Royal Ascot: Paddington gives record win to Aidan O’Brien, Holly Doyle beats Bradsell
Paddington won the Prince of Wales to give manager Aidan O’Brien a record 83rd victory at Royal Ascot.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner beat Frankie Dettori’s English Guineas winner Chaldey.
Meanwhile, Holly Doyle became the first woman to ride a Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot as Bradsell won the King’s Stand Stakes.
Doyle survived an investigation by the stewards, the 14-1 winner leaving for second-placed Highfield Princess.
Triple Time, trained by Kevin Ryan, hit 33-1 under Neil Callan to win the opening Queen Anne Stakes.
Pregnant mare Ahorsewithnoname (7-1) won the Ascot Stakes to secure the mother of all farewell victories.
On the first day, the competitions were held without delay after the Animal Rising activists said that they will not break the meeting.
It was the first royal Ascot since the death of Queen Elizabeth II last September and the first time both King Charles III and Queen Camilla attended in their new roles.
They have several runners in the five-day fixture, including Saga in the Wolferton Stakes on Tuesday (17:35 BST).
Halday was 7-4 favorite in the first day’s running, but it was Paddington’s 11-5 shot to win by three lengths and three-quarters.
“He’s an amazing horse, he’s just getting better,” O’Brien said of Paddington.
It was O’Brien’s second win of the day, having previously won the Coventry Stakes for the 10th time. Tiber, now won at Ascot, ahead of Sir Michael Stout.
Doyle, who claimed his fourth winner at the Royals, said it was “heartening” to hear the stewards vote.
But they ran the winner of the Coventry Stakes last year Bradsell, Second-placed Jason Hart, who won by three-quarters of a length, is expected to continue in the race despite saying he was “scared” of the winner.
It was a sweet achievement for manager Archie Watson, who had to cope with the Dragon Symbol losing the 2021 Commonwealth Cup after an investigation.
triple time missed the Lockinge Stakes with colic, but lived up to his team’s confidence with a brave climb to the Dettori-ridden Inspital Challenge.
“Kevin was confident. He said he was the best horse he had ever trained,” Callan said.
On his last trip, A horse without a name William Buick led trainer Nicky Henderson to victory.
The eight-year-old, sired by the stallion Cracksman, came home before Calling the Wind.
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