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Monitor Closely Great Voltigeur stakes York 18.08.2009Monitor Closely (green and white) stretching clear to land the Voltigeur   PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Yet another Group winner for Oasis Dream

MONITOR CLOSELY sprang a huge suprise when making all in the hands of Jimmy Fortune to become the longest ever priced winner of the Great Voltigeur at 28-1 and the 21st individualstakes winner for Juddmonte's Oasis Dream.

The three-year-old had never run beyond 1m2f, and had only one previous career win, a Newbury maiden last October.

His victory marks the second Group 2 win in a week by a three-year-old son of Oasis Dream following Sri Putra's success in Sunday's Prix Guillaume d'Ornano.

Bred by Philip Freedman's Cliveden Stud, Monitor Closely is the second stakes winner out of the Sun Chariot Stakes heroine Independence following last year's Eclipse Stakes hero Mount Nelson, who has just completed his first season at Newsells Park Stud.

The daughter of Selkirk, who is from the family of Cliveden Stud's Derby winner Reference Point, is also the dam of Stone Of Scone, a massive son of Pivotal who was highly progressive earlier this year.

After jumping out to lead, Fortune was content to set a steady pace, even slowing down proceedings with six furlongs left to travel, and turning for home he was the last to come off the bridle.

First to challenge was recent Rose Of Lancaster winner Jukebox Jury, but his challenge quickly flattened out, leaving Frankie Dettori and Mastery, and Eddie Ahern and Father Time to attempt to overhaul the leader.

However, Fortune was not for passing, and pushed home his advantage, stretching clear to win by four and a half lengths. Italian Derby winner Mastery stuck on for second at 12-1, with Father Time third at 7-2.

Alwaary, who was bidding to give John Gosden a trio of successes in the race, and Harbinger, who was as short as 7-2 for the Ladbrokes St Leger, were both bitterly disappointing.

Neither were ever close enough to land any sort of blow, with Harbinger finishing last of the seven runners.

Monitor Closely was given quotes of 5-1 from Coral and William Hill for the Ladbrokes St Leger, with Victor Chandler going 6-1, but no decisions have been made as to whether the winner will step up in distance again.

Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam, who was celebrating his first Group winner of the season,  said: "My horses have been so in and out all year.

"I was keen to run him in the Juddmonte International as we could have got £64,000 for finishing third - I didn't honestly believe he would stay a mile and a half. It was Lawrie (Inman, owner) who wanted to run in this race.

"Whether we supplement for the Leger is up to him, I'm not sure, although I didn't think he would stay a mile and a half. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

"The plan was to go to the front today and slowly increase the pace, and it nice when surprises happen."

Inman, a 28-year-old who works in the City and owning his first horse on the Flat although he has a share in the smart jumper Zaynar, said: "This horse has tried hard all season. We allowed him to bowl along today as he has pulled hard in every race so far.

"I'll leave any decision on the Leger to Peter as he knows Leger horses better that me. Going from a mile and a quarter to a mile and a half is one thing for an Oasis Dream, but I don't know about going from a mile and a half to a mile and three-quarters."





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