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Caravaggio - Ryan Moore

Caravaggio overcame being drawn away from the pace

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Caravaggio scores for O'Brien and Moore

Report: Royal Ascot, Tuesday

Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo colts and geldings

CARAVAGGIO won "two races" according to Ryan Moore when storming clear of Mehmas.

Moore had the son Scat Daddy buried in the midst of the nearside group, who appeared to be trailing by some distance at half way behind their farside counterparts.

But Caravaggio careered to the front of his own group before tacking across the course to give O'Brien a record eighth winner in the race.

"He had to win two races today," said Moore, who was previously successful aboard Power in this race six years ago.

"The other side were always ahead of us and I was stuck with horses around me not bringing me far enough. He has had to go by them earlier than I would have liked. He then went by Mehmas there and he has gone and won his race again."

Moore added: "I was really worried about the ground today but fortunately he has won despite everything. He is very good to win two races in one go."

New 2,000 Guineas favourite

Paddy Power were most impressed with Caravaggio, cutting him to  4-1 for next year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas while Sky Bet offer double that price.

O'Brien admitted he had shared Moore's concerns abot Caravaggio's stamina at this early stage of his career on the rain-softened Ascot turf.

"We were worried that he was so quick that we maybe should have had him in the Norfolk when the ground got so soft because he is very very rapid at home," the trainer said. "When a horse is that quick you are never sure that they are going to last out over six in soft ground but, he got it and he got it well."

'Big chance' Caravaggio will stay a mile

Caravaggio's winning time of 1 minute 16.36 seconds was the slowest for the race since 2000.

OBrien felt afterwards that such was the colt's build and power that the Guineas trip would be within his compass in time.

"He has a great mind, he settles well and he is very clear-winded and he has all the right things," he said. "He is a lovely-sized horse and very powerful so there is a big chance."

Jennies Jewel - R.P.Whelan

Jennies Jewel and Ronan Whelan (left) fend off Qewy

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Also on Tuesday

Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 2m4f, 4yo+

JENNIES JEWEL led from start to finish for a hard-fought victory over late challenger Qewy, who was closing all the way to the line but fell a neck short.

The Jarlath Fahey-trained winner was a 6-1 shot, with Qewy sent off at 33-1 and followed home by Mill Springs (25-1) and Moscato (33-1).

This was a thoroughly deserved success for Jennies Jewel, who at nine is the first nine-year-old mare to win at Royal Ascot since Beeswing won the Gold Cup in 1842. She did it the hard way under a brave and well-judged ride by young jockey Ronan Whelan.

On the pace was the place to be, with Mill Springs and Moscato prominent throughout behind Jennies Jewel, and only Qewy was able to mount a challenge from further back.

For Fahey's small stable in County Kildare, this was a huge success and the trainer said: "It's unbelievable to come here with a nine-year-old and take a race at Royal Ascot. It's what dreams are made of. Qewy was closing her down fast at the line but Ronan gave her a very good ride and he had just enough up his sleeve."

Ardad (Rab Havlin)

Ardad and Robert Havlin streak clear in the Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) 5f, 2yo

ARDAD rounded off the opening day of the royal meeting in superb style, producing a sparkling turn of foot to storm clear of his rivals to land the Windsor Castle Stakes.

Having only made his debut six days earlier at Yarmouth, the John Gosden-trained son of Kodiac settled in mid-division of the group running on the far rail, led by Big City Dreamin.

Ardad travelled powerfully behind and when jockey Robert Halvin asked his mount to go, his response was instance, running out a three-and-a-quarter-length winner at 20-1, with 100-1 shot Savannah's Dream in second and Pedestal in third.

While it was a 40th Royal Ascot winner for Gosden, it was a first for Havlin, who said: "I started riding at 17 and I'm 42 now, so I've been trying for a while. I've had a good few seconds, but picking the six lottery numbers is easier than getting on a winner here."

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