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Byword - Royal Ascot 16.06.10

Byword (left) strides clear of his rivals to land the Prince of Wales's Stakes

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Byword beats Twice Over for Abdullah one-two

Report: Royal Ascot, Wednesday

Prince of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f, 4yo+

BYWORD led home Twice Over to give owner Khalid Abdullah a Prince of Wales's one-two and jockey Maxime Guyon his first British winner on his first ride.

The four-year-old, who had chased home Queen Anne Stakes winner Golidkova on his previous start in the Prix d'Ispahan, scored by half a length for Guyon and trainer Andre Fabre. Twice Over finished well to take second, with Tazeez third.

The winning jockey said: "I'm absolutely delighted. I want to thank my trainer for the opportunity toride at Royal Ascot - I can't thank him enough. I never thought I would be riding here this early in my career."

Guyon settled Byword close to the pacesetting Tazeez. Twice Over was towards the rear along with Presvis, while Glass Harmonium, Cavalryman and Mawatheeq took up positions in the middle of the pack.

Byword was niggled byGuyon as the field turned into the straight, but the response came from the 5-2 favourite, who cut back Tazeez and went to the lead.

Back in the field, Twice Over was having difficulty squeezing out of the pack, but he started to thunder home under Tom Queally.

Maxime Guyon Jockey

Maxime Guyon: first British winner

However, the challenge came too late from Twice Over and he could not catch the leader, with Tazeez holding on for third.

Fabre, who trained Manduro to land the race in 2007, said: "I knew the horse had the ability. He's a very good horse. He matured from three to four and last year he got a virus and he's just coming to himself."

William Hill make the winner a 14-1 chance for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but Fabre suggested a possible meeting with stablemate Lope De Vega in the Prix Jacques Le Marois.

"I imagine he'll stay at a mile and a quarter or back to a mile for something like the Marois," the trainer said.

Henry Cecil before the Musidora - York 12.05.10

Henry Cecil: "It was such a mess"

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker/ racingpostpix.com 

Henry Cecil was cursing his luck after Twice Over got going too late. "He ran very well but he just couldn't get out. He got locked in too far back.

"We wanted to be handy, it was such a mess-up. I hope to go for the Champion Stakes but it's up to Prince Khalid."

JohnGosden was delighted with Tazeez. "He ran a good race at Sandown and probably improved five pounds for that. He set an even gallop and was just beaten by the favourite and second favourite.

"He could go to York [for the YorkStakes] and he's in the Princess of Wales's. Richard [Hills] says he'll get a mile and a half."

 
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