Aidan O'Brien's star filly battles to land the Group One feature on day two on her seasonal return to give the trainer a 75th Royal Ascot winner. The daughter of Galileo, who won the QIPCO 1, Guineas by four-and-a-quarter lengths and the Derby at Epsom by a whopping nine lengths last year, was sent off the favourite with last year's winner Lord North declared a non-runner earlier in the day. But with fitness a possible issue, she couldn't stretch clear in the style of her Classic successes.
Please refresh the and retry. After the first two juvenile winners of the meeting, Berkshire Shadow and Quick Suzy, had raced under the stands rail Frankie Dettori appeared to be the first jockey to work out the possibility of a golden highway although, as the day wore on, it became clear the fastest strips were up either rail away from the slower ground in the middle. That paid off handsomely for Dettori when he brought shot Indie Angel up under the stands in the Duke of Cambridge to beat Lady Bowthorpe, who found the ground quick enough. He can train anything though.
The Beatles may have been adamant that all you need is love, but Aidan O'Brien could be set to take a different approach when it comes to his Prince of Wales's Stakes plans, indicating he will run Love and Armory in the day-two highlight at Royal Ascot next Wednesday. Both were among eight remaining confirmations on Thursday for the prestigious Group 1 4.
A brilliant winner of last year's 1, Guineas and Oaks, the star filly missed out on a tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe due to testing conditions and has been kept under wraps at Ballydoyle so far this season while waiting for her favoured good ground. Royal Ascot day two card.
He said: "At the minute we're looking at running Love and Armory next week. That could change but that's how it's looking at the moment. All has gone smoothly with Love so far too.
O'Brien also provided an update on last weekend's Prix du Jockey Club hero St Mark's Basilica, outlining a host of top-class races as potential options for the rest of his campaign. He'll have to get back into full work again before we see where he goes.
Last year's Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Lord North remains on course to bid for back-to-back victories, while Addeybb could make his return in Britain having won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in April when last seen. In the Duke of Cambridge Stakes 3. The Newmarket trainer won the St James's Palace Stakes in with Grand Lodge and may be represented by his stable star, who won the Dahlia Stakes earlier in the season and scored on her sole start at the Berkshire track in the Group 3 Valiant Stakes last year.
Regular partner Kieran Shoemark is set to be back on board the Emma Banks-owned five-year-old, with Oisin Murphy having taken the ride at Newbury last time.
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Lady Bowthorpe: in contention for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes next week. At the minute we're looking at running Love and Armory next week.
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