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Fairy lights up Ascot as Moore makes merry at royal meeting

Fairy lights up Ascot as Moore makes merry at royal meeting Jun 20, 2024

By Sam Turner - 

Ryan Moore edged ahead of Frankie Dettori and set off in pursuit of riding legend Lester Piggott in the Royal Ascot leading jockey lists when a tenacious victory aboard Port Fairy in the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes saw him move above his Italian counterpart.

Like so many of Moore’s 82 royal winners, which became 83 later on the card courtesy of Kyprios’ success, both him and his mount needed to be brave in the closing stages, as Lava Stream and Danny Tudhope laid down a determined challenge inside the distance.

However, rather typically, Moore was not for passing and his willing partner put her head down to register a hard-fought neck triumph.   

O'Brien said: “We just thought Epsom was going to come too quick for her after Chester so we gave her a bit of time. Ryan said maybe try a visor on her at home, when she was coming here, so we put a visor on her the last day, and her work really stepped up. 

“She looks like she’d be a lovely Irish Oaks filly now, and she gets it well, she stays well. And Ryan was brilliant on her - he didn’t panic even when the second went by her. It was class.

“It’s incredible for Ryan to have achieved what he has, and at his age - he must be 10 years younger than Frankie (Dettori), isn’t he?”

For his part, Moore added: "It was a good fight. She has improved a lot this year. She wouldn't show you a great deal in the mornings, she's a very relaxed horse. I had a nice run round, she's straightforward, very uncomplicated, and she really tried hard."


Trainer Karl Burke was already looking forward to next year’s G1 Commonwealth Cup after witnessing Shareholder claim a valuable dividend in the opening Group 2 Norfolk Stakes on day three.

The Northern handler has enjoyed rich success in this week’s juvenile events and the Beverley debutant scorer followed up in great fashion in the hands of James Doyle to hand the trainer/jockey combination a second winner of the week following Leovanni’s Queen Mary Stakes win. 

Burke said: "He's a very good horse. He came with a big reputation, we've only had him six weeks or so.

"He's taken a big step forward mentally from Beverley, he did everything wrong there and still won, beating a decent animal of Richard Fahey's, so I was pretty confident we has a good horse, we just needed to find out how good.

When asked about the future, he added: "I'd say he's speed. I think he will definitely stay six and I'm sure he'll be a Commonwealth Cup horse. I would think we'll step him up next time but I'll speak to the guys.

"I don't think he'll be a Guineas horse, he hasn't shown us that, although he relaxed very well today, so I suppose he has a chance."


Trainer Brian Meehan and rider Sean Levey both enjoyed their second winner of the week when Jayarebe bounced back from a subdued effort at Chester to lift the G3 Hampton Court Stakes. 

The Zoffany colt was sent for home as the field swept into the straight and, although William Buick aboard King’s Gambit eroded the lead Jayarebe had established, the line came in time for Meehan’s charge who scored by three-quarters-of-a-length.