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Royal Ascot: More Coolmore Success

Today’s racing from Royal Ascot opened with the Jersey Stakes; Aqlaam picked up his third win for the year in his fourth lifetime start in the 7 furlong race for 3-year-olds. Although he is by the sprinter Oasis Dream, his dam is a half-sister to Persian Punch, two-time winner of the Melbourne Cup, so we may perhaps see him at longer distances down the line.

The Windsor Forest Stakes (mares 4 and up over a mile) was won by Sabana Perdida, an Irish-bred, French-trained mare under the care of Alain De Royer-Dupré. Heaven Sent was a game second and Grecian Dancer was third in what will be her final race as she is currently in foal. The winner was third in this race last year and her victory puts another one in the ‘foreign‘ column.

The big story of the day is Coolmore/Ballydoyle’s continued dominance at Royal Ascot; 4 year-old Duke of Marmalade won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (4-year-olds and up, 1 mile, 2 furlongs) impressively, and once again, Johnny Murtagh was in the saddle for an Aidan O’Brien trainee — this makes their fourth Group 1 victory for the meet. His series of wins this year is all the more impressive given that last year he failed to win any of his six starts as he endured lameness problems that may have been related to fractures suffered at age 2; he will now be one of the strongest contenders for the Arc.

The Royal Hunt Cup (3 and up, 1 mile) was won by Mr. Aviator and Langs Lash marked herself out as a 2-year-old to watch in the Queen Mary Stakes (5 furlongs).

Tomorrow’s featured race is the Gold Cup, with all eyes on Yeats as he goes for a hat trick in the race. A possible upset could come from Allegretto, although there are doubts about her stamina over the 2 mile distance. Geordieland, second to Yeats last year in the race, is trying to turn the tables as well.

Yesterday’s winner of the Windsor Castle, Flashmans Papers (a 100-1 upset) will go for a double in the Norfolk Stakes on Thursday. If nothing else, his quest should inspire you to read the Flashman books if you have not already done so — and perhaps he will demonstrate that his win was no fluke.

Takeover Target is also still on track to run again on Saturday in the Golden Jubilee and will likely remain in Britain for the Darley July Cup.

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