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  • 15:00 Qipco British Champions Fillies' And Mares' Stakes 1m 4f

  • (Group 2) £250,000 added 3yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £141,775 2nd £53,750 3rd £26,900 4th £13,400
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 27.29s
  • Off time: 15:05:05

Full result

15:00 Ascot Result 15th October 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (11) Dancing Rain (IRE) 8-10 J P Murtagh W J Haggas 3 6/1
Raced wide first 2f, made most, 3 lengths clear 7f out, steadied pace 6f out, ridden and quickened pace over 2f out, ran on gamely opened 5/1 touched 13/2 £5000-£1000
2nd (8) 2 Bible Belt (IRE) 8-10 F M Berry Mrs J Harrington 3 14/1
Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong opened 16/1 touched 16/1
3rd (2) Gertrude Bell 9-3 William Buick J H M Gosden 4 16/1
Tracked winner until over 1f out, ridden and stayed on one pace final furlong opened 14/1 touched 16/1
4th (1) hd Crystal Capella 9-3 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 6 6/1
In rear, ridden 2f out, switched left entering final furlong, ran on, not reached leaders opened 15/2 touched 8/1 £10000-£2800 £5000-£1400
5th (4) nk Meeznah (USA) 9-3 L Dettori D R Lanigan 4 6/1
Close up, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £8000-£1000
6th (6) 1 Cill Rialaig 9-3 S J Drowne H Morrison 6 33/1
Dwelt in rear, ridden 2f out, ran on final furlong, not reached leaders opened 50/1 touched 50/1
7th (7) hd Banimpire (IRE) 8-10 K J Manning J S Bolger 3 15/2
Mid-divison, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong opened 8/1 touched 8/1
8th (9) Brushing 9-3 K Fallon M H Tompkins 5 80/1
Held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression opened 66/1 touched 80/1
9th (5) Vita Nova (IRE) 9-3 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 4 7/2f
Keen tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong opened 7/2 touched 7/2 £4000-£1000 £2000-£500(x3) £1840-£460
10th (10) 99 Ferdoos 9-3 N Callan R Varian 4 4/1
Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out opened 7/2 touched 4/1 £2000-£500(x2) £2800-£800(x2) £1400-£400
NR (3) Bolivia (GER) 9-3 Non Runner Mrs L Wadham 5

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.50 Tote Place: £2.40,4.50,2.80
Straight Forecast: £83.78 Exacta: £94.40 Trifecta: £1,867.90 Swingers: 1&2:13.80 2&3:24.80 1&3:10.60

Jackpot: £36,959.70, Pool: £442475.7, 8.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £156.60, Pool: £253611.75, 1181.66 winning tickets
Quadpot: £48.30, Pool: £12760.96, 195.36 winning tickets

Verdict

DANCING RAIN didn't really get the credit that she deserved for her Epsom Oaks win with the naysayers pointing to her soft lead but she silenced any doubters here with a third Group success of an impressive season. Once again, she made almost every yard of the running but there was no hiding pace with Johnny Murtagh setting a strong pace but this tough filly still had enough in reserve to repel all challenges in the straight and record a most impressive success. The plan is now to head to Japan for the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto racecourse which Snow Fairy won last year. Bible Belt was winning a handicap from a mark of 102 on her seasonal reappearance and had progressed with each subsequent start prior to disappointing in the Blandford Stakes where she may not have handled the ease in the ground. She was back on track here and posted a career best in defeat on her first start over a mile and a half which will increase the options available to connections with their filly set to stay in training next year. Gertrude Bell was a fortunate winner of the Lancashire Oaks but ran a solid race here having been well-positioned throughout and just had enough in hand to repel the late challenge of Crystal Capella; she will now be retired. Crystal Capella still only had three behind her approaching the furlong pole having taken a long time to pick up but she eventually found her stride and came home with a wet sail on ground that would have been fast enough. This multiple winner is probably more at home on a track with a longer straight. Meeznah was well positioned throughout but was made to look a little onepaced on this drop back in trip in a well-contested race for the grade. Cill Rialaig has been placed in Listed company this season and ran up to form; this is as good as she is. Banimpire has had a long season and may not quite have been at her best with the possibility that this race came soon enough after a fine third on Arc weekend. The two disappointments of the race were the lightly raced pair Vita Nova and Ferdoos who failed to give their running. The former had suffered a setback in the run up to the race and may have suffered as a result of that whilst her Haydock conqueror was in trouble from a long way out and allowed to come home in her own time. Both fillies have a lot more to offer and it's to be hoped that they return next season where they should be able to attain valuable wins at Group Two level or above providing they remain fit and well.