight: Good, Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 37.86s
  • Off time: 13:50:11

Universal produces game display to take the John Porter Stakes at Newbury

Last Updated: 20/04/13 3:25pm

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Universal leads Noble Mission home in the John Porter

Universal leads Noble Mission home in the John Porter

Universal produced a typically game display to land the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes at Newbury.

It appeared for much of the home straight as though 5/4 favourite Noble Mission was going to pick off Universal at his will but Mark Johnston's four year old had other ideas and, not for the first time with a runner from his yard, the son of Dubawi stuck his neck out to claim the Group Three prize.

Always to the fore under Silvestre de Sousa, he had seen off the front-running Fattsota with a quarter of a mile to run and, with leading fancies Model Pupil and Guarantee coming under pressure disappointingly early, Universal appeared certain to grab a share of the spoils.

Not many would have thought that'd he have grabbed the lion's share, however, with Frankel's brother travelling strongly in his slipstream but Sir Henry Cecil's colt couldn't even hold on for second after Quiz Mistress lunged fast and late to claim the runner-up's berth.

The first three home were separated by a head and the same in the contest registered as the John Porter Stakes.

He looks great and he has done very well since going to Dubai," said Johnston. "He's in the Jockey Club Stakes on May 4, he could do that, and just this morning I put him in the American St Leger later in the year."

Richard Hughes, riding Quiz Mistress, was given a four-day ban for using his whip above the permitted level (May 6-9).

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