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Domination on his way to an easy win in the Ascot Stakes

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Domination rules in
easy Ascot Stakes win

Report: Royal Ascot, Tuesday

Ascot Stakes (Handicap), 2m4f, 4yo+

JUMPS trainers' monopoly of the Ascot Stakes continued as the Charles Byrnes-trained Domination lived up to his name with a convincing success in the Ascot Stakes.

Although he was sent off a 12-1 chance, Domination had plenty of supporters as he gave his rider Fran Berry a second successive win in this race and became the fifth consecutive Ascot Stakes winner to be saddled by a jumps trainer.

After Berry's mount swooped into the lead the race was all over as a meaningful contest with Another Cocktail sticking on at one pace for second in front of Sizzler who finished third. Sohar took fourth.

The winning trainer, who was sending out his first runner at the meeting, said: "We probably should have come here last year, Fran was telling me before but I didn't take any notice of him.

"Domination is slow out of the stalls but Fran just decided to stay there - he was fantastic coming down the straight."


Hootenanny: made on the running for an easy win

Ward lands another transatlantic raid

Report: Royal Ascot

Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed), 5f, 2yo

WESLEY WARD sent out a fourth Royal Ascot winner as Hootenanny blitzed his rivals with an all-the-way win under top US jockey Victor Espinoza.

Carrying the familiar purple and white colours of Derrick Smith, who owns the colt in partnership with John Magnier and Michael Tabor, the well-backed 7-2 favourite came home three and a half lengths clear.

Union Rose, a 100-1 chance, ran a huge race to finish second, with Mubtaghaa filling third spot.

Espinoza said: "He is very quick out of the gates so I was trying to slow him down a bit to save it until the end. I didn't want him to burn out too quickly. It is an awesome feeling to win on my first time here."

Equine fatalities mar
day one of Royal Ascot

TWO equine fatalities on day one of Royal Ascot were not "in any way related to the racecourse" according to the track's head of communcations Nick Smith, writes David Milnes.

First the Michael O'Callaghan-trained Case Statement was put down after pulling up at halfway in the Coventry Stakes. The horse had only been purchased by new owner Sheikh Khalifa Alwukari at for £180,000 at the Goffs London sale the previous evening.

Later, Sir Graham Wade suffered a similar fate in the Ascot Stakes.

BHA chief veterinary officer Jenny Hall said: "Sir Graham Wade received immediate first aid on the course. The vets diagnosed that he had suffered a bad pelvic fracture and the nature of the injury was such that there was no other option than he be humanely put down."

Nick Smith, head of communications at Ascot said: "It was unfortunate that we had two fatalities on day one of Royal Ascot but they were both bone related and could have happened anywhere. They weren't in any way related to the racecourse."

Sir Graham Wade was making his 23rd career start and had gained six wins and earnings of £140,050 for owner Paul Dean and trainer Mark Johnston. Case Statement, a winner at Limerick ten days earlier, was making his third career start.

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