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  • 15:45 St James's Palace Stakes 1m

  • (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Rnd) £295,000 added 3yo 16 ran
  • Winner £167,294 2nd £63,425 3rd £31,742 4th £15,812
  • Going: Good (Round Course: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 40.14s
  • Off time: 15:48:27

Full result

15:45 Ascot Result 19th June 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (15) Most Improved (IRE) 9-0 K Fallon B J Meehan 3 9/1
Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden 2f out, ran on opened 8/1 touched 9/1 £5000-£500 £180000-£20000 £20000-£2200
2nd (2) ¾ Hermival (IRE) 9-0 Gregory Benoist M Delzangles 3 9/1
Led 2f, close up, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, ran on to go 2nd post, not reached winner opened 9/1 touched 10/1
3rd (12) hd Gregorian (IRE) 9-0 R L Moore J H M Gosden 3 14/1
Close up, ridden to chase winner 2f out, stayed on towards finish, lost 2nd post opened 14/1 touched 16/1
4th (11) 1 Born To Sea (IRE) 9-0 Johnny Murtagh J M Oxx 3 7/1
In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon switched left, ran on under pressure inside final furlong opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £80000-£10000 £50000-£6000 £10000-£1200(x2) £5000-£600 £4000-£500(x2)
5th (1) 2 Gabrial (IRE) 9-0 J P Spencer R A Fahey 3 16/1
In touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on one pace opened 16/1 touched 20/1
6th (6) nse Foxtrot Romeo (IRE) 9-0 R Hughes B Smart 3 14/1
Tracked leader 6f out, ridden to chase winner 2f out, no extra near finish opened 14/1 touched 14/1
7th (4) ½ Saigon 9-0 Kirsty Milczarek J A R Toller 3 100/1
Held up, ridden 3f out, kept on final furlong, never on terms opened 100/1 touched 100/1
8th (13) 1 Cogito (USA) 9-0 M Dwyer B J Meehan 3 22/1
In rear, ridden 4f outr, badly hampered entering final 3f, ran on final furlong opened 20/1 touched 22/1
9th (14) Lucayan (FR) 9-0 S Pasquier Francois Rohaut 3 16/1
Raced wide in touch, headway 3f out, no impression final 2f opened 14/1 touched 16/1
10th (9) 1 Miblish 9-0 T P Queally C E Brittain 3 200/1
In rear, ridden 4f out, hampered entering final 3f, never a factor opened 200/1 touched 200/1
11th (10) Dragon Pulse (IRE) 9-0 Fran Berry M Delzangles 3 8/1
Raced wide held up, hampered over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £10000-£1000
12th (5) 7 Power 9-0 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 3 11/4f
Held up in final trio, badly hampered entering final 3f, not recover opened 10/3 touched 10/3 £7000-£2000 £3500-£1000(x2) £33333-£10000 £5000-£1500 £3333-£1000 £3000-£900(x2) £6000-£2000 £3000-£1000(x2) £1500-£500(x3)
13th (7) 9 Fencing (USA) 9-0 L Dettori J H M Gosden 3 12/1
Held up, hampered entering final 3f, not recover, soon eased opened 10/1 touched 12/1
14th (16) 6 Wrote (IRE) 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 33/1
Led 2f, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
15th (8) 99 Arnold Lane (IRE) 9-0 Martin Harley M R Channon 3 40/1
Held up, badly hampered entering final 3f, not recover opened 40/1 touched 40/1
PU (3) The Nile 9-0 W Buick J H M Gosden 3 10/1
Close up, broke down badly and pulled up entering 3f opened 11/1 touched 11/1 £30000-£3000

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££3.00,£3.30,£4.30
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£17.70 2&3:£28.00 1&3:£28.00

Jackpot: £88,976.61 carried forward to Ascot, 20th Jun
Placepot: £872.90, Pool: £518016.97, 433.2 winning tickets
Quadpot: £388.40, Pool: £19559.44, 37.26 winning tickets


There did not look an outstanding three-year-old candidate this season and the rear half of the big field was decimated by a horrible incident on the home bend as The Nile seemed to take a bad step in mid-pack and broke down. Arnold Lane, Fencing and Power were all badly hampered in the incident along with Miblish and Dragon Pulse while Saigon and Cogito both did well to avoid the stricken horse. Up front away from the trouble, MOST IMPROVED made the best of his way home under Kieren Fallon having sat in the perfect position for the first half of the race. He did get a little tired in the closing stages but he finally delivered on the track the promise he had shown at home to trainer Brian Meehan. Most Improved had enough left in the tank to hold off the fast-finishing Hermival and a mile and a quarter should not be an issue in the longer term. Hermival was forced to switch around Foxtrot Romeo and Gregorian inside the distance in a bid to get a clear run. The French raider continues to perform well on the whole at the top level and should get his head in front if his sights are lowered. Foxtrot Romeo and Gregorian both had every chance two furlongs out and kept on well enough while Born To Sea made up late ground in the same fashion as he did at the Curragh without ever threatening the lead. He is another who should win a race if tried in an easier grade. Gabrial took a big jump up after an impressive handicap win at Haydock last time and ran extremely well - he should add to his tally in Pattern company as he has a very useful turn of foot. Wrote had the worst of the draw out wide and scampered across to lead on the rail in the early stages. He used up plenty of energy with that move and was backtracking in the final two furlongs.