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  • 14:55 Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes 1m 5f 89y

  • (Group 3) £65,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £36,900 2nd £13,988 3rd £7,000 4th £3,490
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 52.27s
  • Off time: 14:55:51

Full result

14:55 Chester Result 6th May 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) St Nicholas Abbey (IRE) 9-0 R L Moore A P O'Brien 4 11/8
Tracked leading trio, went 2nd inside final 3f, came wide to lead over 1f out, quickened well clear final furlong, very easily opened 11/8 touched 11/8 £1500-£1000 £1650-£1200 £2750-£2000 £1375-£1000 £1100-£800(x3)
2nd (4) 9 Allied Powers (IRE) 9-0 J P Spencer M L W Bell 6 8/1
Held up last, headway to 3rd over 2f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, never any chance with very easy winner opened 13/2 touched 8/1
3rd (1) Harris Tweed 9-0 Liam Jones W J Haggas 4 Evsf
Led, pressed 1st 3f and raced keenly, steadied after 4f, kicked on over 2f out, ridden and headed when edged right over 1f out, no chance with winner when lost 2nd inside final furlong opened 11/8 touched 11/8 £1800-£1200 £1500-£1000 £1200-£800 £750-£500 £2750-£2000 £1100-£800(x2) £1250-£1000 £1000-£800
4th (3) 11 Fanditha (IRE) 8-11 P Hanagan M R Channon 5 50/1
Tracked leading pair until 4f out, soon outpaced opened 28/1 touched 50/1
5th (5) 15 Chink Of Light 9-0 J Fortune A M Balding 4 25/1
Pressed leader 1st 3f, stayed in 2nd, niggled along halfway, lost 2nd entering final 3f, weakened quickly, tailed off and eased opened 16/1 touched 25/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.30,£2.90
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00

Jackpot: £16,522.10 carried forward to Ascot, 7th May
Placepot: £64.10, Pool: £129943.66, 1478.41 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.70, Pool: £6504.62, 256.15 winning tickets


ST NICHOLAS ABBEY put up the sort of performance here which his two-year-old form would have suggested he was capable of. His story since his juvenile days has been one of woe, finishing well-held in the 2000 Guineas, being sidelined through injury for the rest of his three-year-old campaign, and then finishing well-beaten on his first start this season. So he had plenty to prove here, and prove himself he did. More relaxed before the race than at the Curragh, jockey Ryan Moore reported that he moved very nicely down to the start. In the race itself Moore was content to have the horse in a midfield position, with just Allied Powers behind him. He didn't seem to handle the track too well, hanging pretty much throughout, but he moved up towards the leaders before the turn for home and then exploded off the bend. He hung towards the centre of the track, but shot clear with 100 yards to run and was flying at the finish. In truth, once Harris Tweed had pulled too hard, he didn't have an awful lot to beat, but this was visually impressive. Connections suggested the Coronation Cup at Epsom on Oaks Day may be the next port of call, and he looked like a real Group One horse here, so the future for him is looking rosy again. In the end Allied Powers finished second, and he ran pretty well considering he didn't seem to want to go the early gallop. He's won here before so the track obviously suits and he was just unlucky to bump into a much better horse. His time will come this season, with softer ground not an issue, and it was a step up on his Newbury reappearance. Harris Tweed was sent off favourite, having won his two starts at the end of last season impressively. He paid the price for setting too strong a pace on this first run of the year, with Chink Of Light pestering him early, and will be much better for the run. One could tell he was coming to the end of his tether turning in, as he still held a lengths advantage but soon started to waiver like a tired horse, almost hanging into the winner off the bend. He's a horse of huge potential still and is expected to improve past the runner-up this season and is one to follow next time. The big three were clear before the home turn, with Chink Of Light weakening rapidly, and Fanditha lacking the class to get anywhere near the big boys.