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Danehill Kodiac repels Waldgeist to take Cumberland Lodge honours at Ascot

Danehill Kodiac (left) gets the better of Waldgeist to land the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot

Danehill Kodiac kept French Derby runner-up Waldgeist at bay to land the Group Three spoils in the Gigaset Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot.

The Richard Hannon-trained four-year-old made all the running in game style for Sean Levey and pulled out extra in the closing stages when Andre Fabre's raider produced a late effort as the 4-7 favourite.

A previous course and distance winner, Danehill Kodiac (8-1) set a decent pace and soon had the field well strung out.

The pack found it hard to get to the leader, who was still a neck in front at the line. Waldgeist, who had not run since finishing fourth in the Irish Derby 98 days ago, could not quite get there after being held up by Vincent Cheminaud for much of the mile-and-a-half contest.

Secret Number was a length and three-quarters away in third.

Levey said: "He's a lovely horse. You don't always get the chance to keep a lot of older horses in training, especially nice ones like him.

"It's so good for all the connections. They bought him two years ago. He had a few setbacks, they sat with him.

"Last year he won here and was placed here and I told connections to stick with him and wait for him. I said he's going to be a lovely horse."

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