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  • 15:10 Duke Of York Blue Square Stakes 6f

  • (group 2) £100,000 added 3yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 11.19s
  • Off time: 15:11:58

Full result

15:10 York Result 12th May 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (1) Prime Defender 9-7 R Winston B W Hills 6 20/1
Chased leaders, driven to lead well over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, held on towards finish opened 20/1 touched 25/1
2nd (11) ½ Showcasing 8-11 William Buick J H M Gosden 3 4/1j
Slowly into stride, behind, driven over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong to chase winner final 75 yards, held towards finish opened 7/2 touched 4/1 £8000-£2000
3rd (6) hd Main Aim 9-7 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 5 5/1
Chased leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, not reach leading pair opened 9/2 touched 5/1 £9000-£2000 £3150-£700 £2500-£500(x2) £1800-£400 £13500-£3000
4th (10) s.h Doncaster Rover (USA) 9-7 L Dettori D H Brown 4 14/1
Behind, ridden over 2f out, headway under pressure on outside over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, not reach leaders opened 16/1 touched 16/1
5th (3) Starspangledbanner (AUS) 9-12 J P Murtagh A P O'Brien 4 4/1j
Tracked leader, challenged 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on under pressure until lost place and no extra final 75 yards opened 11/2 touched 6/1 £4000-£640(x4) £3000-£480(x2) £2500-£400 £5000-£900(x3) £4400-£800 £5000-£1000(x2) £2500-£500(x4) £13500-£3000 £2250-£500(x2) £1800-£400
6th (4) Inxile (IRE) 9-7 Adrian Nicholls D Nicholls 5 9/1
Led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong opened 10/1 touched 10/1
7th (7) s.h Damien (IRE) 9-7 M Hills B W Hills 4 20/1
Behind, driven over 2f out, headway under pressure 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer opened 18/1 touched 20/1
8th (9) s.h Edge Closer 9-7 J Fortune Richard Hannon 6 66/1
Chased leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, stayed on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, no impression opened 50/1 touched 66/1
9th (8) ½ Sayif (IRE) 9-10 R Hills P W Chapple-Hyam 4 13/2
Mid-division, ridden and outpaced well over 1f out, no impression, weakened inside final furlong opened 8/1 touched 8/1
10th (2) ½ Anglezarke (IRE) 9-4 P Hanagan R A Fahey 4 16/1
Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced 2f out, no impression final furlong opened 16/1 touched 16/1
11th (12) 5 Mullionmileanhour (IRE) 9-7 S Drowne J R Best 4 15/2
Behind, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 15/2 touched 8/1 £3200-£400
12th (5) 9 Judd Street 9-7 K Fallon Eve Johnson Houghton 8 33/1
Raced keenly, mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £24.80 Tote Place: £6.20,1.50,2.20
Straight Forecast: £95.26 Exacta: £152.10 Trifecta: £1,150.40 Swingers: 1&2:17.60 2&3:2.80 1&3:20.60

Jackpot: £55,758.14 carried forward to York, 13th May
Placepot: £176.00, Pool: £187990.06, 779.31 winning tickets
Quadpot: £7.40, Pool: £10373.06, 1024.06 winning tickets

Verdict

PRIME DEFENDER sprung a 20-1 surprise here, perhaps benefitting from race-fitness on his fourth start of the campaign. The Khalid Abdullah-owned pair of Showcasing and Main Aim were both having their first starts of the season and both ran creditable races in defeat. The winner was bustled along at halfway but he was always prominent and once he got past the front-running Inxile inside the final quarter mile it was a case of catch me if you can. Showcasing thundered down the outside under William Buick but couldn't quite reel the winner in while Main Aim was outpaced at a key part of the contest but stayed on well for third. He looks a seven-furlong horse, or at least at stiff six, but the turn of foot Showcasing produced suggests he can play a major role in the sprint division this season. He was slashed for the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot and it looks a natural next step for him, and he should reverse the form with Prime Defender who is usually found wanting at the top level. Doncaster Rover ran a cracking race, following Showcasing down the middle of the track to get fourth. A slight drop in grade should see him win a nice race. Starspangledbanner looked the likely challenger to Prime Defender approaching the final furlong but his effort petered out. Still, this was promising, and he was beaten just over two lengths in the end which wasn't bad considering his 5lb G1 penalty. He could still have a say at Royal Ascot. Inxile couldn't burn these off over six furlongs and he would be of interest dropped back to the minimum trip. Sayif was a disappointing ninth on the face of it but he carried a 3lb penalty, should come on for this and will be of interest off level weights over a stiffer six.