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  • 15:40 CGA Hungerford Stakes 7f

  • (Group 2) (Str) £80,000 added 3yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £45,368 2nd £17,200 3rd £8,608 4th £4,288
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 24.72s
  • Off time: 15:42:12

Full result

15:40 Newbury Result 13th August 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) Excelebration (IRE) 8-13 A Kirby M Botti 3 5/4f
Tracked leaders, smooth headway to track leader over 2f out, led approaching final 2f, quickened clear approaching final furlong, well in command when edged right inside final furlong, very easily opened 7/4 touched 7/4 £1750-£1000 £700-£400 £1300-£800 £1500-£1000(x2) £600-£400(x2) £1100-£800(x13)
2nd (7) 6 Beacon Lodge (IRE) 9-3 G Baker C G Cox 6 8/1
Held up in touch, headway 2f out, chased leading pair over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 110 yards, never any chance with very easy winner opened 7/1 touched 8/1
3rd (11) ½ Musir (AUS) 9-3 P Cosgrave M F De Kock 5 10/1
Chased leader, ridden to challenge approaching final 2f, chased winner, no chance approaching final furlong, lost 2nd final 110 yards opened 6/1 touched 10/1
4th (4) ¾ Dubawi Gold 8-11 J P Murtagh Richard Hannon 3 5/2
Pulled hard tracking leaders, not clear run and hampered approaching final 2f, squeezed through inside final 2f, stayed on again inside final furlong, never able to challenge opened 3/1 touched 3/1 £3000-£1000 £1500-£500 £1375-£500
5th (12) nk Doncaster Rover (USA) 9-3 E Ahern D H Brown 5 20/1
Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, outpaced soon after, kept on again inside final furlong, no threat opened 16/1 touched 20/1
6th (6) hd The Cheka (IRE) 9-3 T P Queally Eve Johnson Houghton 5 12/1
Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £5600-£400
7th (10) 5 Balthazaar's Gift (IRE) 9-3 P Robinson C G Cox 8 33/1
Steadied start, held up in rear, never a factor opened 20/1 touched 33/1
8th (8) 8 Perfect Tribute 8-8 L Morris C G Cox 3 16/1
Reared start, held up towards rear, headway to get in behind leaders over 2f out, weakened quickly entering final 2f opened 20/1 touched 20/1
9th (5) 12 Ceremonial Jade (UAE) 9-3 William Buick M Botti 8 100/1
Led, pushed along 3f out, headed approaching final 2f, soon weakened and eased opened 100/1 touched 100/1
NR (2) Delegator 9-5 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 5
NR (1) Palace Moon 9-3 J-P Guillambert W J Knight 6
NR (9) Dever Dream 9-0 E Ahern W J Haggas 4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.60 Tote Place: £1.10,1.80,2.10
Straight Forecast: £12.15 Exacta: £13.80 Trifecta: £33.40 Swingers: 1&2:3.50 2&3:4.30 1&3:3.50

Placepot: £547.80, Pool: £141090.0, 188.0 winning tickets
Quadpot: £42.90, Pool: £7038.32, 121.35 winning tickets

Verdict

A totally commanding performance from EXCELEBRATION, who, if his trainer is taken at face value, was not even match-fit. If that's the case, then there is little doubt that a Group 1 win will not be far away, and it also raises the wonderful proposition of yet another clash between Marco Botti's star and Frankel in the QEII at Ascot later in the year. Having started brightly from his outside draw, Adam Kirby tracked his pacemaker Ceremonial Jade for half of the race. He inched his mount closer to the pace with three furlongs to run, and then moved into the lead on the bridle with two furlongs to go. It was only a matter of time before he surged clear and the response when asked to quicken was immediate and the emphatic six length winning distance could easily have been more. He looks likely to head for France before facing Sir Henry Cecil's colt, and will surely take plenty of stopping across the channel. Second, and running his normal good race, was Beacon Lodge. He needs soft ground to be at his best so the run can be upgraded slightly. Held up as usual, he was doing his best work near the line and always looked likely to pick up Musir late on. He isn't a top level performer, but he's an excellent yardstick for assessing this form. Third home was Mike De Kock's runner, and the way he drifted in the betting prior to the race would suggest that he was lacking match fitness. He ran well, always up with the pace, and will be more of a force over slightly further next time with this run under his belt. Dubawi Gold didn't get the clearest of runs through as the pace quickened but even allowing for that he was disappointing and doesn't appear to be going forward. He finished alongside horses who have continually been found at in this grade. The Cheka ran a fair enough race, but he isn't up to this level, especially when faced with something as progressive as the winner, whilst Doncaster Rover is game and was only outpaced when the race started to hot up. The eight-year-old Balthazaar's Gift looks as if he is finding this company too hot and it might not be long before he heads to the paddocks. Perfect Tribute broke awkwardly and was always up against it.