Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes (Fillies' Group 3) 1m 1f

  • (4yo+, 1m 1f, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216 5th £1,614 6th £810
  • Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 49.69s
  • Off time: 14:35:47
  • Last Updated: May 5 2013, 17:58 BST

Dank (4/1) provided Sir Michael Stoute with yet another winner of the Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket.

Dank: Recorded a game success
Dank: Recorded a game success

The experienced handler has a terrific record in the Group Three contest and has now won the race five times in the last seven years after Dank's hard-fought victory over Chigun.

The free-running Thistle Bird was still in the firing line inside the distance with Shirocco Star, Dank and Chigun all joining issue.

Shirocco Star, second in last year's Oaks, was the first to give way on this drop back to nine furlongs as Chigun and Dank settled down to fight out the finish.

Ryan Moore's mount, who was conceding 3lbs to her rivals, appeared to have won the battle before seemingly idling and allowing Chigun another bite of the cherry.

There was an anxious pause as the result went up to the judge's room before the placings were confirmed; the winning margin was a short-head.

Moore, who rode in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday evening, said: "She's very honest and stayed on very well. She's probably not quite there yet, either."

Successful owner-breeder James Wigan said: "I'm very proud of her and she's from a great old mare. To be able to continue the line is very satisfying."

Asked whether the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot could be on the agenda, Wigan said: "It's a possibility. Ryan says she stays well and will get a mile and a quarter, so we'll see what Sir Michael says."


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