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
- Winning time: 1m 41.71s
- Off time: 14:49:13
|1st||4 French Navy||13/2|
Highland Knight (IRE) 49
|7||134 9-8 t||A M Balding||David Probert||108||14/1|
|8||134 9-8||D O'Meara||D Tudhope||109||12/1|
Edu Querido (BRZ) 29
|5||131 9-5 p1||M Botti||Andrea Atzeni||108||33/1|
French Navy 13
|6||131 9-5||C Appleby||A Kirby||112||13/2|
Graphic (IRE) 37
|5||131 9-5 p||W J Haggas||R L Moore||114||9/4f|
Gregorian (IRE) 230
|5||131 9-5||J H M Gosden||William Buick||116||11/4|
|4||131 9-5||Saeed bin Suroor||K Fallon||108||3/1|
||4||9-5||J H M Gosden||William Buick||3/1|
This looks very tight on the formbook. Gregorian goes well fresh, although he had already had a outing before winning last year's renewal. He beat recent Haydock winner Penitent in last season's running and the latter just got the better of French Navy at Newmarket in November. French Navy has subsequently beaten fellow Godolphin charge Windhoek at Goodwood but has something to find on earlier running with GRAPHIC. Williiam Haggas' inmate continued his good progress from last year when landing the Doncaster Mile in March and Ryan Moore has partnered him to victory before. This may prove a shade too competitive for Highland Knight nowadays but Edu Querido is capable of much better than he showed at Chester where both the track and soft ground disagreed with him.
French Navy 2-1fav (9-0) Steadied start, held up in last pair, stayed towards far side tracking leading pair in straight, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks (1) sft in May beating Windhoek (9-0) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Graphic (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Led main group centre, ridden and headed inside final 2f, every chance when carried right over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Ocean Tempest (9-0) at Ascot 1m Listed stks (1) sft in Apr.
Windhoek 3-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, stayed on far side in straight, pushed along over 2f out, led 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind French Navy (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks (1) sft in May.
Highland Knight (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to lead briefly inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Captain Cat (9-5) at Lingfield 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Apr.
Gregorian (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, some late moderate progress, never involved, 6th of 12, 9l behind Olympic Glory (9-0) at Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Edu Querido (BRZ) 33-1 (9-0) In rear, pushed along and struggling over 3f out, never a factor, last of 6, 23l behind Noble Mission (9-3) at Chester 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft in May.
Penitent 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, driven over 1f out, kept on gamely, held on, won at Haydock 7f Grp 3 (1) gs in May beating Breton Rock (9-0) by shd, 9 ran.