Day Two Roundup
DAY TWO ROUNDUP - WEDNESDAY 21ST JUNE
JEREMY JERSEY JOY FOR STOUTE
Sir Michael Stoute registered his 53rd Royal Ascot winner when Jeremy roared to glory in the opening Jersey Stakes.
The Danehill Dancer colt gave Betty Moran her first victory at the Royal fixture - and one to sit alongside her Grand National triumph with the Ted Walsh-trained Papillon.
Jeremy - named after the actor Jeremy Irons - travelled in behind the early pace but jockey Michael Kinane switched him wide two furlongs out.
The bay responded well and came to hit the front just inside the final 200 yards before going on to score by two lengths from Asset.
Asked to compare her Jersey Stakes win with the success in the Grand National Mrs Moran said: “I love them both. Both the trainers are marvellous - Ted is here for good luck!
“I was a little bit nervous that Jeremy was caught in the middle. But I had confidence in the jockey and he worked it out.
“I picked the horse as a weanling (foal) at Keenland. I’ve bought a lot of horses at that sale and I’ve never been as excited or happy as when I bought him.
“He has a large stride and good confirmation. I loved him from the beginning.
“He’s named after the actor Jeremy Irons. I travelled in India and happened to meet Jeremy in a restaurant.
“We had a nice chat and I named the horse after him. I didn’t invite him today because I thought it would be more confusion than I’d need.
“I’m going to the sales this year with Michael Stoute and we are going to do some business.”
Stoute said: “I was a little concerned at one stage. I thought he was too far back. But Mick said they were going a real good gallop and then he had to find a split, which fortunately he did.
“I was very impressed with the horse. He’s been going seven furlongs this year, but he’ll go a mile.”
2.35pm JERSEY STAKES (GROUP THREE)
1 JEREMY (USA) (Betty Moran) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-01 Michael Kinane
SOVIET BACK ON SONG
The great mare Soviet Song took her earnings past the Ù1 million barrier when gaining a belated first Royal Ascot success at the age of six in the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes.
Trainer James Fanshawe was relieved to see the mare return to form and reported: “She had not been totally firing at home, her work rider Mark Denaro hadn’t been totally happy with her, so that was a mighty relief.
“She really fired today and hopefully she can now go on and do it in the Falmouth at Newmarket.
“When she’s on song she likes to be given a target to aim at, just as happened today. I love it when she sits, travels and goes - that’s her style. She’s a competitor, she might be beaten one day but she’ll come back to win again. She’s got personality and knows she’s good.
“Matthew Budden (racing manager to the Elite Racing Club) and I had a chat on Friday and purposefully didn’t keep her in the Queen Anne and I think we were vindicated today.
“Royal Ascot and Cheltenham winners are my two big things as a trainer and we’re always on the lookout for another one like her - but I think I’ll be searching for a while. I better not say what I think of her as my wife wouldn’t be happy. She’s the first horse I’ve had to get through the Ù1 million barrier and she’s done it the tough way in Britain and Ireland rather than going abroad.”
Matthew Budden, racing manager to the Elite Racing Club, whose 19,000 members own Soviet Song, confirmed that this would be the mare’s last season racing. “It was always the plan that she would retire at the end of this year so this is her probably her last season. But we will be keeping her to breed from rather than sending her to the sales,” said Budden.
Jockey Jamie Spencer added: “The race went perfectly, I had no real problems. I followed Echelon early, had a nice clean led and followed it through.
“She’s a Group 2 winner in a Group 1 without a penalty so it was like me racing in a school relay against seven-year-olds.
“Chris Stickelrs has done a wonderful job on the ground her, it’s like a carpet and there’s no reason for a horse to come back sore.”
3.10pm WINDSOR FOREST STAKES (GROUP TWO)
1 SOVIET SONG (IRE) (Elite Racing Club) James Fanshawe 6-8-12 Jamie
Spencer  11/8f
“WHAT A GIRL!”
Lord Derby was over the moon following Ouija Board’s half-length success over Electrocutionist in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
The owner said: “Any win is awesone, but to win a big race at Royal Ascot with this wonderful new stand is just amazing - what a girl!
“All credit must go to Ed Dunlop and his team.
“We were keen to run her in another English Group 1 and she will probably now have a decent, well-deserved break before attempting her ‘autumn double’ - the Breeders’ Cup and the Hong Kong Vase.
“Ed Dunlop wanted to run her in the Hardwicke Stakes but trainers have to be sensible and owners can have more of a crack.
“Olivier has given her a fantastic ride and is the fourth jockey to have won on her - she’s so genuine.”
“It was her run in Hong Kong that really turned it round for her this year. She may stay in training next year - she is having fun so why not? The owner is certainly having fun!”
Ed Dunlop was also full of his praise for his stable star, who came from well off the pace to overhaul Godolphin’s Electrocutionist inside the final furlong.
The Newmarket handler said: “I think that was the best run of her life. It is great to win another big race in England with her, especially at Royal Ascot.
“On official ratings, she has beaten probably the best two 10-furlong horses in the world.
“The experts said we had no chance today and I thought we should maybe have gone for the Eclipse or the Hardwicke, it was Teddy’s (Lord Derby’s) decision to run here.
“She can quicken off any pace which she has shown today, althought it was right that David Junior and Electrocutionist were first and second favourite.
“When she went out to 8/1, father told me to back her but I have never backed her in my life and the race was off then anyway.
“Credit must go to all the team at home, they have done so well to keep her going.”
