O’Neill’s Chesham Joy
Eoghan O’Neill enjoyed his first Royal Ascot success as 14-1 shot Suits You just held off favourite Ballydoyle in the Chesham Stakes under Cristian Demuro.
The Irishman moved to France five years ago after being based at Newmarket and this is his biggest win with the son of Youmzain who cost just 12,000 euros.
O’Neill said: “He’s very smart and he has been since February. It has been the plan to come here for a long time. I decided we’d head to this if he won first time out, which he did. He’ll probably go for a Listed race in Deauville next and then come back to Britain for the Royal Lodge.
“He’s got speed, relaxes and gets a trip. We were punched when Spanish Romance got beaten yesterday but we got the riding tactics wrong. I was quite confident today.”
Demuro was also having his first Royal Ascot winner and he said: “That’s amazing – it’s unbelievable, fantastic. Listening to the people screaming like that is amazing.
“I won on him last time – he’s a fantastic horse, running one and winning – and he looked very green.
“I got crossed and had to stop a little and then I saw Ballydoyle coming, but my horse is very strong. I have won at the Shergar Cup before but to win at this meeting is amazing.”
Aidan O’Brien was delighted with Ballydoyle’s run in second, just a short head behind.
He said: “She ran great. She’s a bit of a baby still and she’ll progress. She’s a lovely filly and a mile will be no problem.”
Rory Jiwani 20/06/16
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