Globetrotting horse Highland Reel wins at Royal Ascot
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 13:48
Aidan O'Brien is finally on the score-sheet at this Royal Ascot, thanks to the battling success of Highland Reel in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the highlight of day two at the Queen's track.
Jack Hobbs, the 2-1 favourite, was a huge disappointment and finished last.
Highland Reel, a globetrotter who has won on three continents, prevailed by one and a quarter lengths for the sixth Group One victory of his career.
Last year, three runners made their way to Sha Tin after competing at Royal Ascot, including the victor Defrocked, now known as Limitless, third-placegetter Chief Whip (renamed California Whip) and the horse who finished sixth, Out And About (now Booming Delight).
Opening the second day of the Royal meeting, France triumphed in the Jersey Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at 7 furlongs as Le Brivido outfinished Kentucky-bred Spirit of Valor (War Front) to win by a neck.
We are going to leave you with this pretty entertaining series of shots of Sophie, Countess of Wessex, almost falling on Kate in her carriage (yes, you ride a carriage to this thing, what did you expect?).
"He is tactically very quick and unbelievably courageous".
"He was never comfortable, I'm not sure why", said Moore.
Flower, who raced Snitzel and still owns a share in the champion stallion, said his original intention when purchasing an Everest slot was to be represented by one of his own horses but he is open to finding a replacement if there is a better alternative. She can emulate Persuasive, who won the Sandringham for Gosden and owners Cheveley Park past year.
"It looked like Ulysses had gone past him, but he battled back and it was no disgrace being beaten by Highland Reel".
Lady Aurelia was devastating in the King's Stand, her second Royal Ascot victory after producing a similar performance past year when winning the Queen Mary Stakes.
Order Of St George is all the rage as he sets out to defend his Ascot Gold Cup crown, with some of his rivals conceding they'll find it hard to beat him. "I'd say that was a career best from him". "He needs racing now as he's not had many (runs) but he does go well fresh".
A delighted Fahey said: "I'm just delighted he has won". She was clearly a top performer in South Africa, where she did have winning form over a mile, and I can tell you she has pleased us, and has been working well, since York. "She proved today she's really something special".