The Queen watches Stoute’s dream of dreams sparkle at Royal Ascot
Ascot (United Kingdom) (AFP)
Dream of Dreams gave coach Michael Stoute a record 82nd Royal Ascot winner as he won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes main race on the final day of Saturday’s meeting.
One of those owners, for whom Stoute, 75, formed a Royal Ascot winner, Queen Elizabeth II was present for the first time this week and received a roar from the 12,000 spectators as she stepped out of her room. limousine.
Unlike Stoute, she finished the day without a winner – Reach For The Moon finishing second in the opening race and King’s Lynn unlucky third in the Wokingham Handicap.
She and Stoute chatted after Dream of Dreams finally clinched the Diamond Jubilee after finishing second in the two previous races.
“I thought I wasn’t going to have a Royal Ascot winner this year – he’s the last rider we have,” said Stoute, whose previous win in the race was in 1985.
“It’s been hard – it’s always been hard, but it’s even harder.”
Frankie Dettori also had an audience with the Queen after finishing second on Reach For The Moon by telling her how the horse ran.
The 50-year-old Italian then had to give way to champion jockey Oisin Murphy by being the first jockey of the meeting.
Murphy rode his fifth winner of the week on Foxes Tales, owned by Thai owners Leicester City.
The family held up a photo of their late patriarch Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed in a helicopter crash in October 2018 and who had started investing in racehorses.
Murphy said his first thoughts were with 15-year-old rider Tiggy Hancock, who died in a motorcycle accident in Ireland on Wednesday.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, what a tragic loss,” said Murphy, who had all the jockeys sported yellow ribbons in the first race in tribute.
“I grew up riding ponies myself. There are no words to describe how they must feel. Everyone thinks of her.”
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Earlier, Wonderful Tonight – named after Eric Clapton’s 1977 ballad – was music to the ears of England-based French trainer David Menuisier.
She returned after eight months off the track to win the Hardwicke Stakes.
For its owner Chris Wright – who co-founded Chrysalis Records in 1968 – it was a milestone day after years of racing horse ownership.
“I waited 40 years for a Royal Ascot winner,” Wright told ITV.
“I couldn’t believe I was out of breath. I’m flabbergasted, I knew she needed the run. What a filly! She’s amazing!
“My trainer lived up to my expectations saying she was 80-85% fit.”
His performance saw his rating for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October reduced from 20/1 to 8/1.
This year’s Derby-winning coach Charlie Appleby won a brace in the Jersey Stakes with James Doyle on Creative Force.
Doyle – winning his 17th Royal Ascot race – benefited from first-choice jockey and Godolphin’s close friend William Buick, who picked Naval Crown, who had to settle for second place.
“It’s a relief because it’s been a long week and I’ve hit the crossbar a few times,” said Doyle.
The winner’s stable boy, John Cahill, celebrated as if he had ridden the winner.
“It was amazing – the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Cahill told ITV.
“I am from Kildare, near Curragh Racecourse (in Ireland).
“I came here about five years ago, it was the best decision of my life.”
Dean Kiely used to be in the spotlight when he was a goalkeeper and has been selected 11 times by the Republic of Ireland.
However, the former Charlton Athletic mainstay was a proud dad as Rohaan, owned by his son Chris, won the Wokingham Stakes.
They were rather more excited than coach David Evans.
“I would say I’m a six (out of 10),” Evans said.
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