Clare Balding and Willie Carson present coverage from day two of Royal Ascot, as they preview the day's feature race, The Prince of Wales' Stakes. With Rishi Persad and Suzi Perry.
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The storm clouds are gathering over London. The atmosphere is changing,
but we move from one iconic landmark to another. Welcome here
to the vast expanse of Ascot Racecourse, where thousands of
people are pouring through the gates and we expect over the five
days, that 250,000 people will come here to enjoy the unique mixture of
sport and social interaction. The rain is just starting to drizzle
down, but yesterday, on the opening day, we had a roll of thunder and
flash of lightning, providing by Canford Cliffs in beating Goldikova
and by the extraordinary Frankel. MUSIC COMMENTATOR: Canford Cliffs
goes on to win from Goldikova. Star Witness down the outside. Prohibit
has got up to win. It's Frankel now. He's starting to paddle. He's going
up and down. He's held on. Frankel has won it! Your first winner as
Sir Henry Cecil, any difference? Not at all different. Are you
getting used to being called Sir Henry now? No. Willie Carson
alongside me. Welcome everybody. Again, this wind is picking up as
well. The rain has just started. It's hitting our backs here. It is.
Use your microphone. Looking back yesterday and you saw Sir Henry
Cecil's reaction and it was relief more than anything. It was. The
horse hit the trigger a little too early yesterday. Tom Queally, he
just sent the horse home just after he passed the four furlong marker
and just lasted home. Henry was of the opinion he was getting bored in
front, but a lot of people thought he was getting tired. Any way, I'm
sure - he'll never be ridden like that again. I'm sure they'll hang
on to him a lot longer and keep the finger away from the trigger.
within the last two furlongs. It was exciting. He maintains his
record. Lovely horse. Another winner for Henry Cecil and another
Royal Ascot winner. He remains our most successful trainer here of the
modern era. Various of those are hoping that their fortunes will
change or enjoy a good day out. They are coming through the doors
in huge hats and small ones. Bright colours and pastels. Lawrie there,
closely involved with the special Olympics. Another Southampton
connection there, Mick Channon, now a very successful trainer. And
Richard Hammond of Top Gear fame and various other programmes as
well. Jamie Spencer, still looking for his first winner of the week.
Johnny Murtagh won the last, last night and Tom was on board Frankel,
within yesterday. William Buick was rueing what might have been. Didn't
quite make it in time. Kieren Fallon, who had heavy physio
yesterday. Now fit to ride. Ryan Moore there. He will take the ride
on so you think. -- So U Think. son had a very good ride in Ireland.
Got the business done and they have a runner in the first, that Ryan
Moore rides. That's not the main one. The main one is in the third
race. We are so excited, because this horse has been given a big
leggup by his trainer, saying -- leg-up by the trainer, saying he's
possibly the best horse he has trained. This guy has got to be
something special. We are all looking forward to seeing him in
the paddock. I've never seen him. Lots of people haven't seen him in
the flesh, because he's had a huge career in Australia and then
Ireland and so we are look ing forward to seeing So You Think.
There are a lot of dark clouds and the clerk has said that he expects
light showers and it's just spitting, so there may be more
moisture coming. However, the going has quickened up over the last 24
hours. All around the course the official description is good.
Yesterday it was good, good to soft in places. The round course is the
same. The straight course, the Royal Hunt Cup takes place over a
mile here and the race was run here yesterday and there seemed to be a
bias to the stands and that will be maintained throughout the afternoon,
I think. There are quite a few runners on the far side and that
may prove a negative. You want to be on the standside rail and that
will give you an advantage in that race. As Willie and Claire were
talking about, the feature race, apart from the Cup is the Prince of
Wales' Stakes and the favourite is So You Think. The ground will be
fine for him. He'll take a lot of stopping. It's a day we can't wait
for. He's been described as something out of the ordinary. He's
so excited about the hot favourite, that is Aidan O'Brien. The French
have won this in the past three of the fours and they put up Planteur,
who has an exciting turn of foot. We'll have an interview and a view
into the mind of the ten-times champion trainer, Sir Henry Cecil,
who leads the way here at Royal Ascot. We'll get a chance to enjoy
Frankie Dettori on his favourite racecourse, the scene of his
magnificent seven. He has a strong book of rides today. Kieren Fallon,
who missed yesterday with a cicked neck, is trying to add to --
cricked neck, is trying to add to his wins here. We will enjoy the
talent of Mickael Barzalona, just 19 years old. As always, fashion is
very much to the fore. We have the wonderful and we have the slightly
weird. The strangest of weather conditions. Pouring with rain one
moment and then the sun comes out. It's absolutely glorious. Agentle
introduction to fashion yesterday and today. We are really going to
step up the gears and we are talking about hats with Louis.
so exciting. Here we are celebrating 300 years of Ascot and
I have to say, I'm in heaven and of course you are looking stunning in
your Jane Taylor hat. All the fathers and you look stunning as
always. Thank you very much. We are seeing a lot of feathers today.
Here are some beauties. This is very much My Fair Lady. Black and
white. Wonderful. Now we have butterflies. I love that whole look.
Look at her eyes. Stunning with the hat. Absolutely, the classic
English look. This is high street, this hat and she carries that off
and added the feathers on that. This is vintage antique bird of
paradise and that really is a great plume. Of course, the girls in red.
For me, it's African sunset. I love this hat. It's double brimmed and
she keeps it clean and fresh and exciting. I adore that look. And
it's very much under the sea there. More detail about the hats during
the day with you, but yesterday it was the Royal procession that lead
the way, I think, in the fashion Stakes. They looked beautiful, but
particularly, I think, The Duchess of Cornwall, wearing what she wore
to the wedding but she looks amazing in that hat. And the coat
too. What I loved about that hat, she can be very elegant and
understated and the Queen looks wonderful in the green and the brim
and the grown there. It was a scene stealer. It really was. This lady
is always stealing the show here as Royal Ascot. You will know if you
watch us, Isabel is absolutely gorgeous. Is that one of your
designs? The hat, of course, is from DD Valentine and it was
inspired by the Victorian riding hat, because of the 300 years
celebration and we thought it would be nice to wear something like that.
The skirt is one of mine, but the jacket is an old Mugler. I couldn't
resist this morning, because I've never won heels and I want to --
worn tails and I want to wear them today. You look fantastic. You
carry it off very well. It was highly competitive yesterday. I
thought it was tricky to pick winners, but in the end, punters or
bookies in front? Punters. The bookies are suffering after day one.
May they suffer up to day five. They've not heard me, have they?
Canford Cliffs and the one in the last. Last was massive. Before we
went off air, we said they took 3-1, but to return there were plenty of
cheers. What about today? It looks harder, but we'll look at the
horses that have been backed today. In the first race we have
Codemaster. It's now less 2-1. Various fortunes. Also in the 3.05
Sajjhaa. Then So You Think, now 2-5. Williams hills put a 90,000 to win
and boylesports 45,000 to win 20. Fortunes for that one. Which one of
those would you back? I've got to put the first one. Codemaster?
