Al­man­zour pours it on

A French filly was best of Bri­tish on a stel­lar day at As­cot

Racing Ahead - - CHAMPIONS DAY -

de­lighted for every­body. She’s a very spe­cial filly.

“She’s won at the top level at a mile, mile and a quar­ter and a mile and a half and then to bring her back down in trip to win an all-aged mile race,they have to be very spe­cial.

“Maybe the lads will now bring her back to race again next year. They’ll sit down and talk about that now but hope­fully she can race again. She’s an in­cred­i­ble filly.”


The Tin Man struck a blow for the smaller owner when win­ning the Group 1 Cham­pi­ons Sprint. The Fred Archer Rac­ing syn­di­cate are not reg­u­lar faces at the big meet­ings and trainer James Fan­shawe was de­lighted to land them a big prize. He said: “They have owned two horses – this one, who will be rated about 120 af­ter this race, and the other rated 57.”

It was the first Group 1 suc­cess for the horse, who fin­ished fourth in the race 12 months ago. He came with a pow­er­ful win to score by a length from 50-1 shot Growl. Fan­shawe added: “He’s been a very dif­fi­cult horse to get right this year – in the Spring he didn’t re­ally thrive, and while I thought I’d got him right for Royal As­cot it didn’t work out.Then the ground came up soft at Hay­dock Sprint Cup and so this is the first time this year we’ve had a re­ally clear run with him, al­though it’s easy to say in hind­sight.

“It’s been a re­ally big team ef­fort to get him right for to­day. It’s great for jockey Tom Queally who has been a big help to the yard this year – he rode him re­ally coolly and stuck to the way he said he would ride him and it’s great to see him rid­ing a Group One win­ner again.”


Jour­ney went one bet­ter than last year’s sec­ond in the Group 1 Cham­pion Fil­lies & Mares Stakes. Frankie Det­tori treated the crowd to a fly­ing dis­mount af­ter win­ning by four lengths.

Trainer John Gos­den said: “I said to Frankie, just try to set­tle where you can and she’ll tell you when she’s happy,and he rode her beau­ti­fully.

“She showed great ac­cel­er­a­tion – she was just caught out last year when the ground was just too soft,but it was a mar­vel­lous ef­fort given that she was beaten by the St Leger win­ner, Sim­ple Verse.

“She’s a fab­u­lous filly and has beaten an ex­cep­tional filly in Speedy Board­ing, who won the Prix de l’Opera just 13 days ago. She is a bit quirky at home – she’s one of those fil­lies that you don’t ar­gue with. She’s got her mind set on what she wants to do and you go with her – if you try and im­pose your will upon her she will quickly tell you what to do.”


The Long Dis­tance Cup won by Sheikhza­yedroad was a Group 2 in name but you wonÕt get a bet­ter field of stay­ers. Trainer David Sim­cock was de­lighted with his 11-1 shot, who fol­lowed up his Don­caster Cup win in great style. He said:“It’s fan­tas­tic – it was great to watch.“I’m very proud of the horse.

The Tin Man

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