royal ascot overview from Simon Nott for Beth

The second day of Royal Ascot started well for the bookmakers when Quick Suzy proved well named by winning the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at odds of 8/1. She made short work of her opponents for trainer Gavin Cromwell under Gary Carroll winning by a length and a quarter. The Irish raider thwarted the Wesley Ward trained potential American usurper and 9/4 favourite Twilight Gleaming who finished runner-up. The off-course bookmaker who laid a single bet of £40,000 the favourite was no doubt pleased with the start to the day’s business.

Speaking after the race Gavin Cromwell, who is better known as one of Ireland’s leading Jump trainers said, ‘Royal Ascot is such an occasion and to have a winner, it’s fantastic. I was very confident Quick Suzy was going to run a big race, but where she lay with the English or the American horses, we didn’t know until we came here’.

The Group 2 Queen’s Vase was run at a muddling pace dictated by the Godolphin owned Law of the Sea. The slow pacesetter set up the race for the Charlie Appleby trained and William Buick ridden Kemari of the same ownership who won nicely at odds of 15/2 thwarting the 10/3 favourite Wordsworth who had to settle for the runner-up slot. 

Th winning trainer reflected, ‘I hope he will make up into a Cup horse next year. In the past few years three-year-olds in the Melbourne Cup have produced the goods. Whether he gets to that level, we will see, but we will enjoy today and have the discussions with our principals and managers during the next few weeks and map the autumn out. He’s got a profile that is working in that direction, anyway.’ 

Frankie Dettori made it 75 Royal Ascot wins to his name with his 22/1 victory on Indie Angel in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes for John and Thady Gosden. The victory was their third winner of the meeting so far. Frankie told reporters, ‘Everything felt right today. Indie Angel needs fast ground, she needs cover and needs plenty of room, she does not like to be crowded, and we had all three things today. Things didn’t work out at Newmarket, she was too fresh, I couldn’t hold her, she saw plenty of daylight. I didn’t know what to expect, but she took off today. She reversed the form for the reasons I said. She shouldn’t have been 22/1, because some of her form is quite decent’. The result was a tremendous race for the bookies. The big money off course had been for the third placed 11/4 favourite Queen Power who had been reported as subject of first leg of a £50,000 double with Love in the next. 

Let’s hope the bookmakers enjoyed the winning feeling because the wheels came off when the heavily-backed 11/10 favourite Love won the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes under Ryan Moore for Aidan O’Brien. Love was an extra special winner for O’Brien, the trainer’s 75th Royal Ascot success. Evidently not to be outdone by Frankie Dettori earlier! 

O’Brien said ‘She’s very genuine, very brave. Ryan was trying to balance it, and he knew that Armory was going to be very fancied, so he was just trying to do enough, and not do too much. He was trying to do the right thing for Love. We are over the moon.

The bookies certainly were not over the moon, one of the bankers of the meeting obliging is rarely good news for them. Which of course is great news for punters, Aye Aye! 

Simon Nott

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