Charlie Appleby’s Kemari has denied his inexperience to win the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot in his third career start.
William Buick, scoring for the second time in this year’s reunion, always had Kemari close to pace just behind the leaders before challenging early on the straight and knocking for the house.
It turned out to be the right choice as Dubawi’s gelding cleared and then had enough in hand in the final stage to comfortably withstand the late challenge of favorite Wordsworth coached by Aidan O’Brien.
The 15-2 winner had a length and a half to lose on the line, as Wordsworth remained solid after being unable to find a gear change at the most important moment, and Stowell was another length and a quarter in third.
Kemari, who made his debut as second at Newmarket just over a month ago before winning a Yarmouth maiden, clearly enjoyed the traveling stage as he provided the coach of Godolphin Appleby his first winner of this race.
“It’s only its third run today,” said Buick.
“He’s staying well, Charlie always thought this race would suit him and it was just a really good performance.
“He’s a horse that we don’t know much about, but he did it very well, he had a great run.
“It gets into this nice pace, what the stayers have to do, it was a fun race to drive.”