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  • 15:00 Racing Post Trophy 1m

  • (Group 1) (Str) £200,000 added 2yo 5 ran
  • Winner £131,567 2nd £49,880 3rd £24,963 4th £12,435
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 38.58s
  • Off time: 15:04:49

Full result

15:00 Doncaster Result 22nd October 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (6) Camelot 9-0 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 2 10/11f
Held up in rear, switched right and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, readily opened evs touched evs £2400-£2000 £1200-£1000(x4) £3300-£3000 £2200-£2000(x5) £1100-£1000(x14) £2000-£2000 £1000-£1000(x3) £500-£500(x2) £2000-£2200(x4) £1000-£1100(x7) £2000-£2400(x3) £1000-£1200(x7) £4000-£5000 £2000-£2500 £800-£1000(x7)
2nd (5) Zip Top (IRE) 9-0 K J Manning J S Bolger 2 8/1
Tracked leaders, went 2nd halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on opened 6/1 touched 9/1
3rd (4) nk Fencing (USA) 9-0 William Buick J H M Gosden 2 9/4
Held up in touch, ridden and kept on inside final furlong opened 5/2 touched 3/1 £1000-£300 £1500-£500 £900-£300 £1000-£400
4th (1) Learn (IRE) 9-0 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 2 7/1
Led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, weakened entering final furlong opened 8/1 touched 10/1
5th (2) 6 Talwar (IRE) 9-0 J Fortune J Noseda 2 14/1
Took keen hold, tracked leader to halfway, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened opened 16/1 touched 20/1
NR (3) Encke (USA) 9-0 L Dettori M Al Zarooni 2 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.00 Tote Place: £1.40,3.00
Straight Forecast: £9.33 Exacta: £7.20

Jackpot: £17,397.01 carried forward to Aintree, 23rd Oct
Placepot: £4,286.60, Pool: £127600.95, 21.73 winning tickets
Quadpot: £22.80, Pool: £8619.25, 278.9 winning tickets

Verdict

A visually impressive performance from CAMELOT who attracted quotes as short as 3-1 to become the fifth Racing Post Trophy winner to land the following season's Epsom Derby. Rumour of this colt's ability hadn't been so much whispered about on the grapevine as shouted from the rooftops and he gave substance to the rumours with a stunning performance to come from last to first despite racing a shade keenly in the first furlong. You don't have to delve too far into the memory banks to dig-up a similarly impressive performance in this race from St Nicholas Abbey for the same connections and he appeared just once in his three year old season after problems during the winter which should serve as a stark warning for any ante-post punters being tempted to indulge on the back of this victory. Zip Top was supplemented for the race and justified his connections confidence with a solid performance. He was one of the first off the bridle but kept on well on this first attempt over a mile to run another solid race. He has an out and out American pedigree and it would be no surprise to see him winter in Dubai where he could be aimed at some of the bigger prizes in the Carnival. Fencing pulled for his head behind the steady early pace which can't have had a positive effect upon his finishing effort which saw Zip Top battle back past him in the final strides. He had impressively landed a Listed contest prior to this and still numbers a smart prospect for next season where he should get a mile if learning to settle although it remains to be seen if he will stay any further despite being out of a French Oaks winner. Learn's own form was far from modest but such was the hype behind the favourite that he was virtually unconsidered when the betting opened at the start of the week. It was a shade disappointing that he was so readily brushed aside (he was slightly squeezed up but it made no material difference) but the way that the race panned out may not have shown him at his best. Whether he will be able to fulfil his obvious potential next season will depend on where he fits into the stable's pecking order in the spring and the opportunities that he's afforded. Talwar progressed well in mid-summer when winning the Solario Stakes but hadn't threatened to live up to that level of form in two subsequent starts and again disappointed.