Fortune to it all morning. The gamble is continuing. We'll keep
you up-to-date throughout the afternoon. I'm not surprised to
hear Gary say it looks harder. It always does. It starts off with the
three group ones on the first day, fantastic racing and favourites
should go in, but it gets more competitive today and we have a
really good mix of racing, handicaps and group ones here this
afternoon. Let's look at the menu Race two is the Windsor Forest
Stakes. It's a collection of very smart fillies and mares and Johnny
Murtagh is the most significant riding engagement for Jacqueline
Quest. Then they'll be talking about this one for weeks, I reckon.
We see So You Think stepping out. Then 28 runners face the starter
for the charge up the straight. One of the most competitive races of
the week and then that's on BBC Two, don't forget. We start the first
two races on BBC One. Here is the Queen Mary Stakes. The fillies here
and then the 5.35, on the red button and it's the Sandringham
Handicap. It's over a mile and the Queen has a runner. Here's the non-
us talk through the Royal procession. Did you enjoy
yesterday? It was lovely. So nice to be back, I must say and to see
it all in the sun. Not quite so lucky today. The Royal procession
has started already, but I fear, or they may have got wet on the way,
but now the sun. We may get a rainbow. We might. I'm sure the
Queen will stay until the end, because she has a runner. She has a
good chance. Maybe I'll put money on it. The Queen's had 20 winners
over the years, so maybe 21 on the way? Fantastic. I don't know what
colour the money is on for what she is wearing today. It looks to me,
as if she is wearing ah, pink! That puts me in my place. Absolutely. I
said blue. With her, the Duke, on the second day, looking very happy.
Pink and white, so in the first carriage we have the Queen and the
Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Abercorn and the Duke of Dalbussy.
His wife was here yesterday. He was an Ulster Unionist MP as a young
man. I love the way the Prince is looking over to see how far the
wheels are in the ground. He's presenting a trophy. In the second
carriage we have princess Alexandra in the purple and we have The
Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Gloucester and Mr Christopher
Rhys Jones. The wind is getting up. Very much a family carriage. The
Duke of Gloucester and princess Alexandra, both cousins of the
Queen. Both grandchildren of George 56. -- George V. It's lovely to see
Sophie's father included there. It would be nice to see the Middletons
here in the future. Lord Vesty there. Saluting the crowd and on
Sid him is his wife. We also have lady Braborne and Mr Sam Bullard,
who gives so much advice to Sheikh Mohammed and runs the Darley side
of breeding. He's director of stallions. What does one do with
that Basically makes sure they are all well promoted and mares come to
visit and also advises on the horses to buy in terms of making
potentially good stal Johns. Ah. -- stallions. Ah. It's not hands on?
He doesn't direct operations, as it were! What a wonderful sight. Even
though the sun isn't out, it's wonderful. In the fourth we have
Sir Anthony Bamford and his wife. Dramatic hat and also MrAnt any
Lauriston- Clarke his wife. Anthony is the chairman of JCB and
his wife is a horse owner. She won the Oaks? Yes. Fantastic. She also
has a huge organic farm and a lovely spar in Gloucestershire, so
she is very green. The Windsor greys getting frisky in front. They
need to try to stay in trot and it's a measured pace. They'll be
looking for their summer holidays. In August and September they are
put out to grass at Hampton Court, I think. Very nice spot to be. Now,
what do we have in terms of the details of the outfit? The Queen is
wearing a pink and white spotted dress by Stewart Parvin. She wears
a lot from him and a white coat and her hat, if she can hold it on, is
Philip Summerville. It looks like a Mr Whippy. I'm sure it's not the
technical term. It does, delicious! It's lovely to think that these two
have been married now for nearly 64 years and what a strong partnership
it is. She fell for him - he's having a nice laugh there - when
she was 13. He was showing her around Dartmouth naval college and
she thought he is a bit of a stunner. He was. And he was. A
prince in his own right. I love the fact that the sparkle is still
there between them after more than 60 years of marriage and more than
70 years of knowing one another. You see it from time to time.
sense of humour helps. I think so. What the Duke said at the 50th
wedding anniversary was that the Queen has tolerance and that's a
very necessary ingredient for a long marriage. She depends on him a
great deal. She at the same dinner, said that Prince Phillip has quite
simply been her stay and the country owes him a debt of
gratitude that probably neither he nor we fully recognise. I thought
it was a wonderful tribute. He's the longer serving concert? Indeed.
In a few years' time she may well be the longest serving monarch, but
I think Very Wisely from the start, she has let him wear the trousers
at home. He is the boss at home, as I think you know. Not in that much
detail, but I did have a funny experience having lunch at Windsor
Castle and Prince Phillip has a bell in front of him and it's up to
him to ring the bell to tell the servants to come through to clear
each course and he was deeply involved in a conversation so the
call came down, Philip, bell! she not have one of her own? No, he
said certainly not. I think that is a secret of how they've kept going
in partnership. For a man as proud of Prince Phillip, a Royal Prince
himself, quite hard to play second fiddle the whole time, which is
something he's had to do. He said from the start he regards it as his
prime duty. Of course, that's why he gave up his naval career and
it's wonderful she has made him Lord High Admiral for his 90th
birthday, and it's a nice touch. You can see the vast expanse of the
new grandstand. It's such an impressive building and it runs for
nearly quarter of a mile. It's nearly two furlongs long. That's
why my feet hurt so much yesterday! We'll pause for the National Anthem.
(the National Anthem) We talked earlier about the Queen's
involvement in racing today, specifically with Humdrum running
in the last, but the important thing to notice is she owns the
racecourse and it has always been Royal land. 300 years ago, queen
Anne who sounded quite a feisty character, we were told was
rampaging through the forest in a one-horse chariot, because she was
too fat to ride any more and she thought this is a great place for a
racecourse and here we are 300 years later. She said the perfect
place for horses to gallop at full stretch. And in the first races it
was hunters. Very big stirredy things and ran for 12 miles. They
ran in three heats of four miles and the last one standing was the
one that would win. It has changed entirely, but we still have
traditions. Years ago it used to be a boxing match after the races and
quite vicious boxing matches. I'm told one Tom Sellway in 1777 lost
an eye, but we have a sing-song now. I think it's rather safer. In those
days, women weren't really allowed to own race horses. You probably
know who used the pseudonym Mr Jersey for her horses? Was that
Lillie Langtry? It was. I knew you would know that. The Jersey Stakes
is today. It's the first race today. I wonder if it goes back to that?
