Royal Ascot 2017 : Injured Frankie Dettori out of race

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American trainer Wesley Ward runs several leading fancies at Royal Ascot today but, regardless of how they fare, it will be disappointing if Happy Like A Fool does win for him in the Queen Mary Stakes (3.05).

Aidan O'Brien's five-year-old ended up winning by a length and a quarter, with a short head separating Decorated Knight and Ulysses.

O'Brien said: "He's a brilliant horse and Ryan gave him a brilliant ride". "With that in mind, I do think that this filly is a big filly and I feel that she will mature into something special in the future".

"We knew he'd see it out
really well".

"Obviously the pace was frantic, running a track record", Payne said.

"That was a real confidence booster and teed him up for a good year". He has passed every test you would want a thoroughbred to go through. "We always thought the world because he's always been a natural, brilliant athlete". He is a natural, brilliant athlete and that is what he has been at home.

In 2016, Coolmore's Highland Reel won the Breeders' Cup Turf over Flintshire and Found, and Queen's Trust won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf over Lady Eli.

"She's always done everything very easily", said Cox, who landed the King's Stand and Prince of Wales's previous year.

"The lads make it happen and we are so grateful to them for helping guide us along".

To cap off the day, Godolphin finished one-two in the sixth race, the listed Windsor Castle Stakes.

"I've got to give it to Jamie", Ward said, "I don't want to tell you all the disgusting names I was calling him in the first part of the race. The plan was to come here today then come back again for the King George".

The speculative each way selection is Never Surrender (5.35) who landed his maiden at Chester last time over an extended ten furlongs and promises to appreciate this step up to a mile-and-a-half for the first time.

"After that we'll go to Deauville for the Prix Rothschild and then the Matron (Leopardstown)".

The big disappointment in the race was the John Gosden-trained favourite Jack Hobbs.

Daban was having just her third run when an excellent third behind Winter and Rhododendron in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket last month.

Gosden said: "That trip on that ground is not his scene".

As Lancaster Bomber, stablemate of the odds-on Churchill, pressed on early down the straight, the market principals were wound up for their efforts, with the eventual victor coming under a maximum drive over a quarter of a mile from home.

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