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  • 15:40 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes 5f

  • (British Champions' Series) (Group 1) £275,200 added 2yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner £156,066 2nd £59,168 3rd £29,612 4th £14,751
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 0m 59.66s
  • Off time: 15:40:48

Full result

15:40 York Result 19th August 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (11) Margot Did (IRE) 9-6 Hayley Turner M L W Bell 3 20/1
Raced stands side tracked leader, every chance from over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on opened 20/1 touched 20/1
2nd (15) ¾ Hamish McGonagall 9-11 D Allan T D Easterby 6 28/1
Taken to post early, raced stands side overall leader, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied to chase winner inside final furlong, not quicken opened 28/1 touched 28/1
3rd (7) ½ Prohibit 9-11 Jim Crowley R M H Cowell 6 12/1
Raced far side chased leader, ridden 2f out, edged right and ran on final furlong, not reached leading pair opened 10/1 touched 12/1
4th (9) hd Kingsgate Native (IRE) 9-11 R Hughes Sir Michael Stoute 6 20/1
Raced stands side tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge winner opened 18/1 touched 20/1
5th (6) ½ Wizz Kid (IRE) 9-6 Ioritz Mendizabel Robert Collet 3 14/1
Raced far side in touch in rear, ridden over 1f out, staying on inside final furlong when not clear, switched left, ran on opened 12/1 touched 14/1
6th (10) s.h Hoof It 9-11 K Fallon M W Easterby 4 11/4f
Raced center in touch in rear, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never able to challenge opened 5/2 touched 11/4 £3000-£1000 £11000-£4000 £2750-£1000(x2) £1650-£600 £1100-£400 £2500-£1000
7th (16) Captain Dunne (IRE) 9-11 R Winston T D Easterby 6 33/1
Raced stands side, tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra opened 33/1 touched 33/1
8th (8) nk Masamah (IRE) 9-11 J P Spencer K A Ryan 5 8/1
Switched left soon after start, led far side group, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 15/2 touched 8/1 £3500-£500
9th (2) Bated Breath 9-11 S Drowne R Charlton 4 5/1
Raced far side chased leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace opened 15/2 touched 15/2 £2500-£500
10th (17) ½ Swiss Diva 9-8 William Buick D R C Elsworth 5 20/1
Raced stands side, held up, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £5000-£200
11th (1) Tiddliwinks 9-11 P Makin K A Ryan 5 25/1
Raced far side held up, never a factor opened 25/1 touched 25/1
12th (3) nk Breathless Kiss (USA) 9-8 P Hanagan K A Ryan 4 80/1
Raced far side chased leader until over 1f out, soon weakened opened 80/1 touched 80/1
13th (12) Requinto (IRE) 8-1 W M Lordan D Wachman 2 5/1
Raced stands side tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong opened 6/1 touched 6/1 £10000-£1500
14th (4) Piccadilly Filly (IRE) 9-8 E Creighton E J Creighton 4 80/1
Taken to post early, raced far side, always in rear opened 80/1 touched 80/1
15th (5) Inxile (IRE) 9-11 Adrian Nicholls D Nicholls 6 16/1
Taken to post early, raced center led this pair, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong opened 16/1 touched 16/1
NR (14) Sole Power 9-11 K Latham E Lynam 4
NR (13) Invincible Ash (IRE) 9-8 G F Carroll M Halford 6

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £20.50 Tote Place: £6.50,8.90,4.20
Straight Forecast: £452.34 Exacta: £439.50 Trifecta: £6,903.40 Swingers: 1&2:55.90 2&3:48.70 1&3:32.00

Jackpot: £56,917.86 carried forward to York, 20th Aug
Placepot: £780.60, Pool: £303023.62, 283.38 winning tickets
Quadpot: £117.90, Pool: £15265.64, 95.8 winning tickets

Verdict

MARGOT DID hadn't fared too well at Sandown on her previous start (poorly drawn) but she bounced back in fine style here. Smartly into stride from her draw in 11, Hayler Turner kept her in the stands-side group after allowing the filly to find her stride. She travelled extraordinarily well throughout, was one of the last off the bridle, never deviating from her line about four horse-widths off the rail. She had to work hard to fend off the determined challenge of Hamish McGonagall but always looked to be in command and she was well on top at the line. She's a quick filly who travels kindly, so the most obvious next port of call would be the Abbaye on Arc day. However it must be said that the state of British sprinting is not exactly at an all-time high, and the Listed winner landing this historic Group 1 prize perhaps captures the current zeitgeist of the UK sprinting scene. It would be no surprise to see this bunch struggle against some up-and-coming young European sprinters at Longchamp. Runner-up Hamish McGonagall ran a career-best, and his form on the Knavesmire is rock solid. He was on the same side as the winner and looked a real threat with a furlong to run, but found the filly too strong. It's hard to see when he will better this effort, although the six-year-old may well fancy his chances in this next year, along with the Duke Of York Stakes earlier in the season. Prohibit ran very well in third, especially as he covered much more ground than his rivals. His jockey was forced to race on the far side by Masamah taking him across, although that may have been the plan anyway. He actually travelled closer to the leaders (often gets outpaced) than he normally does, and looked a major player with two furlongs to run. However he started to drift to his right late on, eventually finishing in the centre of the course, which, although not helping his chance, wasn't the difference between victory and defeat. Fourth home was Kingsgate Native, remarkably running in his fifth Nunthorpe. Having won it as a two-year-old he knows his way home here and he ran his best race of the season, bouncing back to form from a poor Goodwood effort where he was poorly drawn. He got going a bit too late in the day and won't be a back number in something like the Sprint Cup if connections go down that route again. Wizz Kid was fifth, and ran very nicely having sweated up before the race. She was momentarily caught behind horses when trying to make a challenge and certainly wasn't helped by being in the far side group. The story of the race prior to the off was of the up-and-coming Hoof It, and he ran very well in sixth. He wasn't the quickest into stride, and his jockey decided to follow Inxile down the centre of the track. He was actually drawn high and made the conscious move to follow the far side, and ultimately the wrong group. Eventually he ended up staying on, almost down the stands-side after hanging, and just seemed to find the action happening slightly too quickly. He lost little caste in defeat and will still be a major force when the cards drop right, with Haydock an obvious next port of call for the Sprint Cup. Looking further ahead, a trip to Dubai or America might be more likely to suit than a race like the Abbaye. Next came Masamah and Captain Dunne, two speedy horses who might have paid the price for going off too quickly. Requinto disappointed, running a flat race and seeming to find it all happening too quickly, whilst Swiss Diva shaped quite nicely after her break but could have done with more rain.