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Royal Ascot 2007

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Soldier's Tale wins the 2007 Golden Jubilee Stakes
Soldier's Tale gets up to win the Golden Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot

Soldier's Tale (orange silks) gets up to win the Golden Jubilee Stakes on the final day of the Royal Ascot meet.

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The Golden Jubilee Stakes (G1), run as the Cork and Orrery Stakes from 1868 to 2001, was renamed in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee in 2002. A large field of 21 went to the gate in this 6 furlong sprint on the straightaway for a purse of £350,000 (about $697,000 US). 9-1 shot Soldier's Tale stalked 9-1 pacesetter Takeover Target out of the chute, then closed the gap through the final 3/16 to get up by a head in 1:14.51 over the "good-to-soft" going. It was just 1/2 a length back to 14-1 Asset in third, and 1/2 more to 25-1 Red Clubs in fourth. 2-1 favorite Miss Andretti stalked the pace but tired late finishing 15th.

Winning trainer Jeremy Noseda said, "He had pelvic fractures, and colic surgery, which required a length of his stomach to be removed. He needs a special diet because he finds it difficult to digest food. He then had colic again, and we were up with him all one Christmas Eve. It was a miracle that he lived, let alone that he was able to race again. I love him to bits because he has so much heart, such a will to live. I'd say 99 horses out of 100 would have given up. This horse has been so brave."

Winning jockey Johnny Murtagh, who was slapped with a 6-day suspension for excessive whipping in the race, said, "My horse responded bravely when I asked him, and Takeover Target emptied in the final few strides."

Jockey Craig Newitt aboard beaten favorite Miss Andretti said, "I'm dazed and dumbfounded. She was struggling 600m out, which is not like her at all. It may be that the two races came a bit close together, and also the soft ground might be to blame. Soft here is totally different to the soft we get (in Australia)."

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