They'll be heading soon up into the Royal box. Queen Victoria got so
excited about the racing once he tried to lean out of the window not
realising it was closed and shattered it. She survived to tell
the tale. The Queen still rides. Some people think she doesn't, but
I saw a picture of her recently with her youngest grandchildren on
horseback. With theerly of Wessex's children? That's right. The Queen
had to stop riding for a while under medical advice and there was
a lot of talk she had given up, but she has absolutely has not. Here
they come into the parade ring. APPLAUSE
It's interesting, on a sporting level, the American trainers and
Australians that are here, were making comparisons the Americans
with the Breeders' Cup and the Australians with their festival in
Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup, but nowhere else in the world has
this. It is quite something to see, as they come around now. The crowds
are applauding. This is what they've waited to see. They've
stood here in the rain and now the sun's come out. The weather
forecast for tomorrow and Friday is pretty dreadful. Fortunately, I
sharn't be here! Thank you. The Queen's very much the one who makes
the decision. It was interesting the day of Trooping the Colour, it
started to rain before the carriage procession, but clearly the Queen
had said we are going with the roof down and we'll be fine and again
today. It's the most lovely atmosphere and it's excitement
combined with deep respect and enthusiasm for the Queen and for
the Royal Family. It's a wonderful sight. Of course, their busy year
isn't over. They have another Royal Wedding with Zara Philips. Marrying
Mike Tindall. I hoped they might be here. I gather he's been having a
rather exciting stag weekend in Miami Beach. As they dismount from
the lead carriage, we'll enjoy again the wonderful shots of this
Royal procession coming down the straight mile. Prince Phillip
pointing out different things that he notices along the way and again,
the Queen warmly responding to the crowds here. Both of them have a
very keen eye for detail. They love the small parts and that keeps you
enthusiastic noticing small things. I don't know when they'll show
their age, but they're not doing it at the moment. Thank you very much
Jennie Bond. The Royal party will make their way up to the Royal box
and as they do so, we will see where the money is going here on
the second day of Royal Ascot. in the betting ring. The opening
race, the Jersey Stakes. You can see the favourite, 2-1, Codemaster.
4-1 for Havane Smoker. Oracle is ridden by Ryan Moore. He was a
strong fancy for the top jockeys' championship this week and here's
one of the best and we were hoping Ryan Moore wouldn't ride a wen, but
it never worked out He has -- a winner, but it never worked out. He
has gone and spoilt it. He's 3-1 on. You frightened the life out of me
then. You know where he's been all morning? Looking at the animals.
He's been at the save Farrah park. He got the tie from there. It's a
cracker. All week we are getting tips for people. I have to say we
did all right. You did good. Mine travelled beautifully in rear and
stayed there all the way through. What are we going for today?
followed the money. This first race here code mass ter, -- Codemaster,
has been 3-1 and now it was eleven and now 5-2 and 2-1 or less in the
ring and I think at that price it's mine. Willie, go on. I'm going for
Sajjhaa. Frankie Dettori you can never leave him out at Ascot. I
would think one has a big chance and he can get me out of problem.
He never got me out of trouble. Walter Buick, he fell asleep.
William?! I'm going for Start Right. He should tack over to the near
side. I have to fancy this horse is better. Kieren Fallon's neck injury
will be OK. He'll be looking around for dangers. When you are the top
jockey here, they give you an armband. They always do and when
the first race yesterday was run, Richard Hughes won the race and he
has been wearing the armband ever since. It's a golden one that they
put on the sleeve. Ryan Moore is in front. What we are going to do is
give an armband to whoever is in front in the tipping competition
and this is going to break my heart, but look, you have got to put this
on your hand and keep it there, because you are the leading tipster.
I can't believe it. First winner in 25 years. Royal! Absolutely. You
have to wear that. It's not big enough. Have you got one in XXXL?
It's only borrowed. Come on Frankie! We are not too far away
from the first race. Christophe Soumillon is with me. To begin with,
Havane Smoker in the first race, last time you didn't ride him, but
he was second in the French 2000 Guineas. He drops in trip. Will
that help? Listen, the first start was on seven furlongs. Last year
when I won on him he did well. I think he's better on seven for sure.
The last time in the French Guineas he was hitting the front and the
last 200 metres you can seement p actions going shorter so it was
probably -- can see his actions going shorter, so it was probably a
distance problem. Now on the straight course, he run for the
first time and finished second, so we'll see. Ascot is quite difficult,
so even seven furlongs here can be Planeu? All the horses are running
after that. So even this horse won. It was a
good line. He won easy this time. He is a horse with a very good turn
of foot. If the ground is good, he will give a good reply.
I wanted to ask you. Everybody is talking about So You Think. Are you
scared of him? I am not scared. I want to know how he is running and
I would like to see this horse because I think he is a great horse.
Many people speak about him over the world when I was in Japan or
Hong Kong, from Australia, everybody looked at this horse like
a great champion. It is great if Planteau can try to beat him.
friends. You last saw them saluting the Queen as she went by in that
Royal Procession. Yes, we paid respect to Her Majesty.
Now how many times have you been to to Royal Ascot? This is my fifth
time. Have you seen the fashions
changing? I haven't been watching the fashions! Yes, they have.
Do you like a bet? I do. Have you got any tips for us? Well, no.
Oh thank you, for that. It is the Jersey Stakes and I'm from Jersey.
That's why. And that's a good race to have a
flutter on. And how about you? Are you all right there with your arm
around me? I'm loving there, darling. Don't worry about that.
What do you get up to during the day at Ascot? If I told you, I
would get locked up. How many times have you been here?
Eleven times. What is it it that is so special?
The Queen appears here and we should come and pay our respects.
She did look glorious today. She is looking younger and all the
women in the beautiful costumes look younger, or is it that I'm
getting older? It could be something like that!
Do you mind if I squeeze out of your grasp? I am here with two
wonderful ladies who know something about style about style and
elegance. I love the style. Who is your hat by? Harold and Hatters.
You execute that very well. Over here, we have that beautiful look
with the hair really beautiful, clean up and really show casing the
hat. Who is your design inspiration? I would like to think
Alexander McQueen. Don't you think that look is really
well put together. Really well put together and
for Codemaster. This is the team responsible for the favourite, the
trainer, Dane O'Neill will be the man on board.
Yesterday in our last race, these colours enjoyed their first Royal
Ascot success courtesy of this horse. It is because he was so
impressive that the money has come in the Queen Mary today. A lovely
horse. A wonderful moment for sheikh Fad.
How did you enjoy that yesterday? It was an amazing day. The first
winner at Royal Ascot. That all goes to the team. Hopefully we have
some something -- something nice running today.
A lot of people think you are going to win this today? I am hopeful. If
he finishes in the top three, I will be happy.
You are new to the sport of flat racing and you have committed
yourself and your family to it. How is everyone enjoying the
experience? The family love the horses and it is in our history.
Ascot has been a good year. We are happy about that and hopefully many
to come. You have changed the ownership to
involve your brothers more? Yes, the family are here today. My two
other brothers are here. So it is nice to have them running in the
family colours. For us, it has got to be the family colours.
