Ribblesdale Stakes
Group 2, Ascot 15:40
£160,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 3f 211y, Class 1   
Thursday 17th June 2021


1 Loving Dream 18/1
2 Eshaada 17/2
3 Nicest 28/1
13 ran Distances: ¾l, 1¾l, nk
Time: 2m 33.18s (slow by 4.08s)

Loving Dream sprang an 18/1 surprise to give John and Thady Gosden a fourth win of the week.
Ridden by Robert Havlin in the mile and a half race for three-year-old fillies, Loving Dream was always prominent before making her challenge and kept pulling out extra as the challengers tried, but failed, to go past.
Eshaada finished strongly for second, beaten three-quarters of a length, with Nicest a further length and three-quarters back in third.
This was a second career success at Royal Ascot for the jockey – his other winner Ardad (2016 Windsor Castle Stakes) sired today’s G2 Norfolk winner Perfect Power
John Gosden said: “At Lingfield, we were aware that we went too slow [finished 5th in Oaks Trial]. Frankie rode Loving Dream and we said she needs more pace. Robert committed early today and made best use of her stamina.
“Obviously Eshaada came at her late and everyone had a go at it. It didn't look too rough, everyone had a go, but she's very game, very honest and it was a wonderful positive ride by Robert, it really was.
“Trevor and Libby [Harris of Lordship Stud], they're breeders - you go through a lot of agony as breeders, but they they've been fantastic for the game, they've never given up, and to go and win this race is pretty special.”

Trainers Quotes

Libby Harris said: “It was unbelievable really, the way she battled on, galloped, always quickened when the other horse came to her, she was so game and genuine, it’s just fantastic to see that.
“Rab gave her an absolutely amazing ride - from that draw, it’s unbelievable, and to have a homebred filly, for the stud and all their tireless work, it's just wonderful.
“We've never had a homebred Royal Ascot winner, so that is amazing, and it takes a long time to come. It’s a very, very special moment, it really is.”
Havlin said: “Loving Dream has always been tough, and I thought she'd been a bit overlooked in the market. She was two lengths behind Noon Star at Wetherby. Then in Lingfield she got tight for room – she was only three-quarters of a length behind Divinely and they were single figures in the betting, so we were flying under the radar a bit.
"Loving Dream is a filly that likes to use her stride. I committed to go forward and William Buick (Dubai Fountain) done the same. We went quick down the hill and then she quickened from the four to the three-furlong pole. She then just kept finding and finding - it was a gutsy performance.
“It’s good to get these opportunities and I am very, very grateful.”

Trainers Quotes

Roger Varian said of the runner-up: “Eshaada ran huge - a very good run. I am very proud of the filly, although it’s disappointing when you go close and don’t win, especially at this meeting. She’s a lovely filly for the future. It’s frustrating, but if she stays sound, she’s got big days in her. We’ll take our time; she had a hard race today. 

“There are plenty of options, but I suppose, looking long-term, coming back here in October for the Fillies’ and Mares’ race on Champions Day. We know she handles cut in the ground, and it’s nice that she ran so well on this ground as well, so she doesn’t seem ground-dependent.”


Ribblesdale Stakes (Fillies' Group 2)
£160,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 3f 211y, Class 1
13 ran
Going: Good to Firm

1 (12)    Loving Dream 3 9-0 John & Thady Gosden Robert Havlin 18/1
2 (11)
¾ Eshaada 3 9-0 Roger Varian Jim Crowley 17/2
3 (1)
Nicest 3 9-0 Donnacha O'Brien Gavin Ryan 28/1
4 (6)
nk Divinely 3 9-0 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 7/1
5 (10)
1 Dubai Fountain 3 9-0 Mark Johnston William Buick 9/2
6 (8)
nk Noon Star 3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute James Doyle 2/1F
7 (2)
Gloria Mundi 3 9-0 John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori 9/1
8 (5)
Aristia 3 9-0 Richard Hannon Hollie Doyle 25/1
9 (9)
shd Taslima 3 9-0 John & Thady Gosden David Egan 33/1
10 (13)
¾ Annerville 3 9-0 J P Murtagh Ben Coen 16/1
11 (4)
¾ Ad Infinitum 3 9-0 David Simcock Jamie Spencer 20/1
12 (7)
Gwenhwyvar 3 9-0 Hughie Morrison Tom Marquand 150/1
13 (3)
Twisted Reality 3 9-0 Ralph Beckett Oisin Murphy 12/1

