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Wayne Lordan riding Duntle (3L). Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Wayne Lordan riding Duntle (3L). Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Wayne Lordan riding Duntle (3L). Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

IRISH-trained horses made another blistering start to the second day of Royal Ascot as Aidan O'Brien's Gale Force Ten won the opening Group Three Jersey Stakes and Duntle, trained by David Wachman, won the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

Both Irish winners had to be tough to go on and win and Duntle tasted success at the Ascot meeting for a second consecutive year, giving jockey Wayne Lordan his third winner at the Berkshire venue this week when holding off the brave effort of Ladys First by half-a-length.

Duntle has always proven to be a high class mare and the four-year-old announced herself on the scene with an 18-length maiden win at Dundalk early last season.

Following her success in the Sandringham last year, she went on to win the Group Three Desmond Stakes and was controversially disqualified in the Group One Matron Stakes and placed second behind Chachamaidee.

Wachman revealed that a win in Group One company would now be her main aim.

"Wayne gave her a very good ride," said the Tipperary trainer.

"He didn't want to get there too soon and kept hanging on and hanging on and even when he got there he was still hanging on.

"The Matron Stakes is history so we will look for another Group One next and try and keep it out of the stewards' room.

"She's in everything and all options are open to her."

Gale Force Ten showed how tough horse and rider were as, despite being headed inside the final furlong by Montiridge, the Irish 2000 Guineas runner-up returned to winning ways to take the opener.

A winner of a good Curragh maiden last year, Gale Force Ten offered a significant form boost for stable companion Magician, who disappointed here on the opening day and despite winning over seven furlongs, the winning trainer suggested the colt could step up or drop back in trip.

"He fought back well. He's a hardy horse, a strong horse and loves that fast ground.

"Joseph said in an ideal world he would not want to be in front as long as that.

"He could step up to a mile or go back to six furlongs which is unusual."


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