My Dream Boat was a surprising winner to give Clive Cox and Adam Kirby a second Group One success of the week in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Beaten a long way by Japanese superstar A Shin Hikari in France last time out, he was sent off the outsider of the seven-runner field at 16-1.
Following on from the King’s Stand victory of Profitable, after which Kirby was reduced to tears on announcing that his girlfriend had given birth just hours before, the jockey will never forget this week.
Odds-on favourite A Shin Hikari - the highest-rated Flat horse in the world - set out to make all the running but failed to get away from the field turning into the straight and Yutaka Take was soon sending out distress signals.
Ryan Moore then produced Found and looked sure to give Aidan O’Brien his 50th Royal Ascot winner, but Kirby was just starting his run on My Dream Boat. Cox’s four-year-old even defied a drift into the centre of the track to beat Found by a neck.
Kirby said: “I was pretty confident he’d be in the first three. The race went perfect. He gave me a real good feel when he won two starts ago but he was bit free last time and didn’t get home. Full credit to the horse, he stayed at it. It was a very gutsy performance.”
Connections of A Shin Hikari were deflated after the much-hyped entry finished last.
Today, Pallasator can spring a huge surprise by claiming the Gold Cup In Honour of The Queen’s 90th Birthday, the highlight on day three of Royal Ascot.
Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of St George is a short price to build on the promise he has shown so far but having run over no further than a mile and six furlongs, the step up to two and a half miles on testing ground is a huge question mark.
In contrast, the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Pallasator has won over two and a quarter miles and has shown an aptitude for soft conditions having won on heavy at Haydock, where the ground is certainly searching when wet.
Pallasator looked to be a horse on the up in 2014, but he was a bit disappointing last term before finally coming good with a comfortable three-quarter-length success in the Doncaster Cup last September.
He met with trouble in running in his final start of the year in the Long Distance Cup at this track, finishing behind the reopposing Flying Officer and Clever Cookie, but beat Suegioo, Max Dynamite and Burmese on his return in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown last month.
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The eleven-year-old, successful for his trainer Ruth Carr in a charity event at York last week, was conceding weight all round as Jimmy Sullivan brought him late on the scene to beat Archie’s Advice by a length and a half.
After her evergreen gelding had appeared for the 153rd time under Rules, Carr said: “He’s a legend isn’t he and there was pressure on Jimmy as I told him to ride him the way I rode him last week! We’re looking at the Carlisle Bell next and, with a penalty for this, he should get in now.”
There was great finish to the opening two-year-old race as Jason Hart and Kodi Da Capo rallied to pip Cuppacoffee by a short-head. Hart was standing in for original jockey Tom Queally who was delayed on his way north.
Kevin Dalgleish, brother to winning trainer Keith, said: “She’s battled on well and has been bumping into one or two in her previous races.”
Ionization, trained in Ireland by regular visitor Pat Shanahan, could be set for a bright future after she showed a nice turn of foot to put the 6f handicap to bed under Tadhg O’Shea.
The Thistle Bloodstock colours flying proudly above the main grandstand at Hamilton Park due to them representing the winning most owners at the track last season and the man behind the operation, Jimmy Long, said: “We think an awful lot of this filly and this was just her first handicap. She can only improve and it won’t be too much longer before we are chasing some black type for her.”
The same trio completed a double when well-supported 2/1 favourite Jocks Wa Hae scored off bottom-weight in the 1m 1f handicap.