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19/20/06 2 STAR CATCHER John Gosden Frankie Dettori Anthony Oppenheimer 3-9-00 4/1
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16/16/06 2 EVEN SONG Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith 3-9-00 15/8F
15/18/06 2 CURVY David Wachman IRE Ryan Moore Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith 3-9-00 9/2
14/19/06 2 BRACELET Aidan O’Brien IRE Joseph O’Brien Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith& Sue Magnier 3-9-00 10/1
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11/16/06 2 BANIMPIRE Jim Bolger IRE Kevin Manning Jackie Bolger 3-8-12 3/1F
10/17/06 2 HIBAAYEB Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-12 4/1JF
09/18/06 2 FLYING CLOUD Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-12 5/1
08/19/06 2 MICHITA John Gosden Jimmy Fortune Stonerside Stable LLC 3-8-12 100/30F
07/21/06 2 SILKWOOD Michael Jarvis Philip Robinson Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-12 4/1
06/22/06 2 MONT ETOILE William Haggas Michael Hills Tony Hirschfeld/Des Scott/Lester Piggott 3-8-12 25/1
*05/16/06 2 THAKAFAAT John Dunlop Willie Supple Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-8-11 22/1
04/17/06 2 PUNCTILIOUS Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-11 9/2
03/19/06 2 SPANISH SUN Sir Michael Stoute Richard Hughes Khalid Abdullah 3-8-11 9/2
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01/21/06 2 SAHARA SLEW John Oxx IRE Johnny Murtagh Lady O’Reilly 3-8-08 14/1
00/22/06 2 MILETRIAN Mick Channon Michael Roberts Miletrian Plc 3-8-08 10/1
99/17/06 2 FAIRY QUEEN Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-08 8/1
98/18/06 2 BAHR Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-08 13/8F
97/19/06 2 YASHMAK Henry Cecil Kieren Fallon Khalid Abdullah 3-8-08 7/2
96/20/06 2 TULIPA Andre Fabre FR Sylvain Guillot Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-08 15/2
95/22/06 2 PHANTOM GOLD Lord Huntingdon Frankie Dettori H M The Queen 3-8-08 5/1
94/16/06 2 BOLAS Barry Hills Pat Eddery Khalid Abdullah 3-8-08 3/1F
93/17/06 2 THAWAKIB John Dunlop Willie Carson Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-8-08 5/2F
92/18/06 2 ARMARAMA Clive Brittain Michael Roberts Charles Olley 3-8-08 5/2F
91/20/06 2 THIRD WATCH John Dunlop John Reid Peter Goulandris 3-8-08 20/1
90/21/06 2 HELLENIC Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn Lord Weinstock 3-8-08 6/1
89/22/06 2 ALYDARESS Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-09 4/1
88/16/06 2 MISS BONIFACE Paul Kelleway Cash Asmussen Paul Kelleway 3-8-08 12/1
87/18/06 2 QUEEN MIDAS Henry Cecil Willie Ryan Louis Freedman 3-8-08 9/1
86/19/06 2 GULL NOOK John Dunlop Pat Eddery Lord Halifax 3-8-08 8/1
85/18/06 2 SALLY BROWN Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn Bob Cowell 3-8-07 7/1
84/19/06 2 BALLINDERRY Jeremy Tree Tony Ives Khalid Abdullah 3-8-07 9/2
83/14/06 2 HIGH HAWK John Dunlop Willie Carson Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-07 7/1
82/15/06 2 DISH DASH Robert Armstrong Bruce Raymond John Bryce 3-8-07 6/1
81/16/06 2 STRIGIDA Henry Cecil Lester Piggott Lord Howard de Walden 3-8-07 5/1
80/17/06 2 SHOOT A LINE Dick Hern Willie Carson R Budgett 3-8-11 5/2JF
79/19/06 2 EXPANSIVE Dick Hern Willie Carson H M The Queen 3-8-03 11/2
78/20/06 2 RELFO Paddy Prendergast IRE Christy Roche Lord Granard 2-8-10 12/1
77/14/06 2 NANTICIOUS Dermot Weld IRE Walter Swinburn Mrs Bertram R Firestone 3-8-10 15/2
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