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  • 14:30 Chesham Stakes 7f

  • (listed) £60,000 added 2yo 11 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 29.59s
  • Off time: 14:34:00

Full result

14:30 Ascot Result 21st June 2008
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (12) Free Agent 9-3 R Hughes Richard Hannon 2 7/2j
Held up behind, dropped to rear 5f out, still last over 2f out, good headway over 1f out, quickened well to lead inside final furlong, edged right and soon clear, driven out opened 10/3 touched 7/2 £4000-£1000(x3) £2000-£500 £7000-£2000 £3500-£1000(x6) £1750-£500(x3)
2nd (10) Seaway 9-3 J Fortune J H M Gosden 2 7/2j
Towards rear, in touch, headway on outer to lead over 1f out, no chance with winner when headed inside final furlong opened 10/3 touched 7/2 £4000-£1000 £2000-£500(x2) £17500-£5000 £4900-£1400 £4200-£1200 £3500-£1000 £1750-£500(x2)
3rd (6) Markyg (USA) 9-3 D Sweeney K R Burke 2 22/1
Towards rear, good headway to chase leaders just over 2f out, led briefly inside final 2f, soon headed and one pace final furlong opened 50/1 touched 50/1
4th (7) 1 Tudor Key (IRE) 9-3 Jim Crowley Mrs A J Perrett 2 33/1
In touch, effort 2f out, keeping on when squeezed out 1f out, no extra and one pace final furlong opened 40/1 touched 40/1
5th (8) ¾ Flying Lady (IRE) 8-12 T P O'Shea M R Channon 2 25/1
Took keen hold behind, switched right over 2f out, headway over 1f out, not pace to trouble leaders, one pace afterwards opened 25/1 touched 25/1
6th (1) nse Bad Beat 9-3 N Callan V Smith 2 33/1
Pulled hard, tracked leaders, led 2f out, soon headed, weakened 1f out and drifted right inside final furlong opened 40/1 touched 40/1
7th (4) Pegasus Lad (USA) 9-3 J Fanning M Johnston 2 7/1
Led, ridden over 2f out, headed 2f out, kept on until weakened 1f out opened 8/1 touched 9/1 £10000-£1100
8th (2) 6 Dr Smart (IRE) 9-3 R Ffrench B Smart 2 20/1
Took keen hold towards rear, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, weakened and well behind final 2f opened 20/1 touched 20/1
9th (5) 7 Imperial Guest 9-3 J P Murtagh G G Margarson 2 7/1
Tracked leaders and always hanging right, ridden over 2f out, weakening when short of room just over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong opened 7/1 touched 7/1
10th (11) 1 Quatermain 9-3 T Eaves B Smart 2 20/1
Started slowly, in rear to 5f out, ridden 3f out, weakened and well behind final 2f opened 20/1 touched 20/1
11th (9) Johnny Rook (GER) 9-3 L Dettori E A L Dunlop 2 8/1
Tracked leaders on outside, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £8000-£1000
WN (3) Swindler (IRE) 9-3 William Buick A M Balding 2 6/1j

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.90 Tote Place: £1.30,1.20,10.80
Straight Forecast: £10.19 Exacta: £7.70 Trifecta: £100.60

Jackpot: £79,837.31 carried forward to Hereford, 22nd Jun
Placepot: £283.00, Pool: £470703.9, 1213.95 winning tickets
Quadpot: £107.70, Pool: £16920.09, 116.24 winning tickets

Verdict

A 20th Royal Ascot winner for the Queen was greeted with enthusiasm by Her Majesty in the stands as FREE AGENT posted an impressive victory under Richard Hughes. Last approaching the two-furlong marker Hughes began his challenge at that point and Free Agent responded well to stamp his authority well inside the final 200 yards. He won going away and as is the intention of this race should prove to be a decent middle distance horse as a three-year-old. Runners must be sired by a horse that won over 1m2f or over and being by Dr Fong out of an Unfuwain mare, Free Agent could well be aimed at the Derby next year. Stan James went 33/1 for the Epsom Classic in the immediate aftermath of the race and that looks a fair enough price. Seaway was second for the third time but he looks a genuine sort, racing more prominently than Free Agent but failing to quicken like the winner at the business end. He is a nice sort also by Dr Fong and will improve for a step up in trip. Markyg improved for the step up to seven furlongs and ran with credit.