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  • Duke Reigns Supreme In Finale

Qipco Future Stars Apprentice Handicap 1m 1f

  • (4yo+, 1m 1f, Class 3, 17 runners)
  • Winner £9,704 2nd £2,888 3rd £1,443 4th £722
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 53.36s
  • Off time: 17:26:11
  • Last Updated: August 1 2013, 18:33 BST

Highland Duke (16/1) ran out a clear-cut winner of the closing QIPCO Future Stars Apprentice Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Highland Duke: On target in the finale at Goodwood
Highland Duke: On target in the finale at Goodwood

As befitted a seemingly wide-open contest beforehand, a host of horses held a chance at the furlong pole but the picture was about to quickly change.

For challenging towards the far rail Ryan Tate produced the Clive Cox-trained winner who thundered clear in the closing stages to score by four lengths.

Sir Mike (11/1) claimed the forecast spot ahead of Ree's Rascal (8/1) and Benzanno (8/1) but all were chasing shadows in the closing stages.

"He gave the horse a super ride," Cox said. "They went hard up front and he didn't panic, just found a rhythm and stuck to it.

"He rides with his head and since he's joined us he's kept progressing. He's from good stock - he's [ex-jockey] Jason Tate's son - and he eats and sleeps the job, which is what you want."

Cox has yet to decide which of his star sprinters, Lethal Force and Reckless Abandon, to run in Sunday's Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville. "I may run both," he said, "but whatever I decide, it will have to be tomorrow. They're both in good form. Apparently the ground was heavy on Monday but it will be drying now."

Siobhan Miller was taken to St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, for precautionary X-rays on her left shoulder after falling off Mean It after the line.

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