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Sioux Nation powers to Norfolk victory at Royal Ascot

Thu 22 Jun 2017

Watch the closing stages of the Norfolk Stakes won by Sioux Nation at Royal Ascot on Thursday and read our report. 

Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore struck gold as Sioux Nation ran out a game winner of the Norfolk Stakes.

Sent off a 14-1 chance, Sioux Nation was one of a small group to race on the far side as the majority of the field, headed by American raider McErin, opted to come up the stands side.

A furlong out, there were a handful of horses still in contention but Sioux Nation had just poked his head in front and dug sufficiently deep as the Declan Carroll-trained Santry was flying in the final strides.

Despite being separated by the width of the track, Sioux Nation just held on with Cardsharp following home 13-2 joint-favourite Santry in third.

Moore said: "To be fair, the ground is probably even everywhere. I wouldn't read too much into the track or the draw, it's just where the pace was on the first couple of days. The pace was the other side today and that's the difference.

"This is a very good colt. When I rode him first time - you can see how big he is - he just needed the run. He's had ground go against him since and on good, fast ground today, he always travelled like the winner. He needs fast ground.

"He was a bit lonely there on his own, but he's a very good colt."

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