Why British racing? Why not America, Australia or France? Because this
is the best racing in the world. There is no doubt about that. I
love the surface. We have some in America, but most of them are here
and in Ireland. We are thrilled that you have got a
Royal Ascot winner on the board and hopefully more to come.
is Havane Smoker. Flashpoint heading down early. Willie, you are
seeing horses you really like. It won the Coventry Stakes last year
as a two-year-old. He lost his form a bit. If he comes
back to, he had a wind problem and he has had an operation on his wind
so maybe if that is a success, this guy will take a lot of beating
because go back to his Coventry form, he was talked as Canford
Cliffs. He was a super horse last year when
he won the coffin Coventry Stakes. A lot of people thought he would be
a similar horse to Canford Cliffs. He breathing problems. If it is a
success, he will run a big race today.
And we saw Havane Smoker on the way down to the start. I know you like
the French horse? It is a good looking colt. It is full of muscle.
This is a seven furlong race. It is like a sprint race. So it is a
specialist, it is for specialist type horses with a lot of speed and
stamina and you can sometimes get horses who don't stay the mile or
who are not quick enough. Seven, this race, the Jersey Stakes is for
them. I would think that the French horse as we were looking at, he
looks like a sprinter because he was all muscle, big shoulder and a
big back side. Richard Hannon won the opening race
yesterday with Canford Cliffs which was queue for celebrations I think.
Yeah, we had a great time especially to beat beat Goldikova
and everyone is delighted. Even the yards in the lad, most of those are
Indians and they don't drink. You can enjoy without alcohol, you
know! I am hoping he comes back to the
form. He had a breathing operation, hasn't he? He has, yes.
It was frightening him. When we looked at his larnx. It was tiny.
He wasn't getting much air. He was frightening himself and he appears
to be back to his best now. We took him to Kempton last week. We don't
know what we are going to do from that draw. I think we might stay on
the far side. He is a talented horse. You don't win a Coventry and
not be very good. So realistic rather than optimistic
and Codemaster looks a hard one to crack? Yes, he will be a hard one
to beat. But our horse if he runs well, he will be one to look for in
the coming months. Seven furlongs an unusual distance. You are
looking for a bit of classic form as well. That's why I think this
French horse is going to go well. Let's have a look now at runners
and riders for the Jersey Stakes. jump from the stalls. It is
straight up the strait here at Ascot.
It will be different for the Frenchman, that's for sure. Up
towards the Winning Post and it is a stiff uphill climb. Seven
furlongs, the trip for the Jersey yesterday. Codemaster has been back
nood 7-4 favourite. Everybody wants to be on it. It won't start 2-1. 7-
4 is solid. 7-4 then.
We have great racing coming up. Codemaster is favourite for this
race. There is a few horses in it that are bigger prices than they
should be. Let's talk about Codemaster? His win at Newmarket
was impressive. He took a long time to get going that day. He looked
green. The further he went the better he was. He looked impressive.
There he is with Dane O'Neill. We spoke about Havane Smoker
earlier. A 9-2 chance. He travelled really good. You would say he
struggled to get the mile. The drom back to -- drop back to seven
furlongs could be his stride and a good price at 7-2.
He is 7-2. Here is Johnny Murtagh's ride which is Western Aristocrat.
This horse had a couple of runs. He won both of them. He is the won who
is a 9-2 chance. We have seen a horse that's been placed in the
classic, this one only had the two runs. He is on the upgrade all the
time? The combination of Johnny Murtagh. He was successful
Proclamation and they know what it takes to win this race.
Really impressive looker. Beautiful mover and he has got to improve on
his two wins, but he look as if he has got a little bit of class about
him. Another one who has been in classic
races is Oracle. Here he is, he was third last time behind Roderick
O'Connor in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. This is an easier
race. It is not such high quality. The stables had winners and so has
the jockey, Ryan Moore. The stables are in excellent form.
They have struck up a good relationship, Ryan Moore and Aidan
O'Brien. With him as well, the drop back to seven furlongs will not
inconvenience him. It will help him. Splash Point, Frankie Dettori
riding for ga dolphin. He won in February. He has had one run
subsequently and he was tenth of fourteen so he is coming back from
a little bit of a break. I suppose he is perhaps taking a drop in
class. You wonder about his fitness, I suppose today. Yes.
He looks very well. He looks a picture and really relaxed and
looks well up for the race. Like you say, on his form today, he
probably has got a bit to find with one or two of these horses this
this race. It is a warm Jersey this year and there are one or two
horses in there with excellent chances.
cash. This is Majestic Myles. He takes a
step up in trip. A 20-1 chance and if you are backing him, you are
taking the chance which is why you are getting 20-1 that he will be
able to make improvement for the step up in trip. Here is Utley who
is number 9 on the cards. William Buick rides this. He had plenty of
chance to say win good races. This is his fifth and he hasn't managed
to get his head in front. He is well travelled. He has been here,
there and everywhere. He was behind Wootton Bassett, but they have got
the blinkers on him today. He ran a descent fourth at Epsom, but he has
got quite a bit to find. Codemaster a solid 7-4 favourite.
Let's go up to the top of the Jersey. Only three to go forward
now and we see Splash Point coming forward now in company with
Codemaster and that will only leave Havane Smoker. The jockey has been
reunited with this colt. It has been a long absence. The last time
he rode him was last September. He moves in. Set to go. Ready for the
Jersey. Racing. A good even, dispatch too. Quickly
away. Up there too is Majestic Myles and just slotting in behind
them is Oracle in the purple jacket. Codemaster on the near side is two
lengths away is Splash Point. Out the back is Western Aristocrat and
being ridden patiently at the rear is Havane Smoker. Unsettling Utley
charged away from them. Utley in front. From Strong Suit. A length
further back, Oracle travelling on the outside of Codemaster who is
centre field. Splash Point is further back and then Western
Aristocrat and Havane Smoker. He is really stretching them Utley as
they race on to the course proper now. Two-and-a-half furlongs to go.
He is out in front by four to five lengths, Utley and he is going for
home. Strong Suit is doing the donkey work followed by Splash
Point then coming is Oracle and also Codemaster. Racing up with
over a furlong to go and Strong Suit has raced through to take it
from Oracle. Battling away is Codemaster and Splash Point on the
far side. But it is Strong Suit. He has rejupnated. He is back in the
Winner's Enclosure at Ascot. Codemaster is second. Third,
Western Aristocrat. And further back then is Majestic Myles. Splash
Point behind them. Oracle one of the last with Utley and also Havane
Smoker. Strong Suit at 11-1. The the Coventry Stakes winner last
year. His form went off. You heard Richard Hannon Junior telling us
about the breathing operation. Strong Suit has won the Jersey for
hitch ard Hughes. In second is Codemaster. In third is Western
Aristocrat. Fourth, Oracle. In fifth, Splash Point. In sixth is
Sikeeb. Disappointing Havane Smoker and Utley who took them along at a
very fast pace has finished last. So the winner is Strong Suit owned
by Mrs Julie Wood and train by Mr Richard Hannon and ridden by
Richard Hughes. Yesterday, the opening race going to this
combination, the Hannon Hughes combination and today they start
proceedings in the same manner with a winner. There they are, son and
father. Father and son. Richard Hannon senior. There he is.
And he will be elated by this victory. Second is Codemaster.
Third is Number Ten, Western Aristocrat and fourth is Oracle.
Let's have a check on the result of the first race. Strong Suit 11-1.
Codemaster 15-8 favourite and Western Aristocrat 9-2, you can't
will do when he gets back in the jockey room will grab that golden
arm band to say I am the leading jockey. He know that is Utley is
going too fast, but if he keeps tabs on that leader. Codemaster has
run very well and done little wrong. A horse that hasn't shown his best
form is Havane Smoker who pulled too hard early on and ruin his
chances. Look at Strong Suit stretch and this is where the
breathing operation was going to work or not. Would the horse be
scared when he went for it? Well, he is not, because he can breathe.
When he won the Coventry, he was spoken in the same view as Canford
Cliffs and we have seen what he did yesterday. Now this horse obviously
his wind operation is a success, but what we saw there was a master
at work. Richard Hughes, who normally gets his horses out the
back and settles them, but today he saw the opportunity there of a nice
leap from William Buick and he sat second, sat nice and quiet on his
horse, let the other horse come back to him without asking his
horse and when he got to the furlong-and-a-half, no other horse
had shown its head at his elbow so he said, "let's go." There you saw
the result. His horse picked up for him and won nicely indeed. A master
at work. You saw a shot of Richard Hannon
who last year for the first time in his career was leading trainer at
at Royal Ascot. He is Richard Hughes' father-in-law. A great team
they make. They have a wonderful time with their owners. They make
sure they enjoy life. It is easier to enjoy it when you are winning
and they are coming into the Winner's Enclosure at Royal Ascot.
Richard Hughes delighted. Julie Wood congratulating him as he comes
back into the Winner's Enclosure. The winning distance a half neck.
It is 1.5 seconds outside Rainfall's record. Strong Suit a
big performance because he was giving a big weight. He carried 9.6.
This colt. What will interest breeders and I'm sure Willie will
have a comment because he has his own stud, I am right, I think
Willie in thinking that Strong Suit is a horse who is completely
without any Northern Dancer blood in him which will make him an
attractive outcross. Before we ask Willie, here is the trainer.
A very successful and satisfying start to day two particularly
because this horse hadn't been showing his best. You gave him the
breathing operation. When did he start showing he might have that
problem? You never had a horse going past you. But Hughes said he
was gulping pulling up and we put the overhead camera on him and you
could see he was closing up, couldn't we? We took him to Kempton
the other day with Canford Cliffs and he worked brilliant.
Richard, can you explain to us what difference it makes having a horse
who can breathe? Well, I knew how good he was in the Coventry. He did
it in Ireland last year. He was like someone shot him and then we
were scratching our head and he never seemed the same. He got the
wobbles with me in the Greenham and we got the camera on him and that
revealed the problem. They have done a great job who operated.
Utley has gone a cracking gallop and you travelled beautifully?
That's him flying again. He couldn't do that when his breathing
was annoying him. Snoot further he went -- The the
further he went the more his throat was closing. It frighten the horse.
-- it frightened his horse. Richard, you have to go off. After
he won the Coventry Stakes, would you have exciting targets for him,
possibly take on Canford Cliffs? has got a 5lb penalty. He has done
a good job of that. Where you consider six and a mile?
A mile wouldn't worry him. Wins the Jersey Stakes. Second was
Codemaster and third, Western Aristocrat. The bookmakers dodged a
bullet there. Yes, I thought Codemaster was a
winner. But Richard Hughes was 10-1 before the week started to be top
top jockey. The horse he is riding in the last race is a favourite.
I will highlight the one, two, three, four. The one you need to
watch is Havane Smoker who takes too strong a hold. He won't settle.
The French horse, they normally race at a slower gallop and speed
up. This has been a strong gallop and he will not gallop.
He sets a strong pace early on. If Havane Smoker was going to settle,
it was today. As As soon as the gates opened, he wanted to get the
horse switched off. He did get him switched off, but he gave a lot of
ground away. He got him right at the back of the
field in an attempt to get his racing evenly. He hasn't picked up
by the end of the race. Let's look at Western Aristocrat. This is a
horse who only had two runs before today. Johnny Murtagh takes time at
this class of race to find his stride, but he is staying on really
well. At this level you expect them to go fast early on and that they
did. Western Aristocrat just struggled with the early pace, but
once one or two horses started to come back to him and he popped
himself into gear, he was the one coming home the best of all.
He is a bigger horse thant others. -- than the others. He is going to
get better, isn't he? Yes. I think we will see him over a mile next
time. We could well see him in the
Winner's Enclosure. The winning time 0.16 seconds faster than the
average time here. They have gone Stakes is being made by Bryan Ferry
and very much the 80s icon of glamour and the new romantics and
all of that. Well, going back to the 70s. Julie Wood, the winning
owner. A thrill for her and Richard Hannon. I was saying how he managed
to become leading trainer here at Royal Ascot for the first time in
his career. He wanted Richard Hughes to be leading jockey, but
Hughesy got col lard by Ryan Moore. So Hughesy is desperate to do it
this time. He is a beautiful jockey, tall and elegant and a wonderful
horseman. I loved the way he rode Strong Suit. He put both hands on
the reigns and kept him straight and filled him with confidence.
All the young kids up and down the country should be looking at that
ride. And that's what you want to be copying.
The breathing point. McVellon. Northern Dancer was a Canadian bred
horse. A lot of the top horses that you see aroundted world -- around
the world... He is the granddaddy of nearly everything.
I am certain that one horse had something to do with this mare. I
should have remembered. You can't remember everything. The
jockey reporting that Havane Smoker was feeling the effects of his last.
Form doesn't always read true. He is built like a sprinter. He
looks like a sprinter and what we saw, he is a sprinter.
The win picking up and the -- the wind picking up. Henry Candy will
have to wait for a win. Yesterday, we saw the newly knighted Sir Henry
Cecil extend his ril Ascot -- Royal Ascot winning streak to 72. Here he
is giving instructions. He has two runners in the next race.
He is joking around there and talking about the winner he rode
yesterday and the fact that Eddie came in and said, "I didn't go as
early as Tom.". You know what else he said, it was a ride he wasn't
supposed to have. And everybody is shouting at him, "Well done,
Kieron.". Henry Cecil remains positive despite under going
treatment for stomach cancer. Last week, I went to Newmarket to sit in
the garden with Henry and discuss Have we started? Yes.
Start again. Start again. Start again.
The three things a trainer should be, one is be patient. And two is
be patient and three is be patient. Our staff in the last year-and-a-
half has been, we are building it up again, because we went down to
30 odd horses, you know for about four or five years.
You are all on camera so make sure you smile!
Just say good morning as you go past.
When you went down to so few horses, was that one of the hard things
about it actually having to lay off staff? When a stable is thriving
and going very well and winning good races, people want to be in it.
When it is winning twelve or fourteen races a year and no
winners at Royal Ascot, maybe financially they think they would
be better off somewhere else. Did you ever lose faith in
I got to a stage with everything in my life. The death of my brother
and financial things and divorces and I never really thought that I -
that was the end of me. I can't be an also-ran. I have children. I
would like to think they look up to me. I don't want to be that
pathetic and when I hear people on the heath saying there's heny Cecil
over there, he should have retired years ago, those sort of things
hurt me and I have always been competitive. I thought if I was
champion trainer nobody could say I was useless and with the help of
Jane and putting the pieces back together again we are getting back
again. When did you first start to feel you are on the bridle and
running again? I suppose about four years ago, five years ago. Then I
was taken ill, which sort of made it more difficult. When you have
tried to be very positive and get back there and you can hardly walk
with chemotherapy then you don't feel quite so good, but I was
determined to get on top of everything. The incredible come-
back king, Henry Cecil. Hip, hip. When you've had chemotherapy and
you are not feeling great, you know, you know you don't look very well.
Actually, they are very kind in the Jockey Club. They did a portrait of
me and it's in the rooms and it's very nice and this nice woman
painted me and I just had a really big bout of the chemotherapy and I
felt awful and I looked awful. It makes me look as if I've got one
day to live, but it's a very good painting. I do look ill. She has
painted me as I was. But it's quite funny that we have the likes of Sir
Reginald with the wax moustache and Henry Cecil lolling in a chair. The
fillies love them. Rather than a sugar lump. Life has to be enjoyed.
On the heath we Take The Micky out of each other. All the trainers get
on well and they treat me as a bit of a joke and I'm taking the Mickey
out of them. It's like a cocktail party, but without the drink.
is the possibility of winning the Trainers' Championship and it would
be the eleventh title for you. very open. I've got a chance. We'll
see how we go. I still am pretty small minded and I look at the list
and I think I've gone up one or two places. As long as we are up near
the top, in the top four or five, then one has to be very pleased and
anything better than that would be a bonus and I shall be delighted.
Here's Frankel here. Get the fillies out of the way please,
quick. I do it all in my head. I can't work computers and I can't
work the mobile telephone. I've given it to Jane, because I don't
know how to send a message. I'm quite old-fashioned. How important
has Jane been in keeping you concentrated on track and keeping
you podsive about the training? Jane is a great -- positive about
the training? Jane is a great help and very good with the PR. My PR
used to be terrible. Getting much better now and she looks after me
so well. I had beetroot juice for breakfast and I'm not allowed this
and sugar and I'm not allowed cakes and things. She does understand
horses too. Prince Khalid is a very private man and he likes giving
interviews less than you do. How supportive is he and as an owner?
Fantastic owner. I regard him as a very good friend. He's been a very
good friend to me through all my problems and everything. He has
always been there for me. He's very knowledgeable and he loves the
horses and the broding. -- breeding. I'm very, very lucky to have him. I
have told him. I have said, "If you decide you've had enough of me then
it's time I should go." You would stop training? Yeah. Definitely.
Quite a strong line that, that he would strop training if the prince
stopped supporting him. If he stopped believing in him then Henry
Cecil would walk away, but right at this moment in time he's fifth in
the trainers' championship and you can see the jockeys watching and
listening to Henry. It's so rare to hear a trainer to have the time to
hear from him in depth and understand what they're like as a
person and that's why people love Henry Cecil, because they feel that
they know him. They support him and they know he's had a hard time and
tough ride. He's had a tough time with illness and when he lost a lot
of horses and he was used to training 100 horses and more and
every year classic horses and good horses and all of a sudden, bang,
he's in bad times and he had about three years of struggling, but he's
back now. With all the best horses in the world again. There is a
genuine chance, particularly if the likes of Frankel keep winning, that
he could be champion trainer. Richard Hannon is out in front and
then it's open, but Henry is up to fifth from eighth, so he'll have
enjoyed that. It was ing in about - - interesting about the prince.
He's one of the biggest breeders in the world and he produces very good
horses. If Henry can keep getting possibly the pick of them or some
of the best ones, you know, why not keep going training? You are going
to have classic horses, good horses every year. A quick correction,
just a lick one. Rahee is from Blushing Groom. I did get that
wrong. Another look at the fashion with Suzie. Thank you very much.
I've got Bryan Ferry here, who was earlier presenting one of the
trophies. It's very nice to see you here.. You are a fan of the horses?
I used to come a fair bit, racing, in my early days and I haven't been
to Ascot for a long time, about 20 years. It has changed. You are in
between tours. You toured with Roxy Music last year and earlier -
went to Australia and did dates in England too. Now I'm going around
Europe and then later in the year I go to America, so it's very busy. I
was in inStan bull last week and I'm seeing all -- in Istanbul last
week and I'm seeing all the great places. We have a big band and it's
fun. I've got a day off. It's a lovely place. With obviously the
legacy of music that you have brought us, you have style and
fashion and you've always been very much into fashion, or it seems from
the outside. Where does that come from? I don't know. I was always a
big fan of movies and the stars like Cary Grant and people like him.
That's my early period. Fashion has always been quite interesting. I
studied art when I was college. I've always been into how things
look and whether it's a horse or building or a suit or whatever, you
get interested in how things are designed. It's nice to be at Ascot,
where everybody makes an effort, dressing up and stuff. Everybody is
dressed beautifully. Speaking of which, I mentioned to you earlier,
we have Anthony Price who - glad you mentioned him. He's a
genius designer and a very old friend of mine. He did a lot of my
early stuff. I believe he has made some of the Duran Duran stuff.
Which cover did he do for you? first five or six. Especially the
first one, which was em -- was very famous. You are looking very dapper
and debonaire. Thank you for speaking to us. If we wander over,
he's right, there are fabulous looks and we can look at some of
the images we've been seeing. lovely lady is striking. I
absolutely adore this look. Now, this is a couple from Argentina and
I liked the whole way he is taller, but she has a lovely clean look. A
lot of butterflies this year and if you look closer, there are Guinea
foul feathers there too -- fowl feathers there too. This is a
mature lady. I love this look. She carries it off with style elegance
and that classic look. Very quirky hat here. This is a beautiful wave.
I just love the detail. She matched it down to the dress. This is lady
Amethyst feather and you loved this flapper dress. Very cute. When it
moves, just look at the whole texture of that fabric. It's nice
to wear something a little different, but staying within the
etiquette. No, it's really important that. At the end of the
day, summer is about enjoying yourself too. Today is that
celebration at Ascot. I love it It's really great. See you in a
while. We are in the paddock, looking at the horses here. Frankie
Dettori's mount is just getting a little on her toes. She left
earlier than a few of them. Sajjhaa is playing up. The other Godolphin
runner is still in the paddock. We had David Simcock a few moments ago
and his horse is making her way out. Let's look at some of them going
out. This is number five, First City. This is David Simcock's and
the one behind is I'm A Dreamer, number seven. She is on her way out.
