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Royal Ascot 2012

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Thomas Chippendale wins the 2012 King Edward VII Stakes
Thomas Chippendale wins the 2012 King Edward VII Stakes

Thomas Chippendale wins the 2012 King Edward VII Stakes on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot meet.

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The £150,000 (US $246,883) King Edward VII Stakes (G2), at 1 1/2 miles, was introduced as the Ascot Derby in 1834 in that it is restricted to 3-year-olds. It was renamed in 1926. Epsom Derby (G1) third place finisher Astrology was sent off as the 8-11 favorite in the field of 5, over 4-1 Noble Mission and 9-2 Thomas Chippendale. Astrology and 8-1 Thought Worthy battled for the early lead, stalked by Thomas Chippendale and Noble Mission in the tightly bunched pack. ENtering the stretch, Astrology tired allowing Thought Worthy to inherit the lead. Thomas Chippendale came on late to win by 1/2 a length over Noble Mission in 2:35.41 over the soft turf. It was just a neck back to Thought Worthy third, while Astrology was fourth.

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Winning trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who trained the first two finishers said, "I'm delighted for Sir Robert (Ogden, owner) and he's an improving horse. He looks as if he stays well and he could even be a St Leger horse. I thought both horses deserved to run as they both had a chance. The Derby third (Astrology) is a good horse but I thought he had a hard race in the Derby. My horses are owned by two different owners and I hate one beating the other, but they both ran very well. Noble Mission has run a very good race and he's improving as well."

Jockey John Murtagh added, "Noble Mission came there, but my lad was just getting organised - he's still a little bit green and a little bit raw. When I put my stick down and changed my hands he accelerated again to the line and won going away. He's a bit of a baby and he's still learning. It's an honour to ride for such a wonderful trainer as Mr Cecil and to ride a Royal Ascot winner for him is great."

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