David Lanigan had his first Royal Ascot winner as Interception surged home under George Baker to take the Wokingham Handicap.
Bjorn Nielsen’s five-year-old daughter of Raven’s Pass was backed in from 25-1 this morning to 9-1 and she won by a length and a quarter from French raider Robert Le Diable, owned by Ed Lynam’s brother Bryan. Lancelot Du Lac and Related filled the places with David O’Meara’s 7-1 favourite Watchable fifth.
Lanigan said: “Yesterday we ran Warrior Of Light and I thought he was the biggest certainty I have had, but he was beaten. I got in the car with my wife, kicked the dashboard and said ‘I hate Royal Ascot’. Now I love it.
“It’s the biggest meeting in the world with so much prestige. You don’t get given a Royal Ascot winner, you have to work for it, and this has rewarded everyone back at the yard who has worked so hard on this filly.
“It’s great for Bjorn who has put a lot of money into Kingsdown. He let me do my job and the filly came around. We knew she would need a run last time and it put her spot on for this.”
Baker said: “It’s a great training performance to get her here and for a filly to go and do that. I pulled her out with a furlong and a half to run. I was a long way back and she really motored home. She absolutely loves that fast ground.
“Normally in those races, you find a lot of traffic problems but it just all went very smoothly, the gaps came. She won this off a mark in the low 100s so you’d have to hope she could step up again. She’s a good mare.
“I have been riding a lot for Mr Nielsen and David’s yard this year and it has been a great thing to do. It’s fantastic for David and his team.”
Rory Jiwani 20/06/15
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