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  • 15:05 Sky Bet Mobile Strensall Stakes 1m 208y

  • (Group 3) £75,000 added 3yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £42,532 2nd £16,125 3rd £8,070 4th £4,020
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 51.88s
  • Off time: 15:05:52

Full result

15:05 York Result 19th August 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Green Destiny (IRE) 9-5 K Fallon W J Haggas 4 11/4j
Dwelt held up, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead when flashed tail inside final furlong, ran on opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £3600-£800 £2250-£500 £9000-£2000 £2000-£500(x2)
2nd (10) Tazahum (USA) 8-12 R Hills Sir Michael Stoute 3 6/1
Led after 2f, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £10000-£1100 £3000-£360
3rd (7) Dux Scholar 8-12 R Hughes Sir Michael Stoute 3 11/4j
Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong opened 3/1 touched 3/1 £1800-£600(x3) £1200-£400
4th (8) ½ Anmar (USA) 9-5 T P O'Shea E A L Dunlop 5 33/1
Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and no impression from over 1f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th (4) nk Penitent 9-5 S De Sousa W J Haggas 5 10/1
Keen led 2f, tracked leader, stayed far side alone 4f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong opened 11/1 touched 12/1
6th (9) 4 Nationalism 9-5 William Buick J H M Gosden 4 9/1
Switched left soon after start, held up in rear, kept on, never near leaders opened 7/1 touched 9/1
7th (6) 5 Western Aristocrat (USA) 8-12 O Peslier J Noseda 3 10/1
Held up, ridden 3f out, never a factor opened 8/1 touched 10/1
8th (3) 2 Kings Gambit (SAF) 9-9 J P Spencer T P Tate 7 14/1
Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
9th (1) Critical Moment (USA) 9-5 M Hills B W Hills 4 25/1
Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, soon weakened opened 25/1 touched 28/1 £10000-£300
10th (5) 23 Biondetti (USA) 8-12 L Dettori M Al Zarooni 3 15/2
In touch, weakened over 2f out opened 13/2 touched 15/2 £3200-£400(x2)

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.00 Tote Place: £1.50,3.70,1.40
Straight Forecast: £20.41 Exacta: £29.00 Trifecta: £149.50 Swingers: 1&2:4.30 2&3:5.60 1&3:3.20

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

A smart win by GREEN DESTINY, long considered a Group horse in handicaps and now up in grade for the first time he was able to live up to that assessment. Kieren Fallon settled William Haggas' charge nicely towards the rear of the field as Penitent, Tazahum and Kings Gambit took it in turns to set the fractions. The pace was honest enough and as the field started to edge apart, Fallon was able to guide his mount between runners until almost on the heels of Tazahum. He got the perfect route through and moved the gelding (who was still full of running) into the lead and quickened nicely. It was no coincidence that Fallon didn't show him the whip until he was in front and it only took four cracks for him to straighten up (having hung slightly right) and win cosily. His jockey reported that his mount pricked his ears in front and that he probably got to the front a tad early. This doesn't look form to get too carried away with, but it was a fair race for the grade and he will inevitably head up a notch or two next time. It might be an idea to try and find a race abroad where the opposition won't include top-notch Group 1 horses, but there's little doubt that he's progressive. Runner-up Tazahum ran very well in second, having fended off all of his rivals bar the winner. He was still travelling strongly as they turned in, and looked to have nicked a decisive lead with two furlongs to run. However he had no answer when the winner surged past and although he kept trying, he was eventually fairly well-held. His jockey might have kicked for home earlier, as races can sometimes be stolen here, and that is the only way that he might have been able to beat the winner, by taking him out of his rhythm as early as possible. Third home was Dux Scholar who never looked like winning. He was held up in early stages but raced quite keenly. The leaders seemed to nip away from him at this point and he came under pressure three furlongs from home. He tried to follow Green Destiny through but just lacked his turn of foot. To his credit he looked like he might struggle for third but he eventually mastered both Anmar and Penitent for that position. He seemed to appreciate ten furlongs last time and may need a return to that trip before the best is seen of him. Fourth was Anmar who made his ground around the outside of runners and looked a threat two out, but his effort flattened out and he was a little up and down on the spot late on. Fifth, and tired late on, was Penitent. He sported a first-time visor and was given quite an aggressive ride by his jockey. He tried to kick away on the far rail with 400 yards to run, but he was gobbled up inside the final 100 yards. This was a decent effort and it must go down as his best run of the season. If he can get an easier lead then compensation surely awaits sooner rather than later. Western Aristocrat was a big disappointment. He had a similar profile to the winner earlier in the year but doesn't look as stout a stayer. Having said that, he looked beaten even before stamina became an issue. He's worth another chance over this trip, perhaps on slightly less holding ground, although he will need to settle better regardless. Biondetti was under pressure quite early and weakened tamely after trying to make and effort three out, whilst Nationalism was another to disappoint having been too keen in rear before just plugging on late in the day.