Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) 1m
- (2yo, 1m, Class 1, 5 runners)
- Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360 5th £2,690 6th £1,350
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 39.97s
- Off time: 14:00:27
Berkshire (IRE) 98
|2||124 8-12||P F I Cole||Jim Crowley||11/8j|
Kingfisher (IRE) 21
|2||124 8-12||A P O'Brien||R L Moore||102||7/1|
Sir Jack Layden 14
|2||124 8-12||D H Brown||R Hughes||83||40/1|
Somewhat (USA) 42
|2||124 8-12||M Johnston||G Mosse||112||11/8j|
Washaar (IRE) 29
|2||124 8-12||Richard Hannon||P Hanagan||104||9/1|
||2||8-12||M Johnston||K Fallon||11/4|
Somewhat stretched out well to beat subsequent Doncaster winner Be Ready in a Listed race at Newbury last month and looks a nice prospect. But he gives the impression he'll be ideally suited by more give in the ground and he was eight lengths behind BERKSHIRE in the Chesham Stakes at Ascot in June. Paul Cole has deliberately kept his colt back for an autumn campaign and, as the extra furlong will suit, looks the one to beat ahead of Washaar, who finished a couple of lengths behind Somewhat in the Superlative Stakes over 7f here in July. Kingfisher was well beaten in a Group 3 at Leopardstown earlier this month and, like Sir Jack Layden, has a lot on his plate here.
Berkshire (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear near side, smooth headway on bit over 2f out, led entering final 2f, ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, driven out, won at Royal Ascot 7f Listed stks 2yo (1) gf in Jun beating Bunker (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 19 ran.
Somewhat (USA) 11-8fav (9-0) Made all, driven clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Newbury 7f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd in Aug beating Be Ready (8-11) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Sir Jack Layden 9-2 (8-13) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance from 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Photography (8-0) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (2) gs.
Washaar (IRE) 2-5fav (9-2) Disputed 2nd, switched left after 2f, led over 3f out, ridden and headed narrowly 2f out, stayed on to regain narrow lead inside final furlong, all out, won at Salisbury 1m Listed stks 2yo (1) gf in Aug beating Cool Bahamian (8-13) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Kingfisher (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed under 2f out, no impression in 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 4, 10l behind Australia (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd.