Declaration Of War Battles to Queen Anne Victory
1 Declaration Of War 15/2
Declaration Of War gained his first Group One win when landing today’s Queen Anne Stakes for trainer Aidan O’Brien and his jockey son Joseph.
The victory was also a stunning triumph for part-owner Joseph Allen, who bred Declaration Of War and now owns 40% of him in a Coolmore partnership involving Messrs Magnier, Tabor and Smith.
Allen said: “I’m in bliss! It’s my first win at Ascot, it’s a wonderful day, my wife’s here and I could not be happier. And I have great partners.
“I bred the sire of this horse, War Front, and I still have this colt’s dam, Tempo West, who has a filly foal full-sister to this horse at foot. She is now back in front to War Front.
“This is a very difficult game to really sustain yourself. As I was once told, to stay ahead you need great partners, and these guys [Magnier, Tabor and Smith] have been in the game a long time and add so much to it. I think this horse now has a great future at stud, but where he stands I will leave to John Magnier, who knows so much more than I do.”
Declaration Of War was only fifth on his most recent outing in the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month, but Aidan O’Brien said: “We always thought the world of this horse. He had a very easy run the first time [this season] at Leopardstown and we thought he was ready for a Group One, but obviously he wasn’t. I hadn’t trained him hard enough for it. He is a big powerhouse capable of taking training and I didn’t get that right.
“Joseph found out in the Lockinge he had a lot of speed, and we rode him that way today.”
Asked if the winner might take in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes next over ten furlongs, O’Brien said: “No, I would rather see him go back in trip, rather than up in trip. He travelled very strongly today.”
Joseph O’Brien added: “I was going very well and I went into the gap – it got a little bit tight but I was going exceptionally well. He quickened up and idled when he got there.
“We thought that he was a very good horse going into Newbury, when we were a little bit disappointed, but we had a few things and Dean, who rides him out, and all of the lads in the yard have done a great job.
“I have a few nice rides for the week and it’s nice to start off on a good foot.”
Queen Anne Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Str)
ANIMAL KINGDOM DISAPPOINTS
Graham Motion, trainer of the 5/4 favourite Animal Kingdom who finished 11th of the 13 runners, said: “I am disappointed obviously.
“Johnny (Velazquez) had to fight him a little bit early, which made me worry, and said at the half-mile pole he started to ask him to run and there wasn’t much there. He said it rode a bit softer than it walked but I cannot really use that as an excuse.
“I would say that is probably it for the horse (last run). I think the experience has been tremendous and if I ever had the opportunity to do it again then I would absolutely.
“Animal Kingdom trained great – I was really happy with him. This is what I always cautioned. It is so different – the fact that he was keen early and he did not really have any cover. He is used to being tucked in and when you are out in the open like that, it is a different ball-game.
“I think the draw (13) made it very awkward for him to be honest. I didn’t anticipate it would be but I think in hindsight it was.
“I am sorry it did not work out – it is disappointing for everyone. There was such a good reception for him. It would have been great to see him do his stuff but he clearly didn’t today.
“I always had reservations about what we were dealing with – it became a very awkward post (draw) and Johnny had difficulty getting him to settle early. I think that it is probably what hurt Animal Kingdom the most. If he had been drawn in the middle it would have been easier.
“I don’t want to offer too many excuses. I am sorry it has ended this way – we are deflated. A lot of effort has gone into this – David Lanigan and his crew and our crew – it has been a lot of work – that’s racing.
“Everyone was predicting him to win but they have to run the race.”
John Velazquez added: “He was keen and just didn’t relax. When I let him down, he gave me no run at all.
“He just didn’t have it at all today.”
2012-WINNER-FRANKEL 4-9-00 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-Sir Henry Cecil; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-1/10 Fav
2011-WINNER-CANFORD CLIFFS 4-9-00 Owner-The Heffer Syndicate, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; Trainer-Richard
2010-WINNER-GOLDIKOVA 5-8-11 Owner-Wertheimer et Frere; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-11/8
2009-WINNER- PACO BOY 4-9-00 Owner-The Calvera Partnership No 2; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes;
2008-WINNER-HARADASUN 5-9-00 Owner-Frank Tagg/Sue Magnier/Frank Meduri/Garry Moffitt; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien
2007-WINNER-RAMONTI 5-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-5/1
2006-WINNER-AD VALOREM 4-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier & Bob Ingham; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Kieren Fallon;
2005-WINNER-VALIXIR 4-9-00 Owner-H H Aga Khan; Trainer-Andre Fabre FR; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-4/1
2004-WINNER-REFUSE TO BEND 4-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-12/1
2003-WINNER-DUBAI DESTINATION 4-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori;
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