Day Four Roundup
DAY FOUR ROUNDUP - FRIDAY 23RD JUNE
LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE FOR OGDEN AND NOSEDA
Owner Sir Robert Ogden and trainer Jeremy Noseda struck gold for the second year running in the Group Three Albany Stakes when Sander Camillo came home a length and a half clear of Silk Blossom, providing Frankie Dettori with his first winner of Royal Ascot 2006. A year ago at York, La Chunga won this contest for the Ogden/Noseda partnership.
Winning rider Frankie Dettori said: “We were kind of shocked when she was beaten first time out but I think you can blame the ground for that.
“I was very pleased to see the winning post for the first time this week.
“It mentally drains you when you don’t have a winner.”
The successful owner, who revealed that the horse is named after his partner, Monica Sander Camillo, commented: “I think this race is ours!
“I am very grateful to win this race, for the prize money and the punters who backed her.
“We were disappointed when she didn’t win first time out but the ground wasn’t right for her.
“I have found the new Ascot a wonderful experience.”
Barry Simpson, Racing Manager to Sir Robert Ogden, added: “We were devastated when she was beaten first time out at Newmarket.
“Although looking back now the ground probably wasn’t right for her, we thought she would win on whatever ground she ran on as Jeremy thought she was way ahead of his other two-year-old fillies.
“La Chunga was beaten before winning last year and this filly has been the same.
“We also purchased her from the Fasig-Tipton sales in Kentucky like La Chunga.
“Today was the aim with her. She could possibly go for the Lowther Stakes next as York is Sir Robert’s home course.
“We thought she was a speed horse at first but Jeremy now think she will get further in time, unlike La Chunga who is an out and out sprinter.”
Bookmaker reaction for next year’s 1000 Guineas ranged between quotes of 14/1 and 20/1.
2.35pm ALBANY STAKES (GROUP THREE)
1 SANDER CAMILLO (USA) (Sir Robert Ogden) Jeremy Noseda 2-8-12 Frankie
Dettori  4/1f
PAPAL BULL MAKES CHARGE IN ST LEGER BETTING
Papal Bull’s price for the Ladbrokes St Leger was cut in half after his victory in the King Edward VII Stakes, although trainer Sir Michael Stoute warned no plans had been made for the colt.
After Ladbrokes had cut Papal Bull to 5-1 from 10-1 for the Doncaster classic, Sir Michael said: “I’ll have to liaise with the Coolmore team [his owners] because they’ve got plenty of staying three-year-olds. The Irish Derby would have been possible if they’d put it back a month, but it’s next week so that’s out. I really cannot comment on plans for the horse.”
Papal Bull, a son of Coolmore stallion Montjeu, was supplemented into the Vodafone Derby at a fee of £75,000, but finished tenth. Sir Michael said: “We had traffic problems in the Derby. He’s been working very well, and he’s a Group 3 winner and now a Group 2 winner so he’s going the right way.”
Winning jockey Kieren Fallon said: “He completely switched off with me at half-way and was on the wrong lead on the turn, and it wasn’t until I got upsides the three-furlong pole that I started getting confident. I thought he was going to do it easy, but he’s a typical Montjeu, they seem to get better and better and I think he’s got a future. He’s a playboy, but he’s great to ride because he does everything for you.
“These types of horses keep improving and after today’s he’s up with the best of them.”
3.10pm KING EDWARD VII STAKES (GROUP TWO)
1 PAPAL BULL (Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael
Tabor) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-12 Kieren Fallon  5/2f
NANNINA PROVES HERSELF BEST FILLY IN EUROPE
Nannina finished two lengths clear of a glittering field featuring Europe’s finest three-year-old mile fillies when winning the Group 1 Coronation Stakes under Jimmy Fortune.
The Medicean filly, home-bred by David and Patricia Thompson’s Cheveley Park Stud, had disappointed on her only previous run this season in the Stan James 1000 Guineas.
“It was fast ground on the Saturday for the 2000 Guineas but they had an inch and a half of rain overnight and she hated it on the Sunday,” recalled winning trainer John Gosden. “It was always going to be good to firm here though.
“She was a little further back than we we wanted but fortunately she was able to get up the inner and Frankie let her through. The plan was always to try to get lucky.
“The owners are fabulous breeders, they’ve bred a classic winner this season and they have won the championship fillies’ mile race here. I’ve been second in this race three times so it’s great to win it.”
Chris Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud, added: “We decided to run her in the Guineas because we are Newmarket-based, you only get one go at the race and the Thompsons were keen to have a go. But I said all along that the ground would make a difference here.
“When going into a race like today’s with four or five classic winners and a champion two-year-old, you’d be happy with just a place.
“It’s great for the Thompsons, as she is from the first crop of a home-bred stallion. It justifies the policy of racing, rather than selling, the colts and standing them as stallions.”
Jockey Jimmy Fortune added: “Today she showed what a good filly she is. She’s a bit of character at home, and all credit to Robert Havlin who rides her out usually, and I got a bit excited when I rode her in some work last week.
“The boss had said to me in the Guineas to take it easy if she was not enjoying it but she’s always been a very nice filly, she was a Group 1 winner last year and has done nothing but progress.
“She had the draw, the pace and everything went right for her today. She’s tough with a lot of class and is a real character. On the form today, she’s the best filly in Europe and she’s good enough to take on the colts now.”
