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  • 13:50 Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes 7f

  • (group 2) £90,000 added 3yo+ 14 ran
  • Winner £51,093 2nd £19,368 3rd £9,693 4th £4,833
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 26.04s
  • Off time: 13:51:23

Full result

13:50 Newmarket Result 16th October 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (7) Red Jazz (USA) 9-1 R Winston B W Hills 3 5/1
Raced stand side, tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven out opened 11/2 touched 11/2 £5000-£800 £3000-£500 £1500-£300
2nd (10) Cat Junior (USA) 9-3 R Hills B J Meehan 5 14/1
Raced stand side, tracked leaders, ridden to challenge winner over 1f out, kept on one pace opened 14/1 touched 14/1
3rd (3) nse Main Aim 9-3 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 5 12/1
Raced stand side, keen overall leader, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong opened 11/1 touched 12/1 £5000-£500
4th (11) ½ Delegator 9-3 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 4 6/4f
Raced center held up, switched left over 2f out, headway when not much room over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to go 4th near finish, never able to challenge opened 6/4 touched 6/4 £700-£400 £1625-£1000(x8) £1300-£800(x10) £980-£600 £650-£400(x3) £1200-£800 £6000-£4000(x2) £600-£400(x4)
5th (1) ¾ Mabait 9-3 K Fallon L M Cumani 4 25/1
Raced stand side, close up, switched right and effort entering final 2f, ridden and kept on one pace opened 16/1 touched 25/1
6th (2) ½ High Standing (USA) 9-3 J P Spencer W J Haggas 5 20/1
Raced stand side, held up, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer opened 16/1 touched 20/1
7th (6) ¾ Sir Gerry (USA) 9-3 G Baker C A Dwyer 5 50/1
Raced stand side, dwelt in rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor opened 33/1 touched 50/1
8th (9) Duff (IRE) 9-3 P J Smullen E Lynam 7 20/1
Raced center led this group and with prominent with stand side, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 20/1 touched 25/1
9th (4) ¾ Himalya (IRE) 9-3 T P Queally J Noseda 4 16/1
Raced stand side, dwelt chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong opened 18/1 touched 18/1
10th (13) nse Harrison George (IRE) 9-3 P Hanagan R A Fahey 5 33/1
Raced center, chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
11th (5) nk Dream Eater (IRE) 9-3 J Fortune A M Balding 5 8/1
Raced stand side, held up, never near leaders opened 12/1 touched 12/1
12th (8) 5 Blue Angel (IRE) 8-12 J P Murtagh Richard Hannon 3 50/1
Raced center, in rear, never a factor opened 40/1 touched 50/1
13th (14) 14 Shakespearean (IRE) 9-5 T E Durcan Saeed bin Suroor 3 18/1
Went right start, raced center tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
14th (12) 3 Golden Stream (IRE) 9-0 William Buick Sir Michael Stoute 4 50/1
Raced center, chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 2f out opened 50/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.50 Tote Place: £2.40,3.80,2.20
Straight Forecast: £63.60 Exacta: £67.90 Trifecta: £197.30 Swingers: 1&2:9.20 2&3:12.40 1&3:6.90

Jackpot: £9,325.70, Pool: £26269.81, 2.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £353.40, Pool: £191039.16, 394.55 winning tickets
Quadpot: £55.20, Pool: £13319.64, 178.45 winning tickets

Verdict

They split into two groups here with Duff setting a furious pace up the middle of the track while Main Aim, in a first-time visor, wasn't far behind on the stands' rail. This was a Group 2 in name and substance with Delegator, Dream Eater, Main Aim and RED JAZZ all used to running at the highest level. The winner is still improving and he went some way to proving his close third to Poet's Voice in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last time was no fluke, as he won this well from Cat Junior, who was also runner-up in 2008. Happy to let Main Aim lead his group in the early part of the contest, Robert Winston waited in close proximity aboard Red Jazz before taking the lead three furlongs out. The three-year-old edged his way in front going into The Dip and was a clear leader coming out of it, responding well to pressure. He won going away, wouldn't mind a return to a mile on this evidence and could yet make his mark in a Group 1. Cat Junior enjoys it here and ran on well to edge out Main Aim for second, who responded to a first-time visor and deserves credit for sticking on for third. The big disappointment was Delegator who was marginally short of room when making his challenge. That shouldn't be used as an excuse, though, and he clearly didn't improve from his listed win last time.