Langs Lash Lands Queen Mary Stakes
1st (10) Langs Lash 25-1
Newmarket trainer Mick Quinlan had his first Royal Ascot success when Langs Lash belied her 25/1 starting price to land the Queen Mary Stakes by a neck from Shyrl.
But the victory was not a surprised to Quinlan’s brother and assistant Noel, who said: “Alan Munro came and rode her in work on Thursday and said she was his best chance of a winner this week. Her win wasn’t a surprised to us and I’ve got the winning betting tickets in my pocket to prove it.
“First time out she won by four lengths at Folkestone but made all and learned nothing and then she was drawn on the wrong side behind Bahamian Babe at York and had stage fright halfway through before she got going in the last 100 yards and was just touched off. I was pretty confident the winner that day wouldn’t beat us again.
“I think she’ll get six furlongs and we’ll talk to the owner and think about the Lowther.”
Jockey Alan Munro added: “It means everything to have a winner here. I thought I was going to struggle for the week. Langs Lash was my best chance, I thought she’d get placed. She really finds, she’s tough - like riding a colt really. She has a good mental attitude.
“I had the panoramic view so I could see they were behind us. She’s done it well. She showed so much speed that before I knew where I was, I was at the two pole. Then I’ve asked here to quicken and she’s found. Then it got down to a fight and she pulled it out.
“Riding in England is the best place in the world and riding winners at Royal Ascot is the pinnacle. Obviously you’ve got the Epsom Derby but this is a huge week. Everyone says it’s like the Olympics and I agree - it’s just fantastic.”
SO CLOSE FOR SIMON
Rookie trainer Simon Callaghan didn’t know whether to laugh or cry after Shyrl came so close to giving him a first ever Royal Ascot success.
The Acclamation filly came within a neck of winning the Queen Mary Stakes but was just held by Langs Lash.
Callaghan said: “She has run very well on what was only her second start. It was a great run to come second, although you also realise just how close you were to winning.
“Frankie (Dettori) said she is very tough and very honest. She has finished her race well.
“We will take her back and have a think about what we’ll do next.”
Andy Oliver, trainer of third-placed Connie Mac, said: “I’m delighted with her.
“She put up a great run on her debut at the Curragh and we thought if she had come on we’d have a good chance with her here.
“It was a bit of a rush getting her prepared and her inexperience probably showed early on. I would just have liked to have had the opportunity of giving here one more run before here.
“I would like to get her maiden broken and then we will see where we go from there.”
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