Fascinating Rock Wins Champion Stakes

Pat Smullen riding Fascinating Rock win The Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot racecourse on October 17, 2015 in Ascot, England. (PHOTO CREDIT: Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images Europe)
Pat Smullen riding Fascinating Rock win The Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot racecourse on October 17, 2015 in Ascot, England. (PHOTO CREDIT: Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images Europe)

Fascinating Rock claimed the Champion Stakes at Ascot Saturday, easing out Found and Jack Hobbs to claim the prize that makes the £1.3 million ($2 million) event the most valuable one and quarter mile race in Europe.

Favored at 10-1, Fascinating Rock left it late but surged ahead in the final furlong to secure victory by one and a quarter length.

Found held on to second place, half a length ahead of pre-race favorite and Irish Derby winner, Jack Hobbs.

The win also makes jockey Pat Smullen the most winningest British rider in Champions Day history.

“I think he has been an underestimated horse,” Smullen later said of his horse in comments carried by the Sporting Life website.

“The ground and everything else was right for him today. They went fast, there was a good ease in the ground and 10 furlongs is his right trip.”

“I wanted to be closer than I was, but they went so fast so I sat back and decided to take my chances.”

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SOURCE: CNN