Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap) 7f

  • (3yo+, 7f, Class 2, 25 runners)
  • Winner £31,155 2nd £9,330 3rd £4,665 4th £2,335 5th £1,165 6th £585
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 29.71s
  • Off time: 17:37:26

Full Result

17:35 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (29) 17 Manassas (IRE) B J Meehan 6 9-0 Martin Dwyer 12/1
SP 12/1 Prominent in stands side group, ridden to challenge 2f out, overall leader 1f out, driven out
2nd (28) 1 28 Excellent Guest G G Margarson 4 8-9 T P Queally 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leaders in stands side group, ridden 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on, held close home
3rd (2) nk 25 Striking Spirit T D Easterby 6 8-10 S Sanders 50/1
SP 50/1 Chased leader far side until merged with centre group after 2f, headway 3f out, led that group well over 1f out, kept on, held by stands side leaders close home
4th (23) nk 29 Decent Fella (IRE) A M Balding 5 8-9 v L P Keniry 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leaders in stands side group, ridden over 1f out, kept on, not able to challenge
5th (32) hd 16 Docofthebay (IRE) D Nicholls 7 9-0 b I Mongan 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up in stands side group, headway and switched right 2f out, ridden and pressing leaders over 1f out, stayed on, not able to challenge
6th (31) nk 32 Courageous (IRE) D Nicholls 5 8-7 K Fallon 20/1
SP 20/1 Led stands side group, ridden over 2f out, headed 1f out, stayed on
7th (25) ½ 20 Smarty Socks (IRE) D O'Meara 7 8-12 D Tudhope 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up in rear in stands side group, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not able to reach leaders
8th (9) 5 8 Our Jonathan K A Ryan 4 9-4 F Norton 5/1f
SP 5/1f Mid-division in centre group, headway and carried left 2f out, soon ridden and hung left, no extra final 100 yards opened 6/1 £30000-£4800 £10000-£1600 £6000-£1000
9th (22) ¾ 19 Freeforaday (USA) J R Best 4 8-12 Hayley Turner 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division in stands side group, ridden and struggling over 2f out, never near leaders £40000-£600
10th (30) 2 Across The Rhine (USA) T Collins 5 9-9 Harry Bentley (5) 25/1
SP 25/1 Prominent in stands side group, ridden 3f out, no impression 2f out, well held after £50000-£2000 £12500-£500 £10000-£400(x2)
11th (5) nk 18 Moonreach (IRE) J J Hartnett 4 8-13 S H James (5) 50/1
SP 50/1 Tracked leaders in centre group, ridden 3f out, weakened inside final furlong £40000-£500
12th (6) 2 26 Free For All (IRE) S Kirk 4 8-9 J Doyle 14/1
SP 14/1 Prominent in centre group, led that group over 2f out until well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 12/1 £10000-£600
13th (10) 1 5 Atlantic Sport (USA) M R Channon 6 9-7 J H Bowman 40/1
SP 40/1 Tracked leaders in centre group, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 50/1
14th (12) 23 Kalk Bay (IRE) W J Haggas 4 8-11 J Fortune 6/1
SP 6/1 Held up in centre group, headway and switched left over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 7/1
15th (3) 31 Below Zero (IRE) M Johnston 4 8-7 S De Sousa 50/1
SP 50/1 Led one rival far side until merged with centre group after 2f, weakened over 1f out
16th (26) ¾ 30 Noble Citizen (USA) D M Simcock 6 8-8 be M Barzalona 14/1
SP 14/1 Held up in rear in stands side group, ridden, effort and edged right 2f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 16/1
17th (16) 4 22 Advanced K A Ryan 8 8-11 b1 Amy Ryan (3) 20/1
SP 20/1 Led centre group, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong
18th (14) ½ 7 Castles In The Air R A Fahey 6 9-5 R Hughes 18/1
SP 18/1 Held up in centre group, ridden, switched left and effort 2f out, weakened and eased 1f out opened 20/1 touched 16/1
19th (18) 10 Kinky Afro (IRE) J S Moore 4 9-3 L Morris 25/1
SP 25/1 Towards rear in centre group, ridden over 4f out, no headway opened 33/1
20th (17) 15 Flipando (IRE) T D Barron 10 9-1 G Gibbons 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division in centre group, ridden over 3f out, well beaten final 2f
21st (15) 19 4 Lowther A Bailey 6 9-7 be Martin Harley (3) 33/1
SP 33/1 Prominent in centre group, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened
22nd (13) 6 Rakaan (IRE) J A Osborne 4 9-6 R L Moore 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in rear in centre group, ridden and some headway 2f out, weakened over 1f out
23rd (24) 13 1 King of Dixie (USA) W J Knight 7 9-10 Jim Crowley 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division in stands side group, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out
24th (21) 6 9 Axiom Ed Walker 7 9-3 N Callan 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up in centre group, ridden and lost place over 3f out opened 14/1 £5000-£300 £10000-£700(x4) £5000-£350 £10000-£800
25th (11) 6 12 Beauchamp Xerxes G A Butler 5 9-3 p D Holland 40/1
SP 40/1 Prominent in centre group, weakened over 3f out
NR (27) 3 Evens And Odds (IRE) D Nicholls 7 9-8 Non Runner
NR (19) 11 Swilly Ferry (USA) B W Hills 4 9-3 M Hills
NR (20) 13 Brae Hill (IRE) R A Fahey 5 9-2 Non Runner
NR (7) 14 Kyllachy Star R A Fahey 5 9-2 Non Runner
NR (4) 21 No Hubris (USA) P F I Cole 4 8-11 J P Spencer
NR (8) 24 Kajima Richard Hannon 4 8-11 P Dobbs
NR (1) 27 King Of Jazz (IRE) Richard Hannon 3 8-9 R Hughes