3.50pm CORONATION STAKES (GROUP ONE)
1 NANNINA (Cheveley Park Stud) John Gosden 3-9-00 Jimmy Fortune 
LUCKY PROVIDES FIRST ROYAL WIN FOR FANNING
I’m So Lucky gave jockey Joe Fanning his first Royal Ascot win and trainer Mark Johnston his 24th when making virtually all the running to land the Wolferton Handicap.
The four-year-old was clear entering the straight and held on gamely to prevail by a length and a quarter from Wild Savannah with stablemate Crosspeace back in third.
The winning rider said: “He travelled well and settled in front.
“I gave him a breather in the straight and then he’s picked up again.”
Successful trainer Mark Johnston said: “Frankly, our strike rate has been very poor this season and is about half what it usually is.
“I would still not say that all our horses are right but we knew that they couldn’t all be sick.
“We have been very choosy about what horses we have run,
“While I couldn’t be confident about this horse, he is stabled in the section of the yard that has not been so bad.
“You would have said that in the past when one of ours was clear like I’m So Lucky was then they wouldn’t have got beat, but today you couldn’t be sure of that.
“He was a really good horse at the beginning of last last but then got a bit sore and went to his owner (Roger Brookhouse) in the autumn.
“He still didn’t show any sparkle when he came back and we thought about missing this race to go to Redcar at the weekend but Roger Brookhouse said all the conditions were right for him today.
“Hopefully, things are now taking shape.
“I don’t know where he will go next - we will try and win some more good prizes and as his owner trains jumpers, he might finish up there.”
“I think it’s my fault that this is Joe’s first winner at Royal Ascot as he’s usually been riding at Ayr or somewhere up north for us in the past when this meeting was on. He has been very loyal to the stable and I’m sure this won’t be his last Royal Ascot winner.”
Speaking about third-placed Crosspeace, Johnston added: “He ran a great race as well.
“He’s a good horse but slightly frustrating in that we can’t seem to find the right trip for him.
“You wouldn’t think that a horse who was running over six furlongs last year would have difficulty laying up with the pace early on.”
4.25pm WOLFERTON HANDICAP (LISTED)
1 I'M SO LUCKY (Sandra Brookhouse) Mark Johnston 4-8-07 Joe Fanning
SOAPY CLEANS UP IN QUEEN’S VASE
Mark Johnston made it a quick Royal Ascot double when Soapy Danger’s victory in the Queen’s Vase complemented a win for I’m So Lucky in the Wolferton Handicap.
Soapy Danger squeezed runner-up Galient against the rail while making his winning run, but scored readily by one and a quarter lengths and the placings remained unaltered after the stewards decided to take no action.
Johnston said: “Clearly he’s gone past full of running and scored going away, so the best horse won and we’d have been surprised to lose the race.
“He’s consistent, but a lazy horse - someone asked me earlier if he was like Royal Rebel [a dual Gold Cup winner, but a hard ride]. He’s not physically a stayer or on pedigree a stayer, but he has a very laid-back attitude which you’ve seen to an extreme today when he had to be scrubbed early in the race.
“I saw a video of Royal Rebel winning the Gold Cup and he was being punched along before the bend, so I thought, well, if Royal Rebel can win like that so can this horse. You’d never think he was in trouble six furlongs out when you see how easily he’s won.
“He’s in the King George, and his owner [Klaus Jacobs of Newsells Park Stud] was concerned about going up to two miles with this horse while thinking about the future and his plans for his stud, but we said it’s a Group 2 race and they’re important to win.
“He struggled to hold his position today, and it wouldn’t seem the obvious thing to drop him down to a mile and a half now, but I’ll have to talk to the owner.”
The Ladbrokes St Leger is one possible target for Soapy Danger, and the sponsors introduced the colt into their betting at 20-1.
4.55pm QUEEN’S VASE (GROUP THREE)
1 SOAPY DANGER (Renata Jacobs) Mark Johnston 3-9-01 Kevin Darley 
LINA’S BRINGS UP JOHNSTON HAT-TRICK
Mark Johnston completed a 466.5/1 three-timer - his first single day Royal Ascot hat-trick - when Lina’s Selection ran out an easy winner of the concluding King George V Handicap under Kevin Darley.
Johnston’s team have been out of form for much of the season and the Middleham handler said: “The horses are still not quite back to normal and even the three winners have been affected.
“I was a little insulted earlier in the week when I wasn’t quoted in the betting for the leading trainer - they mentioned Michael Jarvis at 33/1 but not me. I don’t bet but I said to Deirde I was very tempted - but I’d rather have the winners.
“It’s great to win with that horse and Soapy Dancer for the Jacobs’ Newsells Park Stud. They have put an awful lot into racing.
“For a while we’ve thought that Lina’s Selection and Soapy Dancer were the two we had confidence in this week and I’m So Lucky was a pleasant surprise.
“What we do with Lina’s Selection now slightly depends on the handicapper, he’s not going to be too kind to us.”
Jockey Kevin Darley added: “After Swinley Bottom I crept a little closer and was then able to give him a breather. I kicked on from four furlongs out and he always looked like getting there. The further he went today the better he was
“This is the best racing stage in the world to me, there’s no second to it, so winning here is fantastic.”
5.30pm KING GEORGE V STAKES (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
1 LINAS SELECTION (Renata Jacobs) Mark Johnston 3-8-09 Kevin Darley
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