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Wow is the word in Coventry Stakes

The John Quinn trained The Wow Signal lived up to his name with an extremely impressive performance to take the Group 2 Coventry Stakes under Frankie Dettori. The Starspangledbanner colt was an easy winner of what was thought to be a weak maiden at Ayr last month, but proved too good on just his second start against some talented rivals here, giving his trainer just a second Royal Ascot victory in the process.


It is hard to believe that Dettori, so often the go to man at this meeting , did not enter the winner’s enclosure at all here last year. But his fledgling connection with owners Al Shaqab racing, who had also taken the Queen Anne Stakes earlier in the day, is beginning to bare fruit for the enigmatic Italian and he can now look forward to riding the brilliant Treve later in the week with his confidence bolstered by today’s well timed ride on board the impressive winner.


Wow Signal broke well from stall one and was always at the business end in a truly run race, travelling on the heels of the front running pair of Justice Good and Jungle Cat. This pair would still head the field as they passed the two pole, but Dettori merely had to squeeze his mount along to join issue just before the final furlong.


Wow Signal put his head in front and with Dettori simply driving him out with hands and heels, he would cross the line 1 3/4 lengths ahead of the fast finishing Cappella Sansevero, with the game Jungle Cat just a short-head back in 3rd.


“It feels great! It’s been two years since my win in the Gold Cup and I am now only two away from 50 winners,” an excited Dettori said. I was worried about the ground being a little quick but he showed great courage and battled well – he is a real good 2yo.


“I love Ascot and this is what it is all about winning races on the big days.”


Trainer John Quinn added: “My son went to the breeze up and spotted him. He won his maiden and lots of people tried to buy him and take him out of the yard. Harry Herbert (Al Shaqab Racing Manager) was the only one to say I will but him and leave him with you and I am very grateful for that.


“He is a great galloper and we felt six (furlongs) here would suit him, but this lad will stay seven furlongs or a mile.”


By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire


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