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £15.30 Tote Place £3.60 £5.00 £16.50 £4.40 Straight Forecast £179.82 Exacta £169.10 Swingers 1&2 £31.00, 2&3 £576.00, 1&3 £0.00

Jackpot £90,544.51 carried forward to Ascot, 18th Jun
Placepot £2,568.10, Pool: £534672.56, 151.98 winning tickets
Quadpot £263.80, Pool: £36062.46, 101.16 winning tickets

Analysis

A typically competitive finale but won in quite decisive style in the end by MANASSAS. He raced in the stands side group and was one of the last to come off the bridle, with his jockey actually lowering his goggles as the wheat was sorted from the chaff with two furlongs left to run. Having raced prominently he moved in the slipstream of the front-running Courageous and struck out on his own as he chased down leader Striking Spirit who was racing away from him in the centre. He quickly put a length between him and the rest and although they were nipping at his heels in the final 50 yards, he never looked like getting chased down. He'll go up the customary 5 or 7lbs for this win which will put him probably into no-man's land, however connections probably won't mind after this win. Runner-up Excellent Guest came from a similar position to the winner and he ran well, just taking a little longer to hit top stride. He was closing at the line and put up a career best, with a fondness for the track obviously something he shares with the third Striking Spirit. On just his second start for Tim Easterby he ran a blinder, doing by far the best of those who raced in the group who raced down the middle. The centre group was led for a long way by Advanced, with Below Zero and Free For All close to the pace, but none could keep tabs on Striking Spirit who burst three lengths clear two furlongs out. Whether it was racing on his own or his stamina running out is not certain, but he started to fade in the final 200 yards. This was a top effort though and he'll be a force in the big six furlong sprints later in the year, with Ripon and Ayr probably on the agenda. They may also be targets for fifth sixth home Courageous who showed up all the way on the stands side and is a dangerously well-handicapped horse, whilst fourth and fifth home Decent Fella and Docofthebay also ran very well. They both drifted towards the centre of the track having raced on the near side, with Decent Fella travelling very strongly for a long way but just not able to match the kick of the first few home. Smarty Socks came next despite the recent rain being against him, and he's still progressive, whilst the last of the group to finish clear was Our Jonathan who just seemed to tie up in the final furlong having held every chance with two furlongs to run. Freeforaday caught the eye running on late in the day, ahead of Across The Rhine who did fairly well dropping into handicap grade.