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Ascot has become the first racecourse to provide sectional timing – allowing racegoers to gauge exactly what fractions horses are capable of.
Had the information been available at Royal Ascot in 2018 it would have revealed just how quick Bound For Nowhere sped at in a frenetic Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
The commentator observed that he broke like a “bullet out of a gun”. The Champions Series does not mind a bit of licence but it is estimated that a bullet comes out of a gun about 1500 miles per hour and that kind of pace, you fancy, might be beyond even the most sophisticated machines designed to monitor equine performance.
We know what he meant, though, because the American challenger showed rapid early pace and was still pouring it on beyond halfway.
It seemed certain his exertions would tell on him but he stuck on valiantly to finish third behind Merchant Navy and City Light in a pulsating finish – only a late drift to the left betraying that he was getting a little tired late in the proceedings.
Wesley Ward, winner of the race in 2015 with Undrafted, said: “He wasn’t meant to be in front (early on) but I guess there wasn’t much pace. I was proud of him. To step up and be in the top three of a race like this at Royal Ascot is fantastic.”
The previous year he had finished fourth in the Commonwealth Cup and in his native America – where sectionals are routine – he is unbeaten in four starts.
Bound For Nowhere returned for the 2019 Diamond Jubilee Stakes but he was not in the same form as 12 months earlier and trailed home thirteenth.
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