Sport Horse Racing

Friday 20 April 2018

O'Brien delight as impressive Light finds path to victory

Leading Light ridden by Joseph O'Brien comes home to win The Queen's Vase In Memory Of Sir Henry Cecil during day four of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 21, 2013. See PA story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire
Leading Light ridden by Joseph O'Brien comes home to win The Queen's Vase In Memory Of Sir Henry Cecil during day four of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 21, 2013. See PA story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire

Thomas Kelly

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.

RAIDERS

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.

Irish Independent

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