Ascot

  • 13:30 Macquarie Group Rous Stakes 5f

  • Winner £20,983 2nd £7,955 3rd £3,981 4th £1,983
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 0.70s
  • Off time: 13:30:44
13:30 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Steps (IRE) 11/2
2nd Eton Rifles (IRE) 5/1
3rd Medicean Man 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 910599 Dark blue, grey star and armlets, hooped cap Medicean Man 24
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 9-1 pt J Gask F Sweeney 105 16/117.00
2 (13) 1730-80 Emerald Green and Canary (quartered) Definightly 21
Distance Winner
7 8-12 p1 R Charlton S J Drowne 100 20/121.00
3 (5) 7-03300 Yellow, purple disc, yellow sleeves, purple spots, quartered cap Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 43
Distance Winner
5 8-12 H Candy Catherine Gannon 101 14/115.00
4 (2) 807861 Beige, dark green cross belts, quartered cap Doc Hay (USA) 7
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 8-12 h D O'Meara D Nolan 103 8/19.00
5 (16) 470600 Royal Blue, Yellow sash Elusivity (IRE) 7
Distance Winner
5 8-12 v1 D O'Meara K Fallon 96 14/115.00
6 (17) 447311- Red, Grey epaulets, striped sleeves, quartered cap Eton Rifles (IRE) 317
8 8-12 S C Williams Graham Gibbons 108 5/16.00
7 (3) 067071 Emerald green, brown stars, emerald green cap, brown star Free Zone 17
Distance Winner
4 8-12 B Smart P Hanagan 100 10/111.00
8 (11) 580330 Red, Black star, White sleeves and cap Judge 'n Jury 14
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 8-12 t R Harris L Morris 100 25/126.00
9 (14) 218427 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Masamah (IRE) 7
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 8-12 p M Botti A Kirby (ex1) 104 6/17.00
10 (12) 0-43013 Black and White (quartered), Emerald Green collar and sleeves, White cap Noble Storm (USA) 7
Distance Winner
7 8-12 E S McMahon G Lee 100 12/113.00
12 (15) 382220 ROYAL BLUE, WHITE Cross of Lorraine and armlets, check cap Steps (IRE) 14
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 8-12 b R Varian J P Spencer 104 11/26.50
14 (6) 8-30000 Yellow, Royal Blue star, Orange sleeves and cap Caledonia Lady 14
Distance Winner
4 8-7 J Hughes S Hitchcott 99 14/115.00
15 (10) 153-592 yellow, dark blue seams, yellow cap El Manati (IRE) 12
3 8-7 b1 J Tate S De Sousa 95 25/126.00
16 (8) 363026 Orange, orange and royal blue check sleeves and cap Lady Gibraltar 7
Distance Winner
4 8-7 v A P Jarvis Michael J M Murphy 89 33/134.00
17 (7) 379121 WHITE, large BLACK spots, BLACK cap New Fforest 12
Distance Winner
3 8-7 A M Balding L P Keniry 93 16/117.00
Non runners
11 (4)120-821Rocky Ground (IRE)38-12R VarianR L Moore101
13 (18)1602-27Take Cover68-12D C GriffithsHarry Bentley92
18 (9)321333Smart Daisy K38-7A HollinsheadRobert Tart86

Verdict

Steps was sent off favourite for a Group 3 at Newbury following an excellent run in the Portland Handicap at Doncaster but was never going the pace and finished well beaten along with Caledonia Lady and Judge 'n Jury. Trainer Roger Varian also saddles the three-year-old Rocky Ground but he proved no match for Noble Storm at Leicester before scoring at Beverley when subsequent Ripon winner Doc Hay, who won this last year, only finished sixth. MASAMAH finished just over a length behind Noble Storm in a handicap at Haydock last time but re-opposes on 5lb better terms and an earlier second in this grade at Doncaster suggests he's the one to beat today.