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  • 14:05 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes 1m 4f 5y

  • (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3) £50,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £28,385 2nd £10,760 3rd £5,385 4th £2,685
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 32.11s
  • Off time: 14:05:29

Full result

14:05 Newbury Result 16th April 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (4) Indian Days 9-3 T P Queally J G Given 6 7/1
Held up in touch, hard driven and headway over 3f out, hung left over 2f out, led over 1f out, strongly challenged inside final furlong, held on gamely opened 7/1 touched 15/2
2nd (3) hd Bridge Of Gold (USA) 8-12 C Soumillon M A Magnusson 5 8/1
Tracked leaders, switched right to challenge over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, just held opened 8/1 touched 8/1
3rd (2) Poet 8-12 A Kirby C G Cox 6 10/3
Led, headed over 1f out, soon rallied, no extra close home opened 4/1 touched 4/1 £1750-£500 £1400-£400
4th (8) 2 Allied Powers (IRE) 8-12 J P Spencer M L W Bell 6 8/1
Held up well in rear, outpaced over 3f out, headway approaching final furlong, kept on well, never able to challenge opened 8/1 touched 9/1
5th (5) nk Verdant 8-11 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 4 6/4f
Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, soon every chance, weakened final furlong opened 6/4 touched 13/8 £1300-£800 £650-£400 £1800-£1200 £1500-£1000 £600-£400(x2) £450-£300
6th (6) 7 Halicarnassus (IRE) 8-12 N Callan M R Channon 7 16/1
Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 3f out, weakened over 2f out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
7th (1) Cumulus Nimbus 8-11 R Hughes Richard Hannon 4 14/1
Started very slowly, detatched early, in touch after 2f, raced keenly, weakened 2f out, eased final furlong opened 16/1 touched 16/1
NR (7) Clowance 8-12 J Fortune R Charlton 6

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £8.10 Tote Place: £3.50,3.10
Straight Forecast: £55.59 Exacta: £63.10 Trifecta: £525.10 Swingers: 1&2:4.80 2&3:4.00 1&3:3.50

Jackpot: £20,118.60, Pool: £28336.08, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £2,181.70, Pool: £119993.9, 40.15 winning tickets
Quadpot: £151.30, Pool: £8844.66, 43.24 winning tickets

Verdict

A really game performance from INDIAN DAYS who shrugged aside his group winner's penalty for a deserved win. James Given's charge was settled off the pace in the early stages, and this experienced campaigner settled into a nice rhythm. As the race started to develop at the cutaway he was brought wide to challenge by Tom Queally and battled his way to the lead. He was hanging under pressure but Queally did well to keep the horse's momentum going forward and although pressed near the line he was always doing enough. No doubt he'll go off globetrotting this season, and may even have some lofty targets, but this was a great start to his year and he looks as enthusiastic as ever. The runner-up looked a little unlucky. Bridge Of Gold got a lovely tow through the race, sitting in third on the rail throughout. As the race developed into something of a sprint, his jockey was unable to get a clear run and eventually had to switch his mount to the wide outside. Once he had done that his mount picked up well, really finding his stride in the final 100 yards, however the winner had too much rope and they couldn't reel him in in time. In hindsight Christophe Soumillon would have been better holding onto the colt for a little longer, as the gap eventually opened up perfectly on the inside, but it was a split second decision and the pilot should not be castigated. The horse has had his injury problems but has loads of ability and is one to follow this year over this trip or further. Third was Poet who ran well from the front. He was keen enough but still ran on well for pressure late on. His best form has come on soft ground so conditions will not have been ideal, but like the winner this six-year-old is certainly not regressing with age. Allied Powers eventually finished in fourth, but could never get into the race from off the pace. He will prefer softer ground but should come on plenty for the run. The disappointment of the race was Verdant. He was keen early on but came with a strong challenge two from home and had every chance. However he didn't pick up as hoped and in the end was well-beaten. This was his first run of the year and he should come on for it - a Group win is not out of the question at all. Halicarnassus raced quite prominently but dropped away when the race started to hot-up; he now has something to prove at this level.