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  • 15:45 St James's Palace Stakes 1m

  • (Group 1) £250,000 added 3yo 9 ran
  • Winner £141,925 2nd £53,800 3rd £26,925 4th £13,425
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 39.24s
  • Off time: 15:48:00

Full result

15:45 Ascot Result 14th June 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (5) Frankel 9-0 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 3 3/10f
Held up in touch, headway to chase pacemaker before halfway, led over 3f out, soon 3 lengths clear, hard ridden approaching final furlong, all out opened 1/3 touched 1/3 £2000-£5500(x2) £1200-£3300 £1000-£2750(x5) £800-£2200 £400-£1100(x2) £10000-£30000 £5000-£15000 £3333-£10000 £1500-£4500 £1000-£3000(x4) £700-£2100
2nd (8) ¾ Zoffany (IRE) 9-0 R L Moore A P O'Brien 3 20/1
Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, stayed on well opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £10000-£300 £8000-£500
3rd (1) Excelebration (IRE) 9-0 A Kirby M Botti 3 10/1
Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leader approaching final furlong, kept on same pace opened 8/1 touched 10/1
4th (4) hd Neebras (IRE) 9-0 L Dettori M Al Zarooni 3 50/1
Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, nearest finish opened 50/1 touched 50/1
5th (3) Dream Ahead (USA) 9-0 William Buick D M Simcock 3 14/1
Held up in rear, effort over 2f out, stayed on approaching final furlong, never on terms opened 12/1 touched 14/1
6th (7) 8 Dubawi Gold 9-0 R Hughes Richard Hannon 3 12/1
Tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, headway to chase leader well over 1f out, soon weakened opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £20000-£900
7th (9) nse Wootton Bassett 9-0 P Hanagan R A Fahey 3 12/1
Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, soon no impression opened 12/1 touched 12/1
8th (6) 13 Grand Prix Boss (JPN) 9-0 M Demuro Y Yahagi 3 16/1
Tracked clear leader, weakened over 3f out, eased opened 16/1 touched 16/1
9th (2) 15 Rerouted (USA) 9-0 M Hills B W Hills 3 66/1
Led, set strong pace, soon 10 lengths clear, headed over 3f out, faded opened 100/1 touched 100/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.20 Tote Place: £1.02,4.70,2.40
Straight Forecast: £12.67 Exacta: £10.80 Trifecta: £70.60 Swingers: 1&2:3.70 2&3:19.20 1&3:2.00

Jackpot: £3,046.20, Pool: £182343.94, 42.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £40.20, Pool: £500493.53, 9069.29 winning tickets
Quadpot: £11.50, Pool: £21667.19, 1389.51 winning tickets

Verdict

Frankel maintained his unbeaten record but golly it was close. Sent off a red-hot 3-10 favourite, he settled beautifully on the inner in fourth place in the early stages as pacemaker Rerouted went off at a tremendous rate of knots and was soon half a dozen lengths clear of the main body of the field. Frankel's jockey Tom Queally suddenly decided four furlongs from home that it was time to go in pursuit of the leader, quickly made up the deficit and was in front off the home turn and five lengths clear of the ridden along Dubawi Gold. The race was all but in the bag for Frankel two furlongs out but Queally had to resort to the whip to urge his partner to keep up the gallop, which he did to be fair considering how hard he had gone from so far out. Zoffany came with a wet sail from off the pace inside the final furlong but the line arrived in time for the winner although his advantage had diminished to three quarters of a length. As for the future, a more patient approach may be necessary particularly if stepped to 10 furlongs for the Juddmonte International at York but connections will have also been delighted with the way he settled in the stages of the race. Equally, he may have given some hope to his rivals that he can be beaten at some stage. Dubawi Gold's jockey Richard Hughes reported after that his mount had been blown away by Frankel once more - as in the Guineas at Newmarket - but this time he had nothing left to give in the straight. Neebras was another to finish quite well from the rear without ever looking like making an impact while Dream Ahead caught the eye on his comeback and kept on takingly from two out. He could be dropped back in trip and is one very much to keep an eye on. Excelebration was beaten four lengths by Frankel in the Greenham Stakes and got closer to him on this occasion. He won the German 2000 Guineas on his previous start and this likeable type continues on the upgrade. Japanes raider Grand Prix Boss was prominent early on but one of the first beaten in the straight while Wootton Bassett has not shown any of the sparkle from his juvenile campaign yet.