Speed away from the stalls helps Youmzain
Hello Youmzain was quickest away in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, clocking an opening furlong time of 14.35s to help him get an ideal position as the race developed. As a result he travelled 1207.2m which was the shortest distance of the first seven home, helping him to save enough energy to fight back passed Sceptical, whose penultimate furlong move looked to have won him the race. Dream Of Dreams was an agonising second in the race again as he flew home in a final furlong time of 12.76s, quicker than any other horse in the race.
Palace Pier strongest at the line
Palace Pier registered a smooth success in the St James’s Palace Stakes, travelling widest of all but running out a comfortable enough one-length winner. Most interestingly was his closing furlong time of 11.60s which was his fastest split in the whole race. This was undoubtedly aided by the slow early pace (field was 53.94s to half way compared to 50.51 in the Coronation Stakes) but raises hopes that he might stay further than a mile.
Campanelle the flying filly in the Queen Mary
Campanelle was a fourth Queen Mary Stakes winner for Wesley Ward and she showed superb late pace to quicken clear under Frankie Dettori. Moving from tenth to second around two furlongs out before hitting the front inside the final furlong, her time in the last split of 12.12s was the quickest in the field.