Globetrotting horse Highland Reel wins at Royal Ascot

Posted June 22, 2017

That wasn't their first successful appearance as Highland Reel took the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot past year.

The meeting, which runs until Friday, was rocked in the build-up when it was announced popular jockey Frankie Dettori, 46, would not be riding because of a shoulder injury sustained in a fall last week. "He stays a mile and a half well but won over seven at two so he's always had that pace".

"We're just elated", said trainer Wesley Ward, who notched his eighth Royal Ascot win.

She had looked quite smart in winning a Classic trial before her Curragh disappointment and can bounce back in style.

"It nearly brings tears to my eyes that she is that good". "It backfired taking her to Lingfield, some people said she hadn't trained on but Jean-Claude Rouget is a master, he said she definitely has, and she showed it today". Get handicapping analysis, real-time coverage, special reports, and charts. Lady Aurelia took the lead with two furlongs to run and pulled clear, winning the five-furlong race in 57.45 seconds, just short of a course record.

Getty/AAP Last year was the first time the Duchess attended Royal Ascot, and you'd be forgiven for thinking she slipped on the same outfit this time.

The filly destroyed her rivals in the Queen Mary Stakes a year ago but had far more on her plate on her return on Tuesday.

"Against this tough opposition and a mix of colts and fillies she has been wonderful", Munch said. "I'm really enjoying life combining riding and training and we have the movie [based on Payne's life and Melbourne Cup win] to look forward to".

Churchill never looked like the horse that had been so imperious in both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas finding nothing in reserve when Ryan Moore went for the whip. By Scat Daddy, she was produced by the Forest Wildcat mare D'Wildcat Speed, and her only loss from six starts came in the Cheveley Park.

Smart filly Daban ran exceptionally well to take third behind Winter and Rhododendron in the 1000 Guineas but has to carry a 3lb penalty for her earlier success in the Nell Gwyn Stakes.

Flower, who raced Snitzel and still owns a share in the champion stallion, said his original intention when purchasing an Everest slot was to be represented by one of his own horses but he is open to finding a replacement if there is a better alternative.