Undrafted wins the Diamond Jubilee
“This is certainly the biggest race I've won, to come here win a Group 1 and be presented the trophy by The Queen – it tops everything,” said a delighted US trainer Wesley Ward after winning a superb renewal of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes with Undrafted. He added: “I am going to keep coming back!”
Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Undrafted jumped the stalls well, but the jockey mindful of the stamina-sapping Ascot hill, took the horse back through the field and sat him in with cover. The pair came fast and late to snatch the spoils on the line from the Australian raider Brazen Beau.
“I have a lot of emotions,” said Dettori. “Wesley has been such a good supporter of me, his horses are so well trained and are always ready for their day.
“I won this 20 years ago when it was a Group 2 Cork And Orrery, so to win now fits another piece of the jigsaw. It’s been a great week – in a normal year I might have been leading jockey with three wins!”
Suits You gets it just right
An Irishman, who is training racehorses in France, won the opening Chesham Stakes – the Eoghan O’Neill-trained Suits You successful with jockey Cristian Demuro. It was a first Royal Ascot winner for both trainer and jockey.
“This has been a plan for a long time,” said O’Neill, “as soon as he started to show me speed in the spring. We might head to a Listed in Deauville now.”
Wolferton goes to Gosden, a ninth Hardwicke for Stoute
The Listed Wolferton Handicap was won by trainer John Gosden, a second win this week for him, with Mahsoob for Sheikh Hamdan, while fellow Newmarket trainer Sir Michael Stoute took the Hardwicke Stakes, winning the Group 2 for an incredible ninth time.
It was something of a surprise result as Stoute’s first string and last year’s winner Telescope could only finish sixth, the Prince Khalid Abdullah-owned Snow Sky coming home the 3l winner.
“Snow Sky’s performance has thrilled me,” said Stoute. “He showed a lot of acceleration, and won the race on the bend. He is not in the King George in July, we were planning to go to the Melbourne Cup, but we may have to re-think things now – I guess we’ve won a few quid now!”
David Lanigan gets a first Royal Ascot win
The Wokingham Stakes went to Interception for trainer David Lanigan, his first Royal Ascot winner. It was a second success at Royal Ascot for a beaming jockey George Baker.
“You don’t get a Royal Ascot winner, you have to work for one,” laughed Lanigan, who admitted he hatched this plan for Interception some time ago.
Mark Johnston wins the last
Oriental Fox had not been impressing his trainer or his jockey at home in his work, but the horse put it all together to win the Queen Alexandra Stakes, the last race of Royal Ascot week, by a clear 7l.
“I knew the conditions of this race were perfect for him if he was on song, and he seems to be back on form,” said Johnston.
Record-breaking Moore invincible right from the outset
Although the jockeys’ title was decided almost on Day 1, no one could really perceive how dominant Ryan Moore would be through the week.
The world-class jockey proved again and again that he is arguably the best in the world and he rounded the week off on nine winners, a modern-day record. It was a second consecutive title for him, clear ahead of runner-up Dettori’s three winners.
Moore’s beaten rival summed up just what the record-breaking performance means. “It is an honour to be riding against him,” said Dettori. “The enormity of it will be seen in years to come as others try to match it.”
Aidan O’Brien won his sixth trainers’ title with five winners, his highlight being the success of Gleneagles in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes. Ryan Moore rode all five of the Irish trainer’s winners.