Naval Crown leads one-two for Appleby in Platinum Jubilee at Royal Ascot | Royal Ascot

Naval Crown got his revenge on stablemate Creative Force to land a dramatic Platinum Jubilee Stakes for trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey James Doyle at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

The Godolphin-owned pair finished first and second in the Jersey Stakes at the meeting last season but this time the placings were reversed as Naval Crown scored at 33-1.

“Last year it was the other way round in the Jersey,” Doyle told ITV Racing. “They’ve trodden similar paths. It felt like we’d won and I’d be lying if I said I expected him to win but we were always hopeful. ”

“I could see we were we separated by the width of the track and I was hopeful. We dropped him down in distance – he was fourth in the Guineas so he’s always had a bit of quality, ”he added.

Appleby commented: “William [Buick, who rode the runner-up] rode a piece of work on both the other day and said ‘I have a job on to split them’. They’re both tough horses and they have a habit of finishing first and second. ”

Broome swept trainer Aidan O’Brien to a remarkable 900th Group / Graded winner under both codes with an awesome display of front-running in the hands of Ryan Moore to take the Hardwicke Stakes.

Though last season’s Irish Derby and St Leger winner Hurricane Lane was sent off the 8-11 favorite for the mile-and-a-half Group Two feature at Royal Ascot, he appeared to be carrying a little condition for his first run of the season on ground quicker than ideal and Moore’s aggressive tactics from a wide draw worked to perfection, as he took the sting out of Charlie Appleby’s runner.

The 6-1 chance, who landed the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in July last year, kept grinding and as Hurricane Lane wilted, Mostahdaf and Jim Crowley gave chase, but found the winner three and a quarter lengths superior.

Earlier, Holloway Boy pulled off one of the biggest surprises in recent Royal Ascot history when winning the Chesham Stakes at 40-1 on his racecourse debut.

The colt only ran because his trainer, Karl Burke, was asked by owner Nick White to enter the horse so he could have some tickets for Royal Ascot having been let down by someone who was having a private box at the meeting.

“That was one hell of a performance. Time will tell, but to do that first time he has to be a bit special, ”said Burke afterwards.

Worcestern1.30 Port O’Clockn2.00 Ashokan2.35 Masterdreamn3.05 Inn The Bulln3.35 Percy’s Wordn4.05 Pop The Champagnen4.35 Leopolds Rockn5.07 Windy Cove

Hexhamn1.45 Nero Rockn2.15 Lady Babsn2.45 Melburniann3.20 The Vollann3.55 Grand Du Nordn4.25 Follow Your Arrown5.00 Gone In Sixty

Pontefractn3.45 Lady Lavinan4.15 Love Is Goldenn4.45 Glenartneyn5.15 Olegn5.45 Unpluggedn6.15 Exminster (nap)n6.45 Ghathanfar (nb)


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1.30 Port O’Clock 2.00 Ashoka 2.35 Masterdream 3.05 Inn The Bull 3.35 Percy’s Word 4.05 Pop The Champagne 4.35 Leopolds Rock 5.07 Windy Cove

1.45 Nero Rock 2.15 Lady Babs 2.45 Melburnian 3.20 The Vollan 3.55 Grand Du Nord 4.25 Follow Your Arrow 5.00 Gone In Sixty

3.45 Lady Lavina 4.15 Love Is Golden 4.45 Glenartney 5.15 Oleg 5.45 Unplugged 6.15 Exminster (nap) 6.45 Ghathanfar (nb)

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“He’s been backward and we were going to Musselburgh but he tweaked a muscle. So we entered him for this thinking it would be a nice day out.

“It was a first runner for the owners, let alone a first at Royal Ascot, and he couldn’t blow a candle out.”

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