Qemah offered a prestigious success to the Al Shaqab Racing colours by winning the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2), Wednesday, for the second day of the royal meeting. The filly had already shined on this track last year in the Coronation Stakes (Group 1). She should now defend her title in the Prix Rothschild, at Deauville. The highlight of this Wednesday will stay the success of Highland Reel in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1). The Coolmore representative won his sixth Group 1, less than three weeks after his win in the Coronation Cup. The Al Shaqab Racing owned Mekhtaal finished sixth, lacking experience against the more experimented rivals than him.
The impression of the opening day, on Tuesday, would have been the American sprinter Lady Aurelia, easy winner of the King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1), one year after her success in the Queen Mary Stakes (Groupe 2). Barney Roy and Ribchester, for the Godolphin silks, won both the two other Group 1 of the day, the St James’s Palace Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes.
Thursday, it is the fight between Big Orange and Order of St George in the Gold Cup (Group 1) that etched memories. Big Orange finally won for the great pleasure of the crowd behind him. Coronet imposed herself in the Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) ridden by Olivier Peslier. The filly stayed on a fifth place in the Oaks at Epsom. Bless Him, owned by Qatar Racing, won the Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap). This 3yo son of Sea the Stars keeps improving and should be seen again at the Group level.
Friday, the champion Winter, already winner of the British and Irish Guineas (Group 1) added another trophy to her collection by winning the Coronation Stakes. Aidan O’Brien signed a triple win, since he also trains the second, Roly Poly and the third, Hydrangea. The sprinter Caravaggio succeeds in the Commonwealth Cup (Group 1), once again for Coolmore and Aidan O’Brien.
The closing day of the meeting, Saturday, was marked by the sprint in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Group 1). Success was awarded to the confirmed The Tin Man, trained by James Fanshawe, in front of Tasleet and Limato, the favourite. The most beautiful impression of the day is without any doubt, the 2yo September, winner of the Chesham Stakes (L) for Coolmore. She is already one of the top favourites for the 2018 Guineas and Oaks!