DAY 3: ROYAL ASCOT 2018
21 June 2018
The Ballydoyle and Coolmore teams reached full throttle at
Ascot on Thursday, recording a Group double on the day. Cheshire Oaks heroine
MAGIC WAND (IRE) was back to her best on firmer ground in the Group 2
Ribblesdale Stakes, stretching clear of her rivals to score by four lengths.
The daughter of champion sire Galileo (IRE) is closely
related to Irish Oaks heroine Chicquita (IRE) and is the fifth foal out of
Listed winner Prudenzia (IRE). Top-class performers feature through the page,
including Oaks heroine Alexandrova, Melbourne Cup victor Rekindling and
Cheveley Park Stakes winner Magical Romance.
Royal Ascot glory may have eluded four-time Group 1 winner
Camelot as a racehorse, but he gained his first Royal victory as a stallion on
Thursday, as his first crop son HUNTING HORN (IRE) stormed home to win the
Hampton Court Stakes by four and a half lengths. The Group 3 contest over ten
furlongs brought out the best in the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt, last seen a
notable sixth in the Prix du Jockey Club, having lost his maiden status in
Bred in the purple by Lynch-Bages and Rhinestone Bloodstock,
HUNTING HORN (IRE) is a half-brother to Group 1 third David Livingston (Ire),
out of a half-sister to the late, great High Chaparral (IRE), as well as
Secretariat Stakes third Black Bear Island (IRE).
Team Ireland was out of luck, however, in the feature Ascot
Gold Cup, though Jessica Harrington’s Torcedor (IRE) finished an admirable
third, as the John Gosden-trained STRADIVARIUS (IRE) rallied to win. Separating
them was the French raider, Vazirabad. Bjorn Nielsen’s homebred was recording his second top-level
victory, having won last year’s Goodwood Cup, and is one of eight Group 1
winners by Gilltown Stud resident Sea The Stars (IRE).