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  • 15:45 Gold Cup 2m 4f

  • (British Champions Series) (Group 1) £350,000 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £198,485 2nd £75,250 3rd £37,660 4th £18,760
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 42.05s
  • Off time: 15:46:05
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Full result

15:45 Ascot Result 21st June 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (5) Colour Vision (FR) 9-0 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 4 6/1
Tracked leader until 9f out, stayed in 3rd, pushed along 4f out, ridden to lead just over 1f out, narrowly headed when hung left under pressure inside final furlong, stayed on gamely to lead again close home opened 6/1 touched 13/2 £35000-£5000 £10000-£1400 £3500-£500 £32500-£5000 £5000-£800 £3000-£500
2nd (3) ½ Opinion Poll (IRE) 9-2 M Barzalona M Al Zarooni 6 5/1
Held up in touch, headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, led narrowly and bumped twice inside final furlong, no extra and headed towards finish opened 11/2 touched 11/2 £10000-£1600 £3000-£500 £1375-£2500 £5500-£1000 £2500-£500
3rd (4) nk Saddler's Rock (IRE) 9-0 J P Murtagh J M Oxx 4 9/2
Tracked leaders, pushed along 4f out, one pace when switched left over 2f out, sustained run from over 1f out, went 3rd towards finish opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £25000-£5000 £5000-£1000 £2500-£500 £18000-£4000 £4500-£1000
4th (6) 1 Gulf of Naples (IRE) 9-0 S De Sousa M Johnston 4 25/1
Led, pushed along 5f out, ridden and narrowly headed approaching final furlong, stayed on, held when lost 3rd towards finish opened 25/1 touched 25/1
5th (7) 3 Askar Tau (FR) 9-2 G Baker M P Tregoning 7 40/1
Held up in last pair, headway on inside 2f out, plugged on to modest 5th inside final furlong, never involved opened 40/1 touched 40/1
6th (9) 1 Nehaam 9-2 P Hanagan J H M Gosden 6 33/1
Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd 9f out, driven to challenge approaching final 2f, weakened over 1f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
7th (1) Fame And Glory 9-2 J P Spencer A P O'Brien 6 4/5f
Held up in touch on inside, switched left inside final 3f, headway soon after, driven and no response 2f out, soon beaten and hung right opened 5/6 touched 10/11 £20000-£20000 £5000-£5000(x2) £2500-£2500 £2000-£2000 £9091-£10000 £3000-£3300(x2) £2000-£2200(x2) £1000-£1100 £5000-£6000(x3) £2500-£3000 £2000-£2400 £1000-£1200 £2000-£2500(x6)
8th (8) 3 Caucus 9-2 William Buick J H M Gosden 5 66/1
Pulled hard, held up, headway to go close up in 4th after 4f, pushed along 5f out, weakened over 3f out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
9th (2) 48 Bridge Of Gold (USA) 9-2 R L Moore M A Magnusson 6 66/1
Always behind, lost touch over 3f out, tailed off opened 66/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £7.20 Tote Place: £1.60,1.60,1.50
Straight Forecast: £34.51 Exacta: £32.50 Trifecta: £113.70 Swingers: 1&2:3.80 2&3:3.50 1&3:3.00

Jackpot: £220,223.84 carried forward to Ascot, 22nd Jun
Placepot: £1,505.80, Pool: £533513.8, 258.62 winning tickets
Quadpot: £203.70, Pool: £29728.2, 107.97 winning tickets

Verdict

A tremendous finish to the week's Blue Riband contest as COLOUR VISION stuck his head out gamely in the final yards to deny fellow Godolphin raider Opinion Poll. The former is the new kid on the block in the staying division at just four-years-old but Frankie Dettori rightly felt the younger, fresher legs could be the difference, which helped make up his mind to desert old ally Opinion Poll. The latter was tapped for speed off the home turn as the pace quickened but stayed on in gallant fashion up the straight to get right back in contention - he managed to nose to the front for a stride or two - and it was only close home that he had to give best to the youngster. The two will surely cross swords again in all the best staying races for the rest of the campaign. Saddler's Rock and Gulf of Naples both ran smashing races with the latter producing a career best having led from an early stage. He stuck to his task manfully and is a stayer on the upgrade. Saddler's Rock pulled hard early on off the very modest pace so to be right in their pitching on the heels of the front two at the line speaks volumes for his ability. He also has time on his side and should add to his tally in the Cup events. The charismatic Askar Tau was held up in the early stages and made progress of sorts up the straight but was never really a threat while Nehaam's stamina blatantly ran out approaching the distance having been the first to commit from the home turn. Last year's winner Fame And Glory was sent off at odds-on for a repeat but could not land anything near a telling blow. He settled well early on under Jamie Spencer up the inside rail but found disappointingly little when push came to shove three furlongs out. He started to hang as well but was reported to be fine afterwards - a puzzling effort all in all. Bridge Of Gold never got out of the rear division while Caucus ruined his chance by pulling fiercely in the early stages on the outer and was a spent force where it mattered.