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  • 15:05 King Edward VII Stakes 1m 4f

  • (Group 2) £152,810 added 3yo 10 ran
  • Winner £86,750 2nd £32,884 3rd £16,457 4th £8,205
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 34.48s
  • Off time: 15:05:52

Full result

15:05 Ascot Result 17th June 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (5) Nathaniel (IRE) 8-12 William Buick J H M Gosden 3 11/4f
Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, led over 3f out, clear and stayed on strongly final 2f, ridden out inside final furlong, eased close home opened 9/4 touched 11/4 £15000-£5000 £6000-£2000 £3000-£1000(x2) £5500-£2000 £50000-£20000 £10000-£4000(x3) £2500-£1000(x3) £9000-£4000(x2) £4500-£2000(x2) £2250-£1000(x7) £1800-£800 £60000-£30000 £10000-£5000(x3) £6000-£3000
2nd (10) 5 Fiorente (IRE) 8-12 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3 9/1
Raced on wide outside 1st 3f, in rear, ridden in modest 6th 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £10000-£600 £14000-£1000 £20000-£1600
3rd (6) 2 Alexander Pope (IRE) 8-12 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 12/1
Held up towards rear, heaadway on outside went 3rd and hung right 2f out, no chance with winner when went 2nd over 1f out, outpaced to 3rd inside final furlong opened 12/1 touched 12/1
4th (11) Mijhaar 8-12 N Callan R Varian 3 10/3
Pulled hard, raced on wide outside 1st 3f, in rear, headway on outside over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, never any chance with winner, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 7/2 touched 7/2 £4000-£1000(x2) £3500-£1000 £2100-£600 £30000-£9000 £2000-£600
5th (2) Fulgur 8-12 K Fallon L M Cumani 3 14/1
Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway to 5th under pressure 3f out, one pace and no progress final 2f opened 12/1 touched 14/1 £7000-£500
6th (8) 6 Genius Beast (USA) 8-12 Ahmed Ajtebi M Al Zarooni 3 11/1
Raced wide, held up, headway to chase leading pair 4f out, ridden over 3f out, lost 3rd 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 12/1 touched 12/1
7th (3) 29 Glen's Diamond 8-12 J Fortune R A Fahey 3 6/1
Took keen hold in rear, never a factor, tailed off opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £10000-£1000(x2) £10000-£1000(x2) £8000-£1000
8th (4) Hurricane Higgins (IRE) 8-12 J Fanning M Johnston 3 20/1
Dwelt, led after 1f until over 8f out, chased leader until over 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 22/1 touched 22/1
9th (1) 2 Glencadam Gold (IRE) 8-12 I Mongan Sir H R A Cecil 3 25/1
Led 1f, chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, tailed off opened 28/1 touched 33/1
10th (7) nk World Domination (USA) 8-12 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 3 8/1
Pulled hard and prominent, led over 8f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 8/1 touched 9/1 £5000-£550
NR (9) Dordogne (IRE) 8-12 S De Sousa M Johnston 3

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.90 Tote Place: £1.60,3.60,2.20
Straight Forecast: £28.27 Exacta: £36.40 Trifecta: £290.60 Swingers: 1&2:6.80 2&3:14.40 1&3:5.70

Jackpot: £90,544.51 carried forward to Ascot, 18th Jun
Placepot: £2,568.10, Pool: £534672.56, 151.98 winning tickets
Quadpot: £263.80, Pool: £36062.46, 101.16 winning tickets

Verdict

A cast iron performance from NATHANIEL and one which predictably saw his odds for the St Leger tumble. Although sweaty and full of nervous energy before the race (something which his trainer John Gosden explained is a family trait, horse not trainer that is), he had enough in the tank to be able to see his race out with gusto despite racing freely in the early stages. He got a nice lead from Hurricane Higgins and the (very keen) World Domination and was in a nice position to strike turning for home. William Buick pushed him into the lead with half a mile to go and he was confident enough to commit his horse for home early. He went two lengths clear and soon had his rivals struggling. At the two furlong pole it looked as if the strong travelling Mijhaar may be a big danger but his effort petered out and his other rivals were too far back to launch any meaningful challenge. He looks a shoe-in to get the longer trip at Doncaster and assuming he gets soft ground then he will be extremely hard to beat; in hindsight he may have been very hard to beat at Epsom had he taken his chance there. Runner-up Fiorente was taken to the far side under the trees in the first two furlongs, taking Mijhaar with him, and that didn't seem advantageous for either's chance. It especially lit up Mijhaar who raced very keenly after this move, and it is doubtful that either horse gained anything before they rejoined the main group before the bend. In the end Fiorente had to come from a long way back, having been held up in traffic before the home turn, and he ran very well. He looks a strong stayer though and the race panned out against him slightly as the winner was away and gone; he may fare even better if ridden closer to the pace. Third home was Alexander Pope who was another to come from off the pace; he saw the longer trip out very well although he was able to start his run earlier than Fiorente. Fourth home was Mijhaar who got tired after his early keenness - he has lots of ability, and travelled ever so strongly, but just ran out steam. Fulghur was keen early on as well but soon settled into a nice rhythm in a midfield berth. Unfortunately for his supporters he was squeezed out just before the bend as Kieren Fallon tried to wind him up and as a result he lost momentum. After trying to rally he was left behind by the front three or four, but still ran well in fifth and this was a step up on his previous form. Glen's Diamond was disappointing, one of the first to come off the bridle, whilst World Domination dropped away tamely after racing with too much enthusiasm in front; he now has something to prove.