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  • 16:35 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1m 4f

  • (Sponsored By Betfair) (British Champions Series) (Group 1) £1,000,000 added 3yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £567,100 2nd £215,000 3rd £107,600 4th £53,600
  • Going: Good (Round Course - Good to Soft)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 31.62s
  • Off time: 16:35:09

Full result

16:35 Ascot Result 21st July 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (4) Danedream (GER) 9-4 A Starke P Schiergen 4 9/1
Took keen hold, held up disputing close 4th, headway and switched left 2f out, ridden to chase leader 1f out, sustained challenge final 100 yards, stayed on gamely under pressure to lead post opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £2700-£300
2nd (3) nse Nathaniel (IRE) 9-7 William Buick J H M Gosden 4 5/2
Tracked leading trio, headway to 3rd approaching final 3f, went 2nd 2f out, soon challenging, ridden to lead over 1f out, strongly pressed and stayed on gamely under pressure final 100 yards, headed post opened 11/4 touched 11/4 £1500-£500(x4) £2200-£800
3rd (8) St Nicholas Abbey (IRE) 9-7 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 5 5/1
Held up last, headway under strong pressure and hung right entering final 2f, hard driven and went 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with leading duo opened 7/2 touched 5/1 £2500-£500
4th (9) hd Reliable Man 9-7 O Peslier A de Royer-Dupre 4 20/1
Held up in 8th, headway on outside 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, no impression on leading duo, lost 3rd last strides opened 20/1 touched 20/1
5th (6) ½ Sea Moon 9-7 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 4 2/1f
Held up in last pair, headway towards inside over 1f out, stayed on at same pace to 5th final 100 yards, no impression opened 11/4 touched 11/4
6th (2) Dunaden (FR) 9-7 Craig Williams M Delzangles 6 8/1
Pulled hard, reluctant leader 2f, settled 2nd, led again over 3f out, headed over 2f out, chased leader until 2f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 15/2 touched 8/1
7th (10) ½ Brown Panther 9-7 K Fallon Tom Dascombe 4 20/1
Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 25/1 touched 25/1
8th (7) 10 Deep Brillante (JPN) 8-9 Y Iwata Y Yahagi 3 20/1
Pulled hard, raced wide, held up in 5th, ridden and weakened 2f out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
9th (5) ½ Masked Marvel 9-7 L Dettori J H M Gosden 4 25/1
Held up in 7th, switched left and bumped 2f out, no progress, weakened and eased over 1f out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
10th (1) 40 Robin Hood (IRE) 9-7 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 4 100/1
Started slowly, headway to lead 10f out, headed and weakened rapidly over 3f out, tailed off and eased opened 125/1 touched 125/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £11.20 Tote Place: £3.20,1.40,1.70
Straight Forecast: £30.37 Exacta: £40.60 Trifecta: £148.90 Swingers: 1&2:6.80 2&3:3.10 1&3:11.20

Jackpot: £18,950.70 carried forward to Ascot, 22nd Jul
Placepot: £883.90, Pool: £225245.23, 186.02 winning tickets
Quadpot: £116.90, Pool: £12724.83, 80.55 winning tickets

Verdict

A really good renewal of the mid-summer highlight although none of the Classic generation were represented bar Japanese raider Deep Brilliante. A cracking finish was served up as the ultra-game DANEDREAM nailed Nathaniel on the line with both giving their all in a pulsating final furlong. The winner had not been at her best last time in France but this was much more like it and she deserves extra credit as she had to switch around the runner-up two furlongs from home before starting her sustained run. She runs next in Germany before having another crack at the Arc in the autumn, for which she is vying for second favouritism with Nathaniel. The latter ran just a fortnight ago in testing conditions in the Eclipse at Sandown and proved he is tough as well as classy with a display that almost saw him become a dual King George winner. A rematch with Danedream in France could be an option as is the Champion Stakes back here in October. St Nicholas Abbey ran on late in the day down the outer without ever being a serious threat. He was dropped out in last place and still had the whole field to pass as they turned for home but he did not pick up as expected. Connections afterwards blamed the going to some extent blunting his finishing burst. He nabbed a place from Reliable Man close home with the latter running a similar race to his effort in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at the Royal meeting. He may just need a chance against slightly lesser opponents to get his head in front. Sea Moon was another to run on from the rear and did well enough in the circumstances as his position looked unpromising as the race started to unfold in the straight. No plans have been made yet but he has earned another crack at the top level. Dunaden faded from the distance having raced prominently and although he was keen in the early stages, he still gives the impression he may need a bit further ideally. Brown Panther could be the horse to take from this going forward and he ran a cracker for a long way before being outclassed inside the final furlong. The drying ground went against him and the Irish St Leger looks an ideal race for him to tackle later in the campaign. Masked Marvel and Deep Brilliante got quite close in mid-division at the two-furlong marker but that did not really have an effect on their chances and both dropped out and were eased at the business end of proceedings.