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 Friday.   

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.




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