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Western Hymn on song at Sandown
28 May 2015 20:08
Western Hymn edged out Arab Spring in a thrilling renewal of the Cantor Fitzgerald Research Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.
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The latter jumped out to make it under Ryan Moore and proved very hard to pass through the final furlong as the principals fought it out.
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James Doyle had been happy to sit just off the pace on the John Gosden-trained Western Hymn (11-4), who improved travelling well a quarter of a mile from home before being given the office to chase down the leader.
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It was virtually stride for stride to the line, with a head in it at the finish.
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Prolific all-weather scorer Tryster was one of the first beaten and was eased by William Buick when his chance had gone.
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Gosden said: "I told James he was spot on today, but not to make his move until inside the final two furlongs as he thinks he has done enough. He got there a bit too soon, had he have waited he would probably have won by half a length.
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"The second horse is a lovely horse, he set a lovely pace, and they were both carrying penalties.
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"I'm delighted with Eagle Top (fourth), Frankie (Dettori) said he ran like he needed it and he ran really how I wanted him to.
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"I'm delighted with him, he will go to the Hardwicke Stakes and if the ground is reasonable Western Hymn will go for the Prince of Wales's Stakes and the Eclipse is also a possibility."
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Charlie Appleby said of Tryster: "The cold reality is he didn't feel the same horse as he did on the all-weather, William said he felt different going down to post. We will get him back home and have a look at him, but on first evidence he has pulled up fine.
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"Going forward we might put him in the Arlington Million, as it's on the turn and he likes passing horses. These small fields don't suit him.
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"We'll have to speak to connections about Ascot, but my own personal opinion is that a more realistic target will be Arlington."
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Vent De Force gave his Gold Cup claims a major boost with an all-the-way success in the Cantor Fitzgerald Investment Trusts Henry II Stakes.
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Held in high regard by Hughie Morrison, a change of tactics saw the four-year-old given a perfectly-executed ride from the front by Richard Hughes, asserting a furlong and a half out after Forever Now and then Simenon had challenged.
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The latter ran a particularly eyecatching race on his return from a long absence, but nothing got within real striking distance of the impressive winner, with Trip To Paris coming out best of the rest a length and three-quarters in arrears of the 6-4 favourite.
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Morrison said: "Richard took the view that he didn't want it to turn into a dawdle, and he did it the hard way from the front.
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"That proves he can come from behind or go from the front and you can ride him where you like, which is excellent.
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"Hopefully that will put him spot on for Ascot and that's where he'll go, providing he doesn't have any blips in the next few weeks.
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"You never know if they'll stay two and a half miles in a truly-run race, and you only find out when they run in the Gold Cup.
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"But he's got a rounded shaped belly that makes him look fat, we had one a few years ago like that and what they can do is fill their lungs up and go again about three-quarters of a mile out."
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Ed Dunlop was pleased with the effort of Chester Cup winner Trip To Paris.
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He said: "I'm as delighted as much I can be with coming second, it was his first run in Pattern company but he proved he was up to it.
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"He's not in the Gold Cup and we would have to supplement him, but it's under consideration. He's goes on fast ground and it looks it will probably be like that at Ascot, but the main thing is we learned he can run in Pattern company.
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"I thought Richard Hughes gave the winner a fantastic ride."
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Consort maintained his unbeaten record after overcoming a rough passage to take the Cantor Fitzgerald Corporate Finance Heron Stakes at Sandown in some style.
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Ryan Moore's mount had to be snatched up coming off the bend and found himself short of room on more than one occasion, the most recent of those seeing White Lake sweep to the front.
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It seemed like the race had got away from him, but once Moore gathered the Michael Stoute-trained 11-4 favourite he picked up smartly to win going away in the end by two and a half lengths.
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Stoute said: "I was very impressed with the way he quickened, he has just taken a long time to come to himself this spring and only did his first piece of impressive work last week.
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"Let's see what this does for him, I'd like to have a word with Ryan Moore first.
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"He's not the most impressive home worker and we came here tonight thinking he might want a mile and a quarter.
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"It was pretty impressive over a mile, he could go for the St James's Palace or the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot."
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