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Even Song (Ryan Moore) wins

Even Song (Ryan Moore) kicks clear of Ajman Princess in the Ribblesdale

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Even Song comes good
for Moore and O’Brien

Report: Royal Ascot, Thursday

Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f, 3yo fillies

FOLLOWING a quiet Wednesday, Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien were back in familiar territory here as Even Song gave the Ballydoyle machine their second victory of the meeting.

The daughter of Mastercraftsman, always well placed under Moore, struck the front with a furlong to run and kept on well to see off the pursuing Ajman Princess, with Queen's Trust and the fast-finishing The Black Princess in behind.


Even Song, the 15-8 favourite, was always going best under Moore, who did well to get his filly settled as the field blasted out of the gates. From there Ted Durcan set only a steady tempo on Shall We and his mount and Ajman Princess were in A1 position rounding the home turn. But the gaps opened nicely for the winner, who quickened up well and never looked like being caught, winning by a length and a half.

"She's a nice filly with a good turn of foot," said Moore. "We did go slow, but she relaxed well and when she got a gap she really quickened smartly."

Ireland next

Even Song had finished third in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on her previous start when not getting the cleanest of runs and, following this victory, the Irish Oaks could be next on the agenda according to O'Brien.

"After her run in Newmarket we decided to come straight here and it worked out. Before this we were thinking about going to the Irish Oaks if it went well."

The Roger Varian-trained Ajman Princess ran a cracker to fill second spot, while there was less than three lengths covering the next seven home, indicative of how slow they went through most of the contest. Oaks runner-up Architecture never threatened, finishing eighth.

Also on Thursday

King George V Stakes 1m4f, 3yo

DESPITE drifting markedly left in the last two furlongs, Primitivo hung on to give Alan King and Willy Twiston-Davies their first victories at Royal Ascot.

Having won his previous three races, the 13-2 shot went into the contest as the form horse and he accelerated impressively before holding off the fast-finishing Platitude.

“This means so much as I love the place and Flat racing and it’s something very special,” said King. “The owners got offered ridiculously money but they wanted to come here and I thought they were mad.”

The Queen’s Guy Fawkes was a fatality after falling early in the race.

Trainer William Haggas said: "The horse unfortunately had a compound fracture of his right fore, so he's been put to sleep, but fortunately the jockey is fine. Pat [Smullen] said they were going very fast and unfortunately he stumbled. He tried very hard to get back up but he obviously took a false step. It's very sad."

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