Yuften scoops Balmoral pot

Yuften finally landed the big pay-day he has so often threatened when staying on strongly to win the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot.

Yuften won the closing Balmoral Handicap

Having begun his career with William Haggas he was transferred to Johnny Murtagh before joining Roger Charlton, for whom he was having just his second run.

Having caught the eye at Newmarket when fourth three weeks ago, he was a 12-1 chance in the 20-runner field but despite being drawn in stall one on the fair side he drifted late and ended up in the centre of the track.

A stewards' inquiry was called but it was announced it did not affect the placings.

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"There are races during the year that one is lucky to win, but I have to say that was satisfactory," said Charlton of the Andrea Atzeni-ridden winner.

"That was a valuable prize in front of a big crowd, but we've only had him a couple of months after Johnny Murtagh.

"People said he was this and that, but he's been charming. He ran well at Newmarket and this has been the plan for some time, so it's nice when it comes off.

"He has a lot of talent, at his best he was rated 116 and today he's running off 100, he was second in a French Guineas.

"I don't know if he'll run again, today was the day, he's in the sales but obviously I'd like to keep him."

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