After a thrilling opening day at Royal Ascot, we look over the highlights. Our tipster enjoyed an amazing day and his tips are up on the site soon.
Barney gains Royal revenge over 2000 Guineas hero Churchill
Barney Roy won the feature St James’ Palace Stakes for Richard Hannon after dual classic winning Churchill could only finish fourth.
The three-year-old hadn’t been seen since failing to handle Newmarket’s undulating track in the first Group One of the year, finishing second to Aidan O’Brien’s former Royal Ascot winner.
He held a good position throughout the race before powering home under James Doyle to win against Thunder Snow and Lancaster Bomber.
“We felt he was unlucky in the Guineas, and if he was unlucky he would win today, and so it proved. We have massive respect for Churchill, and I don’t think he has run his true race today, but we were there to take advantage.
“I’m sure our horse will get further – he’s in the Eclipse Stakes and the Arc. He takes time to pick up and he’s very relaxed, but a horse having just his fourth race, and to beat a Guineas winner, is very good.”
Lady Aurelia lights up Ascot for second successive year
Wesley Ward’s Lady Aurelia claimed her second Royal Ascot winner, as she put in another stunning display at the Berkshire track.
The three-year-old was mightily impressive when winning the Queen Mary at this track by seven lengths, this season she enjoyed another powerful victory in the Group One contest.
Frankie Dettori was booked to ride the American filly but it was John who steered her to an impressive win ahead of last year’s champion Profitable and favourite Marsha.
“That was awesome. Lady Aurelia is a very special filly,” said Ward.
“This is a Group One with some of the fastest horses in the world, and to duplicate what she did last year, she is a once in a lifetime horse.
“She loves it over here. We look forward to a really big summer and then the Breeders’ Cup. The owners are so excited. It is wonderful for American racing.”
Ribchester ‘best miler I’ve ever ridden’
William Buick was full of praise for Ribchester as he earnt his second successive Group One prize.
The three-year-old followed up his impressive Lockinge victory, by adding the Queen Anne Stakes to his CV.
He held a midfield position, before quickening up well under Buick.
“We were worried about the draw [in stall one], but we knew we had the best horse in the race, and that always makes things easier,” said the Godolphin jockey.
“There is no substitute for that, and as I said after Newbury [where he won the Lockinge Stakes] he is getting more versatile. I heard he broke the track record, but I believe he has more to give.
Rajasinghe won a hotly contested Coventry Stakes, giving trainer Richard Spencer and jockey Stevie Donohoe their first Royal Ascot victory
Sound And Silence won the Windsor Castle in good style for Charlie Appleby, whilst Ryan Moore got off the mark as he steered Thomas Hobson to Ascot Stakes glory for Willie Mullins.