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Father Time - Royal Ascot 18.06.09

Father Time: finished four lengths clear of nearest opponent in Group 2

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Father Time lands King Edward for Henry Cecil

Report: Royal Ascot, Friday

King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) colts and geldings 1m4f

FATHER  TIME gave trainer Henry Cecil a 71st Royal Ascot winner when thrashing his opponents in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.

The Juddmonte Farms-hombred son of Dansili was made a 6-1 shot by the sponsors for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in September, an option which was not ruled out by Cecil after the race.

"I thought both horses had a good chance, and I thought this was my best chance of winning a race," said the trainer.

"He wants a trip and is a full brother to Passage Of Time, who didn't really get a mile and a half, but it looks as though he (Father Time) gets it really well.

"I hadn't really thought about the Leger, but we can think about it.

"It's always good to win at Ascot. I've had a few lean years, but they've run well this week."

Sent off at 9-1, Father Time was settled alongside stablemateNative Ruler just behind Debussy and Hail Caesar, who made the running.

Favourite South Easter raced in the middle of the field with Black Bear Island, while Your Old Pal was towards the rear after playing up at the stalls and then being slowly away.

Native Ruler and Father Time were nudged closer to the leading pair rounding the home turn, and jockey Tom Queally shot Native Ruler into the lead soon after.

Jockey Eddie Ahern

Eddie Ahern:Leger 'trip no problem'

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But it was Father Time who then loomed up under jockey Eddie Ahern and, despite a slightly awkward head carriage, he stormed to the front and soon put the race beyond doubt.

He came home four lengths clear of 14-1 chance Your Old Pal, who made good late progress up the far side rail, and 9-2 shot Black Bear Island was a neck back in third.

Ahern said: "They went a good gallop, he had a good draw and we have come off the rail like Mr Cecil wanted us to do.

"Then it was just a matter of straightening out, getting the right lead, and off we go.

"The horse wasn't stopping going to the line and after the line he galloped on really well so I'm sure a mile and six furlongs (the Leger trip) would be no problem."

A brother to the Criterium de Saint-Cloud heroine Passage Of Time, Father Time is out of Clepsydra, a winning half-sister to the Lingfield Oaks Trial heroine Double Crossed. Further back, the family includes Wednesday's Prince Of Wales's Stakes third Twice Over, Prix du Moulin winner All At Sea and US championBanshee Breeze.

Clepysdra has a yearling sister to Father Time.





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