Ascot

  • 14:30 Norfolk Stakes 5f

  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 1.90s
  • Off time: 14:32:05
14:30 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st A'ali (IRE) 5/1
2nd Ventura Rebel 16/1
3rd Dubai Station 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (9) 2 Beige, brown striped sleeves A'ali (IRE) 15
Beaten Favourite
2 9-1 S Crisford L Dettori 5/16.00
2 (8) 21 Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Air Force Jet 19
Distance Winner
2 9-1 J P O'Brien Oisin Murphy 8/19.00
3 (7) 2 White, Purple cap Cool Sphere (USA) 23
2 9-1 R M H Cowell James McDonald 80/181.00
4 (3) 21 White, emerald green epaulets Dubai Station 14
Distance Winner
2 9-1 K R Burke J P Spencer 14/115.00
5 (6) 1 Royal blue Expressionist (IRE) 40
Course and Distance Winner
2 9-1 C Appleby James Doyle 11/112.00
6 (2) 16 Black, White seams and armlets, Red cap Firepower (FR) 33
Distance Winner
2 9-1 C G Cox A Kirby 33/134.00
7 (1) 122 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap King Neptune (USA) 27
Distance Winner
2 9-1 A P O'Brien D O'Brien 20/121.00
9 (14) 313 Pink, red disc, quartered cap Misty Grey (IRE) 20
2 9-1 M Johnston S De Sousa 16/117.00
10 (13) 1 Dark Blue Mount Fuji (IRE) 29
Distance Winner
2 9-1 A P O'Brien R L Moore 7/18.00
11 (12) 111 Emerald green, emerald green and white check sleeves, white cap Real Appeal (GER) 20
Distance Winner
2 9-1 b1 M Palussiere A Hamelin 25/126.00
12 (4) 13 ORANGE and PURPLE (quartered), EMERALD GREEN sleeves and cap Strive For Glory (USA) 28
Distance Winner
2 9-1 R M H Cowell R Kingscote 50/151.00
13 (10) 411 Royal blue, white hoop, striped sleeves, white cap, royal blue star Sunday Sovereign 16
Distance Winner
2 9-1 P Twomey W J Lee 13/82.62
14 (11) 11 White, dark green diamond, diamonds on sleeves, white cap, dark green diamond Ventura Rebel 50
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
2 9-1 R A Fahey P Hanagan 16/117.00
15 (15) 1 Orange, dark blue sleeves, light blue diamonds, dark blue cap, light blue diamonds Emten (IRE) 52
Distance Winner
2 8-12 J A Osborne Nicola Currie 80/181.00
Non runners
8 (5)1Maven (USA)29-1Wesley WardTyler Gaffalione100

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.