Twice Over got first run on Vision d’Etat as the enterprising tactics employed by Tom Queally gave the winning 4-year-old son of Observatory his second successive victory in the Group 1, $602,000 Champion Stakes, the last that will be run over Newmarket’s straight 10 furlongs.
Twice Over’s victory also capped a famous double for his owner Khalid Abdullah and his trainer Henry Cecil, as well as for Queally, the trio having combined to produce Dewhurst Stakes winner Frankel 45 minutes earlier.
The 7-2 winner was always traveling in cruise control as he tracked a pedestrian pace set by Arlington Million winner Debussy. Twice Over assumed command approaching the two-furlong marker as Olivier Peslier was caught a bit flat footed aboard the 3-1 favorite Vision d’Etat, who chased the winner to the line without ever threatening to reel him in. Twice Over emerged a 1 3/4-length winner with Vision d’Etat taking second by three-quarters of a length from Debussy. Team Valor’s Gitano Hernando was up for fourth by the same margin over Arlington’s Secretariat Stakes runner-up Wigmore Hall.
The two disappointments of the race were Prix du Moulin de Longchamp winner Fuisse, who came home seventh, and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Poet’s Voice, who was ninth. Both were running beyond a mile for the first time in their careers, and both failed to stay the mile and a quarter, for which Twice Over was timed in 2:08.54 on good to soft ground.