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  • 15:45 St James's Palace Stakes 1m

  • (group 1) £250,000 added 3yo 10 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 39.21s
  • Off time: 15:46:41

Full result

15:45 Ascot Result 16th June 2009
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (8) Mastercraftsman (IRE) 9-0 J P Murtagh A P O'Brien 3 5/6f
Tracked leader, led over 2f out, hard ridden 2f out, narrowly headed inside final furlong, rallied gamely and stayed on under strong pressure to regain lead final 75 yards opened 8/11 touched 5/6 £5000-£5500 £3000-£3300(x2) £2000-£2200(x3) £1000-£1100 £4500-£5000 £15000-£18000(x2) £10000-£12000 £8333-£10000 £5000-£6000(x3) £2500-£3000(x2) £1000-£1200(x2) £12000-£15000 £10000-£12500 £4000-£5000(x3) £2000-£2500 £1600-£2000 £800-£1000(x5) £400-£500(x6) £4000-£5500 £800-£1100
2nd (10) nk Delegator 9-0 J Fortune B J Meehan 3 4/1
Held up in touch, good headway on inside well over 2f out, tracked leading pair 2f out, switched left over 1f out, soon challenging, took narrow lead inside final furlong, kept on well until headed final 75 yards and held near finish opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £5000-£1000 £2500-£500(x2) £2500-£500 £45000-£10000 £4500-£1000(x2) £2250-£500 £4000-£1000(x2)
3rd (9) Lord Shanakill (USA) 9-0 Jim Crowley K R Burke 3 20/1
Tracked leaders, chased winner and every chance 2f out, still pressing leaders over 1f out, not pace of front pair inside final furlong opened 20/1 touched 25/1 £10000-£400 £11000-£500 £10000-£500
4th (3) Evasive 9-0 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3 11/2
Held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden and switched left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to challenge leaders opened 11/2 touched 6/1 £25000-£4000 £3000-£500
5th (4) Intense Focus (USA) 9-0 K J Manning J S Bolger 3 11/1
Held up, came wide into straight, effort on inside and hung right from over 2f out, soon one pace and weakened final furlong opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £5000-£300 £40000-£2800 £14000-£1000 £10000-£700
6th (1) Pure Poetry (IRE) 9-0 Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon 3 40/1
Took keen hold, held up in rear, switched left and driven on wide outside over 2f out, no impression opened 50/1 touched 50/1
7th (7) 7 Orizaba (IRE) 9-0 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 3 33/1
Held up in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
8th (5) 10 Soul City (IRE) 9-0 R Hughes Richard Hannon 3 16/1
Close up on outer, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased when no chance over 1f out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
9th (6) 12 Born To Be King (USA) 9-0 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 200/1
Chased leaders in 4th, pushed along 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened quickly over 2f out opened 200/1 touched 200/1
10th (2) 6 Set Sail (IRE) 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 100/1
Pushed along and soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened rapidly and soon eased opened 100/1 touched 100/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.80 Tote Place: £1.10,1.60,5.20
Straight Forecast: £3.99 Exacta: £4.60 Trifecta: £55.40 Swingers: 1&2:1.70 2&3:11.90 1&3:6.90

Jackpot: £52,306.20, Pool: £73670.82, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £3,775.30, Pool: £454598.75, 87.9 winning tickets
Quadpot: £413.50, Pool: £21848.64, 39.1 winning tickets

Verdict

Shades of Giant's Causeway's win in the race for Ballydoyle as MASTERCRAFTSMAN battle backed to get his head in front of Delegator in the final strides for a thrilling successs. The winner was always prominent in the pack under Johnny Murtagh and he went for home early in the straight but both the runner-up and Lord Shanakill tracked him ready to pounce. The latter was perhaps moving best but had to give best inside the distance as the front two settled down to battle it out. Jimmy Fortune certainly got to the front at one stage but had no answer as the the winner of the Irish Guineas dug deep into his reserves to nose ahead where it mattered. Delegator's trainer Brian Meehan admitted he would be keen to take on the winner again and he has a very smart horse in his care. Mastercraftsman has form on a range of surfaces now and is yet another from his stable who simply relishes a scrap. He could go on a considerbale winning run this season. Lord Shanakill is a credit to trainer Karl Burke and he deserves a decent race - it may come at a slightly lower level, where he would be something to bet on. Evasive finished best of the rest having made up ground from the rear but was never in a position to make a winning bid under Ryan Moore.