Ascot

  • 14:40 Princess Margaret Abu Dhabi Stakes 6f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places on the straight course.
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 14.95s
  • Off time: 14:40:47
14:40 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Lady Of The Desert (USA) 5/2
2nd Full Mandate (IRE) 7/1
3rd Sand Vixen 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 (9) 33153 Yellow, Light Green cap Deal (IRE) 8
Nag me
2 8-12 R Hannon R L Moore 11/112.00
2 (6) 41 Red, Emerald Green sash and sleeves, White cap Full Mandate (IRE) 23
Nag meDistance Winner
2 8-12 R Hannon R Hughes 7/18.00
3 (1) 1692 Pink, Emerald Green epaulets and armlets, hooped cap High Spice (USA) 16
Nag meBeaten Favourite
2 8-12 R M H Cowell E Ahern 25/126.00
4 (4) 212 Red and Black (quartered), halved sleeves, Emerald Green cap Jeanie Johnston (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
2 8-12 K R Burke Jim Crowley 4/15.00
5 (8) 4171 White, Red sash, Red and White striped cap Jira 28
Nag meDistance Winner
2 8-12 C E Brittain K Shea 9/25.50
6 (5) 16 Royal Blue, White striped sleeves, White cap Lady Of The Desert (USA) 38
Nag me
2 8-12 B J Meehan M Dwyer 5/23.50
7 (7) 21 LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE cross belts and sleeves, ORANGE cap Roodle 15
Nag me
2 8-12 Eve Johnson Houghton A Munro 14/115.00
8 (3) 51 Royal blue Sand Vixen 17
Nag meDistance Winner
2 8-12 Saeed bin Suroor T E Durcan 7/18.00
9 (2) 210 Red, Brown and White striped sleeves Swan Wings 17
Nag me
2 8-12 A M Balding J Fortune 20/121.00

Verdict

SAND VIXEN is selected ahead of Full Mandate whilst there's little to choose between Jira and Jeanie Johnston on their Newmarket running. There's plenty of collateral form on offer with the selection having finished a long way behind Karl Burke's runner at Haydock and Roodle and Full Mandate having proved no match for Swan Wings at Salisbury so there is the imponderable question about how much each has improved. Swan Wings looked very good at Salisbury but ran no race at Newmarket which is a good enough reason to strike her from the list and that reasoning also sees Lady Desert depart whilst Deal and High Spice don't look good enough. Jeanie Johnston may well have beaten Jira if she had kept a straight line and a flatter track may enable her to steer a better course but she did enjoy the run of the race from the front whereas Jira missed the break so there's no guarantee that she'll reverse the form. Full Mandate won very easily at Newbury in a race that hasn't been tested although the second is held in some regard. This Lowther entry must be feared with the yard continuing to carry all before them. Roodle also has a Lowther entry as well as one in the Cheveley Park and shouldn't be underestimated having won a competitive little novice stakes at Chepstow. She still looked in need of the experience there so could improve further but it's worth noting that Richard Hannon has a good line on her form. Sand Vixen has a brace of Group 1 entries which looked far from realistic on debut but she proved her worth with a solid performance at Kempton where she scored comfortably. This is a big step up and she may need further in time but Sand Vixen looks capable of running a big race.