Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
Group 2, Ascot 15:40
£188,250 added,
4yo plus,
1m, Class 1   
Wednesday 20th June 2018


1 Aljazzi 9/2
2 Tribute Act 10/1
3 Wilamina 11/2
11 ran Distances: 3¾l, nk, ¾l
Time: 1m 40.53s (slow by 1.93s)

Aljazzi wins the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes in style!

© Racehorse Photos
Newmarket trainer Marco Botti trained his first Royal Ascot winner when Aljazzi turned the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes into a procession.
The result was a triumph for the five-year-old mare's owner/breeders, Imad Al Sagar and Saleh Al Homaizi, who raced Investec Derby winner Authorized, and also for their racing manager and breeding advisor Tony Nerses, who bought the filly's granddam, Majestic Sakeena, at the December Sale 12 years ago.
Aljazzi, by Shamardal, beat Tribute Act and Wilamina by three and three-quarters of a length and a neck, becoming another Royal Ascot winner for in-form jockey William Buick, who has now ridden a career total of 22 winners at the meeting.
Botti said: "We have been so close here so many times with horses like Dandino, Excelebration and Euro Charline and it is just nice to finally get one on the board. I am really delighted, and I have to thank the owners for keeping Aljazzi in training.
"William gave her a great ride and she showed a good turn of foot. Last year, she came here as an outsider ( finished second at 40/1) whereas today she was a shorter price. She winds herself up a bit before races and takes a little bit out of herself so we tend to space her races out. This year the plan was to have one run at Sandown and then to come straight here. Everything went to plan.
"There is a month until the Falmouth Stakes [run at Newmarket's July Course] and I would think that will fit in very well. This is why we wake up in the morning, we all want to have winners here. It is job done and I am really pleased for everybody."
Al Sagar said: "We now know the family well and they all flourish with age - she has done really well from four to five. At one point in time, we thought she might be good enough for the 1000 Guineas, but after that race we realised she wasn't quite ready."
Nerses said: "She's a very special mare. Her dam is now in foal to another very good horse we owned, Decorated Knight, and she has a Golden Horn foal at foot."


Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
(Fillies' Group 2) (Formerly the Windsor Forest Stakes) (Str)
£188,250 added, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 1
11 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (7) Aljazzi 9/2 W Buick
M Botti 5
2nd (1) Tribute Act 10/1 A Kirby
J R Fanshawe 4
3rd (8) nk Wilamina (IRE) 11/2 L Dettori
M Meade 5
4th (3) ¾ Urban Fox 13/2 James Doyle
W J Haggas 4
5th (5) Tomyris 16/1 Andrea Atzeni
R Varian 4
6th (4) Promising Run (USA) 25/1 C Soumillon
S bin Suroor 5
7th (2) Arabian Hope (USA) 18/1 Oisin Murphy
S bin Suroor 4
8th (11) ½ Hydrangea (IRE) 7/4f R L Moore
A P O'Brien 4
9th (10) ¾ Billesdon Bess 80/1 Hollie Doyle
R Hannon 4
10th (6) 15 Unforgetable Filly 20/1 Josephine Gordon
H Palmer 4
11th (9) 8 Lincoln Rocks 50/1 D Tudhope
D O'Meara 5




2017 2 QEMAH Jean-Claude Rouget FR Gregory Benoist Al Shaqab Racing 4-9-00 5/2F
2016 2 USHERETTE Andre Fabre FR Mickael Barzalona Godolphin 4-9-03 9/4F
2015 2 AMAZING MARIA David O’Meara James Doyle Sir Robert Ogden 4-9-00 25/1
2014 2 INTEGRAL Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Cheveley Park Stud 4-9-00 9/4F
2013 2 DUNTLE David Wachman IRE Wayne Lordan Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd 4-8-12 100/30
2012 2 JOVIALITY John Gosden William Buick HRH Princess Haya of Jordan 4-8-12 11/1
2011 2 LOLLY FOR DOLLY Tommy Stack IRE Wayne Lordan David Keoghan 4-8-12 11/1
2010 2 STRAWBERRYDAIQUIRI Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Renata Jacobs 4-8-12 9/2
2009 2 SPACIOUS James Fanshawe Johnny Murtagh Cheveley Park Stud 4-8-12 10/1
2008 2 SABANA PERDIDA Alain de Royer-Dupre FR Christophe Lemaire Scuderia Zaro 5-8-12 4/1
2007 2 NANNINA John Gosden Jimmy Fortune Cheveley Park Stud 4-8-12 3/1CF
2006 2 SOVIET SONG James Fanshawe Jamie Spencer Elite Racing Club 6-8-12 11/8F
*2005 2 PEERESS Sir Michael Stoute Michael Kinane Cheveley Park Stud 4-8-09 14/1
2004 2 FAVOURABLE TERMS Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon Maktoum Al Maktoum 4-8-12 13/2
*run at York