Three G2 races took place at the Royal Ascot meeting on Wednesday, while the first of these events was open only to two-year-old fillies. Dramatised scored the G2 Queen Mary Stakes in a great fashion, upon which Eldar Eldarov narrowly won the Queen’s Vase for three-year-old stayers. In the end, Saffron Beach was simply impressive when meeting fillies and mares in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. Here is the Queen Mary Stakes Recap.
Queen Mary Stakes Recap
The G2 turf event for two-year-old fillies was held at a distance of five furlongs. The field of 21 fillies competed for the purse of £115,000, and it was Karl Burke bound bay Dramatised (5-2) who landed the feat.
After a good start, the daughter of Showcasing responded beautifully when Daniel Tudhope asked her to quicken up, and therefore, she quickly took command and cruised home to score her premiere Graded success by one and ¾ of a length. Crossing the wire in 59.34s, she left Maylandsea (28-1) in second, with Maria Bradwell (9-1) taking third.
Dramatised was sent into this G2 race after she boasted some talent in her debut in Newmarket, where she won by four lengths; still, her Wednesday performance must have impressed almost everybody.
Maylandsea fought bravely but really couldn’t keep up with the subsequent winner, yet held on to the second place easily as Maria Bradwell only narrowly bettered fourth Love Reigns (11-4). The US-bound filly was prominent throughout the race; however, when she was urged forward, she couldn’t switch to another gear and had to settle for fourth place. Miami Girl (25-1) came home in fifth.
Queen’s Vase Recap
An absolute thrill occurred in this G2 race for three-year-old colts who clashed at the distance of a mile and six furlongs. On the turf surface, twelve participants vied for the purse of £262,500, including a highly anticipated duo from Godolphin, but it was Eldar Eldarov (5-2) who struck gold on Wednesday.
Piloted by David Egan, the colt didn’t rush anywhere throughout the race, and even in the final stretch, the son of Dubawi didn’t look particularly interested in the running as the front was still far away from him. However, the Roger Varian bound colt suddenly picked up and started to pass by all of his rivals until he caught the leading horses and struck gold just by a nose. Crossing the wire in 3m 1.33s, Eldar Eldarov bettered second Zechariah (20-1) and third Hafit (9-1).
Eldar Eldarov headed into the race unbeaten as he bagged both his debut in 2021 and his first outing of the ongoing season. Still, it was only in the Class 5 company; therefore, he wasn’t expected to pull off such a huge run among G2 colts.
But his performance was breathtaking and thrilling for the spectators as he pushed his nose in front of Zechariah at the last possible second. Hafit trained by Charlie Appleby looked ready to bag this race as he had almost the right profile of a decent runner who only needed some luck to score at the Graded scene; however, he once again had to settle for third place, but only a neck behind the second colt. After setting the pace, Al Quareem (10-1) took fourth place, while Anchorage (15-2) ran in fifth.
Duke of Cambridge Stakes Recap
The G2 turf race for four-year-old fillies and older mares offered the purse of £175,000, which attracted seven participants. Covering the distance of a mile, Saffron Beach (5-2) looked eager to take on her rivals in her seasonal in the UK, and under William Buick, she was just marvelous on Wednesday.
The chestnut filly trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam galloped in second, but once the jockey urged her to go forward, she bolted up beautifully. In a span of a few strides, she took first place, and unchallenged, she scored in 1m 39.99s. 3 and a half of a length behind the emphatic winner, outsider Thunder Beauty (40-1) were the best of the rest, with Prima Bacio (14-1) also running a blinder here.
The victorious daughter of New Bay has always boasted lots of talent, which he affirmed by winning the G1 Sun Chariot Stakes in October. Since then, Saffron Beach showed up in Dubai, where she delivered a great performance when being fourth in an international G1 field, while the Duke of Cambridge Stakes should’ve been basically about her and Mother Earth (100-3).
The Aidan O’Brien filly didn’t make up for her lacklustre effort in the Lockinge Stakes and managed only sixth place as Thunder Beauty was the one securing second place behind the victress. She headed third Prima Bacio, while German Novemba (20-1) finished fourth.
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