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  • 17:25 Darley Stakes 1m 1f

  • (Group 3) £60,000 added 3yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 51.21s
  • Off time: 17:28:00

Highland Knight holds on to win Darley thriller

Last Updated: 12/10/13 6:33pm

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Highland Knight fends off Tales Of Grimm in a thriller

Highland Knight fends off Tales Of Grimm in a thriller

Highland Knight made all against the stands' rail to spring a 25/1 surprise in the Darley Stakes at Newmarket.

David Probert dictated the fractions aboard Andrew Balding's charge but it came down to raw courage as Tales Of Grimm (16/1) threw down his challenge under Ryan Moore.

The pair flashed past the post together with the photographic evidence confirming Highland Knight had held on by a short head.

Chapter Seven (14/1) was another to run well in third with Short Squeeze paying the price for racing too freely.

"He is hard as nails and it takes a good one to get by him when he's on song," said Balding.

"He had a break mid-summer and he's a burly horse who needs plenty of work. He took a couple of runs leading up to this run and he's as genuine as the day is long.

"David gave him a lovely, positive ride, but you can only do it on a fit horse and that's where his running style hasn't suited his mid-summer lay-off.

"He will probably end up going to Dubai and go for either the Dubai Duty Free or the Godolphin Mile."

Connections of runner-up Tales Of Grimm were pleased with their representative, Richard Fahey's assistant Robin O'Ryan saying: "Ryan (Moore) thought he just got it on the bob. He's ran a blinder on ground that would be soft enough for him, as he is such a good mover. He's probably run a career best."

Stuart Williams feels third home Chapter Seven may well have booked a trip to Dubai over the winter.

He said: "I'm delighted with that. He ran a great race. That's the first time in this sort of company when he has not been a pacemaker. He could run in a Listed 1m1f race in the last meeting at Newmarket. The ground is never a problem - he likes to get his toe in.

"Plans after that may include Dubai. The owners (Pearl Bloodstock Ltd) wanted to go there last year but he didn't have the right handicap mark. He's got that now, so it may be that he will go there for the winter."

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