Saturday 26 May 2018

Weld's Princess breezes home but no Glory for Ballydoyle

Thomas Kelly

Fame And Glory proved a bitter disappointment in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot yesterday.

Jamie Spencer settled the 4/5 favourite towards the rear in a steadily run race but found little when he asked the six-year-old for an effort.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "He has come back fine and seems to be fine after the race."

The Godolphin operation fought out the finish, with Frankie Dettori on 6/1 shot Colour Vision holding off the Mickael Barzalona-ridden Opinion Poll by half a length and then surviving a stewards' inquiry.

Saddler's Rock stayed on in the closing stages to finish third. Trainer John Oxx said: "The race was a bit of farce for him unfortunately as they went too slow early on, which meant he pulled for the first mile or so. Then it was a sprint for the last mile and he couldn't quicken on the soft ground.

"He got a bit unbalanced, Johnny (Murtagh) said, and he was struggling, but then he finally got going when it was too late. There are a lot of options for him, probably starting off with the Goodwood Cup, and we'll look at similar races. He needs good to firm ground and a good pace to be at his best, but unfortunately we haven't got a pacemaker."

Meanwhile, Dermot Weld's Princess Highway is set to tackle the Irish Oaks at the Curragh after emulating her dam Irresistible Jewel in storming to victory under Pat Smullen in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

Shirocco Star, which set out to make all under Darryll Holland, started to toil at the top of the straight as Smullen cruised down the outside and swept into the lead with two furlongs to run.

The 17/2 chance quickly pulled clear and passed the post with six lengths to spare over 5/2 favourite The Fugue, which kept on to steal second place on the line.

Weld said: "It's a very special day. I can't believe it was 10 years ago that her dam won -- time flies. It's one of those days where you enjoy being a racehorse trainer. It's why you get up in the mornings, to train a filly like her."

Irish Independent

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