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Royal Ascot: 80-1 Khaadem claims shock win in Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes

Royal Ascot: 80-1 Khaadem claims shock win in Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes


Jamie Spencer riders Khaadem past Sacred
Khaadem was priced at 80-1 previous to the beginning of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes on Saturday

Khaadem, an 80-1 outsider, claimed a shock victory within the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Ridden by Jamie Spencer, Khaadem turned the biggest-priced winner within the race’s historical past.

It pipped Sacred (9-1) to the road, with 11-4 favorite Highfield Princess ending third.

Frankie Dettori, on the ultimate day of his final look at Royal Ascot, had 5 races however couldn’t add to his profession tally of 81 wins.

The 52-year-old, who will retire on the finish of the season, mentioned: “It has been some journey. Thirty-five years. I’ve loved each minute of it.

“I did not actually have time to mirror on all of it as we speak as a result of I used to be so busy. I used to be a bit bit unhappy however I’ve a very good run at it.

“Once I walked into the weighing room as we speak, I felt like I used to be 16 once more. This place has been fortunate for me.

“Possibly it was a very good factor I did not win my final race as I won’t have dealt with the razzmatazz.”

Frankie Dettori with King Charles III and Queen Camilla
Frankie Dettori lifted the Gold Cup after profitable on Braveness Mon Ami on Thursday

Regardless of not having the ability to bow out with a victory on Saturday, Dettori recorded 4 triumphs throughout the week, most notably in Thursday’s Gold Cup.

The Italian rode Braveness Mon Ami (15-2) to glory to assert his ninth Gold Cup, and in addition claimed the Queen’s Vase on Wednesday and two extra wins on Friday.

He’s the second most profitable jockey in Royal Ascot historical past behind Lester Piggott, who notched up 116 wins.

Khaadem pulls off enormous upset

Within the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes, Khaadem, educated by Charlie Hills, began properly earlier than powering by the sphere.

Highfield Princess was among the many leaders all through, however Spencer maintained endurance and, inside the closing furlong, Khaadem strode previous the leaders to assert victory.

The win was the second big-priced triumph of the week for Spencer, 43, who rode Witch Hunter (50-1) to victory on Thursday.

“It is tough for me to place into phrases what Jim and Fitri [Hay, owners of Khaadem] have been like as pals to me for a very long time,” he mentioned.

“Even my kids are watching now, and in years earlier than, once I was flying at this assembly, they had been too younger to grasp. Now it is good once you get texts saying, ‘Effectively completed’.”

Hills mentioned he had “all the time believed in” the seven-year-old horse. “He does have his quirks however most sprinters do. It is simply superb that we have to the place now we have now at his age,” the coach mentioned.

“I simply actually wished to run him over six [furlongs] right here. Final yr he gained the Group Two over 5 [in the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood] and I used to be actually eager to take the blinkers off him and prepare him like a correct horse.

“I believed Jamie was the proper jockey. With this horse, something can occur.”

Elsewhere at Ascot, PJ McDonald gained his first ever race on the occasion, using Pyledriver (7-2) to glory within the Hardwicke Stakes.

West Wind Blows (13-2) and Changingoftheguard (7-1) got here second and third respectively, however a stewards’ overview was required after Pyledriver appeared to duck and dive as he hit the entrance.

“He is a horse that, when he hits the entrance, he all the time runs round,” mentioned McDonald.

“It simply goes to point out you ways a lot capability he has that he is not operating in a straight line. I straightened him up a number of occasions however he is the winner and no-one can take that away from him.”

Gary Carroll rode Snellen (12-1) to a slender victory over Aidan O’Brien-trained favorite Pearls and Rubies (7-4) within the Chesham Stakes.

Snellen, educated by Champion Hurdle winner Gavin Cromwell, held off Pearls and Rubies’ late push to present him a second Royal Ascot triumph, as Golden Thoughts (10/1) and outsider Oddyssey (125/1) had been tied in a lifeless warmth for third place.

Within the Jersey Stakes, Age of Kings (22-1) pulled off one other shock consequence to present O’Brien his fourth win within the race.

It was additionally O’Brien’s fourth win of the week, inserting him alongside John and Thady Gosden on the prime of the standings.

Regardless of it being Age of Kings’ first race in additional than 300 days, Wayne Lordan rode fiercely to pip Zoology (22-1) and Holloway Boy (28-1) to first place. Favorite Covey, ridden by Dettori, completed sixth.

Jockey-and-trainer crew of Hollie Doyle and Archie Watson earned their third success of the week within the Wokingham Stakes Handicap, as Saint Lawrence (22-1) sliced by a aggressive pack.

The penultimate race of the day, the Golden Gates Stakes Handicap, was Dettori’s closing ever outing at Royal Ascot, however the Italian was denied a fairytale ending as Burdett Highway (20-1) romped dwelling forward of co-favourites Lion of Battle and Native Dynasty (9-2).

The Queen Alexandra Stakes introduced the curtain down on Royal Ascot 2023, with Daybreak Rising (2-1) the one favorite to win on the ultimate day.

High jockey of the week Ryan Moore rode Daybreak Rising, educated by Joseph Patrick O’Brien, properly to assert his 78th Royal Ascot title.



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