Royal Ascot: Guineas third Ribchester takes Jersey Stakes


Ribchester storms to the Jersey Stakes under William Buick

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Report: Royal Ascot, Wednesday

Jersey Stakes (Group 3), 7f, 3yo

RIBCHESTER, third to St James’s Palace Stakes winner Galileo Gold in the 2,000 Guineas, ran out an emphatic winner of the Jersey Stakes for Richard Fahey and Godolphin on the second day of Royal Ascot.

William Buick was always confident on Ribchester, who took over inside the final two furlongs and ran on strongly to beat the fast-finishing Thikriyaat by two and a quarter lengths.

Buick said afterwards: “He’s been a grown-up there. He ran out of horses to follow, so I had to go when I did and he’s still won by two and a bit lengths.”

The success was a first at the meeting for Richard Fahey and Godolphin as a team and Fahey said afterwards: “”I felt we had a better horse today than we had in the Guineas and I would look forward to meeting those Guineas horses in the future.

“I was quietly confident three furlongs out and I thought to myself: ‘He wins now.’ I knew it would take a fair one to beat us because he really does pick up.”

Fahey also hinted at another meeting with Galileo Gold et all later in the summer. “He is in the Sussex. John [Ferguson] and I decided if we were going to take them on we would get there so that’s maybe where we’ll edge.”

Paddy Power introduced Ribchester at 10-1 for the Sussex following Wednesday’s race.

Portage wins the Royal Hunt Cup (picture: Mark Cranham)

Also at Ascot on Wednesday:

Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap), 1m, 3yo+

PORTAGE secured a hat-trick for Godolphin when taking the Royal Hunt Cup.

The field split into two groups, but it became clear around haflway that those on the far side had a clear advantage and Portage, who carried a penalty for a Listed win at the Curragh 11 days earlier, was on the rail from the point at which the field rejoined the round course.

It took James Doyle and Portage a long time to overhaul long-time leader Early Morning, but once they did the race looked theirs, with only Librisia Breeze from the original stands-side group posing a real challenge.

“This has been the target since he ran fifth in the Cambridgeshire,” said trainer Michael Halford, who was winning at the royal meeting for the first time.

“He has grown up and matured a lot since he ran here this time last year. We were delighted with his comeback run at the Curragh, we knew he would get the trip today really well and he handled soft ground when he won here on King George day.”


Frankie Dettori salutes as Persuasive wins the Sandringham

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Sandringham Handicap (Listed), 1m, 3yo fillies

PERSUASIVE made it a perfect three from three for favourites in the fillies races when she justified cramped odds of 11-4 in the 21-runner Sandringham Handicap that closed the card.

Frankie Dettori, who leapt to the top of the jockeys’ standings for the meeting with his third success, had Persuasive in a prominent position throughout. He sent her on over a furlong out and she soon settled the race.

Her advantage was slowly dminishing by the line, but Persuasive still had a little over a length to spare by the line.

Winning trainer John Gosden said: “She has done it very well on ground that she wasn’t crazy about. It is lovely to win a Listed race at Royal Ascot with a filly for people who breed.

In terms of future plans, he said: “We know that the French hold three-year-old races more than we do and we could look there. Or we could give her a smart entry here and see how it unfolds.

“But when you win a Listed race here you think about now!”


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