Ryan Moore Tuesday Treble lights up Royal Ascot
Washington DC provided jockey Ryan Moore with the third leg of a 54.2/1 treble when winning the Windsor Castle Stakes, the final race of the first day of Royal Ascot 2015.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained son of Zoffany, who was sent off at 5/1, prevailed by a head from Areen, trained by Kevin Ryan. O’Brien, celebrating a double on the day following Gleneagles’ victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes, said: “We’ve always held him in high esteem. He travelled very well and quickened very well, so I’m delighted.
“He’s mature enough – he’s a typical Zoffany, very quick and fast. He’s a horse who finds it easy to go very fast and has a good mind. I’d think his trip would be five or six furlongs – maybe he’ll get further but it’s unusual for a horse with that kind of pace to get an awful lot further. I’d imagine he’d go to the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes [at Leopardstown] or something like that.
“Ryan gave him a lovely ride and said he was travelling strong the whole way. He is all speed. He won a maiden in Tipperary very easily, having travelled like a dream, and to do what he did that day he had to be very quick. We were delighted with him at The Curragh, even though he was only second, and today you saw what he is like on fast ground.”
Moore said: “Washington DC is a very fast colt and probably could have gone with the American horse [pacesetter Ruby Notion] if I’d let him. He had a little look at the crowd when he hit the front and I’d say there is plenty more to come from him.”
Moore was successful earlier on the day with Clondaw Warrior for Willie Mullins who took the Ascot Stakes and the pair have built a remarkable association at this meeting in recent years whilst Gleneagles romp in the St James’s Palace Stakes was a far easier ride for the jockey who was seen at his very best this afternoon.
Mark Johnston landed the Coventry Stakes with his hardy Buratino under William Buick and the new Sprint king Robert Cowell continued his super run with the speedballs as he trained the progressive Goldream to Group 1 success in the Kings Stand Stakes under Martin Harley. The crowd and punters had hoped for a Sole Power show but the twice winner of the race had to settle for fifth on this occasion.
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