The trainer, David Simcock, who I promise to speak to, has
disappeared out of my vision. A fast-improving filly. Hasn't got
too much to find. Probably David thinks she is capable. Over to Jim
to get runners and riders. We had a good view of Sajjhaa. She really
was whipping around and very, very anxious, that is why she was
mounted out on the course. There she is. She's more relaxed now than
she was earlier and she is striding out nicely. Look at her again.
There she is. Frankie, just for a couple of seconds, he's had to use
all his balance and experience here. She has settled down now. There she
is live. She is on her way down to post. Let's check the runners and
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 44 seconds
straight course. As you can see, slightly shorter than the first
race. It's a demanding course. In the first race, they were racing
basically up the middle. This is what we expect once again here.
They'll group up, I think and if anything, drift towards the left,
as we look at it here. One mile, the distance for the race.
promised, I have David Simcock. He has two runners. First City and I'm
A Dreamer. I'm A Dreamer, not the top-rated horse, but not far off
and she is improving. How confident are you about her chances today?
don't know whether you can be confident at Royal Ascot, but we
have brought her here in really good order. She's improved from
three to four. Big, imposing filly and we are delighted with her. She
won well at Newmarket. We were chatting the other day and you were
saying about the weather and wanting it to be dry. Conditions
dry and fast enough out there for you? Very much so. I don't think
there will be any excuses. We have had three good dry days now.
Conditions will be fine. No problem. What about First City, after the
run at Epsom? Career best for her. There was no race for six weeks
after Epsom, so she is entitled to take her chance. They won't
disgrace herself, but I would be surprised if she was good enough to
win. Dream Ahead ran yesterday after a long layoff since a two-
year-old. How pleased were you with that and what would be the plans?
Absolutely delighted with him. He ran a great race. Came three wide
and made up a lot of ground. Very tired at the end. If I was totally
honest, it didn't look like he stayed. Real replan now and we'll
look at -- we'll replan now and look at seven furlongs. Come on
plenty and when he sees soft ground he'll be a force to be reckoned
Dreamer. It's now 7-2. For me, I'm A Dreamer is the strongest of the
front two. Jacqueline Quest coming down with the green cap for Sir
Henry Cecil. Two runners in this race. Hello. Going for a quick trip
around the course there. Jacqueline Quest first-past-the-post and then
lost it in the stewards' room. That is Seta. Trained by Luca Cumani.
Kieren Fallon missed a wen -- winner yesterday. Could he do it
today on this filly? He's always believed in her. She looked
impressive at Goodwood last time. She seems to always do it in listed
and company. Once she gets into the big girls and the group ones, she
seems to fail, so she is falling in between the two. This is a group
two, so she will have to slightly improve for me to win this, but she
is a talented filly. They've always liked her. Luca Cumani, when she
won as a two-year-old on the July Course, she looked a superstar at
that stage, but she hasn't quite got to the top. She is still a very
good filly and I lovely filly to take back to the paddocks. Lovely
to look at. A lot of people will think she's so pretty with the mane
and tale and pale chestnut. would look good in the winners'
enclosure. Richard Hughes has come in the enclosure on Strong Suit and
he's on board with Music Show and he has the golden armband on. He's
going to try to stay out in front. Music Show has definite chances of
getting placed. She hasn't got the beatings of Sajjhaa. Sajjhaa has
got the better of her on form. is a group one winner. She is. She
is a tough little filly and obviously she will run a big race
again. The form suggests she'll be there abouts. She has won -- if you
were backing her, I wouldn't put you off. Big and strong. Massive
muscular behind. She has got a good fellow on top. Hughesy, yeah.
love him. I do. He's a great horseman. He is. He comes from a
real, Irish National hunt family. We have Lolly For Dolly from
Ireland. Wayne Lordan. You said when she walked past, blinkers, I
don't like that. Not in group races. I like them for horses in handicaps,
but it's - when they put them on a horse they have obviously done
something or they haven't come up to expectations and there's a
jockey trying to get fit there. Who is that? Come Queally. This is
interesting. Tom Queally is riding this filly, who on her form, he
doesn't look that great. This is why he's got off and is running
alongside. She got spooked on the way down to the start. She looking
at the rails that are down on the ground there. What has happened? He
didn't fall off. He lost the stirrup. The saddle has slipped. It
has gone down one side. All the weight went on one side and the
saddle has slipped. I can see that now. This is interesting. Tom,
stable jockey to Sir Henry Cecil, he is riding this filly instead.
you know something I learnt when I was with him, he uses the hoods and
he gets them from Czechoslovakia and he uses the hoods a long from
his fillies and he says they make all the difference in the world.
Does he stuff their ears? necessarily. He said the covering
on the ears will do that for them, but he says it settles down tricky
fillies, but he uses them at home. That's interesting, because the
first time I really saw this was in Japan. The Japanese, they race a
lot of their horses in hoods. Obviously, for - they get 150,000
people going to their big meetings so there's a lot of noise, so
possibly that is the reason. Good idea. We spoke to Sheikh Fahad
earlier, but here are the colours of his company, carried by Dever
Dream. Eddie Ahern is a good jockey here at Royal Ascot. Or anywhere,
actually. Funny guy. He is very funny. He's one of those jockeys
that everybody loves, because he's a funny guy and he's so mild and
meek and - but when he gets on top of a horse he becomes a monster,
because he's a fantastic jockey and he is always in tune with the horse.
He's a real horseman. Of course, he wins that cross-country race every
now and again and so he's good. back on board of Chachamaidee. For
William Haggas, he's hoping with the horse that Eddie Ahern rides,
Dever Dream, well he's had to pull out Furry and Green Destiny who was
favourite, also doesn't run. This filly could - I would think each-
favourite. That's where the money is. But there's a bet from
Ladbrokes, �15,000 at 16-1 for Anna Salai. Big money. Runners to the
post. What, Kevin, is Eddie doing there? Is he playing noughts and
crosses? It looks that way. I think he's playing up to her a little. I
haven't a clue what he's doing. know the first job when he gets
back, don't you? Definitely. has a good chance. Eye-catching run
from her last time at Lingfield about a month ago. She hasn't, as
yet, won over this trip of a mile, but comes from a good stable. She
is an improving filly. That's right. Doesn't get the clearest of the
runs. She will be better for that. He hasn't won at a mile. I'm A
Dreamer has won three of the four races at this trip and came back
over nine furlongs on her debut. She is another one that is very
progressive. She is a lovely looking filly. Plenty of scope. I
love the way she won at Newmarket. She dominated throughout. Len
thened away. Definite class about her. We'll look at Sajjhaa. We saw
her going down earlier on. Went ahid with Frankie Dettori. She has
-- ahead with Frankie Dettori. She has already had a run where she was
runner up to Midday. Sajjhaa, one thing I did notice, she is very big.
She is a huge filly and Frankie was keen to get her out there on the
track and get her going. Once you saw her cantering down she was fine.
