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Dansili's Riposte Seals Emotional Win for Lady Cecil in the Ribblesdale
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15.05 at ASCG2 Ribblesdale S.  [1 1/2m (T)]Winner: Riposte (GB), f, 3 by Dansili (GB)
Thursday, Royal Ascot, Britain
RIBBLESDALE S.-G2, £150,000, Royal Ascot, 6-20, 3yo, f, 1 1/2mT, 2:29.41, gd/fm.
1–#@RIPOSTE (GB), 124, f, 3, by Dansili (GB)
1st Dam: Rainbow Lake (GB) (GSW-Eng), by Rainbow Quest
2nd Dam: Rockfest, by Stage Door Johnny
3rd Dam: Rock Garden II (GB), by Roan Rocket (GB)
O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd; T-Lady Cecil; J-Tom Queally; £85,065. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, £90,225. *1/2 to Powerscourt (GB) (Sadler’s Wells), Co-Hwt 3yo-Ire at 14f+, GISW-US, G1SW-Ire, GSW & MG1SP-Eng, G1SP-Ger, $1,816,614; 3/4 to Last Train (GB) (Rail Link {GB}), GSW & G1SP-Fr, $285,208; and Kind (Ire) (Danehill), MSW-Eng, GSP-Ire, $132,389. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Just Pretending, 124, f, 3, Giant’s Causeway--Moon Safari, by Mr. Prospector. O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier; B-Eagle Holdings; T-Aidan O’Brien; £32,250.
3--Elik (Ire), 124, f, 3, Dalakhani (Ire)--Elopa (Ger), by Tiger Hill (Ire). (240,000gns yrl ‘11 TATOCT). O-Nurlan Bizakov; B-Frau Nicola Bscher; T-Sir Michael Stoute; £16,140.
Margins: 2 1/4, 1HF, 1. Odds: 9-2, 9-2, 9-2.
Also Ran: Winsili (GB), Waila (GB), Gertrude Versed (GB), Indigo Lady (GB), Fersah, Hollowina (GB). Scratched: Alive Alive Oh (GB), Cocktail Queen (Ire), The Lark (GB).
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   Sir Henry Cecil’s record haul of 75 Royal Ascot winners may never be eclipsed, but that tally will not include Riposte, who provided his widow Lady Jane Cecil with a first winner at the meeting when bounding to an impressive score on a highly-charged day in Berkshire. Unraced as a juvenile, the homebred bay was slowly away yet still shaped with promise when running second at Sandown on debut Apr. 26 and experienced more early problems when easily landing a maiden at her local Newmarket track last time May 17. Without The Lark (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) and Alive Alive Oh (GB) (Duke of Marmalade {Ire}) to concern her as that pair were high-profile withdrawals due to the ground, she was caught dawdling at the break once again here and raced off the pace after recovering from that early blip. Circumnavigating most of her rivals in a rapid manoeuver rounding the home turn, she seized control in early stretch and, with jockey Tom Queally leaving nothing to chance, was driven out inside the final quarter mile to hit the line accompanied by a mighty roar of approval from the crowd. "It’s been a tough, tough week, I know a lot of people are struggling emotionally and this means an awful lot to everybody," said Queally. "It’s great that she did it as well as she did and I’m sure Sir Henry is looking down helping us. I thought her forte would be her stamina, but she showed a turn of foot and quickened up really well. She was slowly away and I wanted to race handy, but she was in front where it mattered." A tearful Lady Jane Cecil added, "First of all, that was for Sir Henry, for Prince Khalid and for all the staff at Warren Place. I don’t really have the words to say what I’m feeling right now, but I think people will have a pretty good idea. Sir Henry was adored by so many people and people who had never met him just loved him. We hardly dared to dream that we’d have a winner, but we thought this was one of the best teams we’d had in a while. He would have been relishing this as everyone knows how much he loved [Royal] Ascot and for it to be for Prince Khalid is so very special. My family and the Warren Place family have showed complete support and keeping busy is keeping us all going."

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