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  • 16:25 Rockfel Stakes 7f

  • (Fillies' Group 2) £60,000 added 2yo 9 ran
  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 23.75s
  • Off time: 16:30:07

Full result

16:25 Newmarket Result 8th October 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (5) Wading (IRE) 8-12 R L Moore A P O'Brien 2 11/4
Led 1f, tracked leading pair, led again over 1f out, ridden and ran on (impressive) opened 5/2 touched 11/4 £1500-£500 £1200-£400 £5500-£2000(x2) £2750-£1000 £2500-£1000(x6) £750-£300 £900-£400 £675-£300
2nd (2) 2 Pimpernel (IRE) 8-12 L Dettori M Al Zarooni 2 5/2f
Dwelt keen, held up in rear, switched right over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd towards finish opened 3/1 touched 3/1 £5000-£1500 £1500-£500
3rd (3) nk Gray Pearl 8-12 Michael Hills C Hills 2 20/1
Keen early, led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner until towards finish opened 25/1 touched 25/1
4th (9) Bana Wu 8-12 David Probert A M Balding 2 40/1
With leader over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed one pace final furlong opened 50/1 touched 50/1
5th (6) s.h Sunday Times 8-12 W Buick P W Chapple-Hyam 2 5/1
Keen early, in touch, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge leaders opened 7/2 touched 11/2 £1200-£300
6th (8) 1 Janey Muddles (IRE) 8-12 K J Manning J S Bolger 2 11/1
Keen early, close up, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, one pace final furlong opened 9/1 touched 12/1 £3600-£300
7th (7) 1 Mary Fildes (IRE) 8-12 L P Keniry J S Moore 2 40/1
In rear, never on terms with leaders opened 66/1 touched 66/1
8th (1) ½ Regal Realm 8-12 J Fortune J Noseda 2 9/1
Always in rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor opened 12/1 touched 12/1
9th (4) Alsindi (IRE) 8-12 T P Queally C E Brittain 2 6/1
Keen in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 13/2 touched 7/1 £5000-£700 £2800-£400

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.80,£1.10,£3.20
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£2.10 2&3:£8.00 1&3:£7.50

Placepot: £119.90, Pool: £179163.6, 1090.07 winning tickets
Quadpot: £35.40, Pool: £10573.35, 220.53 winning tickets


A quicker time than the Dewhurst (although they carried 3lbs less), and a really taking performance from WADING. Aidan O'Brien's filly was once again a winner from near the front, with Ryan Moore happy to get an early lead from the keen-running Grey Pearl. He angled the Montjeu filly out for a run with two furlongs to run and she moved into the lead travelling exceedingly strongly. Quickly taking a length out of her rivals, she then showed signs of greenness (on just her third start) wandering under pressure. Once corrected by Moore she straightened up and was well on top at the line, attracting quotes of around 12/1 for next-year's opening Classic at HQ. She's the same price for the Oaks, and given her dam is from the family of Sea The Stars, she makes plenty of appeal for both races. Second home was favourite Pimpernel who was stepping back out of nursery company. She was held up early on before making up ground on the leaders with three to run. However that effort arguably told in the end and she was comfortably held. This was a decent performance, especially as the way the race unfolded was against her. Gray Pearl finished third, and she ran a fine race. She was a tad keen early on and strode on in the lead, but to her credit she kept on battling and although beaten by two better fillies, it's unlikely that the experience will have been lost on her. She's more speedily bred than the first two home, so with a mile possibly likely to stretch her stamina, she might not be the easiest to place next year if she's not out of the top class. Andrew Balding's Bana Wu stayed on late in the day for fourth, having looked to be outpaced when the sprint for home began. Sunday Times raced in midfield but looked another who just lacked the tactical pace when it was required, whilst Janey Muddles was quite keen and seemed to lack the experience required for this task, although she did stay on again late in the day. The disappointment of the race was Alsindi, who lost her unbeaten record in style. This may have come too soon after her Oh So Sharp win, as she ran flat, failing to pick up when asked and was then not given a hard time when defeat was inevitable.