Royal Ascot dress rules relaxed as racegoers wilt in the heat
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 22:00
Aidan O'Brien said of Deauville: "We're delighted with the run, Ryan (Moore) didn't have much to say but we're delighted".
Mutakayyef emerged from the pack to throw down a strong challenge but Ribchester, who drifted slightly to his left when asked to quicken, held him at bay by a length and a quarter.
American trainer Wesley A. Ward has entered 10 horses at Royal Ascot as part of the largest contingent of US runners to compete at the prestigious racing festival staged just outside London.
Jack Hobbs, the 2-1 favourite, was a huge disappointment and finished last having had every chance.
However, Dettori's agent Ray Cochrane reports the rider is still suffering with the problem, meaning he will sit out the first day of the Royal meeting at least.
Mocked by some at last year's Royal meeting for his weak finishing effort when bested by the royal runner Dartmouth, Highland Reel showed bravery and resolution here. He was second in the Queen's Vase here a year ago over two miles.
Going home without a victor on day one of the Royal meeting was nearly unheard of for trainer Aidan O'Brien, but he has in the five-year-old a horse he can call upon to strike when it matters most, and he did so for a landmark success for the master of Ballydoyle. Spirit of Valor was second, and Mubtasim third.
Hannon said: "I thought he was off the bridle a bit early and I was a little anxious that he was going to run a moderate race and finish fourth but I've got a lot of confidence in this horse and I'm delighted".
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime horse", Ward said. "We always thought the world because he's always been a natural, brilliant athlete".
Meanwhile the Queen, who is known to love watching horse-racing, looked thrilled to be there.
"It was good pressure to have, he was not odds-on in the end and he was the right horse to have the pressure with as sometimes you get favourites that can't win".
Winning jockey Gregory Benoist said: "She won nicely here a year ago".
"He was disappointing at Sandown but after the race he had a bit of a mucus in his lungs, which is unusual for him, so I'm hoping that's a reasonable excuse", said Charlton.
Reflecting on reaching 300 Group and Grade One career victories, flat and jumps, O'Brien, who was winning his 56th race at Royal Ascot, said: "We are a small part in a massive team".
The Queen had been seen at the State Opening of Parliament wearing blue, but by the time she arrived at the Berkshire racecourse she had changed into yellow.