Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
|Group 2, Ascot 16:10
1m, Class 1
|Tuesday 16th June 2020|
1 Nazeef 10/3
2 Agincourt 28/1
3 Queen Power 3/1JF
10 ran NR: Miss O Connor Distances: hd, 2½l, 2½l
Time: 1m 40.57s (slow by 1.97s
Jockey Jim Crowley’s dream start to Royal Ascot continued when he partnered 100/30 chance Nazeef to success, bringing up a treble on day one for the retained jockey to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Four-year-old Nazeef really battled inside the final furlong, getting up to deny Agincourt by a head.
John Gosden said: “A wonderful treble [for Jim Crowley and Sheikh Hamdan]. It is testament to the owner – he has many horses in training with many trainers. He is a huge part of our industry and I think for Sheikh Hamdan to have a treble on the first day of Ascot – what a huge achievement. I am sure he would like to be here, but boy oh boy, what a great achievement. He puts so much into it and he deserves it.
“She is the sweetest filly; you go into the barn and she is the first to come and say hello to you. She is very affectionate and very genuine and very brave. She did nothing but improve last year; she went right through the handicap ranks and came into Listed this year. I have warned about the bounce factor; in her case she won the Listed race at Kempton and came back and won here. I think she deserves a little rest now.
“I say a little rest, a good four weeks and there’s a great race called the Falmouth! I don’t think we’ll be running her back in a hurry, that’s for sure. Having won a G2, obviously you would love to see her get a piece of a G1; placed or something. She is a homebred filly and it is very important to the stud.
“She is by Invincible Spirit; they take a little dig in the ground. In the end they went hard and she outstayed them, so I said, ‘we’re not going to a mile and a quarter quite yet, old boy’.
“The owner has never kept fillies in training. I did ask to keep Taghrooda in training as a four-year-old, because I thought she would have been invincible, but actually he doesn’t believe in that. He did keep Enbihaar in training last year and she won all those G2s, so Angus Gold got down on the other knee and asked if we could keep this filly in training, and here she is winning a Royal Ascot G2 at four. I think if you select the right ones to keep in training, it can be a wonderful time for them.”
Jim Crowley said: “It’s great to have three winners. I had some nice rides today and they all ran very well.
“I thought Motakhayyel would win when no-one else did. Mohaather was really unlucky in the Queen Anne and he is a lovely horse.
“It was great to make it third time lucky on Battaash, and Nazeef was coming into this race off the back of a nice win in the Snowdrop and she toughed it out really well. She has done nothing but improve with every run.
“I am very lucky to be riding some nice horses for some nice yards and that is probably the key really. It was redemption for Battaash today. He had a bit of unfinished business and he got it done.
“This is a special day.”
Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
(Fillies' Group 2) (Formerly the Windsor Forest Stakes) (Str)
Winner: £59,200, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (5) Nazeef 4 9-0 John Gosden Jim Crowley 10/3
2 (6) hd Agincourt 5 9-0 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 28/1
3 (4) 2½ Queen Power 4 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute Silvestre De Sousa 3/1JF
4 (3) 2½ Iconic Choice 4 9-0 Tom Dascombe Oisin Murphy 125/1
5 (10) 2¾ Posted 4 9-0 Richard Hannon Sean Levey 66/1
6 (7) ½ Wasmya 4 9-0 F-H Graffard Frankie Dettori 10/1
7 (2) nse Lavender's Blue 4 9-0 Amanda Perrett Robert Havlin 11/2
8 (9) ½ Invitational 4 9-0 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 66/1
9 (1) 4¼ Magic Lily 5 9-3 Charlie Appleby William Buick 17/2
10 (11) 5½ Jubiloso 4 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 3/1JF
NR 7 (8) Miss O Connor 5 9-0 William Haggas NON RUNNER
DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES WINNERS
YR/DATE GR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WGT SP
2019 2 MOVE SWIFTLY
2018 2 ALJAZZI
2017 2 QEMAH Jean-Claude Rouget FR Gregory Benoist Al Shaqab Racing 4-9-00 5/2F
2016 2 USHERETTE Andre Fabre FR Mickael Barzalona Godolphin 4-9-03 9/4F
2015 2 AMAZING MARIA David O’Meara James Doyle Sir Robert Ogden 4-9-00 25/1
2014 2 INTEGRAL Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Cheveley Park Stud 4-9-00 9/4F
2013 2 DUNTLE David Wachman IRE Wayne Lordan Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd 4-8-12 100/30
2012 2 JOVIALITY John Gosden William Buick HRH Princess Haya of Jordan 4-8-12 11/1
2011 2 LOLLY FOR DOLLY Tommy Stack IRE Wayne Lordan David Keoghan 4-8-12 11/1
2010 2 STRAWBERRYDAIQUIRI Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Renata Jacobs 4-8-12 9/2
2009 2 SPACIOUS James Fanshawe Johnny Murtagh Cheveley Park Stud 4-8-12 10/1
2008 2 SABANA PERDIDA Alain de Royer-Dupre FR Christophe Lemaire Scuderia Zaro 5-8-12 4/1
2007 2 NANNINA John Gosden Jimmy Fortune Cheveley Park Stud 4-8-12 3/1CF
2006 2 SOVIET SONG James Fanshawe Jamie Spencer Elite Racing Club 6-8-12 11/8F
*2005 2 PEERESS Sir Michael Stoute Michael Kinane Cheveley Park Stud 4-8-09 14/1
2004 2 FAVOURABLE TERMS Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon Maktoum Al Maktoum 4-8-12 13/2
*run at York