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Carlton House places fourth at Ascot

Back In Focus will make his debut for trainer Willie Mullins in the Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort Hurdle at Tipperary on Sunday.
Back In Focus will make his debut for trainer Willie Mullins in the Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort Hurdle at Tipperary on Sunday.
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On Saturday, betting favourite Carlton House turned in a disappointing fourth place in the Transformers & Rectifiers Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot. Instead, Fanunalter – who racing tipsters had pegged as a 33-1 long shot – pulled off the upset to claim the event. Trainer Michel Wigham’s Fanunalter, mounted by jockey Olivier Peslier, was trailing until the runner made a dash in the final stretches to edge out Pastoral Player by a neck.

Sir Michael Stoute’s The Queen (mounted by jockey Ryan Moore), who placed behind So You Think in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes, struggled throughout and came behind the remaining pack. Tullius placed third while Carlton House shared fourth with Cai Shen.

“We just brought him along quietly - we haven't galloped him a lot - and he's done a lot of swimming. We thought he would improve a lot for today, but obviously I was wrong. We came here thinking he'd run well and that there would be one or two too good for us. We were going to go for a Group Three in Norway, but I think we'll be shelving that now,” Wigham said afterwards.

In other news, Back In Focus will make his debut for trainer Willie Mullins in the Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort Hurdle at Tipperary on Sunday. The seven-year-old made a winning debut after winning a Grade 2 for Howard Johnson in early 2011.