Cape Byron claimed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot when he returned to form after a serious injury to win the Pertemps Network Conditions Stakes at Haydock.
The 2019 Wokingham and Bengough Stakes scorer could only run once last year, in the Qipco British Champions Sprint, but bounced back with a clever display.
Eoin Walsh sat close to the pace set by Brando before unleashing Cape Byron (3-1), coached by Roger Varian, to remove the leader and continue to win by two and a quarter lengths.
Cape Byron, owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, is a half-brother to Third Realm, who less than half an hour later established himself as a legitimate Derby contender with a test win at Lingfield.
Speaking away from the track, Varian said: “It’s a great day for the mare, Reem Three, who has been a wonderful mare for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid.
“I think she had five or six horses valued at over 100, but having two horses win the same afternoon – one in six stages and one over almost a mile and a half – is good achievement for the mare in the race. paddock, not that she would know much about it! “
At Cape Byron, he added, “He’s a pretty damn good horse today and we’ll have to consider group one of six furlongs at Ascot (Diamond Jubilee).
“We ran him today and figured if he didn’t get the soft ground and got beaten he would go down a pound or two and he’s probably able to carry a big weight in Wokingham.
“I thought if he won today we could watch group one.
“He has a great record at Ascot. You can score a goal last year because he had a pretty serious injury and only came back for one set when the ground was heavy.
“He is very capable today and we would like to take him to Ascot in one piece and in good shape.”
Walsh said: “He did it right and got off the ground. It’s pretty heavy.
“It wouldn’t be his ideal surface. He found it a bit testing the last 100 yards and got a little tired. I hope he comes for that.
“There was no pace confirmed in advance and I didn’t want to make it. Luckily Brando continued. I could sit on his straps and there would be no excuse from there.”
Walsh was thrilled to have had the opportunity to pilot such a smart artist as Cape Byron.
“It’s the wonderful thing about one meet a day for us – it gives us a chance for lesser-known jockeys to shine on the big stage,” he said.
“Roger was fantastic. It was my third winner for him last week.”
Cape Byron was reduced to 10-1 from 20-1 for the Diamond Jubilee with Betfair.
Qaysar recorded a third success by winning Listed honors in the Pertemps Network Spring Trophy.
The six-year-old Richard Hannon always went easy for Joe Fanning and quickly put the race to bed to beat Tomfre by length and quarterback.
“He traveled really well and I was never in danger. He loves the pitch and won well,” said Fanning.
“He is very playful and is a great horse.”
Aleas enjoyed the rain-saturated ground to record an impressive display on his seasonal reappearance in the Pertemps Network Handicap.
Winner of his last two starts as a juvenile, the three-year-old trained by Ralph Beckett moved away from his three rivals to score by score nine and a half lengths behind Darvel.
“It was very impressive of him. I knew he would like the ground. I just sat behind them. He traveled really hard. They came to a stop in front after a good gallop,” said winning runner Hector Crouch.
“He continued to gallop to the line. It was very comfortable for him. He really enjoyed this land today.
“I imagine he’s going to speed up the time travel, he’s probably going to train like a horse a mile and a half and maybe further. We’ll have to see what the handicapper does.
“He won 86 so he’s going to move up a bit now. He’s where he’ll get competitive handicaps. He’s definitely going to move up in class. He’s improving quickly.”
Boardman (9-1) relished the test conditions to open his account on British soil in the Pertemps Handicap.
Formerly based in France with Pascal Bary, then with Berkshire handler Joe Tuite, the five-year-old Tim Easterby-trained looked comfortable as he came home for Dane O’Neill by four lengths. and three quarters of Ffion.
O’Neill said: “Tim said the pitch would be a big factor for him and that if they go you are very much in your favor.
“He traveled well throughout the race. Tim said to drive him with a little confidence to relax him and let him refuel for the second half of the race.
“He crossed that terrain smoothly and easily. It was my third race today and I would say it was heavy for the others, but he felt good slack with him. That’s how he did it. handled well. “