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Stack has great expectations for his Dolly after Ascot glory

Nick Robson

Published 16/06/2011 | 05:00

TOMMY Stack's Lolly For Dolly will next bid for Group One glory after living up to her name in yesterday's Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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Named after the Dublin expression meaning 'money for old rope', the four-year-old filly won for the first time in Group Two company with a solid performance as she shrugged the opposition aside.

Equipped with blinkers as she has been all season, the 11/1 shot pulled away in the final furlong under the under-rated Wayne Lordan to beat Chachamaidee by a length and a half, with First City third in a race in which the fancied Sajjhaa (fourth) and Seta (eighth) faded after holding every chance.

"We put the blinkers on to help her concentrate as she's quite idle," said Stack's son and assistant, Fozzy. "We'll put her out in a field on Thursday or Friday when she gets back home.

"We'll give her a break and train her for the Matron Stakes. That's her main autumn target. She takes a lot of getting ready so she'll have a prep race in something like the Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown or a race at Tipperary."

There was a sting in the tail for Lordan as he was banned for four days (June 29 to July 2 inclusive) for using his whip in an incorrect position.

Former top jockey Walter Swinburn saddled his first Royal Ascot winner when Julienas (12/1) held the 7/1 favourite Dance And Dance by half a length in the hands of Eddie Ahern and then had to survive a stewards' inquiry.

"I had so many winners here as a jockey. I won the Gold Cup with Indian Queen and Zilzal won here of course, but to train a winner is something else," said Swinburn.

"I couldn't train him as a two-year-old, though we did manage to get one run into him late on. He's always been that size and he's filled his frame now.

"He's done nothing but progress but it's not been the smoothest of passages to get him here. All his runs this year indicated that he's become a tougher horse mentally.

"He's battle-hardened now and hopefully we can build on this. He's in the John Smith's Cup at York with the knowledge that he gets a mile and a quarter, but this was the target."

There was a blow for Ahern, however, as he was given a four-day ban -- two days for careless riding and two days for excessive use of the whip -- starting on June 29.

Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote are Royal Ascot virgins no more after the victory of Rhythm Of Light (8/1) in the Sandringham Handicap. The first winner to defy a low draw over the first two days, she came late to collar the favourite Dubai Queen to win impressively by a length and a quarter.

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