What a filly to battle hard and beat the boys in the toughest flat race of the year. Estimate was given a hard ride by Ryan Moore to hold off all comers up the finishing straight. She is only a four year old and this was a big ask of her by trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
She proved up to the task beating the Willie Mullins trained Simenon and the slightly unlucky Top Trip. The great news with the winners of the Ascot Gold Cup is that they usually hang around for a few years and hopefully that is the case with this improving filly. The Irish have had a tremendous start to Royal Ascot and will not begrudge the home team and Queen this big win. The crowd was massive on the day and the reception offered to the winner loud as she deserved.
Earlier in the day Lady Cecil got the winner she so wanted in honour of her late Husband when Riposte showed a nice turn of foot to go clear in the Ribblesdale Stakes fillies race. Today is the middle day of the five day festival and there is plenty more to come. The ground is riding very fast with the American two year old No Nay Never smashing the course record in the first race.
It’s been a tricky week for Bet Alchemist members with a lot of horses hitting the crossbar just outside the money like Field of Dream advised at 33/1. Funny this game but a free bet put up on Facebook namely Roca Tumu won at 25/1 today! So do keep an eye on our Facebook Page for the odd big winner 🙂
Eye Catchers that ran over the previous Week and weekend 15th/16th June
Cape Of Approval – Trainer Tommy Stack- Jockey Billy Lee
Ran a big race to beat Maarek in a listed race at Cork last weekend. Both horses like to get their toe in and the ground was just that officially soft on the day. Cape Approval travelled superbly and won very easy. He has always been highly regarded by connections and is there is soft in the description when he runs make sure to follow this improving young horse. He is sure to win at Group level on soft ground later this season.
Moviesta – Trainer Bryan Smart – Jockey Paul Mulrennan
This horse pulled so hard for the first couple of furlongs at York that he should have finished last. Every trainer both on the Flat and National Hunt will tell you that running too freely is extremely hard to overcome to win a race. Only the very special horses like Frankel and Denman could win whilst burning up energy pulling. Moviesta is not up to their level but he did prove that he has a hell of an engine by finishing second to a well backed favourite laid out for the race. He has gone up to a rating of 98 but back over 5 furlongs he can get back to winning ways.
USA – Trainer Stephen Mahon – Jockey Barry Geraghty
He beat the reliable Never a Secret in a canter at Clonmel under a very confident ride by Barry Geraghty. He won by four lengths giving the second seven pounds as that horse was ridden by a claimer on soft ground. His trainer was a little surprised as he is convinced he is better on good ground. The plan is to head to Galway whether he makes the Galway Hurdle is up to the handicapper. If he does not make the ultra-competitive Galway Hurdle then he will be all the rage to follow up this victory for his Galway connections.
Best of Luck,