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  • 14:30 Jersey Stakes 7f

  • (Group 3) £70,000 added 3yo 9 ran
  • Winner £39,739 2nd £15,064 3rd £7,539 4th £3,759
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 26.09s
  • Off time: 14:30:31

Full result

14:30 Ascot Result 15th June 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (5) Strong Suit (USA) 9-6 R Hughes Richard Hannon 3 11/1
Tracked clear leader, closed over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on opened 10/1 touched 12/1
2nd (8) ½ Codemaster 9-1 Dane O'Neill H Candy 3 7/4f
Held up in 5th, headway over 2f out, chased leading pair inside final 2f, ridden to chase winner approaching final furlong, stayed on to close on winner close home, always held opened 15/8 touched 15/8 £20000-£10000 £4000-£2000(x2) £2000-£1000(x5) £1000-£500(x2) £15000-£8000 £7500-£4000(x2) £4500-£2400(x2) £3750-£2000(x3) £3000-£1600(x4) £2250-£1200 £1500-£800(x13)
3rd (9) nk Western Aristocrat (USA) 9-1 J P Murtagh J Noseda 3 9/2
Took keen hold, held up in last trio, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out,ridden and edged right inside final furlong, stayed on to 3rd towards finish, closing close home opened 9/2 touched 5/1 £15000-£3000 £2000-£400 £90000-£20000
4th (3) ¾ Oracle (IRE) 9-1 R L Moore A P O'Brien 3 7/1
Held up in 6th, headway over 2f out, chased leading pair approaching final furlong, no extra and dropped to 4th towards finish opened 6/1 touched 7/1
5th (2) ½ Splash Point (USA) 9-4 L Dettori M Al Zarooni 3 16/1
Held up in last trio, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £20000-£800
6th (1) 1 Sikeeb (IRE) 9-1 P Robinson C E Brittain 3 40/1
Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 50/1 touched 50/1 £40000-£800
7th (7) ½ Majestic Myles (IRE) 9-1 P Hanagan R A Fahey 3 20/1
Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
8th (10) Havane Smoker 9-1 C Soumillon J C Rouget 3 3/1
Steadied start, held up last, ridden and no response 2f out, well beaten opened 7/2 touched 7/2 £10000-£2500 £4000-£1000(x3) £26250-£7500 £21000-£6000 £10500-£3000 £7000-£2000 £3500-£1000(x2) £3500-£1000
9th (6) ¾ Utley (USA) 9-1 William Buick J H M Gosden 3 33/1
Led and soon clear, reduced lead over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened quickly inside final furlong opened 40/1 touched 40/1 £40000-£1000
NR (4) Fury 9-1 K Fallon W J Haggas 3 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £11.80 Tote Place: £2.60,1.50,2.00
Straight Forecast: £30.46 Exacta: £31.10 Trifecta: £232.60 Swingers: 1&2:4.90 2&3:2.60 1&3:7.80

Jackpot: £44,104.54 carried forward to Ascot, 16th Jun
Placepot: £393.10, Pool: £492309.06, 914.03 winning tickets
Quadpot: £12.20, Pool: £29970.64, 1814.19 winning tickets

Verdict

STRONG SUIT had not won a race since the Coventry Stakes in 2010 but bounced right back to his best with a convincing success. He had undergone a breathing operation since the Greenham Stakes and it clearly worked the oracle as he stalked a breakneck pace set by Utley before swooping inside the final two furlongs. He did hang a little to the left when the whip was waved at him by Richard Hughes but was soon going gun-barrel straight once again and was always holding the late challenges of Codemaster and Western Aristocrat. Connections stated afterwards that a step up to a mile will be next on the agenda and the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville will be considered. Codemaster had impressed at Newmarket last time when breaking the track record and was sent off favourite on the strength of that effort. He finished his race out well but was possibly at a tactical disadvantage having been held up and giving Strong Suit such a big advantage when the race began in earnest. The same applies to Western Aristocrat, who came home strongly in the closing stages from the rear. Both look well up to more success this season. French raider Havane Smoker was held up last and gave his supporters little hope as he failed to make any sort of progress at the business end of the race. Oracle and Splash Point were just found wanting for that extra turn of pace in the dash for the line as they made their bids down the centre of the track while Sikeeb and Majestic Myles were not disgraced having raced more prominently just off the pace. It looks back to the drawing board for Utley, who went off like a sprinter in the first-time blinkers and unsurprisingly could not keep up the fierce pace. He has disappointed on his last three starts now and could be in need of a break.