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Dandoun earns Ascot place

Dandoun could step up to tackle the top milers at Ascot next month after preserving his unbeaten record at Kempton today.

John Dunlop`s colt clinched his hat-trick with a decisive one and three-quarter length success over Aldebaran in the Listed Bet with betabaet Heron Stakes.

The 11-10 favourite threw down his challenge to Aldebaran, whom he had beaten at Doncaster earlier this month, inside the final quarter-mile and with Kieren Fallon using his whip in the left hand, asserted in the last 150 yards.

Dunlop, who had won the race 12 months earlier with Inglenook, said: 'Kieren thought he was a nice horse.

'He`s not very experienced, but he`s in the St James`s Palace at Royal Ascot and that is the logical progression. And he thought he`d get further, which is interesting. It was very satisfactory.'

Fallon had earlier looked unlucky when finishing second on Misraah in the Achilles Stakes.

The former champion was denied an opening on Sir Michael Stoute`s colt until too late, and he failed by a neck to overhaul Emerald Peace.

The winner, who was ridden by Michael Tebbutt, is in foal to Grand Lodge and her success at Listed level is likely to reflect upon the value of her future foal.

Jimmy Scott, representing Stoute, reflected: 'He just had a wall of horses in front of him. Everywhere they went, he went.'

Fromsong finished with a slipped saddle in fourth, beaten just over a length behind Emerald Peace, to complete a 'nightmare day' for trainer Rod Millman.

The Devon-based Millman had been forced to withdraw his earlier runners, Prince Atraf and Optimaite, because his horsebox had stalled on the M3 with a fuel blockage 13 miles short of the course.

Although Fromsong stood in the box on the hard shoulder for three and half hours, Millman was not using the delay as an excuse for his King`s Stand Stakes possible`s performance.

'He was not happy leaving the stalls and then the saddle went back,' said Millman.

Richard Quinn completed a 54-1 double on the Royal Ascot-bound newcomer Spanish John and the well-backed favourite Chem`s Truce.