Queen's Vase
Group 2, Ascot 15:05
£200,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 6f 34y, Class 1  
Wednesday 20th June 2018


1 Kew Gardens 10/3
2 Southern France 9/2
3 Nelson 9/2
12 ran Distances: 4½l, nk, 2¾l
Time: 3m 0.89s (slow by 3.39s)

Kew Gardens leads home an Aidan O'Brien clean sweep

Kew Gardens
© Caroline Norris
Kew Gardens
Aidan O'Brien completely dominated the race, taking the first three places with Kew Gardens, Southern France and Nelson. It was the Irish trainer's 62nd Royal Ascot winner, his sixth victory in the Queen's Vase and his first success of the 2018 Royal Meeting.
Kew Gardens, a son of Galileo, won easily by four and a half lengths at 100/30. He was ridden by Ryan Moore, for whom it was a 49th Royal Meeting triumph.
O'Brien said: "We always thought Kew Gardens would stay, and he loves fast ground. We were very happy with him all the time and, even though he was a bit disappointing in Epsom [he was ninth of 12 in the Derby], we have been very happy with him since then.
"Donnacha [O'Brien's younger son, a jockey] thought after riding him in Epsom that maybe we rode him too forward and that taking your time on him a bit more would suit him. Ryan did that today and it worked out lovely.
"I am delighted with the other two. It was Nelson's first run back for a long time while Southern France is still a big baby who is going to improve a lot as the year goes on. We thought all three would stay beyond a mile and a half - that's what they are bred to do, really.
"Kew Gardens can do a lot things. He can go back for the Irish Derby or have a little rest and be trained for the St Leger. The St Leger is a long way away but in the autumn it would be a lovely race for him. But he came out of Epsom very well and if he comes out of this as well, he could well go for the Irish Derby; it's always a race we consider with these horses. We'll see how he is."


Queen's Vase (Group 2)
£200,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 6f 34y, Class 1
12 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (7) Kew Gardens (IRE) 10/3 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 3
2nd (5) Southern France (IRE) 9/2 J A Heffernan
A P O'Brien 3
3rd (6) nk Nelson (IRE) 9/2 D O'Brien
A P O'Brien 3
4th (4) Almoghared (IRE) 12/1 Jim Crowley
J H M Gosden 3
5th (12) Yabass (IRE) 66/1 Edward Greatrex
Archie Watson 3
6th (9) Drapers Guild 33/1 W M Lordan
Joseph P O'Brien 3
7th (11) Stream Of Stars 5/2f L Dettori
J H M Gosden 3
8th (1) Sovereign Duke (GER) 50/1 Fran Berry
H Candy 3
9th (2) King's Proctor (IRE) 20/1 James Doyle
M Johnston 3
10th (10) Lynwood Gold (IRE) 12/1 P J McDonald
M Johnston 3
11th (8) 9 Jeremiah 20/1 Oisin Murphy
C Fellowes 3
12th (3) 1 Dubai Empire (FR) 66/1 T P Queally
J J Quinn 3



17/23/06 2 STRADIVARIUS John Gosden Andrea Atzeni Bjorn Nielsen 3-9-00 11/2
16/17/06 L SWORD FIGHTER Aidan O’Brien IRE Colm O’Donoghue Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier 3-9-03 33/1
15/19/06 L ALOFT Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 3-9-03 5/2F
14/20/06 3 HARTNELL Mark Johnston Joe Fanning Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 3-9-03 7/2
13/21/06 3 LEADING LIGHT Aidan O’Brien IRE Joseph O’Brien Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 3-9-04 5/4F
12/22/06 3 ESTIMATE Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore H M The Queen 3-8-12 3/1F
11/17/06 3 NAMIBIAN Mark Johnston Silvestre De Sousa Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 3-9-01 7/2F
10/18/06 3 MIKHAIL GLINKA Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith 3-9-01 2/1F
09/19/06 3 HOLBERG Mark Johnston Joe Fanning Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 3-9-01 7/1
08/20/063 PATKAI Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Ballymacoll Stud 3-9-01 6/4F
07/22/06 3 MAHLER Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith 3-9-01 7/1
06/23/06 3 SOAPY DANGER Mark Johnston Kevin Darley Renata Jacobs 3-9-01 4/1
*05/17/06 3 MELROSE AVENUE Mark Johnston Kevin Darley Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-11 4/1
04/18/06 3 DUKE OF VENICE Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-11 9/2
03/20/06 3 SHANTY STAR Mark Johnston Kevin Darley Maktoum Al Maktoum 3-8-11 7/2F
02/21/06 3 MAMOOL Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-11 9/1
01/19/06 3 AND BEYOND Mark Johnston Kevin Darley Maktoum Al Maktoum 3-8-11 11/1
00/20/06 3 DALAMPOUR Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon H H Aga Khan 3-8-11 3/1F
99/16/06 3 ENDORSEMENT Henry Cecil Kieren Fallon Cliveden Stud 3-8-06 5/1
98/17/06 3 MARIDPOUR Sir Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn H H Aga Khan 3-8-11 6/1
97/18/06 3 WINDSOR CASTLE Paul Cole Richard Quinn Fahd Salman 3-8-11 9/2
96/19/06 3 GORDI Dermot Weld IRE Michael Kinane Allen Paulson 3-8-11 7/1
95/21/06 3 STELVIO Henry Cecil Michael Kinane Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-11 7/4F
94/15/06 3 SILVER WEDGE Geoff Lewis Michael Hills Shirley Robins 3-8-11 20/1
93/16/06 3 INFRASONIC Andre Fabre FR Pat Eddery Khalid Abdullah 3-8-11 3/1F
92/17/06 3 LANDOWNER John Gosden Ray Cochrane Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-11 8/1
91/19/06 3 JENDALI Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-11 15/2
90/20/06 L RIVER GOD Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-11 6/4F
89/21/06 L WELD William Jarvis Bruce Raymond Lord Howard de Walden 3-8-09 16/1
88/15/06 L GREEN ADVENTURE Guy Harwood Greville Starkey J Garcia-Roady 3-8-09 6/4F
87/17/06 L ARDEN Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Lord Howard de Walden 3-8-09 7/2
86/18/06 L STAVORDALE Tom Jones Michael Roberts Solna Thomson Jones 3-7-10 33/1
85/19/06 3 WASSL MERBAYEH Tom Jones Richard Hills Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum 3-8-00 6/1
84/20/06 3 BAYNOUN Fulke Johnson Houghton Willie Carson H H Aga Khan 3-8-00 13/8F
83/15/06 3 SANTELLA MAN Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Roy Taiano 4-9-08 11/1
82/16/06 3 EVZON Clive Brittain Lester Piggott Capt Marcos Lemos 4-9-03 16/1
81/17/06 3 ORE Kevin Prendergast IRE Willie Carson Patrick Prendergast 3-8-00 15/2
80/18/06 3 TOONDRA Michael Jarvis Paul Cook Lady Beaverbrook 3-8-00 15/2
79/20/06 3 BUTTRESS Dick Hern Willie Carson H M Queen 3-8-05 3/1F
78/21/06 3 LE MOSS Henry Cecil Geoff Baxter Carlo d’Alessio 3-8-00 7/4F
77/15/06 3 MILLIONAIRE Peter Walwyn Pat Eddery Mrs D McCalmont 3-8-05 8/1
*run at York
run at two miles from 1977 to 2016.