She was edgy and anticipating the race, but she is in the stalls
great and obviously the horse they'll all got to beat. She has
already gone in. Six of the nine jockeys in the race said the ground
is absolutely perfect. There is no excuse for the horses or any of the
horses not performing on the conditions. There are about three
to load. Over to Jim. Loading up here. There's Tom Queally. This is
a less stressful task than yesterday, when he was in the
stalls on Frankel. Chachamaidee, which he rides for Sir Henry Cecil
and Johnny mur far has picked up the ride -- Murtagh has picked up
the ride on Jacqueline Quest. Ready. Racing. Just eased out the back,
I'm A Dreamer on the near side. One of the first away is Sajjhaa. Also
up there in the early stages is Field Day and they are breaking
away on the nearside. Sam man Dar is coming over in company with Anna
Salai. They are very handy and just behind them is Dever Dream. That is
the trio on this side. The far side, you can see coming up the centre,
Frankie Dettori on Sajjhaa. Just showing the way from Seta and
sitting in behind them is Field Day. Chachamaidee is in that group too
and frontly. -- Fontley. Then I'm A Dreamer on the far side. Lolly For
Dolly is just behind them and First City held up. They start to merge
the two, as they come up now to halfway. It's Shamandar and Sajjhaa.
They are stride for stride. Then Dever Dream and followed Byfield
day. Chachamaidee is next, followed then by Anna Salai. Further back is
Lolly For Dolly and then First City. They race up now with two furlongs
to travel. Frankie strikes for home on Sajjhaa. Tackled by Chachamaidee
on the far side. Rainks up very easily. Takes a narrow -- ranges up
very easily. Takes a narrow lead now. He starts to drift now.
Chachamaidee, drifting left. Lolly For Dolly now for Ireland. Grabbing
the lead. It's all over. Lolly For Dolly wins the race. Chachamaidee
is second. First City third. A gap then to Sajjhaa, followed by I'm A
Dreamer and Field Day behind them and further back in the field is
Music Show. Fontley was there. Seta followed by Dever Dream and then
out of the back is Anna Salai and Shamandar last. Lolly For Dolly is
the winner. Ridden by Wayne Lordan at 11-1. Flown home up the stands
rail and has got up to win well. Fozzy Stack there. Trained by the
Stacks. Tommy there. Let's see them hit the line. Lolly For Dolly, what
a faily. Got up to win from Chachamaidee, who went there so
easily. Just didn't have that kick in the finish. Third was First City.
Fourth then Sajjhaa. In fifth I'm A Dreamer, sixth Field Day, a gap
then to Music Show seventh, eighth Seta, ninth Fontley and tenth Dever
Dream and Anna Salai and Jacqueline Quest, I'm looking down the track,
she is coming past the line. She has obviously taken no part. It
will be interesting to see what has happened there. We'll get the full
report on her. Johnny Murtagh on board. She has come in. A good
minute behind the others. We'll have a report, but there's the
winner, that's Lolly For Dolly. Wayne Lordan and trained by Tommy
Stack in the colours of David Keegan. Huge celebrations as the
owners of this filly celebrated along with Fozzy Stack, Tommy's son,
who helps out with the training, but David Keegan was leading that
charge and cheering home the 11-1 winner and Lolly For Dolly, who
hasn't finished out of the first two all season comes here to Royal
as col and takes the race. -- Ascot and takes the race. It sounds as if
the stalls with Jacqueline Quest, either there was a malfunction. No,
she stood there. She planted herself. We'll show you that in a
second, but look at Lolly For Dolly. Stretching out and coming past the
packed grandstand here. Wayne saying, "go on, girl." The blinkers
were not a negative. They helped her to the line over the mile on
the straight course. If you want an illustration of what a thrill it is
to have a winner here, just watch this. Look at them. Fabulous scenes.
Well done to all of them associated with Lolly For Dolly. Let's look at
see what happened to Jacqueline Quest. Out of stall eleven. She is
has done a memory. She has. The jockey's arms were wagging. Still
in there. Still in there. Oh, dear. You see, you cannot make them do it
if they don't want to do it. Watch this again. There you go. Blinkers.
She has had them on. This is the fifth time there she is getting
scrubbed along and possibly a bit lazy this filly, because they wept
a nice pace there and they quickened up well and she possibly
just got caught for a bit of toe, but she is picking them off slowly
and picking up now. Really stretching and now in between the
horses. A smack and of course Wayne Lordan has her in Top Gear and
Frankie to get by and he has won this now. He has the help of the
rail. Sticking to the right hand. All I have to do now is keep her
going and that's exactly what he has done. Henry Cecil's filly has
run very well in second. She was an lolly's owner's wife is the
daughter of the ex-Prime Minister of Ireland, Bertie Ahern. I know
you guys thought a lot of this filly. The blinkers are the huge
operation. I thought last year she didn't
really kill herself and we thought to apply the blinkers.
Some celebrations. Tell us about when you decided this
would be the plan for her? It was always in the back of our mind to
come here. David loves coming here. It was always in the back of our
mind to come here. She is tough and takes a lot of work and she is the
constitution of an ox. We might give her a holiday and give her a
prep somewhere. Take us through your thoughts on
this race. They seemed to go a good gallop and that suited her.
She likes passing horses. In the Curragh, she took it up about two
down. She likes passing horses. She is tough and likes a battle.
feeling of a Royal winner? Brilliant.
Thank you. So the winner is Lolly For Dolly.
Gareth, you are up for a big dividend. The bookies along here,
John, you see them putting their hats up. They were cheering. They
weren't cheering yesterday, but they are cheering today!
Congratulations. The way the race unfolded, it seemed to be perfect
for you? Yeah, we went a nice gallop. I was looking for a bit of
room. She picked up and ran to the line well and she stayed well. It
was nice to have the first Royal Ascot win. I'm very happy.
A lot of people watching are going, "The ease of the victory was a
surprising thing about it.". Yeah. I thought the rain might come
sooner. I was worried the ground might be quick. She is a tough
filly. Her heart is in the right place. She has done well from last
year to this year. The first Royal Ascot winner, what
does that feel like? It feels great. I'm delighted I got a chance to
have a winner here. Well done.
Thank you very much. The first Royal Ascot winner for
Tommy Stack because his son is representing him and Lolly and
Dolly living up to her name because she won plenty of lolly there.
We are about to switch channels over to to BBC Two.
The New Zealand born, Australian trained and now Irish. Look at him.
He is a monster. He is massive. We look forward to
seeing him in the flesh and we will tell you all about him when we get
Clare Balding and Willie Carson present day two of Royal Ascot, as they preview the day's feature race, The Prince of Wales' Stakes, with other races at 2.30pm and 3.05pm. Clare and Willie are joined by Rishi Persad, Ian Bartlett, Kevin Darley, Jim McGrath, John Parrot and Gary Wiltshire. Suzi Perry takes a look at the day's fashion.