ROYAL ASCOT: DAY 2
20 June 2018
Perennial champion trainer Aidan O’Brien saddled the first
three past the post in the Group 2 Queen’s Vase, the second race at Royal Ascot on
Wednesday, with KEW GARDENS (IRE) much
too good for stablemates Southern France (IRE) and Nelson (IRE).
The great Galileo (IRE) sired the first couple home in the
Group 2 test over 1m6f with the winner bouncing back having made most of the
running in the Epsom Derby earlier this month before tiring into ninth. Ridden
more patiently and with Ryan Moore in the saddle on this occasion, KEW GARDENS
(IRE) led with well over a furlong to race and forged clear unopposed by four
and a half lengths.
Wednesday at Royal Ascot kicked off well for Irish-bred
horses with SIGNORA CABELLO (IRE) getting the verdict in a three-way photo to the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes over
the minimum distance.
Aidan O’Brien’s GOSSAMER WINGS was beaten a short-head into
second with Shades Of Blue (IRE) the same margin away in third.
The winner is sired by Yeomanstown Stud stallion Camacho who
is having a terrific season having also sired Teppal to land the French 1,000
Guineas in May and who will contest the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on
The Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes for fillies and mares
went the way of ALJAZZI who posted a most comprehensive success for
Kildangan Stud’s top sire Shamardal, scoring by almost four lengths to atone
for her second-placed effort in this same event in
2017. ALJAZZI is one of 60 Group winners for Shamardal, including Tuesday's Group 1 Kings Stand Stakes scorer Blue Point (IRE).
Rathbarry Stud stalwart Acclamation had a big day, too, with
the much-touted EXPERT EYE coming good in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes in
the colours of Prince Khalid Abdullah.
Elsewhere, there was a fine result for Tipperary trainer
David Marnane as SETTLE FOR BAY readily accounted for 29 rivals in the Royal
Hunt Cup, scoring by more than two lengths. The winner won four consecutive
races at Dundalk from last winter before returning to action last month.