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Gale Force Ten Ascot 19/06/2013

Gale Force Ten (nearside) gets up to win the Jersey Stakes

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

Gutsy Gale Force Ten digs deep for Jersey win

Report, Royal Ascot, Wednesday

Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 3yo

GALE FORCE TEN gave Aidan O'Brien a second successive win in the Jersey Stakes and a third in total when he showed plenty of guts to get back up and chin Montiridge on the line.

Sent off the 9-2 favourite, Gale Force Ten looked beaten when headed by Montiridge half a furlong from home, but he found just enough in the last few strides to nick it by a head. Tawhid finished a further length and a half back in third.

This was a third winner of the meeting for O'Brien following the successes of Declaration Of War and War Command on Tuesday and a second for his son, Joseph, who was on board.

Prior to this week O'Brien junior had only ridden one winner at Royal Ascot but he once again excelled in the saddle as he managed to eke out one crucial final effort from his mount having gone to the front fully two furlongs from home.

The winning rider said: "He's very tough, I was praying something would come to me because he was not doing a stroke in front."

Michael Tabor, in whose colours Gale Force Ten races, said: "We fancied him. He was drawn on the far side, which wasn't the ideal position, but we thought he might just be good enough anyway.

"It's typical of Aidan's horses, they're always fit and come again."

Gale Force Ten had finished three and a half lengths behind stablemate Magician when second in the Irish 2,000 Guineas on his previous start and Tabor added: "Hopefully there is more to come."

The winning trainer said: "He fought back well. Joseph said in an ideal world he doesn't want to be in front so long so it helped him that the other horse challenged.

"He's a very hardy horse, strong with plenty of pace. They were two very good runs in the Classics and he was probably entitled to do that.

"I think he could step up to a mile or drop back to six. In his two Guineas he was finishing well but he travelled very strong today and over six he wouldn't get to the front so quick, which might suit him."

The winner was the first favourite to be successful in the race since the O'Brien-trained Mozart scored in 2001.

 
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