Dolly Grabs Windsor Forest Lolly
1 Lolly For Dolly 11/1
Lolly For Dolly scooted up the near side rail to claim the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot for Tommy Stack.
"She likes being busy, she gets fat quick," was Fozzy Stack's summation after Lolly For Dolly gave his father his first Royal Ascot victory.
The four-year-old Oratorio filly, sent off at 11/1, had already raced four times this season, winning a pair of Group Three races at the Curragh, before sweeping past rivals for a storming length and a half success in the mile contest.
Fourth in last year's Sandringham Handicap at the Royal Meeting, Lolly For Dolly is an improved performer this season, thanks in large part to the fitting of blinkers.
Stack, assistant trainer to his father, revealed: "She likes a battle and the idea was to take our time through the race because she likes a battle and she likes to pass horses. She is quite idle so that is why she wear blinkers and they help Wayne do his job.
"The blinkers were the key to the operation, really. We thought that when she was fourth in the Sandringham that she didn't really kid herself and so decided to apply the blinkers this year and it has worked the oracle.
"David (Keoghan - owner) loves coming here so it was always in the back of our minds to come here. She is very tough and she takes a lot of work as she has the constitution of an ox.
"She stays well and she likes passing horses. The last time at the Curragh she took up about two (furlongs) down and probably got left in front a little bit too soon.
"We will give her a little holiday now and then there's a Listed race at Tipperary and the Desmond Stakes we can look at before going to the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown."
He said: "Her heart is in the right place and she's tough. Everything happened today as we liked it and I'm just delighted for everybody. She's a great filly. At one stage in the middle of the race, I had to just switch her - she doesn't kill herself, and switching and moving around horses gets her mind going, so it worked today.
"We went a nice gallop and I was just looking for a bit of room at halfway. When I weaved between two horses, she has picked up and she ran to the line quite well. She stays well and it's nice to have a first Royal Ascot winner.
"I was hoping that the rain might come a bit sooner because I was worried the ground might be a little bit quick but she handled it well.
"You are just watching all of the good racing and the good horses and I am just delighted to get the chance to ride a winner here."
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