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Acclamation’s Expert Eye Takes Apart the Jersey Field

   So soon after Sir Michael Stoute made the Royal Ascot record his own, there was more glory in store for the Freemason Lodge handler as Khalid Abdullah's Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) bounced back to his brilliant best in the G3 Jersey S. Only 10th in the G1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket May 5, last year's impressive G2 Vintage S. scorer needed a revival and that came in the able hands of James McDonald as he registered a first Royal winner with all the skill that had made him...

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Poet’s Word Downs Cracksman In the Prince of Wales’s

Sir Michael Stoute had been waiting two years to exceed the late great Sir Henry Cecil's record of 75 Royal Ascot winners and the genie of Freemason Lodge chose some stage to do it as one of the dyed-in-the-wool improving older horses he is so famed for, Poet's Word (Ire) (Poet's Voice {GB}), took the feature G1 Prince of Wales's S. Sent off the 11-2 second favourite with all the focus naturally on Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}), the G3 Brigadier Gerard S. winner travelled beautifully for James Doyle tracking that...

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Shamardal’s Aljazzi Dominates the Duke of Cambridge

Second at 40-1 to Qemah (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) in last year's G2 Duke of Cambridge S., Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar's Aljazzi (GB) (Shamardal) cut an altogether different dash in Wednesday's renewal as she surged to an emphatic 3 3/4-length success to provide trainer Marco Botti with a first Royal Ascot winner. Warming up with a return third in the G2 Sandown Mile Apr. 27, the homebred bay was only 9-2 this time and travelled strongly towards the rear under William Buick. Delivered to swamp Tribute Act...

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Galileo’s Kew Gardens Leads Home O’Brien One-Two-Three In the Vase

Without a winner on day one, Ballydoyle hit back with a vengeance early on Wednesday with Kew Gardens (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in firm command of a one-two-three for the stable in the G2 Queen's Vase. Ninth when aggressively ridden in the G1 Epsom Derby June 2, the 10-3 second favourite was held up towards the back this time by Ryan Moore who needed to get his pick of the stable's trio right after an uncharacteristically quiet first day. Staying on strongly to collar the exuberant front-runner Nelson (Ire) (Frankel {GB})...

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Camacho’s Signora Cabello Fights For Queen Mary Success

Yorkshire-based trainer John Quinn had captured the G2 Coventry S. with the Al Shaqab purchase The Wow Signal (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) here in 2014 and pulled it off again on Wednesday as Signora Cabello (Ire) (Camacho {GB}) justified the recent investment of Phoenix Thoroughbreds to win the G2 Queen Mary S. for the North. Sent off at a bewildering 25-1 considering her connections and the fact that she came here off a win in the Listed Marygate Fillies' S. over this five-furlong trip at York May 18, the bay was...

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Royal Ascot Thursday: The Gold Standard

By the time we know the outcome of the dual between Order of St George (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) in the G1 Gold Cup, Royal Ascot 2018 will be more than halfway over and a lot of the big questions would have been answered. This is a clash to savour and a build-up to relish, with the meeting's ancient showpiece now firmly reinstalled as at least its main source of racing entertainment. While it is gratifying to witness the kings and queens of agility...

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Where Did They Come From?

G2 NORFOLK S. - ROYAL ASCOT DAY THREE Each of the 10 runners in the Norfolk S. have passed through a sales ring; the least expensive transaction was when Kinks was bought as a foal for 4,000gns. On the higher end of the scale, Land Force was a €350,000 yearling, and Vintage Brut was bought by his new owners just three days ago for £280,000. CHARMING KID (GB) (Charm Spirit {Ire}) was sold by breeder Biddestone Stud to Mags O'Toole for 75,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. Re-offered by...

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Gunthers’ Dream Year Continues At Ascot

Fathers and sons, on the track; fathers and daughters, off it. Sometimes the jagged and capricious lines of fortune on the Turf level off into such perfect arcs that they seem to obey a destiny more wonderful and mysterious than should find expression in anything so essentially trifling as a horserace. In this latest instance, needless to say, there remains ample time and opportunity for the usual frustrations associated with the Thoroughbred to shatter what might prove just an illusion of inexorability. As things stand, however, only one climax could...

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Where Did They Come From?

ROYAL ASCOT DAY TWO: G2 QUEEN MARY S. There are many fillies in this lineup that would rightfully be considered bargain buys if they can boost their profiles with a win in this prestigious contest. The priciest public auction purchase in the lineup is the Scat Daddy daughter Gossamer Wings, and she is one of three to have graduated from American sales. Kodiac (GB) has four line up here, while first-season sire Kuroshio (Aus) is among those with two. CHELSEA CLOISTERS (First Samurai) was a $125,000 selection from the Fasig-Tipton...

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Opening Day Double for Frankel As Monarchs Glen Wins the Wolferton

Carrying a Frankie Dettori in irresistible mood, the unpredictable Monarchs Glen was on his best behaviour as he swooped to provide his sire and owner-breeder with an opening day Royal Ascot double here. Last seen finishing in front of only one of his 15 rivals in Meydan's G1 Dubai Turf at the end of March, last year's G3 Darley S. winner was playing second fiddle to fellow Frankel homebred Mirage Dancer (GB) in the betting but their fortunes differed when it mattered here and Dettori's confidence told. Generally progressive last...

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