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Epsom Downs

  • 14:40 Investec Diomed Stakes 1m 114y

  • (Group 3) £50,000 added 3yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £28,385 2nd £10,760 3rd £5,385 4th £2,685
  • Going: Good to Firm (Good in places;Sprint;Good to Firm)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 45.12s
  • Off time: 14:40:38

Full result

14:40 Epsom Downs Result 4th June 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (1) Fanunalter 9-4 A Kirby M Botti 5 16/1
Took keen hold, held up in 5th, travelling strongly when not clear run inside final 2f, switched right over 1f out, switched left and strong run entering final furlong, quickened to lead final 140 yards opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £20000-£1200 £20000-£1600
2nd (8) ½ St Moritz (IRE) 9-4 Adrian Nicholls D Nicholls 5 9/2
Le dat steady pace, quickened halfway, ridden and kept on gamely when pressed from 2f out, headed final 140 yards, kept on under pressure opened 6/1 touched 6/1 £3000-£600
3rd (6) 1 Rio de La Plata (USA) 9-11 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 6 7/2
Took keen hold, tracked leading trio, effort travelling well 2f out, every chance when hung left inside final furlong, not pace of leaders close home, just held on for 3rd opened 7/2 touched 4/1 £3200-£800 £2000-£500 £7000-£2000 £2100-£600 £1750-£500 £1400-£400(x2)
4th (2) hd Nationalism 9-4 William Buick J H M Gosden 4 16/1
Took keen hold, held up in 6th, ridden on outside 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, going on close home, almost snatched 3rd opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £10000-£600 £5000-£300
5th (4) 1 Mac Love 9-4 N Callan Stef Higgins 10 14/1
Took keen hold, held up in last pair, looking for room towards outside from 3f out, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, never going pace to challenge, weakened towards finish opened 14/1 touched 16/1
6th (3) nk Awzaan 9-4 R Hills M Johnston 4 17/2
Tracked leaders on inside, edged left from 3f out, still pressing leaders over 1f out, weakened towards fniish opened 8/1 touched 9/1 £4000-£500 £4000-£500
7th (7) 1 Premio Loco (USA) 9-4 G Baker C F Wall 7 15/8f
Took keen hold, held up last, ridden edged left and no response entering final 2f, soon beaten opened 2/1 touched 2/1 £4500-£2000 £1125-£500 £10000-£5000(x3) £4000-£2000 £2000-£1000(x4) £1000-£500(x5) £800-£400 £600-£300 £1875-£1000 £750-£400
8th (5) Vesuve (IRE) 9-4 M Barzalona Saeed bin Suroor 5 8/1
Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, lost action inside final 2f, soon weakened and eased opened 8/1 touched 9/1 £4500-£500

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £25.80 Tote Place: £4.90,2.10,1.10
Straight Forecast: £86.91 Exacta: £128.20 Trifecta: £362.60 Swingers: 1&2:9.40 2&3:2.50 1&3:8.20

Jackpot: £63,769.89 carried forward to Worcester, 5th Jun
Placepot: £304.50, Pool: £294270.22, 705.37 winning tickets
Quadpot: £60.50, Pool: £14454.16, 176.7 winning tickets

Verdict

A slowly run race did no favours to favourite Premio Loco who, nevertheless, still produced a rather laboured performance following his fine third in the Lockinge and, given that he's run so well at Goodwood in the past, it's unlikely that it can be put down to the track. This was a rare bad performance from the dual Group Two winner and it would be no surprise to see him bounce back in next month's Summer Mile at Ascot which he won last year. FANUNALTER won twice at Listed level last year before running respectably in two starts at Meydan. This was a career best performance but he needs things to drop right for him and may not be so lucky next time although he has now proved himself at this level and should continue to be competitive. Rio De La Plata was having his first run since winning over ten furlongs in November and was giving half a stone away all round. He has tended to improve for his reappearance in each campaign and can be expected to come on from this encouraging return. He was travelling particularly well with two furlongs to run but couldn't get past the game St Moritz whilst Fanunalter flashed past on the inside; he is in a couple of races at Royal Ascot and has run in relatively quick succession in the past - he probably needed a stronger pace at this trip. St Moritz has enjoyed a remarkable season since transferring to David Nicholls and has proved to be reasonably versatile tactically; this was a fine first attempt at this level for the yard and he may be able to pick up an average race in this grade. Nationalism was a big eyecatcher as he flew home late on to finish a never nearer fourth; he only has a maiden and a handicap win off 95 to his name but he was sent off favourite for the Cambridgeshire last season (a race his trainer has won with Pattern race performers in the past). He was gelded after disappointing subsequently and there should be plenty more to come given that this was only his seventh career start. Mac Love has been a grand servant to connections and ran his race but it now seems unlikely that Awzaan will fulfil the rich promise of his juvenile season and will remain difficult to place. Vesuve was weakening when losing his action.