Sport Horse Racing

Monday 19 March 2018

Gosden and Buick steal the Royal limelight with treble

Martin Roberts

DESPITE the Queen having a winner, Royal Ascot belonged to John Gosden and William Buick yesterday as they teamed up for a spectacular 142/1 treble.

Highlight of the afternoon for the successful trainer-jockey combination was the impressive victory of Fallen For You in the Coronation Stakes.

The 12/1 outsider was restrained at the rear of the field before Buick brought the filly through with a swooping challenge in the straight to run out a three-and-a-quarter-length winner over stablemate Starscope.

Irish History finished third, while Aidan O'Brien's Homecoming Queen dropped away tamely after setting the pace and the English 1,000 Guineas winner beat only two home.

Gosden, however, was predictably delighted with his 1-2 finish.

"She trained beautifully, worked well last Sunday morning and we were ready for a big run," the trainer explained. "She is classy, this is not a fluke."

And Buick added: "The turn of foot was impressive against the best of her generation."

The win in the feature event was sandwiched between the Newmarket pair's victories with the exciting Newfangled and progressive Gatewood.

Newfangled was installed as favourite for next year's English 1,000 Guineas after turning the Albany Stakes into a procession.

Sent off the 7/4 favourite, the imposing youngster led all the way and comfortably defeated the strong-finishing Agent Allison by two and a half lengths.

Newfangled was a second two-year-old winner of the week for her sire New Approach after Dawn Approach's triumph in the Coventry.

"She's a lovely filly and if we've got the brains we'll probably wait for the Lowther and the Cheveley Park," said Gosden. "Today you'd say she isn't a miler, but at home she looks like she could do any trip."

Gatewood got up in the closing stages to complete a hat-trick in the Wolferton Handicap.

The 3/1 favourite came with a great run to deny Black Spirit and Mijhaar by a neck and a head respectively.

Celebrating his first Royal Ascot treble, Gosden said: "It's been a great day and you have to savour moments like these. This horse will step up to a mile and a half now."

Two days after Carlton House was just denied by So You Think in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the Queen returned to the winner's enclosure for the first time since 2008 when her Estimate took the Queen's Vase. Trained by Michael Stoute, the 3/1 favourite beat Aidan O'Brien's Athens by five lengths, with Ed De Gas third.

"She's improved in her work of late and she's come and done it nicely," said the winning trainer.

The Queen won the St Leger in Silver Jubilee year (1977) with Dunfermline, and Stoute was asked if Estimate might be aimed at the Doncaster Classic: "I wouldn't have thought so at this stage. We'll have to see how she progresses."

Thomas Chippendale provided Henry Cecil with his eighth King Edward VII Stakes by edging out Frankel's half-brother Noble Mission thanks to a strong drive from Johnny Murtagh.

Both horses are on an upward curve, but it was the late-developing Thomas Chippendale which came out on top by half a length in a tight finish to earn a 14/1 quote for the St Leger.

The runner-up was done no favours inside the final furlong when he was squeezed between Thought Worthy and the eventual winner, but Murtagh managed to get Thomas Chippendale up to land the Group Two spoils.

O'Brien's Astrology, the 8/11 favourite after his third in the Epsom Derby, was a disappointing fourth.

Roger Varian notched his first Royal Ascot winner when Eton Forever defied a big weight in the closing Buckingham Palace Stakes.

Irish Independent

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