Friday, Royal Ascot, BritainALBANY S.-G3
, £70,000, Royal Ascot, 6-21, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:13.82, gd/fm.
1--@#KIYOSHI (GB), 124, f, 2, by Dubawi (Ire)1st Dam: Mocca (Ire) (SP-Ger), by Sri Pekan2nd Dam: Ewan (Ire), by Indian Ridge (Ire)3rd Dam: Swallowcliffe (GB), by Caerleon
(32,000gns wnlg ‘11 TATDEC; 80,000gns yrl ‘12 TATOCT). O-Qatar Racing Ltd; B-Lowther Racing; T-Charles Hills; J-Jamie Spencer; £39,697. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, £43,915. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 124, f, 2, Footstepsinthesand (GB)
--Miss Corinne (GB), by Mark of Esteem (Ire). (£18,000 yrl ‘12 DONAUG). O-Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani; B-Denis McDonnell; T-Richard Fahey; £15,050.
, 124, f, 2, Oasis Dream (GB)
--Kind (Ire), by Danehill. O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd; T-Lady Cecil; £7,532.
Margins: 3 1/4, NK, HF. Odds: 8-1, 7-4, 6-1.
Also Ran: Heart Focus (Ire), Wedding Ring (Ire), Lucky Kristale (GB), Wonderfully (Ire), Lady Lara (Ire), Princess Noor (Ire), Midnite Angel (Ire), Red Lady (Ire), Sacred Aspect (Ire), Sleepy Sioux (GB), Rasheeda (GB), Suite (Ire), Iseemist (Ire), Kidmenot (Ire), Race Hunter, Arabda (GB). Scratched: Aqlaam Vision (GB).Click for the Racing Post result or the brisnet.com PPs. VIDEO, courtesy attheraces.com.
Qatar Racing’s silks are certain to be a prominent feature at this meeting for years to come, and they were in the winner’s spot for the second time this week after the wayward but impressive Kiyoshi stamped her authority on this affair. Fourth over five furlongs on debut at Newmarket Apr. 18, the bay moved forward to win a decent contest over an extra panel at Goodwood last time May 23 and, despite attracting money in this market, was expected to play second fiddle to the heavily-backed Sandiva. Held back in last early by Jamie Spencer after breaking from the stand’s-rail draw, she raced up the center of the track initially and, when asked, surged between rivals and to the front approaching the furlong marker. Veering dramatically right towards the far side when in the clear, the bay was still able to make the previously unbeaten Sandiva and Frankel’s half-sister Joyeuse look pedestrian. Jockey Jamie Spencer was impressed. "She’s always been a very good filly and we’ve taken our time with her," he said. "The reason she ran in April is because she’s good and really she wants seven or a mile, so she’s got a bright future ahead of her. It was a bit surprising that she hung, but she didn’t do it at Goodwood and I’m putting it down to greenness and the crowd." For David Redvers, the result was a relief as well as a joy after a long wait since the Listed Windsor Castle S. win of Extortionist on Tuesday. "There is a lot of pressure on to produce the goods this week and although it started well, that is almost forgotten by now," he commented. "I’d like to say a big thank you to Tor Sturgis, who insisted I pull this horse out of the box as her pedigree was a bit light and as soon as I saw her I fell in love with her." Trainer Charlie Hills was celebrating his first Royal winner since taking over from father Barry and said, "She showed a great turn of foot and was going to win from a long way out. She was there soon enough and this place is quite daunting, so we can forgive her. She looked pretty special there and will get a mile." "TDN Rising Star"
Joyeuse ran a race full of promise when making ground late after being held up towards the rear by Tom Queally and encountering some traffic. Khalid Abdullah’s Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe told PA Sport
, "It was a very good run. She settled well, she’s still quite green but she was running on well at the end. She’s still very progressive, as it was only her second start. I don’t know where we go now. It depends if we stay at six--then there’s the July meeting--or we find her something else at seven."
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