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  • 15:00 Duke Of York Blue Square Stakes 6f

  • (Group 2) £100,000 added 3yo+ 14 ran
  • Winner £56,770 2nd £21,520 3rd £10,770 4th £5,370
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 10.18s
  • Off time: 15:00:38

Full result

15:00 York Result 11th May 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (9) Delegator 9-7 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 5 5/1f
Held up towards rear, ridden and good headway final furlong, stayed on strongly to lead towards finish opened 13/2 touched 7/1 £3000-£420 £3000-£500
2nd (12) ½ Regal Parade 9-7 Adrian Nicholls D Nicholls 7 13/2
Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon led, kept on, headed last 50 yards opened 13/2 touched 13/2 £3250-£500 £6000-£1000
3rd (8) ½ Tiddliwinks 9-7 P Makin K A Ryan 5 40/1
Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, every chance inside final furlong, kept on towards finish opened 50/1 touched 50/1
4th (13) ½ Hitchens (IRE) 9-7 G Gibbons T D Barron 6 14/1
Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish opened 16/1 touched 16/1
5th (10) 1 Triple Aspect (IRE) 9-7 R L Moore W J Haggas 5 12/1
Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong, kept on inside last 150 yards opened 16/1 touched 16/1
6th (7) ½ Dalghar (FR) 9-7 J Fortune A M Balding 5 7/1
Went left start, prominent, ridden over 1f out, soon every chance, no extra inside final furlong opened 7/1 touched 15/2 £3000-£400
7th (5) 2 Genki (IRE) 9-7 S Drowne R Charlton 7 17/2
Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on, no extra towards finish opened 13/2 touched 17/2
8th (2) hd Hamish McGonagall 9-7 D Allan T D Easterby 6 20/1
Close up, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 18/1 touched 20/1
9th (4) Markab 9-12 P Cosgrave H Candy 8 10/1
Led, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened opened 8/1 touched 10/1
10th (11) 2 Ladies Are Forever 8-8 T Eaves G R Oldroyd 3 20/1
Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
11th (3) nk Prime Defender 9-7 R Winston B W Hills 7 25/1
Mid-division, pushed along and headway 2f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 25/1 touched 25/1
12th (1) 2 Rain Delayed (IRE) 9-7 J P Murtagh M Dods 5 12/1
Held up towards rear and keen, never a factor opened 11/1 touched 12/1
13th (14) 2 Inler (IRE) 9-7 Martin Dwyer B J Meehan 4 11/1
Tracked leaders, pushed along and weakened well over 1f out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
14th (6) 5 Rose Blossom 9-4 P Hanagan R A Fahey 4 9/1
Hampered start, held up towards rear, never dangerous opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £4500-£500

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.60 Tote Place: £2.50,3.00,9.80
Straight Forecast: £33.23 Exacta: £40.50 Trifecta: £1,945.40 Swingers: 1&2:8.10 2&3:78.00 1&3:34.40

Jackpot: £8,787.16 carried forward to York, 12th May
Placepot: £2,923.40, Pool: £182016.7, 45.45 winning tickets
Quadpot: £190.00, Pool: £11121.65, 43.3 winning tickets

Verdict

A strong finish here from DELEGATOR, as having mixed it around the mile mark for a year, he showed the pace to cope with this shorter trip. Having broken smartly under Frankie Dettori, he was then steadied up towards the rear as the greyhounds went off after the hare. Dettori brought him stands side to make his challenge, and he started to inch closer before the furlong pole. Tracking (eventual runner-up) Regal Parade through, he picked up smartly with 100 yards to run and was always holding the second home. He wasn't wildly impressive here, but (well-backed) he was authoritative and it was no surprise to see him shortened for the Golden Jubilee next month. He'll have to improve to finish in the top five there, however he's a talented fellow and if kept sound should be a force this season. Regal Parade could have done with some rain, but as it was he ran a blinder. He seemed to get a little outpaced before halfway, but, like the winner coming from off the pace, he responded well to pressure and hit the front a furlong out. He's an experienced pro and kept battling, but could do nothing about the winner. He appreciated having no penalty here (as he had carried on his reappearance) and will win Group races this year when the going is soft, with more trips to France on the horizon. Third home was Tiddliwinks who bounced back to form in style. For a speedy horse, it was clear that they were going quickly when he could only sit in midfield. He started to make a move two furlongs out, but found his way blocked, and it's to the horse's credit that he picked up well when asked for another effort; on this evidence a return to seven furlongs won't be a problem at all. Fourth home was Hitchens who was another to make up ground from off the pace. His jockey just had to wait for a gap to appear a furlong out, which may have checked his momentum slightly, but this was a fine run. One could argue that the close proximity of these two horses, rated 94 and 102 respectively, holds down the form, and it would be hard to argue too effectively against that theory in all honesty; this wasn't a stellar renewal. Dalghar had every chance two furlongs out but seemed to be found out for a) fitness and b) a turn of foot, so he'll be of more interest next time. Markab and Hamish McGonagall paid the price for setting too strong a pace, whilst Genki had the race run to suit but failed to show the same turn of foot as at Newmarket. Prime Defender tired late on, whilst Triple Aspect caught the eye. He stayed on for a never nearer fifth and was another who didn't get the cleanest route through the race. Rose Blossom missed the break, hardly ideal for a front-runner, whilst Ladies Are Forever found the company too hot and might be of more interest later in the season when she has some more time under her belt.