It was a dream day for Godolphin as the boys in blue notched up a 124-1 treble with BARNEY ROY’s sweet revenge over old foe Churchill in the St James Palace Stakes undoubtedly the icing on the cake.
Richard Hannon’s three-year-old was only having the fourth start of his career but showed just how talented he was with a storming run down the outside past fellow Godolphin inmate Thunder Snow.
Churchill, the heavily backed 1-2 favourite, never looked comfortable under Ryan Moore and the warning signals were evident a long way from home as the dual Guineas winner failed to land a blow.
His stablemate Lancaster Bomber clung on to second ahead of Thunder Snow, who had previously finished behind Churchill in the Irish 2000 Guineas, suggesting something may have been amiss with that rival.
Nonetheless it was an impressive performance from Barney Roy and a welcome success for jockey James Doyle after a torrid twelve months for the Cambridge-born rider.
It was the perfect start for Skeikh Mohammed’s Godolphin as RIBCHESTER got punters off to a flyer with a scintillating display in the Queen Anne Stakes.
Richard Fahey’s stable star got a lovely tow into the race as pacemakers Toscanini and Dutch Uncle set a ferocious early gallop, and after drifting slightly left once past the two furlong marker, The four-year-old son of Ifraaj found plenty for William Buick’s urges and went on to score by a length and a quarter.
William Haggas’s Mutakayyef ran a cracker to finish second on his first start on British soil for over 10 months whilst Ballydoyle’s decision to supplement Deauville paid dividends as he finished a neck back in third.
Ribchester was providing his trainer with a sixth Royal Ascot success and did so in a course record time of 1m 36.6 seconds, a theme that was set to continue throughout the afternoon.
RAJASINGHE gave Richard Spencer his first Royal Ascot success at only the second attempt with a gutsy display in the Coventry Stakes.
The Rebel Racing owned two-year-old won his maiden at Newcastle in emphatic style last month and duly stepped up on that debut effort to claim this Group Two prize by head.
Headway lived up to his name with a late thrust, but William Haggas again had to settle for second place as Rajasinghe dug deep under Stevie Donohue, providing the 33-year-old jockey with his first Royal Ascot winner also.
Trainer Richard Spencer only took out a license in 2016 and had previously saddled a mere eight winners, with his ninth by far the most prestigious to date in another course record time.
Murillo made up ground late on under Ryan Moore to snatch third with 4/1 favourite Brother Bear a neck behind in fourth.
It was a win for America on day one as LADY AURELIA blew her rivals away with a scintillating performance in the King’s Stand Stakes.
Wesley Ward’s super-filly blitzed her rivals in last year’s Queen Mary and it was much the same this time round as she motored away from her rivals heading into the final furlong.
It was then a matter of hands and heels for jockey Johnny Velazquez, standing in for the injured Frankie Dettori, as she went on to score by a comfortable three lengths.
Last year’s winner Profitable ran a superb race to fend off the late advancements of 11-4 favourite Marsha and claim second with Muthmir back in fourth.
Lady Aurelia was providing ward with his eighth winner at the Royal Meeting and failed by just one hundredth of a second to equal the track record.
THOMAS HOBSON made it an eighth straight win for national hunt trainers when running away with the Ascot Stakes under a textbook Ryan Moore ride.
Willie Mullins’s BLAH year old, donning the Rich Ricci colours more commonly associated with the Cheltenham Festival, sat out the back in the early stages before eating up the ground two furlongs out and stretching away from Endless Acres in second.
Who Dares Wins fared best of those close up with the pace in third, with Alan King also saddling the fourth home Rainbow Dreamer.
The winner now looks set for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup in November, with the same connections narrowly denied with Max Dynamite only two years ago.
SOUND AND SILENCE capped a memorable day for the boys in blue when he out battled stablemate Roussel to win the Windsor Castle Stakes for trainer Charlie Appleby.
The speedy two-year-old burst through the centre of the track under William Buick, who was riding his second winner of the afternoon, and knuckled down impressively when push came to shove a furlong from home.
Outsiders James Garfield and Mokaatil both ran on nicely to claim third and fourth respectively whilst the heavily punted 13/8 favourite Declarationofpeace never figured in what was a largely disappointing day for Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore.
Wesley Ward’s Nootka Sound got squeezed for room at a vital stage and was subsequently eased down by Johnny Velazquez.