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14:30 Ascot

Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1)

  • 14 Runners
  • Distance: 5f
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £100,000 added
  • Winner: £56,710
  • 2nd: £21,500
  • 3rd: £10,760
  • 4th: £5,360
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 1.90s
  • Off Time: 14:32:05
  • 14 Ran
1st
2nd
3rd
1(9)

A'ali (IRE)

15 BF
5/1
  • Form: 2
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: S Crisford
  • Jockey: L Dettori

chased leaders, shaken up 2f out, soon eased out left, led just over 1f out, ran on to go a few lengths clear inside final furlong, reduced lead towards finish but never looked liked being caught

2(8)
8/1
  • Form: 21
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: J P O'Brien
  • Jockey: Oisin Murphy

in touch in mid-division, ridden 2f out, one pace over 1f out, soon edged left, weakened inside final furlong

3(7)
  • Form: 2
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: R M H Cowell
  • Jockey: James McDonald

soon led, pushed along over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, eased

4(3)
14/1
  • Form: 21
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: K R Burke
  • Jockey: J P Spencer

held up towards rear, headway and switched right over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home

5(6)
11/1
  • Form: 1
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: C Appleby
  • Jockey: James Doyle

slowly away, held up towards rear, switched right over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, kept on, never dangerous

6(2)
33/1
  • Form: 16
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: C G Cox
  • Jockey: A Kirby

mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon pushed along, ridden over 1f out, eased inside final furlong

7(1)
20/1
  • Form: 122
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Jockey: D O'Brien

mid-division on far side of group, headway over 2f out, driven over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong

9(14)
  • Form: 313
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: M Johnston
  • Jockey: S De Sousa

led early, prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong

10(13)
7/1
  • Form: 1
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Jockey: R L Moore

ridden leaving stalls, always niggled along in rear, some headway final furlong, never dangerous

11(12)
25/1
  • Form: 111
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: M Palussiere
  • Jockey: A Hamelin

mid-division, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, well beaten last final furlong

12(4)
  • Form: 13
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: R M H Cowell
  • Jockey: R Kingscote

prominent, driven over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong but lacked pace of leaders

13(10)
13/8
  • Form: 411
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: P Twomey
  • Jockey: W J Lee

took keen hold, prominent, led over 1f out, soon headed, carried right briefly inside final furlong, faded inside final 100 yards

14(11)

Ventura Rebel

50 DCD
16/1
  • Form: 11
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Trainer: R A Fahey
  • Jockey: P Hanagan

towards rear, headway over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, soon went 2nd, ran on, closing on winner towards finish but unable to challenge

15(15)
80/1
  • Form: 1
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 8-12
  • Trainer: J A Osborne
  • Jockey: Nicola Currie

towards rear on stands side of group, ridden 2f out, ran on final 100 yards, never nearer

8(5)
NR

Maven (USA)

62 bt D
7/1
  • Form: 1
  • Age: 2
  • Weight: 9-1
  • Official Rating: 100
  • Trainer: Wesley Ward
  • Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

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Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Expressionist was earmarked for this after scoring over the track and trip last month, though the runner-up has been beaten subsequently. Ventura Rebel is the other course and distance winner in the line-up having come from off the pace to beat the long odds-on Lady Pauline, a very impressive winner at Keeneland earlier. The third has won subsequently so the form stands up. The runner-up's yard is represented by Maven, who started odds-on at Aqueduct in April on Dirt and made all. Mount Fuji overcame obvious greenness to score at Cork but stable companion King Neptune has disappointed since his opening victory at Dundalk. Real Appeal arrives from France where he gained three narrow victories while Air Force Jet looks to have the scope to go on from here. SUNDAY SOVEREIGN has looked very impressive in his two starts on ground with plenty of give at the Curragh and Tipperary. His three-length victory over Arizona at the former track could hardly have received a bigger boost when the runner-up landed Tuesday's Coventry Stakes and he is very difficult to oppose. Emten was engaged in the 2.30 yesterday.

Formwatch

A'ali (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Held up in touch, switched right and effort over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Spartan Fighter (9-5) at Ripon 5f stks (5) gs in Jun.

Air Force Jet 4-11fav (9-5) Prominent, 2nd and pushed along under 2f out, ridden and no impression when switched right 150 yards out, kept on well to lead close home, won at Navan 5f mdn Good - Yielding in Jun beating Southern Hills (9-5) by nk, 6 ran.

Cool Sphere (USA) 9-2 (9-5) Led, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Majestic Sands (9-5) at Leicester 5f stks (4) gd in May.

Dubai Station 11-8fav (9-2) Chased leaders on far side of group, 2nd going well inside final 2f, ridden to lead entering final furlong, ran on, eased close home, won at Haydock 5f stks (4) sft in Jun beating Partridge (8-11) by 1l, 7 ran.

Expressionist (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, eased out going well halfway, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, pushed along and ran on well, won at Ascot 5f stks (3) gs in May beating Clan Royale (9-5) by 3/4l, 7 ran.

Firepower (FR) 7-1 (9-5) Raced keenly, chased leaders in 5th, one pace and no impression final furlong, 6th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Temple Of Heaven (9-5) at Newbury 6f stks (2) gd in May.

King Neptune (USA) 3-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and joined 1 1/2f out, headed 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Siskin (9-3) at Curragh 6f lst stks (1) gf in May.

Misty Grey (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Quickly away, set strong pace and went clear before halfway, reduced lead over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, weakened into 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Pinatubo (9-5) at Epsom 6f stks (2) gd in May.

Mount Fuji (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Mid-division, pushed along in 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, ran on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Cork 5f mdn gf in May beating Invincible Diva (9-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.

Real Appeal (GER) (9-2) won at Maisons-Laffitte 5f lst stks (1) gd in May beating Jolie (8-12) by hd, 10 ran.

Strive For Glory (USA) 33-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, recovered chasing leaders on rail over 3f out, trapped on rail and outpaced over 1f out, soon switched left and ran on towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Flippa The Strippa (8-12) at Sandown 5f lst stks (1) gd in May.

Sunday Sovereign 2-5fav (9-7) Disputed lead early, led from halfway, pushed along from 1f out and soon went clear, impressive, won at Tipperary 5f sft in Jun beating Lorelei Rock (9-2) by 7l, 5 ran.

Ventura Rebel 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, driven over 2f out, headway inside final furlong, ridden and ran on well to lead towards finish, won at Ascot 5f stks (2) gf in May beating Lady Pauline (9-0) by 1l, 5 ran.

Emten (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division on outside, headway and edged left halfway, shaken up to lead over 1f out, ridden and ran on well, won at Windsor 5f stks (4) gd in Apr beating Top Buck (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.

Maven (USA) 2-5fav (8-7) Ins,pull left till ask, won at Aqueduct 4f mdn fst in Apr beating Lebda (8-7) by 1/2l, 6 ran.