totepool Sovereign Stakes
Group 3, Salisbury 16:20
£75,000 added,
3yo plus,
1m, Class 1   
Thursday 17th August 2017

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1 Ballet Concerto 5/2
2 Tabarrak 2/1F
3 Carry On Deryck 6/1
6 ran NR: Ballard Down, Hathal Distances: nk, shd, 1¼l
Time: 1m 42.49s (slow by 2.99s)

Ballet Concerto gains hard-fought success

Ballet Concerto
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Ballet Concerto

Having claimed the John Smith's Cup on his previous start, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ballet Concerto took the drop back to a mile and step up to Group Three company in his stride.

Isomer set the early gallop while Ballet Concerto was kept handy throughout by Ryan Moore, who delivered the 5-2 shot to make his challenge deep inside the final furlong.

Forcing through a passage close to the rail, the son of Dansili got up almost on the line to deny favourite Tabarrak by a neck, with Carry On Deryck a further short-head back in third.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail, said: "It was a good performance and an even better ride from Ryan. He jumped out and was prepared to lead, but after half a furlong disputing it, he let the pace of the race settle him in.

"The ground was plenty fast enough for him. There was plenty of pace in the race which helped him, as we know he is probably better over a mile and a quarter and he is certainly better with more cut in the ground.

"There wasn't too much worry over the trip as he won a competitive handicap at Doncaster over a mile in the spring.

"When they took Hathal out, he was going to take all the beating as he was bordering on being a Group Three horse coming into the race . 

"I think a mile and a quarter is probably his better trip, but it depends what company he is in. I don't know what Sir Michael Stoute has in store for him."


totepool Sovereign Stakes (Group 3)
£75,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (2) Ballet Concerto 5/2 R L Moore
Sir Michael Stoute 4
2nd (1) nk Tabarrak (IRE) 2/1f Jim Crowley
R Hannon 4
3rd (5) s.h Carry On Deryck 6/1 William Carson
S bin Suroor 5
4th (4) Master The World (IRE) 9/2 P J Dobbs
D R C Elsworth 6
5th (7) hd Firmament 11/2 R Kingscote
D O'Meara 5
6th (6) 5 Isomer (USA) 33/1 L P Keniry
A M Balding 3
NR (3) Ballard Down (IRE) Harry Bentley
W J Knight 4
NR (8) Hathal (USA) L Dettori
W J Haggas 5

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