O'Brien delight as impressive Light finds path to victory
AIDAN O'BRIEN'S Leading Light justified 5/4 favouritism in the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot as hopes of a poignant winner for Warren Place stables were dashed.
Disclaimer represented Lady Cecil in a race this year named in honour of the late Henry Cecil and, for most of the race, Tom Queally appeared to have everything covered aboard the three-year-old, which travelled smoothly into the lead turning into the straight.
However, Disclaimer's stamina gave way and Joseph O'Brien took over on Leading Light. He appeared a sitting duck as Feel Like Dancing flew from the rear under Ryan Moore, but the market leader found plenty and won by a length and a half.
Leading Light's victory enabled the Irish raiders to equal their previous best of eight winners at Royal Ascot.
Battle Of Marengo came up just short as Ryan Moore produced a fine waiting ride on Hillstar to win the King Edward VII Stakes.
The English Derby fourth was sent off the 10/11 favourite for the Group Two over a mile and a half and Joseph O'Brien made a bold bid for home.
The race looked over as he was a good three lengths clear of the pack entering the final furlong, but Hillstar made relentless progress on the outside and went on to score by a length.
Sky Lantern proved herself to be unquestionably the finest female miler of her generation as she ran away with the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
* Colm O'Donoghue suffered a suspected broken collarbone following a fall at Limerick when he was unseated from Diamond Lucy after the filly appeared to clip the heels of Two Auld Pals in the Irish Stallion Farms Maiden.