Strawberrydaiquiri is Fruitful in the Forest
1 Strawberrydaiquiri 9/2
Pulling hard and making all, Strawberrydaiquiri held Spacious by a short head in the Windsor Forest Stakes.
The winner was ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by Sir Michael Stoute for Renata Jacobs, whose late husband Klaus was a leading owner and founder of the Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire.
Mrs Jacobs said her husband was with her in spirit at Royal Ascot, adding: “I’m very happy, for while it is two years since my husband passed away today he is here, he is happy, he is smiling and he is watching. For me it is a fantastic moment.”
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute said: “I’m thrilled for the Jacobs family, but it’s so sad Klaus Jacobs is not here to see this business bear fruit for him - his family bought into Equiano [last week] who won the King’s Stand Stakes yesterday. He invested a hell of a lot in racing and Newsells Park Stud.”
Sir Michael praised his jockey, saying: “Ryan was very clever to do what he did, because we would have loved a lead - that’s how we’ve always ridden her - but he had to grab the initiative, especially with a tailwind. She’s a tough filly and we feared there wouldn’t be any pace and that she would be vulnerable over a mile. The next step is to go 10 furlongs.
Moore, who was completing a 48.5-1 double initiated on Rainfall in the Jersey Stakes, said: “She tries very hard and was very game at Newmarket [on her seasonal debut]. When I asked her she gave a little bit more, and she’ll be really nice when she goes up in distance.”
GALLANT SPACIOUS DENIED IN THRILLER
Spacious was narrowly foiled in her bid for back-to-back wins in the Windsor Forest Stakes, going down by a short-head to Strawberrydaiquiri following a pulsating duel through the final furlong and a half of the mile contest.
The five-year-old Nayef mare, owned by Cheveley Park Stud, was a 13/2 chance under Johnny Murtagh.
Spacious’ trainer, James Fanshawe, was also responsible for fourth-placed Alsace Lorraine, a 10/1 shot ridden by Jamie Spencer.
Chris Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud, said: “Spacious ran very well. Johnny (Murtagh) gave her a great ride, he just wonders if he might have come there too soon. But she has got this wonderful stride that just keeps lengthening.
“Full marks to James (Fanshawe) and his team. It’s nice to keep this filly in training and come back here with her. She has shown that she has trained on and will go on to the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket again.”
Fanshawe commented: “I was a bit emotional five minutes ago but they have both run really well. Spacious is a credit to the yard and I thought that we might be getting the upper hand with half a furlong to go but Strawberrydaiquiri just got the upper hand in the last little bit.
“Alsace Lorraine ran a very good race. It was a big step in class and ideally she would have liked a bit more give in the ground, but she ran very well.”
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Antara, sent off the 7/2 favourite, was three lengths third under Frankie.
Suroor reported: “She ran a big race, she ran really well. She was just beaten by better fillies on the day. I think she’s absolutely fine with this distance and we will give her a break now as she’s a really nice filly for the future.”
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