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  • 15:35 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored By Qipco 1m

  • (British Champions Mile) (Group 1) £1,000,000 added 3yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £567,100 2nd £215,000 3rd £107,600 4th £53,600
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 39.45s
  • Off time: 15:41:59

Full result

15:35 Ascot Result 15th October 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Frankel 9-0 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 3 4/11f
Keen early held up, headway to chase clear leader halfway, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on (impressive) opened 4/11 touched 2/5 £7000-£14000 £2500-£5000 £1250-£2500 £1000-£2000(x4) £500-£1000(x6) £400-£800 £1000-£25000 £4000-£10000 £3500-£8750 £2000-£5000(x7) £1000-£2500(x4) £4000-£11000 £2000-£5500 £400-£1100(x2)
2nd (7) 4 Excelebration (IRE) 9-0 J P Spencer M Botti 3 6/1
Close up, ridden 2f out, chased winner approaching final furlong, soon outclassed by winner opened 7/1 touched 7/1
3rd (6) Immortal Verse (IRE) 8-11 G Mosse Robert Collet 3 7/1
In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £8000-£1000
4th (3) nk Dubawi Gold 9-0 J P Murtagh Richard Hannon 3 28/1
Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, edged left and kept on same pace final furlong opened 40/1 touched 40/1
5th (5) ¾ Dick Turpin (IRE) 9-3 C Soumillon Richard Hannon 4 14/1
Tracked clear leader until halfway, switched to stands side soon after, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace opened 20/1 touched 20/1
6th (1) ½ Poet's Voice 9-3 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 4 33/1
Held up, headway halfway, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
7th (8) hd Side Glance 9-3 J Fortune A M Balding 4 50/1
Keen towards rear, weakened over 1f out opened 50/1 touched 50/1
8th (4) Bullet Train 9-3 I Mongan Sir H R A Cecil 4 150/1
Led and soon clear, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened opened 150/1 touched 150/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.40 Tote Place: £1.02,1.80,1.50
Straight Forecast: £3.06 Exacta: £3.90 Trifecta: £7.00 Swingers: 1&2:1.80 2&3:2.00 1&3:1.70

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

The performance that everyone, or nearly everyone, had hoped for was realised as FRANKEL maintained his unbeaten record with another spectacular display despite events not really going according to plan. He jumped a little slowly, no doubt by design, but pulled for his head in the first two furlongs as Tom Queally struggled to get him settled. Ian Mongan tried to suck the field into following him on Bullet Train, steadying his mount a fraction before quickening but he failed to pull the wool over his rivals eyes and the pacemaker was more or less ignored leaving Dick Turpin to take the main pack along. Queally started to make his move having passed the five pole and Excelebration, Poet's Voice and Side Glance were immediately switched by their jockeys to stalk the favourite in a fascinating deployment of tactics. Frankel made up the ground on Bullet Train with ease although Queally had to shake his reins at the colt with a quarter of a mile to run as Immortal Verse joined Excelebration and Poet's Voice on his heels. There was a fraction of a moment when it looked as though he might not pick up but Frankel was into his stride passing the furlong pole and powered away in the straight to record another emphatic success. His connections report that he is getting stronger, more professional and more tractable and the sky is the limit for this unbeaten son of Galileo who should have little difficulty getting ten furlongs next season on this evidence. In any other season, Excelebration would be very close to being the leading miler but he has had the misfortune to bump into a superstar. He's made rapid strides since chasing home Sir Henry Cecil's star in the Greenham where he was beaten four lengths as he was today. A major share in the colt was purchased by Coolmore earlier in the season and it remains to be seen whether he will have another race this season or indeed next but connections will surely be eager to return for a mile division which will lack Canford Cliffs, Goldikova and quite possibly Frankel. Immortal Verse lowered the colours of Goldikova in the Jacques le Marois and ran a solid race on ground that was as fast as anything that she's raced on. She had reportedly missed a little work in the build-up to the race so may not have been quite at her best but there is plenty to look forward to with her next season. Dubawi Gold nearly edged her out of third as Gerald Mosse eased down but was just held - this was an honest performance from the 2000 Guineas runner-up who has been on the go since March but one that confirmed his Iimitations at this level. Dick Turpin was found a good opening at this level in Italy last time when beating Cityscape but has regularly come up short when faced with the very best and this was no different and he appeared to run his race. Poet's Voice beat Rip Van Winkle in this race 12 months ago when it was run on the round course but wasn't in the same form coming into the race this time around and didn't really build on a more encouraging second run of the season at Newmarket last month. Side Glance was always going to struggle in this company but didn't do his chances any good by pulling hard in the early stages. The gelding has already finished fourth in a Grade One in Canada this year and could be on his travels again having proved that he can be competitive on the international stage.