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  • 15:45 St James's Palace Stakes 1m

  • (group 1) £250,000 added 3yo 8 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 38.70s
  • Off time: 15:49:20

Full result

15:45 Ascot Result 17th June 2008
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (6) Henrythenavigator (USA) 9-0 J P Murtagh A P O'Brien 3 4/7f
Towards rear, headway, switched left inside final 2f, led just over 1f out, ran on strongly, ridden out opened 4/7 touched 4/7 £5000-£8750 £4000-£6500(x4) £2400-£3900 £2154-£3500 £2000-£3250(x2) £800-£1300(x3) £4000-£7000(x3) £2000-£4500(x5) £600-£2100(x3) £1029-£1800 £800-£1400(x2) £571-£1000 £400-£700 £2000-£3500(x5)
2nd (8) ¾ Raven's Pass (USA) 9-0 J Fortune J H M Gosden 3 7/1
Settled in last, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, always held by winner final 100 yards opened 7/1 touched 7/1 £7000-£1000 £5000-£700
3rd (5) Twice Over 9-0 T E Durcan Sir H R A Cecil 3 8/1
In touch, chased leader 2f out, led narrowly approaching 1f out, no extra, lost 2nd inside final furlong opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £5000-£600(x2)
4th (7) ½ Cat Junior (USA) 9-0 R Hughes B J Meehan 3 66/1
Led 1f, tracked leader after to over 3f out, slightly outpaced 2f out, stayed on, no impression final furlong opened 100/1 touched 100/1
5th (2) Falco (USA) 9-0 O Peslier C Laffon-Parias 3 13/2
Tracked leaders, chased leader over 3f out, ridden to lead 3f out, hanging right over 2f out, headed narrowly approaching 1f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 6/1 touched 13/2 £14000-£2000 £6500-£1000 £6000-£1000 £5000-£800
6th (9) 6 Stubbs Art (IRE) 9-0 S Sanders D R C Elsworth 3 25/1
Tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 2f out, no headway, weakened quickly 2f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
7th (1) Alexandros 9-0 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 3 28/1
Took keen hold in touch on outside, ridden, effort over 2f out, unable to quicken, weakened quickly over 1f out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
8th (4) dist Minneapolis 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 150/1
Led after 1f, ridden, headed 3f out, weakened rapidly over 2f out, tailed off opened 125/1 touched 150/1
NR (3) Rio de La Plata (USA) 9-0 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 3

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.60 Tote Place: £1.02,2.80,1.90
Straight Forecast: £4.44 Exacta: £5.30 Trifecta: £20.00

Jackpot: £101,363.97 carried forward to Ascot, 18th Jun
Placepot: £89.50, Pool: £467313.3, 3808.28 winning tickets
Quadpot: £30.40, Pool: £16008.87, 389.1 winning tickets
PlaceSix: £45.61
PlaceFive: £26.95

Verdict

This promised to be fairly straightforward according to the betting and in the end it was proved so as Henrythenavigator won by just under a length from Raven's Pass, and that pair were a couple of lengths clear of Twice Over in third. The presence of Minneapolis ensured a strong early pace and indeed other front-runners such as Cat Junior and Falco could not go with him early. He soon capitulated three furlongs out as Falco hit the front but he in turn was soon swamped by Henrythenavigator, Raven's Pass and Twice Over. The former showed that devastating turn of foot of his despite his jockey seemingly getting in a bit of a muddle as the horse hung to his right. He soon shot clear though and put distance between him and Raven's Pass who stayed on well to prove that he does get the mile trip. The first two were held up in the early stages, with Twice Over just ahead of them and the fact that those three filled the places, whilst no surprise according to the betting, showed that the race was run in their favour. Falco capitulated at the furlong marker and had no more to give, however Cat Junior really caught the eye staying on again to nearly grab third; this was a fine display from a horse that won't be long in winning. The time of 1.38.7 seconds, a new course record, indicated that the ground was riding quick and that the form of this truly-run race should stand the test of time.