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  • 15:15 Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes 6f

  • (Group 2) £106,650 added 3yo+ 17 ran
  • Winner £60,481 2nd £22,930 3rd £11,476 4th £5,716
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 11.44s
  • Off time: 15:20:38

Society Rock won the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York

Last Updated: 15/05/13 4:08pm

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Society Rock edges out Lethal Force

Society Rock edges out Lethal Force

James Fanshawe's stable standard bearer Society Rock won the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York.

A close third in last year's renewal of this Group Two contest, the six year old went two places better when narrowly getting the better of Lethal Force in a driving finish.

The six year old was reluctant to enter the stalls but Kieren Fallon managed to get the notoriously slow starter away on a par with the rest of the field when the gates opened.

The runners edged towards the stands' side rail with the first two pulling clear on that side of the track while Gordon Lord Byron launched his challenge on the other side of the pack.

They went head to head on the run to the line but Fallon's mount proved just the stronger, prevailing by a head despite conceding 5lbs to his rival.

Fallon said: "Things went wrong for me. Drawn 18 I couldn't get too much cover and I got there too soon.

"He was going to walk straight in (to the stalls). He was as good as gold but his shoulder hit the sidebar and spooked him. Other than that, he would have been fine.

"I didn't know if I had won. The other horse (Lethal Force) was bearing down on me and you never know."

Fanshawe said: "I always hold my breath when he's in the stalls because he lost his chance at Royal Ascot last year and it's half the battle with him.

"He's done a lot of work at home and he's going to be an exciting horse this season.

"He likes Ascot and that (the Diamond Jubilee) will be his next race."

Society Rock is again likely to lock horns with Lethal Force and Gordon Lord Byron in the six-furlong Group One on Ascot 22.

Clive Cox, trainer of runner-up Lethal Force, said: "He ran a super race. He's been going so well at home that we left the blinkers off and it didn't make any difference.

"He has made so much improvement from three to four and he'll go for the Diamond Jubilee.

Gordon Lord Byron's trainer Tom Hogan said: "He could have done with a bit more company, but he's done well and he'll go for the Diamond Jubilee, but I might enter him over longer distances later on."

Of the remainder, the well-backed 7/2 favourite Maarek was slowly away and could never get on terms, but still managed to finish well into fifth.

Bogart and Mince set a good pace, while Tickled Pink threatened briefly, but they all faded tamely although Swiss Spirit shaped nicely on his first start for John Gosden, with Hawkeyethenoo running well in fourth.

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