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  • 17:00 Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap1m 4f

  • £50,000 added 3yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner £31,155 2nd £9,330 3rd £4,665 4th £2,335
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 40.03s
  • Off time: 17:01:22

Full result

17:00 Ascot Result 18th June 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (21) Fox Hunt (IRE) 9-8 S De Sousa M Johnston 4 12/1
Close up, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on well opened 14/1 touched 14/1
2nd (10) Blissful Moment (USA) 9-5 K Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 4 11/1
Close up, pushed along and challenged over 2f out, kept on, always held by winner final furlong opened 8/1 touched 11/1 £20000-£2000
3rd (8) 1 Averroes (IRE) 9-3 A Kirby C G Cox 4 11/1
Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong opened 12/1 touched 14/1 £5000-£400
4th (15) ¾ Rock A Doodle Doo (IRE) 9-6 O Peslier W Jarvis 4 8/1
Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on opened 9/1 touched 9/1
5th (2) ¾ Halicarnassus (IRE) 9-7 J H Bowman M R Channon 7 40/1
Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong opened 33/1 touched 40/1
6th (19) Ile De Re (FR) 9-2 Jim Crowley F Head 5 20/1
Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace opened 20/1 touched 20/1
7th (9) hd Prompter 9-10 R Hughes M L W Bell 4 22/1
Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, no impression opened 22/1 touched 22/1 £10000-£400
8th (6) Coin of The Realm (IRE) 9-0 T P Queally G L Moore 6 28/1
Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway on outer over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong opened 25/1 touched 28/1
9th (18) s.h Awsaal 9-5 E Ahern J L Dunlop 4 20/1
Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, not much room inside final furlong when weakening opened 25/1 touched 25/1
10th (3) 6 Sharaayeen 9-7 R Hills B W Hills 4 8/1
Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 7/1 touched 9/1 £30000-£3000 £36000-£4000 £8000-£1000
11th (5) Very Good Day (FR) 9-4 S Hitchcott M R Channon 4 33/1
Held up in rear, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous opened 33/1 touched 33/1
12th (22) Taqleed (IRE) 9-3 J Fortune J H M Gosden 4 7/1
Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £32000-£4000
13th (13) Modun (IRE) 9-8 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 4 10/3f
Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong opened 7/2 touched 7/2 £35000-£10000 £7000-£2000 £3500-£1000(x3) £5000-£1500 £6000-£2000
14th (11) 12 Jutland 9-9 J Fanning M Johnston 4 40/1
Close up, ridden and weakened over 2f out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
15th (14) 25 Life And Soul (IRE) 9-2 J P Murtagh Mrs A J Perrett 4 11/1
In touch and keen, weakened over 2f out, eased over 1f out opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £5000-£400
16th (1) Heddwyn (IRE) 9-2 G Baker M P Tregoning 4 14/1
Prominent, ridden and weakened over 2f out opened 12/1 touched 14/1 £5000-£350
NR (4) Salute Him (IRE) 9-11 Non Runner A J Martin 8
NR (16) Chock A Block (IRE) 9-8 M Barzalona Saeed bin Suroor 5 f
NR (12) Albaqaa 9-7 T E Durcan P J O'gorman 6
NR (7) Western Pearl 9-2 Non Runner W J Knight 4
NR (20) Nice Style (IRE) 9-2 N Callan J Gask 6

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £18.70 Tote Place: £3.70,1.70,4.10,1.40
Straight Forecast: £126.38 Exacta: £227.80 Trifecta: £5,420.50 Swingers: 1&2:31.40 2&3:108.90 1&3:35.90

Jackpot: £159,879.36 carried forward to Pontefract, 19th Jun
Placepot: £262.70, Pool: £508016.53, 1411.5 winning tickets
Quadpot: £103.70, Pool: £19331.47, 137.88 winning tickets

Verdict

A battling success for FOX HUNT, who took top honours in the rather clich├ęd way of a typical Mark Johnston horse. They didn't go a strong gallop in the testing ground, meaning that those who raced prominently were at an advantage. Silvestre De Sousa had the winner just in behind the pace set by Halicarnassus and Jutland, travelling towards the outside of the group. He was under pressure more than four furlongs from home as several horses passed him, however he really knuckled down for his rider and once drawing level with a furlong to run, he never looked like suffering defeat. This was his day, and he will find life tougher next time under a rise in the weights, but he's a horse in form and the visor seems a big help. Second home was Blissful Moment who ran well, battling all the way to the line and seemingly handling the ground well. He's adaptable, and like the winner in good form, so it might be a good idea for connections to try and strike whilst the iron is hot. Averroes deserves lots of credit, as he came from off the pace. He seemed a little bit tapped for toe when the pace quickened but battled back nicely. He is consistent, if not a winning machine, and he'll win a race on soft ground granted a truer pace. Fourth, and a big eyecatcher was Rock A Doodle Doo. He was stopped in his run several times and had to come from miles back. He finished full of running and it would be no surprise to see him produce a similar turn of foot later in the year, perhaps at Goodwood if taken wide for a challenge. Halicarnassus was fifth, and this nice old boy ran his heart out, but his proximity means that the race can hardly be seen as progressive form. Ile De Re and Prompter both ran encouraging races further back, whilst it would be no surprise to see Awsaal run well on better ground next time as he just got tired late on. Modun disappointed, having no response for Ryan Moore when asked to chase the leaders turning in, but is not one to rule out just yet; quicker ground is needed there. Life And Soul took a false step early on, was lit up after, and looked after by Johnny Murtagh when his run was blocked, whilst Coin Of The Realm only found his stride late on and he looks to need a stronger gallop.