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Investec Diomed Stakes (Group 3) 1m 114y

  • (3yo+, 1m 114y, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £39,697 2nd £15,050 3rd £7,532 4th £3,752 5th £1,883 6th £945
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 41.71s
  • Off time: 14:49:13
Full result
Result 14:45 Epsom Downs
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 4 French Navy 13/2
2nd 5 Graphic 9/4f
  • Last Updated: June 5 2014, 15:04 BST

David O'Meara's stable stalwart Penitent is out to go one better than 12 months ago in the Investec Diomed Stakes at Epsom on Friday.

Penitent: Heading back to Epsom on Friday
Penitent: Heading back to Epsom on Friday

The eight-year-old sprang a 33-1 surprise at Haydock last weekend and steps back up in trip for this extended mile contest.

While he has a reputation for being a bit of a mudlark, Nick Bradley of owners Middleham Park Racing, believes that has been overplayed in some quarters.

Bradley said: "It was a nice surprise at Haydock.

"We weren't sure whether to step him up to nine furlongs or drop down to seven, but Danny Tudhope told us to go seven and he was right.

"I think he was motivated going past horses once more rather than trying to make all, so he'll be dropped in hoping for cover.

"He was second last year so we'll see if he can win this year.

"He's got a reputation for being a soft/heavy ground horse, but I think that has been over publicised as his best three wins for us have all been on good ground.

"He's been a great horse for both us and David."

Penitent was second last year to John Gosden's Gregorian, who makes his seasonal reappearance and is 2lb worse off with the Yorkshire runner.

Speaking on his www.attheraces.com blog, his jockey William Buick said: "It's a trip that suits him well and he won't mind if the ground is on the softer side.

"A year ago he wasn't the highest-rated when he beat Penitent, by a length and a half getting 5lb.

"We get 2lb less this time but are top of the ratings but the most important factor is that Gregorian is in a good place at the moment.

"He's good fresh and he loves the twists and turns of this track. He's got a lot going for him."

William Haggas' Graphic has been in good form of late, with Godolphin running French Navy (Adam Kirby) and Windhoek (Kieren Fallon).

Only half a length separated the Godolphin pair when they last met, with French Navy winning by half a length.

His trainer Charlie Appleby said: "French Navy won nicely at Goodwood and came out of the race in good order.

"He is better on softer ground but ran a decent race on good going at Newmarket earlier this year.

"He is in good nick at the moment and this looks a nice race, so we thought that we would give him a chance."

Saeed bin Suroor said of his representative on www.godolphin.com: "Windhoek came back from Goodwood sound and healthy. He's a tough horse, who always tries very hard in his races, and he is in good form.

"He will be fine over an extended mile and I am hopeful of a good run."

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