Saturday's sectional times
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Longines Timing System – Royal Ascot Day Five highlights
Speed away from the stalls helps Youmzain
Hello Youmzain was quickest away in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, clocking an opening furlong time of 14.35s to help him get an ideal position as the race developed. As a result he travelled 1207.2m which was the shortest distance of the first seven home, helping him to save enough energy to fight back passed Sceptical, whose penultimate furlong move looked to have won him the race. Dream Of Dreams was an agonising second in the race again as he flew home in a final furlong time of 12.76s, quicker than any other horse in the race.
Palace Pier strongest at the line
Palace Pier registered a smooth success in the St James’s Palace Stakes, travelling widest of all but running out a comfortable enough one-length winner. Most interestingly was his closing furlong time of 11.60s which was his fastest split in the whole race. This was undoubtedly aided by the slow early pace (field was 53.94s to half way compared to 50.51 in the Coronation Stakes) but raises hopes that he might stay further than a mile.
Campanelle the flying filly in the Queen Mary
Campanelle was a fourth Queen Mary Stakes winner for Wesley Ward and she showed superb late pace to quicken clear under Frankie Dettori. Moving from tenth to second around two furlongs out before hitting the front inside the final furlong, her time in the last split of 12.12s was the quickest in the field.
Saturday’s stewards’ reports
12:40pm SILVER WOKINGHAM HANDICAP
Permission was given for SWINDLER to be mounted in the chute, go early and be led to post. Richard Hannon had obtained prior permission from the BHA to run MAGICAL WISH (IRE) partially shod. VINTAGE BRUT, trained by Tim Easterby, was late in the Parade Ring due to the trainer having four runners to saddle and having a limitation of stable staff to assist him due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place. The Starter reported that SWINDLER refused to enter the stalls and was withdrawn at 12:41pm. Ed Walker was informed that the gelding could not run until the day after passing a stalls test. Following the race, Jason Watson reported that BLUE MIST, which started favourite and finished unplaced, was slowly away and denied a clear run passing one furlong out.
1:15pm QUEEN MARY STAKES (Group 2)
Permission was given for CAMPANELLE (IRE) to be ponied early to post. Following the race, William Buick reported that his saddle slipped on SANDS OF TIME, unplaced.
1:50pm COVENTRY STAKES (Group 2)
Approximately three furlongs out, ARMY OF INDIA (IRE), unplaced, edged slightly right handed causing CHORITZO, unplaced, to be momentarily eased, but after viewing a recording of the incident, it was found that no riding offence was involved. Following the race, Frankie Dettori reported that EXISTENT, unplaced, was slowly away.
2:25pm CORONATION STAKES (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
Permission was given for RUN WILD (GER) to wear a red hood to the start and for SHARING (USA) to be ponied early to post. The performance of RUN WILD (GER), which finished last of the seven runners, was considered. John Gosden’s explanation that the filly ran flat after winning at Newmarket thirteen days ago, was noted. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of RUN WILD (GER) failed to reveal any abnormalities.
3:00pm ST JAMES’S PALACE STAKES (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
Tom Marquand, the rider of ROYAL DORNOCH (IRE), which finished last of the seven runners, was asked to explain his riding instructions and the tactics that were adopted during this race, in particular, for the early stages. The Stewards heard evidence, viewed recordings of the race from of all respective angles and also heard evidence from Oisin Murphy, the rider of THREAT (IRE). Marquand explained that he wanted to take a lead and to race wide, but without obtaining cover, as ROYAL DORNOCH (IRE), in his opinion, was unsuited by being ridden in from behind in the colt’s previous run at Newmarket, where he was held up in the rear before being asked for an effort from four furlongs out, to be beaten by 19 lengths. He added that he believed WITCHITA (IRE), ridden by Ryan Moore, having taken the lead, was going to obtain a position on the rail but instead sat one horse off the inside, leaving him with cover and in behind. He continued that shortly after a combination of WITCHITA (IRE), going further towards the rail and THREAT (IRE) shifting slightly left, enabled him a gap and clear running. Murphy confirmed that having initially held his position on the outside of Moore he was aware of ROYAL DORNOCH (IRE) on his inside and was mindful of not wanting to get jostled and his mount racing freely. Their explanations ere noted.
3:35pm DIAMOND JUBILEE STAKES (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
Permission was given for SHINE SO BRIGHT to wear a red hood to the start. Kevin Stott, the rider of the winner HELLO YOUMZAIN (FR), was suspended for 2 days (July 4 & 6) for using his whip down the shoulder in the forehand inside the final furlong.
4:10pm WOKINGHAM STAKES (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
Permission was given for both SILENT ECHO and STONE OF DESTINY to wear a hood in the Parade Ring only and for KONCHEK to wear a red hood to the start. James Doyle, the rider of SUMMERGHAND (IRE), placed second, was suspended for 2 days (July 4 & 6) for using his whip above the permitted level from approaching the final furlong. The winner HEY JONESY (IRE) appeared to show improved form compared with it’s previous run at Ascot on 16 June 2020 where the gelding finished twenty-second of the twenty-three runners, beaten by 17 ½ lengths. Kevin Ryan’s explanation that HEY JONESY (IRE) had benefitted from the application of first-time blinkers, was noted; the gelding was routine tested. Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that the winner HEY JONESY (IRE), lost its right-hind shoe.
4:40pm QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES
Nothing to report