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  • 15:45 Gold Cup 2m 4f

  • (British Champions' Series) (Group 1) £250,000 added 4yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner £154,698 2nd £58,642 3rd £29,348 4th £14,633
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 37.51s
  • Off time: 15:47:15

Full result

15:45 Ascot Result 16th June 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) Fame And Glory 9-2 J P Spencer A P O'Brien 5 11/8f
Close up in 5th, headway on outside travelling well over 2f out, led and hung right over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong opened 15/8 touched 15/8 £90000-£40000 £54000-£24000 £22500-£10000 £9000-£4000(x2) £4500-£2000(x2) £2250-£1000(x2) £80000-£40000 £20000-£10000(x2) £10000-£5000 £4000-£2000(x5) £2000-£1000 £15000-£8000(x2) £3750-£2000(x4) £1750-£1000(x4) £13000-£8000 £3250-£2000 £30000-£20000 £15000-£10000 £12000-£8000 £6000-£4000(x6) £3000-£2000(x8) £1500-£1000(x8) £1375-£1000
2nd (1) 3 Opinion Poll (IRE) 9-2 M Barzalona M Al Zarooni 5 16/1
Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on to 2nd 1f out, no chance with winner opened 14/1 touched 16/1
3rd (13) Brigantin (USA) 9-0 P C Boudot A Fabre 4 16/1
Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, switched right towards finish, took 3rd close home opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £10000-£500 £10000-£550 £20000-£1200 £16000-£1000 £10000-£600 £5000-£300
4th (8) ½ Manighar (FR) 9-2 K Fallon L M Cumani 5 14/1
Took keen hold, close 5th and 6th, headway to 3rd over 4f out, chased leader 3f out until entering final 2f, 3rd when edged right inside final furlong, weakened to 4th close home opened 12/1 touched 14/1 £16000-£1000 £5000-£400
5th (6) ½ Askar Tau (FR) 9-2 G Baker M P Tregoning 6 66/1
Held up in mid-division, headway over 4f out, tracked leading trio 3f out, went 3rd on inside over 2f out, effort when hung right over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong opened 40/1 touched 66/1
6th (12) Duncan 9-2 William Buick J H M Gosden 6 8/1
Took keen hold, tracked leading trio, went 3rd 9f out, tracked leader 6f out, led over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed chasing leaders until weakened and lost places inside final furlong opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £8000-£1000
7th (4) s.h Kasbah Bliss (FR) 9-2 T Thulliez F Doumen 9 16/1
Mid-division, plugged on one pace final 2f opened 14/1 touched 16/1 £7000-£500
8th (15) Aaim To Prosper (IRE) 9-2 R L Moore B J Meehan 7 22/1
Tracked leader until over 10f out, went 2nd again over 4f out until 3f out, weakened over 2f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
9th (14) 6 Motrice 8-11 S Sanders Sir Mark Prescott 4 22/1
Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, soon beaten opened 22/1 touched 25/1
10th (10) ½ Blue Bajan (IRE) 9-2 D Tudhope D O'Meara 9 11/1
Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling final 5f, tailed off opened 10/1 touched 11/1
11th (5) 26 The Betchworth Kid 9-2 Hayley Turner A King 6 40/1
Always in rear, never a factor, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 50/1
12th (7) Fictional Account (IRE) 8-13 F M Berry V C Ward 6 20/1
Always rear-division, tailed off opened 16/1 touched 20/1
13th (2) 73 Holberg (UAE) 9-2 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 5 10/1
Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd over 5f out until over 4f out, soon ridden, weakened over 2f out, tailed off opened 9/1 touched 12/1 £15000-£1200 £20000-£2000(x2)
PU (9) Geordieland (FR) 9-2 R Hughes J A Osborne 10 25/1
Held up in rear, pulled way up and rapid headway to join leaders 12f out, led 9f out until 6f out, weakened rapidly, tailed off and pulled up opened 20/1 touched 25/1
PU (11) Tastahil (IRE) 9-2 R Hills B W Hills 7 16/1
Led until over 9f out, led again over 6f out, ridden and headed iover 4f out, weakened quickly, tailed off and pulled up opened 14/1 touched 16/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.40 Tote Place: £1.20,4.70,4.60
Straight Forecast: £22.97 Exacta: £32.60 Trifecta: £387.70 Swingers: 1&2:6.50 2&3:56.90 1&3:9.00

Jackpot: £44,806.36 carried forward to Ascot, 17th Jun, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £209.20, Pool: £542101.94, 1891.18 winning tickets
Quadpot: £41.50, Pool: £29257.48, 521.61 winning tickets

Verdict

The amount of money piled onto FAME AND GLORY in the build up to this race suggested that someone knew he would stay the longer trip and that opinion was fully vindicated with a commanding performance. There was a slow early gallop but that soon sped up, partly because of Geordieland proving too keen before halfway, and this played into the hands of Jamie Spencer as it meant that he could bide his time. The leaders came back to the pack before the turn for home and it was at this point that Spencer angled his mount out into daylight for the first time and went in pursuit of Duncan. Once he reeled in (a wobbling, tiring) Duncan, he used the rail to help him maintain a straight course and soon went three lengths clear. It looked at one stage like Opinion Poll would chase him down late on but he found plenty for pressure in the final 100 yards and his victory was emphatic, commanding and, although it might be a trite comparison, reminiscent of Yeats. Runner-up Opinion Poll would have been suited by the rain in the build up to the race and he plugged on from the rear, really only hitting top gear once the winner had kicked away. This was another consistent performance from the horse and he evidently likes Ascot. Third home, in something of a bunch finish, was Brigantin. He was another who only found his stride once the winner had gone and this strong-stayer may have benefitted from a stronger early pace. Manighar came next, with a one-paced finish having pulled quite hard early on, whilst Duncan was another whose finishing effort was relatively tame. He was far too fresh throughout the first mile and although he strode into a clear lead before the turn for home, he never looked like getting away from his rivals. Once reeled in he had no answer, and was allowed to come home under his own steam late on. Interestingly his previous best performance had come when kept away from horses in the early part of the race and connections may wish to try that tactic again. Askar Tau travelled well but, after being squeezed out, could find no more in the final two furlongs, whilst Tastahil faded tamely after making some of the running. Geordieland was held up early on but pulled his way to the front before being pulled up before the race started in earnest. Aaim To Prosper ran well but is just lacking at this level, whilst Kasbah Bliss stayed on late in the day but time may just be catching up with the nine-year-old, especially at this top level.