Ribchester registers Queen Anne triumph at Royal Ascot
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 6:27
"We knew he'd see it out really well".
Globetrotter Big Orange, who came 11th in the Hong Kong Vase and fourth in the Dubai Gold Cup, is on the second line of betting after bouncing back to form with a convincing win in the Group Three Henry II Stakes in May.
"If it comes anywhere near courage, then he will be there fighting", said O'Brien.
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. "He had a hard day at Epsom but to come here and win, it's a massive performance.We knew he'd see it out really well". "Last time it was soft ground here, but she's raced on good ground in France, she can go anywhere".
"But looking at him as a physical specimen, you've got to think if any horse is going to get two and a half, he would".
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. Al Shaqab's Danehill Dancer filly was guided by Gregory Benoist and took the straight mile in 1:38.34.
"I believe he has more to give".
Dettori said missing Ascot was "soul-destroying" and his mood would not have improved as his top ride for the day, Lady Aurelia, blitzed the field under Johnny Velazquez to win the King's Stand Stakes in nearly as impressive style as she had in the Queen Mary Stakes under the Italian a year ago. "She proved today she's really something special".
Casse trained Tepin to victory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot past year, in what was the mare's first race in Europe.
Lady Aurelia always appeared to be traveling comfortably for Velazquez, and with a furlong still to run already had sewn up her second Royal Ascot victory.
"The atmosphere is gonna be one I'll remember forever", she said.
With the Godolphin favourite Jack Hobbs fading to last, the Irish star earned 5-4 quotes to go back to Ascot next month and successfully defend his King George title.
This isn't the first time the mother-of-two has worn a white lace design by McQueen, as Sarah Burton for the label designed her wedding dress back in 2011.
"I thought they'd roll along at a good tempo but obviously over here they're allowed pacemakers and it's a different story". She is leased from her breeders by the 75-member Hot to Trot Syndicate, many of whom flooded into the winner's enclosure after the race.