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Prince Of Johanne Rules in Betfred Cambridgeshire
24/09/11

1 Prince Of Johanne 40/1
2 Stevie Thunder 25/1
3 Proponent 14/1
4 Nanton 33/1
NR: Dare To Dance (IRE), Maraheb, Tinkertown (IRE)
32 ran Distances: 1¾l, nse, nse
TIME 1m 49.14s (slow by 1.04s)

Tom Tate ended a losing run of 71 days and 34 runners as Prince Of Johanne powered clear of the field in the £160,000 Betfred Cambridgeshire.

Prince Of Johanne
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Prince Of Johanne

The unconsidered 40/1 chance struck for home leaving The Dip and never looked like being reeled in under John Fahy.

The five-year-old stayed on strongly to the line to win with a length and a quarter in hand over Stevie Thunder, with a nose and the same separating Proponent and Nanton.

Tate said: “What a way to get off the cold list! It has been a great day.

“I could say I have laid him out for this all year, but I haven’t and this was a surprise.

“Both the race and the fast ground suited him. He has been running well all season so the form was there but I thought the handicapper had him.

“The two guys who own him are professional punters but they didn’t have a penny on!”

Fahy added: “I was second in this race last year on Steele Tango so to go one place better is happy days.

“All credit has to go to Mr Tate for getting him spot-on on the day.

“He is real tough - I won on him at Windsor last year and the ground is really key to him.

“He jumped, travelled great and when I kicked out of The Dip I knew he would not be caught.

“He is tough and has stayed further in the past and you do need to stay in these races.”

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Prince Of Johanne
T P Tate
J P Fahy
8st 12lbs
40 - 1
Winner
2
Stevie Thunder
Ian Williams
Ryan Clark
8st 13lbs
25 - 1
1 3/4 length
3
Proponent
R Charlton
T E Durcan
9st 7lbs
14 - 1
Nose
4
Nanton
J S Goldie
D Tudhope
9st 9lbs
33 - 1
Nose
5
Markazzi
Sir Michael Stoute
R Hills
8st 13lbs
16 - 1
1 length
6
Circumvent
P F I Cole
C P Lemaire
9st 6lbs
16 - 1
Short Head
7
Shavansky
B R Millman
J Millman
9st 1lbs
33 - 1
1/2 length
8
Maali
C E Brittain
Kirsty Milczarek
8st 8lbs
40 - 1
Short Head
9
Ideology
Mario Hofer
T P Queally
9st 3lbs
28 - 1
1/2 length
10
Nice Style
J Gask
Raul Da Silva
8st 9lbs
33 - 1
1 length
11
Pintura
D M Simcock
A Kirby
9st 6lbs
25 - 1
1 1/4 length
12
Harrison George
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
9st 4lbs
33 - 1
1/2 length
13
Brick Red
A M Balding
David Probert
8st 11lbs
33 - 1
Nose
14
Questioning
J H M Gosden
William Buick
9st 1lbs
9 - 1
3/4 length
15
Crown Counsel
M Johnston
C O'Donoghue
8st 10lbs
50 - 1
1/2 length
16
Pires
A J Martin
J F Egan
8st 10lbs
40 - 1
Neck
17
Albaqaa
P J O'Gorman
K T O'Neill
9st 0lbs
14 - 1
Neck
18
Combat Zone
Mario Hofer
Terence Hellier
9st 6lbs
50 - 1
Short Head
19
Man Of Action
S bin Suroor
L Dettori
9st 6lbs
8 - 1
Head
20
Arlequin
J D Bethell
P Robinson
9st 10lbs
33 - 1
1 3/4 length
21
Red Gulch
Ed Walker
J-P Guillambert
9st 7lbs
16 - 1
1 length
22
Jutland
M Johnston
Daryl Byrne
9st 5lbs
66 - 1
Nose
23
Roayh
S bin Suroor
Martin Dwyer
8st 12lbs
40 - 1
3/4 length
24
Cry Fury
R Charlton
R Hughes
8st 13lbs
10 - 1
1/2 length
25
First Post
D Haydn Jones
W A Carson
8st 8lbs
40 - 1
Head
26
Credit Swap
Miss V Williams
I Mongan
9st 1lbs
33 - 1
Head
27
Desert Romance
D O'Meara
Dane O'Neill
8st 10lbs
33 - 1
1/2 length
28
Riggins
Ed Walker
G Baker
9st 5lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
29
Constant Contact
A M Balding
Adam Beschizza
9st 1lbs
40 - 1
1 1/2 length
30
Maqaraat
C Hills
R Winston
9st 1lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
31
Pendragon
B Ellison
J Quinn
8st 11lbs
33 - 1
Short Head
32
Sagramor
H Morrison
N Mackay
9st 1lbs
14 - 1
5 lengths
NonRunner
Maraheb
J Dunlop
Non Runner
9st 4lbs
-
NonRunner
Tinkertown
R Varian
Harry Bentley
8st 12lbs
-
NonRunner
Dare To Dance
J Noseda
J P Spencer
8st 9lbs
-
       

