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  • 17:35 Queen Alexandra Stakes2m 5f 159y

  • £60,000 added 4yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 49.07s
  • Off time: 17:38:15

Full result

17:35 Ascot Result 21st June 2008
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (4) Honolulu (IRE) 9-5 J P Murtagh A P O'Brien 4 7/4f
Held up towards rear, headway on outside travelling well from 4f out, challenged 2f out, soon narrow lead, driven and carried head high, stayed on well to assert final 100 yards opened 7/4 touched 15/8 £37500-£20000 £7500-£4000(x2) £3750-£2000(x2) £1875-£1000(x2) £1500-£800 £70000-£40000 £7000-£4000 £1750-£1000 £1400-£800 £9750-£1600 £3250-£2000 £1625-£1000(x2)
2nd (3) Distinction (IRE) 9-7 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 9 8/1
Held up, headway from 4f out, challenged 2f out, soon pressing winner and every chance until held final 100 yards opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £8000-£1000 £4000-£500
3rd (15) 11 Metaphoric (IRE) 9-0 J P Spencer M L W Bell 4 14/1
Took keen hold, held up in midfield, shuffled back to rear 5f out, ridden and switched left 2f out, went moderate 3rd 1f out, no chance with front pair opened 12/1 touched 16/1 £5000-£300 £7000-£500 £5000-£400
4th (16) hd Bulwark (IRE) 9-2 Jim Crowley Ian Williams 6 8/1
Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, stayed on to challenge for 3rd from over 1f out, no chance with front pair opened 12/1 touched 12/1
5th (8) 13 Ajaan 9-0 T E Durcan Sir H R A Cecil 4 7/2
Held up in mid-division, steady headway over 5f out, led over 2f out, immediately hung right, headed just inside final 2f, weakened over 1f out, eased final furlong opened 4/1 touched 9/2 £30000-£6000 £10000-£2000(x2) £5000-£1000(x6) £22500-£5000 £8000-£2000
6th (11) 1 Caracciola (GER) 9-2 E Ahern N J Henderson 11 20/1
Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, never reached leaders opened 16/1 touched 20/1 £5000-£300
7th (6) Merveilles 9-2 P J Smullen Mrs J Harrington 5 25/1
Took keen hold, well in touch, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, weakened 2f out opened 20/1 touched 25/1
8th (5) ½ Bahrain Storm (IRE) 9-2 M J Kinane P J Flynn 5 25/1
Pulled hard early, steadied rear after 1f, pushed along halfway, never got competitive opened 25/1 touched 25/1
9th (17) hd Baddam 9-2 R Hughes Ian Williams 6 16/1
Mid-division, ridden and headway on outside over 4f out, chased leaders under pressure into straight until weakened just inside final 2f opened 25/1 touched 25/1
10th (14) 4 Kayf Aramis 9-2 S Drowne Miss V Williams 6 66/1
Chased leaders until weakened over 2f out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
11th (2) 29 Ashmolian (IRE) 9-2 S Hitchcott Miss Z C Davison 5 80/1
Slowly away, in rear, ridden along halfway, never a factor, tailed off opened 66/1 touched 80/1
12th (9) 8 Enjoy The Moment 9-5 S W Kelly J A Osborne 5 6/1
Slowly into stride, took keen hold and held up in rear, effort on outside 3f out, beaten over 2f out, tailed off opened 13/2 touched 7/1 £3750-£500 £3000-£500
13th (7) 10 Noddies Way 9-2 Liam Jones J F Panvert 5 40/1
Chased leaders, went 2nd 10f out to 7f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off opened 40/1 touched 40/1
14th (10) 10 Hasanpour (IRE) 9-2 R Winston K J Burke 8 66/1
Mid-division, headway to track leader 7f out, led over 3f out to over 2f out, soon weakened and virtually pulled up final furlong opened 100/1 touched 100/1
15th (12) 10 Invasian (IRE) 9-2 J F Egan P W D'Arcy 7 66/1
Led, clear after 9f, reduced lead 10f out, headed over 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
16th (1) dist Basalt (IRE) 9-0 K McEvoy T J Pitt 4 25/1
Soon chased leader to 10f out, weakened over 6f out, tailed off opened 20/1 touched 25/1
NR (13) Balkan Knight 9-7 J Fortune D R C Elsworth 8

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.90 Tote Place: £1.60,2.30,4.90
Straight Forecast: £16.81 Exacta: £18.60 Trifecta: £259.20

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

HONOLULU ensured the meeting finished as it started as Johnny Murtagh and Aidan O'Brien combined once again for their sixth winner of the week. He was always travelling within himself and any question marks over his ability to see out the marathon trip were answered in style as he scampered away from Distinction in the closing stages. If the runner-up is slightly in decline then the winner continues to thrive and his class told as well as his stamina. He is another example of the embarrassment of riches O'Brien has at his disposal in the staying contests. Honolulu could well be a cup horse, but his chances in those contests are likely to be few and far between with the great Yeats and Septimus still around. Fifth-placed Ajaan looked the likely winner three furlongs out but he didn't stay - he is a nice sort though and can win again when dropped back in trip.