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  • 16:25 Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup Conditions Stakes1m 2f 6y

  • £12,500 added 3yo 5 ran
  • Winner £7,789 2nd £2,332 3rd £1,166 4th £584
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 6.82s
  • Off time: 16:25:35

Full result

16:25 Newbury Result 15th April 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (1) Cai Shen (IRE) 8-13 R Hughes Richard Hannon 3 8/1
Settled in rear, headway on outside over 3f out, led over 2f out, quickened clear over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, ran on well opened 13/2 touched 8/1
2nd (2) Al Kazeem 8-13 S Drowne R Charlton 3 5/2
Chased leaders, not clear run over 3f out, switched right and headway over 2f out, soon ridden to challenge, kept on same pace final furlong opened 3/1 touched 3/1 £1500-£500(x4)
3rd (3) s.h Thimaar (USA) 8-13 R Hills J H M Gosden 3 5/6f
Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, effort approaching final furlong, no extra closing stages opened evs touched 5/4 £550-£400 £1250-£1000 £1000-£800 £750-£600(x2) £500-£400(x2) £2400-£2000 £600-£500 £1000-£1000(x2) £500-£500 £400-£400
4th (4) 11 Argocat (IRE) 8-13 J P Spencer P F I Cole 3 16/1
Led early, soon tracking leader, driven to lead over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon edged left, faded over 1f out opened 14/1 touched 16/1
5th (5) 9 Failasoof (USA) 8-13 T P O'Shea B W Hills 3 9/1
Soon led, set strong pace, headed over 3f out, weakening when slightly short of room over 2f out opened 7/1 touched 9/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.70 Tote Place: £2.90,1.20
Straight Forecast: £27.91 Exacta: £23.30

Jackpot: £17,451.99 carried forward to Newbury, 16th Apr
Placepot: £50.00, Pool: £71344.95, 1040.4 winning tickets
Quadpot: £5.20, Pool: £5278.59, 743.3 winning tickets

Verdict

A strong pace here which really seemed to suit CAI SHEN and Richard Hughes and the pair really pounced on the big players with over a furlong to run and soon put the race to bed. Squeezed out in the early stages by an aggressive move from Steve Drowne on Al Kazeem, Hughes was left with little choice but to settle his horse in the rear, especially when they started to rattle off at a good tempo. Hughes settled him as much as eight lengths off the pacesetting Failasoof but he made up the ground nicely turning in and was only a couple of lengths off the speed at the cutaway. IT was here that Hughes made a decisive move, sweeping around the outside of the field to quickly go three lengths clear. After that he didn't do an awful lot in front but he had such a decent lead by that point that it didn't really matter. He got the trip well enough, although the race probably fell into his lap somewhat for one reason or another. Second home, but only just, was Al Kazeem. He had to wait for a run at the two furlong pole and that looked decisive, as he picked up quite well late on. He was keen enough early so this was a promising effort, with the likelihood of better to come next time. Whilst his jockey may not have covered himself in glory, it's fair to say that Richard Hills on favourite Thimaar may not also view the race as his finest moment. The horse (like many Dynaformers) is massive and although he didn't settle too well in the early stages, he was close enough to the leader turning in to try and kick on and make a race winning move. However Hills seemed to deliberate and perhaps when he should have kicked on before the two furlong pole, he was then mugged on the outside by the winning jockey. His horse was outpaced at that point but really found his stride in the final 100 yards (under hands and heels) and was running on stoutly at the finish. He will come on for the run, and all of the owners horses are ridden with the future in mind, but this did look a race that he could easily have dominated. He shouldn't be written off if turning up in the Dante, but whether the undulations of Epsom would suit is another matter. Failasoof paid the price for racing too keenly; he was a little upset in the stalls and his eagerness proved to be his undoing in the race itself. Argocat was well-held and, having made a nice impression on his final start last season, was disappointing. He got tired in the closing stages having been driven to the front around three furlongs from home.