King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco) (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 1m 4f
- (3yo+, 1m 4f, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner £603,962 2nd £228,975 3rd £114,594 4th £57,084 5th £28,648 6th £14,377
- Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Good on Straight Course)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 28.13s
- Off time: 15:54:30
Leitir Mor (IRE) 37
|4||133 9-7 pt||J S Bolger||R P Whelan||107||100/1|
Magician (IRE) 38
|4||133 9-7 t||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||124||9/2|
|5||133 9-7||W J Haggas||Dane O'Neill||121||12/1|
Telescope (IRE) 35
|4||133 9-7||Sir Michael Stoute||R L Moore||123||5/2f|
Trading Leather (IRE) 21
|4||133 9-7||J S Bolger||K J Manning||119||8/1|
Eagle Top 36
|3||121 8-9||J H M Gosden||William Buick||118||4/1|
|3||121 8-9||J H M Gosden||R Hughes||115||12/1|
|3||118 8-6||J H M Gosden||P Hanagan||116||7/2|
||4||97||A Fabre||Non Runner||119||NR|
||4||9-7||Andreas Wohler||J P Murtagh||13/2|
An exciting renewal in store with the three-year-olds looking to have a real chance of breaking the older horses' recent stranglehold. Magician leads the Irish contingent and finished ahead of Mukhadram when runner-up here in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes over 1m2f. The latter went on to beat last year's runner-up Trading Leather in the Eclipse at Sandown three weeks ago. Well-touted last season, Telescope finally delivered a high-class performance to land the Hardwicke. He should go close again but John Gosden unleashes a trio of unexposed three-year-olds. Beaten in a handicap in April, Eagle Top romped home in a Group 2 here last month. William Buick prefers him to Derby third Romsdal, but TAGHROODA won the Oaks at Epsom in a most convincing manner. The Sea The Stars filly looked something special when leaving her rivals for dead in the final two furlongs and can remain unbeaten by taking this.
Flintshire 13-8fav (9-2) 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Spiritjim (9-2) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 4f Grp 1 gs in Jun.
Taghrooda 5-1 (9-0) Well placed tracking leaders, went 2nd 3f out, led going strongly 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, impressive, won at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun beating Tarfasha (9-0) by 4l, 17 ran.
Telescope (IRE) 7-4fav (9-1) Tracked leading trio on outside, smooth headway on outside to lead over 2f out, quickened clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Royal Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun beating Hillstar (9-1) by 7l, 10 ran.
Mukhadram 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, won at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf beating Trading Leather (9-7) by 2l, 9 ran.
Eagle Top 12-1 (9-0) Dwelt held up in rear, pushed along 2f out, good headway on outer to lead 1f out, soon hung right, ran on, impressive, won at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun beating Adelaide (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Trading Leather (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leading pair, driven over 3f out, ridden 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, no impression with winner, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Mukhadram (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf.
Magician (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Raced wide early, tracked leaders, went 2nd well over 2f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, readily outpaced by winner inside final furlong, stayed on to hold 2nd, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind The Fugue (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Romsdal 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 5th on outside, headway on outside 3f out, went modest 3rd entering final 2f, plugged on final furlong but never going pace of leading duo, 3rd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Australia (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Leitir Mor (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride and settled in rear a couple of lengths off the pace, took closer order from 2f out and soon ridden on outer, 5th 1f out and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Wannabe Better (9-6) at Leopardstown 7f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.