Looking ahead to the future, Dunlop continued: “She is now most likely to have a holiday before coming back in the autumn.
“She was purposely not entered in King George, so if we change our minds now, she would have to be supplemented.
“She is still in the Eclipse, but that is only 17 days away and I think we may be a bit greedy if we went to Sandown with her.
“It has been the plan to go to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup for a long time. It is a possibility she could take on the colts in the Breeders’ Cup Turf this time, although nothing has been decided. She will be entered in the Arc, although the ground in Paris is often very soft which does not suit her.
“The race in Dubai earlier this year was slightly strange and she was unlucky in Hong Kong. At Epsom, I think she just got outstayed over a mile and a half by Shirocco who is probably the best mile and a half horse in Europe.
“We will just take each race as it comes with her. She is such a freak plans are always liable to change.
“She could maybe stay in training next year. Soviet Song showed earlier today that she is still as good as ever at six.
“Oliver Peslier could ride her again if he is available - he’s finished in front and behind her in the past so should know her well! I think she goes well for any jockey, as she is so adaptable.
“I thought she looked the best she has ever done today. I will certainly never have another horse like her.”
3.50pm PRINCE OF WALES’S STAKES (GROUP ONE)
1 OUIJA BOARD (Lord Derby) Ed Dunlop 5-8-11 Olivier Peslier  8/1
CESARE LANDS DOUBLE FOR FANSHAWE
Jamie Spencer swooped on the line aboard Cesare to secure a memorable 34.6/1 double for trainer James Fanshawe when taking the £100,000 Royal Hunt Cup.
“He likes a bit of juice in the ground but this surface is riding so well that he was fine,” said Fanshawe. “It was a bit of a cock up running him in the Lincoln because he was so hairy.
“I was thinking of going to Goodwood 10 days ago but thought that there was a good handicap in him and didn’t want to blow his mark.
“It’s all easy in hindsight but he does work like a class horse at home.”
Patricia Thompson, whose Cheveley Park Stud owns Cesare, said: “Sadly we lost his dam a couple of weeks ago but I’d like to think he might get some black type.”
Jockey Jamie Spencer added: “I thought that we had a good draw but he’s a hold-up horse so we needed luck.
“There was no point panicking in the race because I couldn’t do anything but fortunately it opened up a bit. I followed Richard Hughes and it work well, we were like a greyhound and hare.”
4.25pm ROYAL HUNT CUP (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
1 CESARE (Cheveley Park Stud) James Fanshawe 5-8-08 Jamie Spencer 
FLYING FILLY GIVES HANNON ANOTHER QUEEN MARY TRIUMPH
Gilded gave trainer Richard Hannon his fourth win in the Queen Mary Stakes as she streaked away to score by a length.
The 11-2 shot has answered every question since her debut fourth and has now rattled off an exceptional five wins on the bounce.
Hannon said: “You couldn’t drive a nail into her neck - she’s as hard as iron.
“She’s pretty good, too, and she proved it today. Six furlongs would no problem to her.
“We’ll give her a break now and then probably go for the Cherry Hinton at Newmarket. The Super Sprint - that’s worth 100 grand to the winner - will also come into our thinking.
“I think she’ll probably have to carry a 5lb penalty for that but then she only cost 12 grand so that won’t put her up too far.
“She’s a good filly. Richard got off her after her debut and said she will win her next two or three.”
Reflecting on a couple of his previous Queen Mary winners, Hannon added: “With Lyric Fantasy, you’ve only got to look at her time. She beat the old course record here for older horses as well as two-year-olds. She was very quick. Risky was a good filly, too.”
Cashmans introduced her into their betting at 20-1 for next year’s 1000 Guineas.
4.55pm QUEEN MARY STAKES (GROUP TWO)
1 GILDED (IRE) (Mrs J Wood) Richard Hannon 2-8-12 Richard Hughes 
RED EVIE MAKES IT THREE FOR SPENCER
Jamie Spencer enjoyed his third winner of day two of Royal Ascot when partnering Red Evie to success in the concluding Listed Sandringham Fillies’ Handicap for owner Terry Neill and trainer Michael Bell.
The 5/1 co favourite came from way off the pace to deny fellow co-favourite La Mottie by a head with the third co-favourite, Makderah, a further length and a half back in third.
Spencer, enjoying a 212/1 treble on the day, commented: “I had a nightmare of a journey.
“I was following Darryll (Holland) but he got murdered as well.
“Anyway, she came through and we won it anyway.”
Winning trainer Michael Bell added: “She is pretty useful this filly.
“In her last four runs, she has won but hasn’t really been tested.
“I was a bit nervous what the handicapper would do with her after her last win at Leicester, but he only put her up 2lb.”
The Newmarket trainer went on to reveal that he believes the daughter of Intikhab is a Group performer in the making.
Bell continued: “She is certainly better than a handicapper and we will now look at the Falmouth Stakes (Group 1) at Newmarket next month for her.
“She is also entered in the Group 3 Brownstown Stakes at Leopardstown next month and that is another option to consider.
“This filly has been a real joy to train.”
Jeremy Noseda said of second-placed La Mottie: “You’ve got to be pleased with that, it was a great run and we are delighted.
“I’ve got no complaints and we’ll take her home and see what the handicapper does now - we may have to go down the Listed route with her.”
5.30pm SANDRINGHAM HANDICAP (LISTED RACE)
1 RED EVIE (IRE) (Terry Neill) Michael Bell 3-8-12 Jamie Spencer 
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