Tuesday 16 January 2018

Great Dane strikes late

Last season's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Danedream lunged late to deny Nathaniel in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

Nathaniel was attempting to defend his crown in the mile-and-a-half Group One feature, having made a winning return in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown a fortnight ago.

He looked set to claim victory when quickening into the lead in the home straight, but the Peter Schiergen-trained Danedream (9/1) flew home in the hands of Andrasch Starke to get up by a nose.

St Nicholas Abbey came fast and late to take third place for Aidan O'Brien after being held up in the rear by Joseph O'Brien for much of the race.

Nathaniel was the first one of the major players to go for home.

But Danedream, which had disappointed in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on her latest appearance, was really motoring inside the final furlong and got up on the line to claim a famous triumph for her German trainer.

Sea Moon, the 2/1 favourite, was further back in the field.

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