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  • 16:30 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1m 4f

  • (Sponsored By Betfair) (British Champions' Series) (Group 1) £1,000,000 added 3yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £603,962 2nd £228,975 3rd £114,594 4th £57,084
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 55.07s
  • Off time: 16:30:59

Full result

16:30 Ascot Result 23rd July 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) Nathaniel (IRE) 8-9 William Buick J H M Gosden 3 11/2
Led 2f, remained prominent, led over 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on well opened 11/2 touched 6/1 £5000-£750 £2600-£400
2nd (4) Workforce 9-7 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 4 6/5f
Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, chasing winner when hung badly left entering final furlong, stayed on opened 6/5 touched 6/5 £5000-£4000 £2500-£2000(x5) £1250-£1000 £500-£400(x6) £10800-£9000 £6000-£5000 £4800-£4000 £2400-£2000(x3) £600-£500(x6) £8800-£8000 £550-£500(x3)
3rd (2) St Nicholas Abbey (IRE) 9-7 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 4 7/2
Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on same pace closing stages opened 10/3 touched 4/1
4th (5) 20 Debussy (IRE) 9-7 Ahmed Ajtebi M Al Zarooni 5 50/1
Restrained start, led after 2f, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 66/1 touched 66/1 £5000-£50
F (1) Rewilding 9-7 L Dettori M Al Zarooni 4 3/1
Held up in rear, driven and effort when lost action and fell over 2f out opened 7/2 touched 7/2 £3500-£1000(x2) £2000-£600

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.70 Tote Place: £2.20,1.20
Straight Forecast: £12.69 Exacta: £12.50

Jackpot: £73,479.03 carried forward to Pontefract, 24th Jul
Placepot: £462.30, Pool: £192126.36, 303.34 winning tickets
Quadpot: £47.70, Pool: £11032.65, 171.15 winning tickets

Verdict

A race marred by tragedy with the fatal fall of Rewilding casting a shadow over a hugely impressive performance from NATHANIEL who lowered the colours of some top-class older horses and justified his connections' faith in supplementing him for the race. Debussy was in the race as a pacemaker for Rewilding but connections opted to try and ensure that the race was run at a crawl with Ahmed Ajtebi noticeably taking a pull as he restrained his mount and racing alongside Nathaniel. That was no help to John Gosden's charge until Debussy was allowed to go on about seven furlongs out and inject some pace to the race. William Buick manoeuvred Nathaniel off the rail to challenge on the outside of Debussy as they passed the three furlong pole on the turn into the straight and readily went on with Workforce tracking him through followed by Rewilding on the outside of St Nicholas Abbey. He was never headed despite drifting off a straight line for a few strides in the straight and ran out a worthy winner. He became the first three year old of the last 11 to win this race without making the frame in the Derby (which he missed due to the fast ground) and is now likely to head to the Arc where he should get his favoured conditions. This was just the sixth start of the career, he is becoming more professional with racing and is tactically versatile and deserves his place to the fore of the market in what is shaping to be a high-class renewal of the autumn Group One. There will be some people prepared to pick holes in this form but that would be a disservice to the winner. The slow early pace was designed to inconvenience Workforce who then hung markedly left-handed in the straight when Ryan Moore was asking him to challenge. Workforce had, in fact, settled perfectly for Moore who appeared to have his colt exactly where he wanted him at all stages of the race and looked to be travelling the better of the first two in the straight. However, he failed to pick up as expected and then hung left under a left-hand drive. He had run badly in this race last year when connections felt that his preparation was to blame but it could be that he fails to act on the track or that he was feeling something. Connections later reported that he returned with a cut on his leg with Moore feeling that he was struck into on the bend; they are sure to give him all the time that he needs and it would be no surprise to see them bring him back to his best in time for Longchamp as they did last year. The slow pace was also against St Nicholas Abbey who had almost been caught out in the Coronation Stakes at Epsom by a pedestrian gallop. He was made to look pedestrian here, lacking the tactical pace of his rivals, but he stuck to his task and maintained the deficit to the line. His victory in the Racing Post Trophy as a juvenile was notable for his turn of foot but that hasn't been in evidence this season and he has looked every inch a galloper which could always count against him in tactical races at this level. Nonetheless, the Ballydoyle team can take positives from this run and, indeed, from the race with the winner being sired by Galileo. In contrast this was a dark day for the Godolphin team who lost their stable's flag-bearer. Rewilding had tracked Workforce into the straight and was being ridden to challenge when suffering a break to his near fore leg.