Ascot

  • 17:00 Ascot Stakes 2m 4f

  • Winner £37,350 2nd £11,184 3rd £5,592 4th £2,796
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 28.41s
  • Off time: 17:01:13
17:00 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Well Sharp 9/1
2nd Tiger Cliff (IRE) 4/1
3rd Lieutenant Miller 8/1
4th Mubaraza (IRE) 10/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (3) 40496-4 LIGHT BLUE and GREY stripes, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, hooped cap Blue Bajan (IRE) 4
Course Winner
11 9-10 D O'Meara D Tudhope 95 33/134.00
2 (16) 35086/1 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Well Sharp 33
Distance Winner
5 9-10 Jonjo O'Neill F M Berry 95 9/110.00
3 (5) 11/267-8 ROYAL BLUE, WHITE star, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, WHITE stars and stars on cap Softsong (FR) 41
5 9-10 P J Hobbs A Kirby 95 33/134.00
4 (13) 91033/9 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Investissement 41
7 9-9 t1 D Pipe W Buick 94 33/134.00
5 (2) 14163-0 MAROON Suraj 41
4 9-8 M L W Bell J P Spencer 95 20/121.00
6 (15) 191625/ Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Midnight Oil 36
Beaten Favourite
5 9-8 W P Mullins R Hughes 93 10/111.00
7 (8) 2132-1 WHITE, RED seams, RED and WHITE quartered cap Tiger Cliff (IRE) 31
4 9-7 Lady Cecil T P Queally 94 4/15.00
9 (14) 561/5-17 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Justification 41
Beaten Favourite
5 9-6 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 91 15/28.50
10 (10) 11510/ YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Big Easy (GER) 61
Distance Winner
6 9-6 P J Hobbs William Twiston-Davies (5) 91 11/112.00
11 (7) 151-753 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Mubaraza (IRE) 31
4 9-5 E A L Dunlop P Hanagan 92 10/111.00
12 (18) 103/685 Royal blue, emerald green chevron and sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots Apache (IRE) 10
5 9-3 h Jane Chapple-Hyam G Baker 88 25/126.00
13 (1) 1/44-313 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Roman Flight (IRE) 24
Beaten Favourite
5 9-3 v D O'Meara K Fallon 88 25/126.00
14 (12) 23124-6 Royal blue, white epaulets, black cap Mawaqeet (USA) 44
4 9-3 b1 Sir Michael Stoute Dane O'Neill 90 25/126.00
15 (4) 8/21-51 Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap Homeric (IRE) 39
Course Winner
4 9-3 E A L Dunlop L Dettori 90 12/113.00
16 (9) 3-2112 Orange, Royal Blue hoop and armlets, Check cap Marchese Marconi (IRE) 16
Beaten Favourite
4 9-2 p A P O'Brien R L Moore 89 16/117.00
17 (19) 111-123 Pink, black spots, black sleeves, pink armlets, white cap La Estrella (USA) 27
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
10 9-2 p D E Cantillon S W Kelly 87 80/181.00
18 (11) 2140-23 Maroon, beige star and sleeves, beige cap, maroon stars Mysterious Man (IRE) 24
Beaten Favourite
4 9-1 A M Balding J Fortune 88 14/115.00
19 (17) 13-21 WHITE, RED seams, WHITE cap, RED spots Lieutenant Miller 53
Distance Winner
7 9-1 N J Henderson G Lee 86 8/19.00
20 (6) 549-125 Dark Blue and Light Green hoops, Dark Blue sleeves, Light Green cap Tantalising (IRE) 30
5 9-1 P J Prendergast R P Whelan (3) 86 50/151.00
Non runners
8 (20)131129/Junior109-6D PipeT Hamilton91

Verdict

Not one favourite has won this in the past eleven years. Tiger Cliff would be a hugely popular winner and was very impressive over 1m6f at Newmarket though whether he stays this far is another matter. Junior won this in 2010 though his last victory was in a 3m chase at Newcastle but Well Sharp appears to have a better chance as he looked a smart staying prospect at York last month. Midnight Oil, from last year's winning stable, has been going well over hurdles in Ireland but it's fellow traveller JUSTIFICATION who gets the vote. Very lightly raced, he would have finished much closer in a strong renewal of the Chester Cup but for being impeded and with the longer trip likely to suit he can take this for Ballydoyle. Lieutenant Miller looks to have been laid out for this by Nicky Henderson, who won it in 2011 with Veiled, while Homeric looks a good ride for Frankie Dettori as his mount looked a genuine staying prospect when tackling 2m here last time.