2023 Queen Anne Stakes

Chalk players took a hammering in the main events at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, with 33-1 chance Triple Time signing for his first success at the top level in the 2023 Queen Anne Stakes, and sprinter Bradsell doing the same to claim the G1 King’s Stand for outstanding female jockey Hollie Doyle at odds of 14-1.

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2023 Queen Anne Stakes

G1, £750,000, 1m turf (straight), 4yo+

Triple at the double

There was a huge shock in the opening race of the glittering Royal Ascot meeting today when Triple Time – having his first start for almost nine months – upset the applecart at 33-1 in the Queen Anne, staying on too strongly for Inspiral and Light Infantry and earning a paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

The four-year-old benefited from the slack, dawdling gallop and was always close to the lead, and jockey Neil Callan took advantage of the paceless race when committing him for home two furlongs out. The only horse who could find a change of gear was the second-choice Inspiral, but Triple Time turned her back inside the last half-furlong to claim his first victory at the highest level by a neck.

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Light Infantry, who had set those funereal fractions, was able to hang on for third, two and a half lengths further back but still three-quarters of a length clear of the disappointing favorite Modern Games, who was unsuited by the slow pace. 

“He’s up there with the best I’ve ever trained, he’s very, very good,” said trainer Kevin Ryan, who will aim the colt at the G1 Sussex over a mile at Glorious Goodwood on August 2.

Queen Anne Stakes Race Payouts

HorseWin (£)Place (£)
1. Triple Time35.057.45
2. Inspiral1.55
3. Light Infantry3.60

Winning time: 1m 40.70s

2023 King’s Stand Stakes

G1, £627,500, 5f turf (straight), 3yo+

Bradsell beats the odds

There was another surprise in the King’s Stand when 14-1 shot Bradsell made his first start at five furlongs a successful one when outrunning the favored Highfield Princess and boxcar longshot Annaf.

His jockey Hollie Doyle carved her name in the history books by becoming the first woman to ride a G1 winner at the royal meeting, and she had to work hard for that distinction as the winner and runner-up came very close together inside the final furlong, Bradsell drifting left under the Doyle drive.

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The stewards took a long look at the replay before allowing the result to stand, Bradsell having a length to spare over Highfield Princess with the rallying Annaf a length and three-quarters further back in third. The Australian challenge petered out with Coolangatta 11th and Cannonball last of 17, and US raider Twilight Gleaming led early but dropped right away to finish second-last.

Bradsell was winning for the second successive year at Royal Ascot, having landed the G2 Coventry 12 months ago, and trainer Archie Watson will point him to the G1 July Cup at Newmarket, back over six furlongs, on July 15. The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint may be a target in the autumn, as this was a win-and-in for that contest.

King’s Stand Stakes Payouts

HorseWin (£)Place (£)
1. Bradsell17.004.30
2. Highfield Princess1.35
3. Annaf15.45

Winning time: 1m 0.91s

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