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  • 17:35 Robinsons Mercedes-Benz Handicap1m

  • £15,000 added 3yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £9,704 2nd £2,888 3rd £1,443 4th £722
  • Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 1m 38.63s
  • Off time: 17:38:27

Basseterre returned to form to win the Robinsons Mercedes-Benz Handicap

Last Updated: 12/07/13 5:53pm

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Charles Hills: Saddled the winner of the final race

Charles Hills: Saddled the winner of the final race

Basseterre (7/1) returned to form at Newmarket to win the Robinsons Mercedes-Benz Handicap from Fils Anges (11/2).

As was common throughout Friday's card, the pace set by Silvestre de Sousa on Henry The Aviator was not a generous one and to that end it was no surprise that the 9/4 favourite kept finding for third having initially been outpaced two furlongs out.

But extra credit must go to the front two who were each held up early on before taking opposing routes around the pack to do battle through the final furlong.

Both riders appeared relatively confident before unleashing their challenges, however it was Kiwi James McDonald aboard the Charles Hills-trained Basseterre who came out on top, with James Spencer forced to settle for second.

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