Ascot Racecourse is pleased to release the Longines Sectional Timings for racing on Day 1 of Royal Ascot 2020.
Battaash flies to King’s Stand Stakes victory
Battaash clocked a top speed of 43.4 mph when motoring to victory in the King’s Stand Stakes. He was quickest away from the stalls, recording the fastest opening furlong in the race of 14.26s and stayed on strongest of all, with his final furlong time of 12.02s also the fastest in the field – helping to dispel the myth that he doesn’t stay the five furlongs at Ascot. Equilateral stayed on strongly for second having missed the break, with his final three furlong time of 33.80 seconds being the quickest in the field.
Circus Maximus grinds it out to claim Terebellum on the line
A final split of 11.89, the fastest final furlong by any horse in the race, was just enough for Circus Maximus to claim Terebellum (final split 11.99) on the line in a thrilling Queen Anne Stakes.
Terebellum had kicked for home with a sixth furlong run in 11.14 seconds, her quickest section of the race while her seventh furlong of 11.44 was the quickest in the field but she was all out by the line and just lost out.
Frankie Dettori produced a typically well-judged ride on Frankly Darling to land the Ribblesdale with a closing three furlongs of 36.24 enough to see off the field. The staying on Ennistymon clocked 35.99 for the final three furlongs – the quickest time for the closing section of the race across the Ribblesdale or King Edward VII. In the King Edward VII, Pyledriver closed out the race in 36.11 seconds – around three-quarters of a length quicker than Frankly Darling.
Frankly Darling – Overall time 2.33.29 / final three – 36.24 / final 12.02
Pyledriver – Overall time 2.32.21 / final three – 36.11 / final 12.01
N.B. All data provided by the Longines Timing System and subject to final checks and amendments. The saddle cloth tracker for horse number eight (Motakhayyel) in race one was damaged and therefore no data is available for the final furlong at this moment, we are working to publish this subsequently.