Duntle (white cap): storms to Duke of Cambridge Stakes success at AscotPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Duntle lands Duke of Cambridge under Lordan
Report: Royal Ascot, Wednesday
Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (formerly the Windsor Forest Stakes) (Group 2) 1m, 4yo+, fillies and mares
WAYNE LORDAN has ridden a Royal Ascot winner at each of the last two meetings and aboard the David Wachman-trained Duntle he took that streak into a third, with a hard-fought success over Ladys First and Dank.
"Wayne gave her a great ride. She doesn't win by far but she is tough and genuine," said a delighted Wachman as the Irish dominance of Royal Ascot continued into the second day of this year's meeting.
Having claimed the first four winners on day one Irish raiders were half way to repeating that feat on day two with Duntle's success swiftly following the Aidan O'Brien-trained winner of the Jersey Stakes, Gale Force Ten.
Lordan settled his mount towards the rear off a steady pace, but crucially had cruised onto the heels of the leaders three furlongs out and as the sprint for home commenced Lordan was ideally positioned on the 100-30 shot.
The four-year-old travelled strongest and Lordan was the last to get after his mount as he tried to delay his challenge. Once in front Duntle appeared to idle, only just holding off the longtime leader 25-1 shot Ladys First, with the Ryan Moore-ridden 7-2 shot Dank looking a possible winner entering the final furlong, but her two rivals found enough to repel her charge.
"I travelled really well," said Lordan. "I might have got there a bit too soon but when something joined me on the inside she picked up. She deserved it. She had good form as a three-year-old and she is still going the right way."
The Lady Cecil-trained favourite Chigun was sixth.