Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes
Group 1, Newmarket 14:55
£213,500 added,
2yo only,
6f, Class 1  
Saturday 30th September 2017

1 US Navy Flag 10/1
2 Fleet Review 25/1
3 Cardsharp 14/1
12 ran Distances: ½l, 2¼l, hd
Time: 1m 12.44s (slow by 2.64s)

A Group 1 double for Aidan O’Brien as US Navy Flag defeats stablemate Fleet Review

US Navy Flag
© Caroline Norris
US Navy Flag

U S Navy Flag, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, was always prominent in the centre of the course and saw of the challenge of his Donnacha O'Brien-ridden stablemate Fleet Review. Mark Johnston's Cardsharp was third.

It was O'Brien's 20th Group One success of the year after Clemmie in the Cheveley Park Stakes, but there was disappointment as the stable first string Sioux Nation was never able to challenge after being held up in the early stages by Ryan Moore.

U S Navy Flag was slashed to 20-1 from 66-1 for the 2000 Guineas by Ladbrokes.

Heffernan said: "It was no surprise he ran well. I thought Ryan was the danger, but his horse is big and might be a little bit weak. This lad is out of a Galileo mare and that's what kicked in.

"He's a horse that's a bit gawky and looks around, so the blinkers help him focus and make the jockey's job easier.

"Aidan will take him home and have a look at him and see what shape he's in."

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Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1)
£213,500 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
12 ran
Going: Good to Soft

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (11) U S Navy Flag (USA) 10/1 J A Heffernan
A P O'Brien 2
2nd (12) ½ Fleet Review (USA) 25/1 D O'Brien
A P O'Brien 2
3rd (3) Cardsharp 14/1 James Doyle
M Johnston 2
4th (5) hd Hey Jonesy (IRE) 8/1 Kevin Stott
K A Ryan 2
5th (10) ½ Beckford 7/2f P J Smullen
G Elliott 2
6th (1) hd Sioux Nation (USA) 11/2 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 2
7th (4) ½ Declarationofpeace (USA) 40/1 W M Lordan
A P O'Brien 2
8th (7) hd Danzan (IRE) 20/1 David Probert
A M Balding 2
9th (6) 1 Unfortunately (IRE) 6/1 Jim Crowley
K R Burke 2
10th (2) nk Frozen Angel (IRE) 40/1 R Kingscote
Tom Dascombe 2
11th (8) ½ Rajasinghe (IRE) 10/1 S Donohoe
Richard Spencer 2
12th (9) Sands Of Mali (FR) 9/2 P Hanagan
R A Fahey 2