Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes
Group 3, Chester 15:35
£75,000 added,
4yo plus,
1m 5f 84y, Class 1   
Friday 12th May 2017

1 Western Hymn 7/2
2 US Army Ranger 2/1F
3 Duretto 15/2
9 ran NR: Cosmelli, Cymro, Midterm Distances: shd, ¾l, ¾l
Time: 2m 52.69s (slow by 4.69s)

Western Hymn catches US Army Ranger right on the line

Western Hymn
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Western Hymn

Frankie Dettori delivered Western Hymn to nail US Army Ranger on the line.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained US Army Ranger looked to have the race in the bag when he set sail for home a furlong out under Ryan Moore, after Winning Story had put plenty of pace in the race.

However, Dettori conjured a last-ditch bid from Western Hymn (7-2) and the John Gosden-trained six-year-old got the verdict by a short head from the 2-1 favourite.

Duretto was three-quarters of a length away in third place.

Dettori said: "He's a very difficult horse. You can't get there too early, I got there as late as I dared and he still stopped, but the line came in time for me.

"Ryan is a very hard rival to beat and there's always good satisfaction to do it."

He added: "I'm pleased for the horse. He's quirky, but he's part of the furniture in the stable, we all love him and he deserves a race like this.

"I enjoy riding him because it's a challenge. He's got all the ability, but he knows the game inside out and you have to try and find the key to get him to go. Today I managed to find it."


Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes (Group 3)
£75,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 5f 84y, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Western Hymn 7/2 L Dettori
J H M Gosden 6
2nd (9) s.h US Army Ranger (IRE) 2/1f R L Moore
A P O'Brien 4
3rd (4) ¾ Duretto 15/2 David Probert
A M Balding 5
4th (5) ¾ Wall of Fire (IRE) 12/1 W Buick
H Palmer 4
5th (8) 2 Winning Story 9/1 J Fanning
S bin Suroor 4
6th (11) 7 Red Verdon (USA) 8/1 P J Smullen
E A L Dunlop 4
7th (7) 12 Carbon Dating (IRE) 20/1 T P O'Shea
J P Shanahan 5
8th (1) 6 Diamonds Pour Moi 13/2 Oisin Murphy
R M Beckett 4
9th (2) 9 Culmination 100/1 P Hanagan
D McCain Jnr 5
NR (6) Cosmelli (ITY) F Norton
Miss Gay Kelleway 4
NR (10) Cymro (IRE) R Kingscote
Tom Dascombe 5
NR (12) Midterm Andrea Atzeni
Sir Michael Stoute 4

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