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  • 15:40 totepool Sagaro Stakes 2m

  • (Group 3) £60,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £34,062 2nd £12,912 3rd £6,462 4th £3,222
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 29.42s
  • Off time: 15:40:44

Full result

15:40 Ascot Result 27th April 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (8) Askar Tau (FR) 9-1 G Baker M P Tregoning 6 4/1
Held up in last trio, headway on outside 5f out, chased leader 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, soon clear, stayed on well opened 7/2 touched 4/1
2nd (1) Akmal 9-1 R Hills J L Dunlop 5 8/1
Led, quickened 5f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on until headed and not pace of winner 1f out, stayed on for clear 2nd opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £20000-£2400
3rd (6) nk Free Agent 9-1 R Hughes Richard Hannon 5 7/2
Tracked leading trio, left 2nd 10f out, pushed along 5f out, ridden over 3f out, outpaced when lost 2nd 2f out, stayed on again inside final furlong to press for 2nd, no chance with winner opened 10/3 touched 7/2 £1400-£400
4th (5) nk The Betchworth Kid 9-1 Hayley Turner A King 6 8/1
Held up in rear, ridden along 5f out, stayed on from over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to reach leaders opened 8/1 touched 17/2
5th (7) Aaim To Prosper (IRE) 9-1 Louis Beuzelin B J Meehan 7 16/1
Tracked leading pair, carried wide as rival pulled up 10f out, stayed close 3rd until 4f out, ridden 3f out,unable to quicken over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
6th (3) hd Theology 8-11 William Buick J Noseda 4 2/1f
Held up in touch, went 4th 4f out, ridden on outside and unable to quicken 3f out, ridden and and no response 2f out, never reached leaders, weakened over 1f out opened 5/2 touched 11/4 £1100-£400(x2) £5000-£2000 £1250-£500
PU (4) Rajik (IRE) 9-1 D P McDonogh C F Swan 6 17/2
Tracking leader when went wrong 10f out, and pulled up opened 9/1 touched 9/1
NR (2) Buxted (IRE) 9-1 E Ahern R Mills 5

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.10 Tote Place: £3.00,3.80
Straight Forecast: £34.88 Exacta: £41.10 Trifecta: £118.00 Swingers: 1&2:5.50 2&3:3.70 1&3:2.70

Jackpot: £26,410.44 carried forward to Perth, 28th Apr
Placepot: £7,943.20, Pool: £103914.84, 9.55 winning tickets
Quadpot: £80.10, Pool: £11687.5, 107.94 winning tickets

Verdict

ASKAR TAU failed to find his top form in three starts in 2010 in a season in which his stable struggled but he had shaped more promisingly when behind The Betchworth Kid on his reappearance in a Listed race at Nottingham and built on that with a convincing victory to gain his first victory since the Doncaster Cup in 2009 and maintain his yard's resurgent form. He is a dual Group Two winner and should be a factor in all of the Cup races through the season. Theology, who ran his best race of the season over course and distance in the Queen's Vase, was the gamble of the race but failed to land a blow in the straight. This was only his eighth career start and it may transpire that he was in need of this run but it was a disappointing effort in light of the support. Akmal got the run of things out in front and can win again at this level when things go his way. Free Agent narrowly reversed Nottingham form with The Betchworth Kid; he was the first to go in pursuit of the winner and was staying on again close home - he probably doesn't want to get there too soon. The Betchworth Kid needs producing late in the day and this race didn't really play to his strengths (and there must be some question as to whether the course does) but he ran up to his form and continues to perform with credit. Aaim To Prosper was stepping up in class following his victory in the Cesarewitch and was the lowest rated runner in the field; he wasn't disgraced at a track he runs well but could struggle for tactical speed in smaller fields.