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  • 16:55 Qatar Racing Newmarket Stakes 1m 2f

  • (Listed) £40,000 added 3yo 5 ran
  • Winner £22,684 2nd £8,600 3rd £4,304 4th £2,144
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 11.45s
  • Off time: 16:59:23

Full result

16:55 Newmarket Result 5th May 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (7) Noble Mission 8-12 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 3 7/4f
Raced keenly in touch, pushed along and not clear run from 2f out, challenged entering final furlong, soon driven and ran on to lead towards finish opened 6/4 touched 15/8 £3750-£2000 £3500-£2000(x4) £875-£500(x3) £1625-£1000 £650-£400 £3000-£2000(x2) £1500-£1000 £750-£500
2nd (3) nk Mariner's Cross (IRE) 8-12 L Dettori M Al Zarooni 3 9/4
Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, headed towards finish opened 2/1 touched 9/4 £1800-£800 £1125-£500 £2625-£1400
3rd (1) ½ Michelangelo 8-12 W Buick J H M Gosden 3 15/2
Went right start, raced green early, tracked leaders over 8f out, ridden 2f out, ran on, (promising) opened 12/1 touched 12/1
4th (4) 5 Stencive 8-12 Johnny Murtagh W J Haggas 3 4/1
Steadied start, held up in touch in rear, closed on leaders over 3f out, not trouble leaders opened 11/2 touched 11/2 £13500-£3000
5th (2) Mister Music 8-12 R Hughes R Hannon 3 17/2
Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong opened 15/2 touched 17/2 £5000-£600
NR (6) Prince Alzain (USA) 8-12 R L Moore G A Butler 3 f
NR (5) Swedish Sailor 8-12 Non Runner M Al Zarooni 3

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.50,£2.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00

Jackpot: £32,411.95 carried forward to Newmarket, 6th May
Placepot: £84.80, Pool: £236342.33, 2032.48 winning tickets
Quadpot: £11.10, Pool: £11888.18, 792.32 winning tickets


An interesting Listed contest and the first four home all look up to winning more races. First prize went to Frankel's brother NOBLE MISSION, who stretched to the line in pleasing fashion once a gap opened up for him. He had looked in a little bit of trouble when the pace lifted two furlongs out as Tom Queally searched for room but Michelangelo edged to his right approaching the distance and the winner picked up in grand style to reel in Mariner's Cross for an ultimately cosy win. He is always going to be in the shadow of his illustrious sibling and stablemate but he has some good entries and can make a mark in decent company. He is 25-1 for the Derby at Epsom but may need longer to fully come together. Mariner's Cross was in the right place as the tempo increased two furlongs from home and he almost pinched the race from the front. This was a nice step forward from his victory in the Wood Ditton and there should be more to come. The third home ran a blinder on debut having been quite free in the early stages after his rider was unable to get get him dropped in with some cover. He looks a real galloper and could develop into a potential St Leger candidate. Stencive is well worth another chance as he was not in the best place once the taps were turned on. Johnny Murtagh seemed to decide quite early on his passage would be up the stands' rail and he never really got the chance to land a blow. Once seeing clear ground, he seemed to run sideways a little in The Dip and also shy away from the crowd for a fraction of a second. These were just signs of a horse learning his trade so let's assume he will benefit from the run mentally and the fact he was just 4-1 in the betting suggests he is held in some regard. Mister Music went from the front early on but was left well behind inside the distance - no shock as he was the most exposed facing some very promising types.