|(Fillies' Group 3) Ascot 14:30
6f, Class 1
Friday 18th June 2021
1 Sandrine 16/1
Hello You 5/1
3 Oscula 10/1
15 ran Distances: 1½l, ½l, shd
Time: 1m 18.00s (slow by 5.10s)
After a lunchtime inspection, day four of Royal Ascot was able to go ahead as planned, and it was the 16/1 chance Sandrine who took the opening Grade 3 for two-year-old fillies.
On the rain-softened ground over six furlongs, staying power was likely to come to the fore, and so it proved as Sandrine finished best of all to defeat Hello You by a length and a half. Oscula, one of two fillies to take their chances on the stands’ side, was rewarded with third spot, a further half-length behind.
Sandrine was ridden by David Probert, who was registering a second Royal Ascot success and a first since 2014. Trainer Andrew Balding was saddling his second two-year-old winner of the week, following the victory of Berkshire Shadow
in Tuesday’s G2 Coventry Stakes
Sandrine’s owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing said: “I bought this filly’s fifth or sixth dam as a yearling at Goffs in 1976 and the family has been with me ever since. Everything on her catalogue page from top to bottom, we have bred at Lanwades Stud.
“All my animals are homebred, so it gives me tremendous pleasure to keep the continuity. I also tend to support my own stallions, and this filly is Bobby's Kitten’s first Stakes winner, first Group winner, so we are thrilled with that.”
Balding said: “I thought the meeting was sure to be off. We were only coming here to have lunch. I am so pleased for Kirsten, and she deserves a winner like this.
"Sandrine was impressive when winning on debut. It was a low-class race at Kempton, but the form worked out well and she worked nicely last week. We felt we were entitled to run. We were slightly worried about the ground as there were mixed messages on the pedigree.
"However, Bobby's Kitten won well on soft ground on his only start in Ireland. There was no fluke about the win she was very impressive.
“I rang Kirsten a week ago and said ‘look, she's worked so well, we are going to have to make an entry to the Albany’ And Kirsten, thankfully, was up for it.
“I am pleased for David Probert, who just gave her the most beautiful ride and really deserves it.”
Probert said: “A massive thank you to Kirsten Rausing for keeping me on this filly. She won so well on her first time out around Kempton and we knew she was pretty special, but she has done so well to brave it through this ground.
“Going to the start, I didn’t think many would go in these conditions, but Sandrine is super-fit and very hardy. I think she has a great attribute - she relaxes very well and gets into a good rhythm. She’s not very green for an inexperienced filly, and she’s taken me past the two [furlong-pole] almost filling herself up again, so when I did ask her, she really was relentless and galloped really nicely to the line.
He added: “There’s a lot of competition in that weighing room. Oisin is going up through the ranks with Andrew and there's plenty of other jockeys she could have chosen from. I'm just massively thankful for all the opportunities I'm given, and when I do get given them, I just have to take them with both hands and hope for the best.
“Kirsten has been an avid supporter of mine and I hae been lucky to ride a few winners for her this week at various tracks, so for me to get a Royal Ascot winner for her is very special.”
£65,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (2) Sandrine 2 9-0 Andrew Balding David Probert 16/1
2 (6) 1½ Hello You 2 9-0 Ralph Beckett James Doyle 5/1
3 (12) ½ Oscula 2 9-0 George Boughey Mark Crehan 10/1
4 (11) shd Prettiest 2 9-0 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 13/2
5 (8) 1¼ Cachet 2 9-0 George Boughey Nicola Currie 15/2
6 (3) ¾ Elliptic 2 9-0 Donnacha O'Brien Gavin Ryan 13/2
7 (7) 1¼ Anadora 2 9-0 Kevin Ryan Adam Kirby 125/1
8 (14) 1 Sunstrike 2 9-0 John & Thady Gosden Oisin Murphy 33/1
9 (4) nk Lady Ayresome 2 9-0 Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves 50/1
10 (13) shd Eve Lodge 2 9-0 Charlie Fellowes Jamie Spencer 17/2
11 (10) 4 El Maga 2 9-0 Phillip Makin Rowan Scott 80/1
12 (9) nk Hellomydarlin 2 9-0 George Boughey Daniel Tudhope 10/1
13 (5) 2¼ Flotus 2 9-0 Simon & Ed Crisford Frankie Dettori 9/2F
14 (1) 1¾ Sows 2 9-0 Richard Hannon Sean Levey 33/1
15 (15) 13 Gypsy Lady 2 9-0 Gay Kelleway Hollie Doyle 80/1
ALBANY STAKES WINNERS
YR/DATE GR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WGT SP
2020 3 DANDALLA Karl Burke Ben Curtis Nick Bradley Racing 28 & Elaine Burke 2-9-00 13/2
2019 3 DAAHYEH Roger Varian David Egan HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa 2-9-00 4/1F
2018 3 MAIN EDITION Mark Johnston James Doyle Saif Ali 2-9-00 7/1
2017 3 DIFFERENT LEAGUE Mauthieu Palussiere FR Antoine Hamelin Theresa Marnane 2-9-00 20/1
2016 3 BRAVE ANNA Aidan O’Brien IRE Seamie Heffernan Evie Stockwell 2-9-00 16/1
2015 3 ILLUMINATE Richard Hannon Richard Hughes Denford Stud 2-9-00 4/1F
2014 3 CURSORY GLANCE Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni Merry Fox Stud Limited 2-9-00 14/1
2013 3 KIYOSHI Charlie Hills Jamie Spencer Qatar Racing Limited 2-8-12 8/1
2012 3 NEWFANGLED John Gosden William Buick HRH Princess Haya of Jordan 2-8-12 7/4F
2011 3 SAMITAR Mick Channon Jamie Spencer Nick & Olga Dhandsa/John & Zoe Webster 2-8-12 16/1
2010 3 MEMORY Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes Highclere Thoroughbred Racing 2-8-12 15/2
2009 3 HABAAYIB Ed Dunlop Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 2-8-12 16/1
2008 3 CUIS GHAIRE Jim Bolger IRE Kevin Manning Jackie Bolger & Harry Dobson 2-8-12 8/11F
2007 3 NIJOOM DUBAI Mick Channon Jamie Spencer Jaber Abdullah 2-8-12 50/1
2006 3 SANDER CAMILLO Jeremy Noseda Frankie Dettori Sir Robert Ogden 2-8-12 4/1F
*2005 3 LA CHUNGA Jeremy Noseda Jamie Spencer Sir Robert Ogden 2-8-09 10/1
2004 L JEWEL IN THE SAND Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes Sand Associates 2-8-11 10/1
2003 L SILCA’S GIFT Mick Channon Steve Drowne Aldridge Racing Ltd 2-8-11 5/1
2002 L DUTY PAID David Elsworth Richard Quinn Jeff Smith 2-8-11 11/1
*run at York