 

DRAW COSTS STEVIE THUNDER

The Ian Williams-trained Stevie Thunder came out best in a photo for second in the Betfred Cambridgeshire, a length and three-quarters behind the winner Prince Of Johanne.

“He ran his heart out,” said Williams’ assistant Kevin Frost. “Ryan (Clark) planned to go over to the other side but nobody went with him so he had to go back and join the others and the draw has ended up costing him a few lengths.

“This had been the plan for a while and he put in a career-best performance and he’s improving. He’s been a difficult boy in the stalls in the past and we even sent him hurdling, which he hated, and the Flat doesn’t seem so bad to him now! We’ll have to talk over whether he has another trip to Dubai.”

The ultra-consistent seven-year-old Proponent flew at the finish to come third, a nose behind Stevie Thunder.
“He is so consistent and a wonderful horse,” said trainer Roger Charlton. “He hit a flat spot in the race and ran on but it’s just hard to land one of these races.

“He tried to give 7lb to Green Destiny, who has subsequently gone up 30lb, in the spring and he was just beaten on the line at Goodwood last time so he is a model of consistency. I’m afraid the handicapper is not going to drop him and we’ll see where we go.

“There is more money in these handicaps than in Listed or Group 3 races and if he had been a nose closer he would have picked up over £25,000 for coming second today.”



NANTON CLEAN SWEEPS THE PLACES

If everyone loves a gallant loser then the veteran grey Nanton must be awash with affection after finishing late to clinch a place for the third time in the Betfred Cambridgeshire at odds of 16/1.

Jim Goldie’s charge actually had his head in front on his first attempt at the race in 2008, only to be headed as Tazeez relegated him to finish a length runner-up. His next effort in the nine-furlong cavalry charge a year later saw him come with what is now a trademark late run, only to cross the line in third, a length and three quarters behind the victorious Supaseus.

After missing the race last year, Nanton returned to tackle the 2011 Betfred Cambridgeshire under the burden of 9st 9lb.

Settled at the rear of the field under regular pilot Danny Tudhope, the Stuart Morrison-owned gelding began to make eye-catching progress down the stands’ side rail with two furlongs to race and, granted a clear run, flashed past the post in a three-way photo for the minor places, a little over a length and three-quarters behind the triumphant 40/1 shot Prince Of Johannes.

After forensic examination by the judge, Nanton was placed fourth, missing out on the runner-up berth by two noses as Stevie Thunder and Proponent were adjudged to be second and third respectively.

A philosophical George Goldie, representing his father, said: “He has run a great race and I think if the Cambridgeshire was an extra furlong he might have won the race. He has won over a mile and six so he stays further.

“There isn’t a whole lot left for him now this season. The owner is keen to go to Dubai with him. We have always been a bit worried about the effects of going out there but now he’s nine it might be a gamble worth taking.”

Tudhope was thrilled with his mount, whom he has partnered 22 times for three wins.

The jockey commented: “He ran well again and it was probably a career best. He travelled well and came home really strong, there are no excuses.

“He has been a great horse to ride and he has been all my career. He’s certainly no worse for being the age he is.”

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