Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 2, 19 runners)
  • Winner £31,155 2nd £9,330 3rd £4,665 4th £2,335 5th £1,165 6th £585
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 24.82s
  • Off time: 17:01:58

Full Result

17:00 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (10) 15 Veiled N J Henderson 5 9-3 E Ahern 11/2
SP 11/2 Tracked leaders, headway 4f out, went 2nd 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong opened 6/1 £6500-£1000 £4000-£600 £30000-£5000 £12000-£2000 £6000-£1000 £3600-£600
2nd (18) 16 Ermyn Lodge P Phelan 5 9-2 v I Mongan 16/1
SP 16/1 In touch, tracked leader after 5f, led 5f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, just held on for 2nd £16000-£1000
3rd (14) s.h 17 Phoenix Flight (IRE) H J Evans 6 9-1 O Peslier 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, steady headway 4f out, ridden to chase leading pair inside final 2f, kept on under pressure final furlong, just failed for 2nd opened 40/1 £60000-£900
4th (9) hd 12 Zigato J H M Gosden 4 9-4 William Buick 7/2f
SP 7/2f Held up towards rear, outpaced 4f out, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on strongly on outside from over 1f out, ran on, not reached leaders £13500-£3000 £4500-£1000 £12000-£3000 £8000-£2000(x5) £4000-£1000(x15) £70000-£20000 £10500-£3000 £3500-£1000(x2)
5th (15) ¾ 18 La Estrella (USA) D E Cantillon 8 9-1 Dane O'Neill 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, driven and headway over 3f out, ridden and stayed on to chase leaders final furlong opened 33/1 £5000-£250
6th (12) 19 Rattan (USA) W P Mullins 6 9-1 R Hughes 16/1
SP 16/1 Towards rear of mid-division, switched left and headway 2f out, soon ridden to chase leaders, kept on inside final furlong, no impression
7th (2) 13 Palomar (USA) B Ellison 9 9-4 P Hanagan 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up behind, headway on outside 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, no impression
8th (19) nk 6 Sunwise (USA) W J Haggas 5 9-7 b J Fortune 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4f out, ridden and stayed on final 2f, no impression
9th (7) 19 1 Junior D Pipe 8 9-10 b R L Moore 4/1
SP 4/1 Led, driven and headed 5f out, soon ridden, lost place over 3f out, weakened inside final 2f opened 9/2 £18000-£4000(x2) £4500-£1000 £4500-£1000(x3) £2250-£500(x3) £2250-£500(x2) £8000-£2000 £2000-£500
10th (1) 11 11 Ashbrittle R M Beckett 4 9-4 Jim Crowley 10/1
SP 10/1 Mid-division, outpaced 4f out, never dangerous £5000-£400 £11000-£1000
11th (3) 8 Becausewecan (USA) M Johnston 5 9-5 J Fanning 40/1
SP 40/1 Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced over 3f out, soon ridden, weakend over 1f out, eased final furlong
12th (5) 10 5 Australia Day (IRE) P R Webber 8 9-8 J P Murtagh 18/1
SP 18/1 Tracked leader 5f, remained prominent, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened opened 16/1 touched 20/1 £7500-£300 £20000-£1000
13th (17) 33 14 Private Story (USA) Tim Vaughan 4 9-3 t D Sweeney 66/1
SP 66/1 Mid-division in touch, weakened 3f out, behind when eased 2f out
14th (13) ½ 3 Yorgunnabelucky (USA) M Johnston 5 9-10 p S De Sousa 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, dropped to rear over 4f out, no danger after
15th (8) 2 Plymouth Rock (IRE) J Noseda 5 9-10 v L Dettori 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up, always towards rear opened 11/1 £5000-£450 £5000-£550
16th (11) 39 4 Blizzard Blues (USA) J A Osborne 5 9-9 b T P Queally 66/1
SP 66/1 Awkwardly away and dwelt, behind, edged left halfway, beaten when eased over 2f out
17th (16) 13 9 Tyrrells Wood (IRE) Ian Williams 6 9-5 J P Spencer 14/1
SP 14/1 Chased leaders, lost place quickly 4f out, behind when eased over 2f out opened 16/1
18th (4) 54 7 Desert Sea (IRE) D W P Arbuthnot 8 9-7 N Callan 22/1
SP 22/1 Mid-division in touch, outpaced over 3f out, soon weakened opened 25/1 touched 20/1 £20000-£600
PU (20) 10 Unleashed (IRE) C J Mann 6 9-5 G Baker 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up behind when lost action and pulled up over 7f out £15000-£100
NR (6) 20 Alsadaa (USA) Mrs L J Mongan 8 9-0 A Kirby

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.90 Tote Place £1.70 £3.10 £11.20 £1.50 Straight Forecast £86.18 Exacta £106.10 Trifecta £8,044.10 Swingers 1&2 £22.70, 2&3 £131.80, 1&3 £72.70

Jackpot £3,046.20, Pool: £182343.94, 42.5 winning tickets
Placepot £40.20, Pool: £500493.53, 9069.29 winning tickets
Quadpot £11.50, Pool: £21667.19, 1389.51 winning tickets

Analysis

Nicky Henderson rarely fires blanks on the Flat or at this meeting and the versatile VEILED ran out a ready winner. Eddie Ahern stepped in for the mount to replace an injured Kieren Fallon and the Irishman had her in a beautiful spot throughout tucked in behind the leaders. She was travelling ominously well through Swinley Bottom and Ahern was then poised to strike off the home turn. The combination tackled Ermyn Lodge with two furlongs to run and once she hit the front, nothing was going to get to her from behind. Ermyn Lodge had run well over two miles on his previous start at Ascot in May and he got this extra trip well as he kept on to just hold off 50/1 shot Phoenix Flight for the runner's up berth. The latter made good progress all the way up the straight but not as much as Zigato, who was a massive eyecatcher in fourth. Put to sleep at the back of the field and way off the early pace, he still had a mountain to climb from the home turn as Veiled made the best of her way home. William Buick stoked him up from the two furlongs out and he finished best of all but it was all too late in terms of reeling in the winner. He had looked a stout stayer on his previous win at Ascot - where he easily beat Ermyn Lodge - and if he had started his pursuit from a handier position, there may well have been a different outcome. That said, he is a little quirky and can take time to pick up so things may have just conspired against him on the day. He looked fairly handicapped and could be worth another chance. Last year's winner Junior had been a popular choice once again with Ryan Moore up this time but he was a spent force from the home turn having tried to make all and came home in his own time. Palomar came from the same parish as Zigato but could not get as close to the front rank as that rival despite some last progress in the straight but La Estrella gets plenty of credit with a gallant effort in fifth. He has been mopping up little races on the all-weather of late and is pretty fragile but still has lots of ability and is a great advert for the skills of his underrated trainer Don Cantillon. Rattan and Sunwise were not disgraced and there could be races to be won with that pair.