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Riposte , Lady Cecil and Tom Queally

Riposte, Lady Cecil and Tom Queally following Riposte's victory

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Riposte gives Lady Cecil Ribblesdale win

Report: Royal Ascot, Thursday

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

RIPOSTE gave the royal meeting the emotional winner that the public craved, the filly winning for Lady Cecil and Tom Queally despite being slowly away.

Just over a week since the great Sir Henry Cecil passed away, Warren Place was able to celebrate a poignant winner with the three-year-old, whose last victory was achieved in a maiden at Newmarket last month.

An emotional Lady Cecil said: "It's for Henry, the prince and the staff at Warren Place. I don't have the words to say what I'm feeling - I think you have a good idea.

"He was adored by so many people. At the beginning of the week I thought we had one of the best teams going into Ascot and Henry would've been relishing it. Keeping busy has kept us going."

Queally also summed up the mood of the team, as he added: "It means an awful lot to so many people. It's been a tough week and I know how people have been struggling.  It's great she did it as well as she did. She showed a great turn of foot. I thought stamina would be her forte, but she quickened well."

With favourite Alive Alive Oh ruled out, plus The Lark and Cocktail Queen, all due to the quick ground, it was Winsili, also owned by Prince Khalid Abudllah, who was sent off favourite, but his colours were instead carried to victory by the 9-2 shot.

Both of Abdullah's runners were at the rear from the start, with Ripsote very slowly away, as Fersah dictated matters under Paul Hanagan.

Like in the Prince of Wales's on Wednesday, Hanagan attempted to kick clear round the bend, but was unable to shrug off his pursuers, as Queally came up the outside slickly to lead.

Once hitting the front the pair stayed on strongly, with Just Pretending giving chase, but ultimately beaten off by two and a quarter lengths. Third went to Elik, with the first three home all returning at 9-2.

Following the victory, BetVictor introduced Riposte at 20-1 for the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Aidan O'Brien said of runner-up Just Pretending: "Wasn't that great. I'm delighted to be second. I think putting the hood on our filly changed her and helped her relax."

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