FANTASTIC FOUR AT ROYAL ASCOT
All four of the Juddmonte stallions with runners have now sired a winner at Royal Ascot 2019 and our fifth stallion, EXPERT EYE, himself won the Jersey Stakes Gr.3 one year ago.
The Grand Visir kicked off the week for FRANKEL with a commanding win in the Ascot Stakes on day one of the meeting.
OASIS DREAM's Afaak won by a whisker in the ultra competitive Royal Hunt Cup on day two with another OASIS DREAM gelding, Raising Sand in third place. Winning jockey Jim Crowley said: "Afaak did it well and Charlie and the team at home have
done a great job with the horse. This has been his target and to
come here for his first run of the year and pull it off in a big
handicap is great. He was second in the race last year so it is nice
to go one better. He relaxed well and it went like clockwork, but
he was in front a long way out as the leaders on the stands' side
dropped away. He's beautifully bred and hopefully there is more
to come from him."
KINGMAN was responsible for the first two in Hampton Court Stakes Gr.3 yesterday (20th June). Homebred Sangarius prevailed over Fox Chairman in emphatic style to give KINGMAN a new Group winner. Teddy Grimthorpe said: "We've always had a great opinion of him, but he was growing
at two and got a little bit weak. He still ran a
decent race in the Dewhurst and in his recent work he had come
on every time. Whoever has ridden him has said he's more the
business now and he's learning and growing into himself.
Frankie said he'll be a nice horse next year and it's Michael's
way to go fairly gently and consider the right options."
BATED BREATH's Biometric was relentless under a late drive to register a one and a half length victory over Turgenev in the valuable Britannia Stakes yesterday. Trainer Ralph Beckett said: "We were the only people on the racecourse shouting. It wasn't the plan for Biometric to be that far back but obviously they've gone hard and it's all fallen in to place. We were flat out at halfway, at the three pole I thought we were going to be last - or they'd gone too hard. I'm absolutely thrilled."
Date: 21 June 2019