Royal Ascot: Racegoers remove jackets due to 'very hot' weather
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 9:01
I thought she shaped really well when third in the Middleton Stakes on her first start for us.
And Sheikh Mohammed's mood was even sweeter as his nemesis Aidan O'Brien's 2000 Guineas double victor Churchill couldn't summon up his namesake's fighting spirit, and was left floundering in fourth as Godolphin's Barney Roy won the feature St James's Palace Stakes.
Churchill, the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas victor, was the fancy for the St James's Palace Stakes but finished outside the places as Barney Roy stormed home for trainer Richard Hannon ahead of Aidan O'Brien's Lancaster Bomber.
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 is tactically very quick". "He's passed every test you'd ever wish a thoroughbred to go through since he was two".
Given Churchill's odds were even shorter than Ribchester's starting price of 11-10 favourite, it is understandable that Fahey, 51, has endured sleepless nights in the build-up to the big race.
The most celebrated of Ward's entries could give him an early success. He has terrible lot of tactical speed and that is a huge asset to have in a horse.
"This is a Group One against the fastest sprinters in the world and to duplicate what she did past year and come back and do it again - she's a once in a lifetime horse".
Meanwhile, Sir Michael Stoute's filly Mori could deliver his trainer a 76th win at the royal meeting, which would make him the most successful handler in history. "I'd say it was probably a career-best from him today".
Highland Reel won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot previous year and later in 2016 landed the Breeders' Cup Turf in the United States.
"We knew he would see it out real well (the race distance), and the last furlong was his best".
When temperatures hit 30 degrees Celsius during the afternoon the racecourse made a decision to relax its rules - believed to be for the first time - for men in the Royal Enclosure, which stipulate they must wear black or grey morning dress with a waistcoat and tie - but not a cravat - and a black or grey top hat. "She will now go to Deauville for the Prix Rothschild and then certainly the Matron Stakes after that". A mile and a quarter here in the autumn on soft, no problem - but this isn't his ground.