Kirby gives Elliott first Royal Ascot winner

Commissioned

Commissioned: became Gordon Elliott’s first Royal Ascot winner

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 By Stuart Riley 5:03PM 18 JUN 2016 

Report: Ascot, Saturday

Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) 2m5½f, 4yo+

ADAM KIRBY partnered his third winner of a monumental week in which he has landed two Group 1s and become a father as he guided Gordon Elliott’s new recruit Commissioned to glory in the longest Flat race in Britain.

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It was a first winner at the meeting for Elliott, who has already won a Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup in a highly successful career as a jumps trainer.

Elliott bought Commissioned for £65,000 in April when John Ferguson dispersed his string, and in picking up £49,800 for winning the Queen Alexandra he has almost paid for himself on his first start.

“It’s been unbelievable, what do you say? I don’t know,” said Kirby. “I didn’t expect to come into this week with this sort of outcome it’s just great isn’t it? It’s what it’s all about. Gordon told me he was in great order and gave me the orders to put him where you wanted him. It’s great for everyone.”

Outback Traveller

Outback Traveller (pink stripes): got the better of Brando in a tight finish

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Also on Saturday

Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 6f, 3yo+

MARTIN HARLEY punched the air as he crossed the line in front in the Wokingham aboard the Robert Cowell-trained Outback Traveller. The five-year-old finished fastest to get the better of Brando by a head.

The 7-1 joint-favourite was collared close home by the 10-1 chance, with a pair of 25-1 shots, Glen Moss and Absolutely So, third and fourth. Buckstay was fifth at 10-1.

“I need to go back to the yard and see who is training these horses as they need a pay rise!” joked Cowell, who also won the Norfolk with Prince Of Lir. On Outback Traveller he added: “I wouldn’t mind dropping him back to five furlongs – I think he’s nailed on to win something nice over that trip.

“Six furlongs just about stretches him in this company but if we drop him to five, he could be even better. I’m blessed to have a really good bunch of riders working for me at the moment, including Martin, who has been a lucky jockey for me. It’s been a mind-boggling week and it will take a long time to sink in.”

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore: celebrated aboard Sir Isaac Newton

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Wolferton Handicap (Listed) 1m2f, 4yo+

RYAN MOORE and Aidan O’Brien made it two wins from two on the final day of Royal Ascot as they teamed up with the well backed Pricewise selection Sir Isaac Newton to land the Wolferton.

The victory allowed Moore to establish his position at the head of the meeting’s top rider standings in his own right, having previously been tied with Frankie Dettori on four winners.

“I had a very good trip round,” said Moore, who scraped paint off the rail the whole way round. “He’s a high-class horse who sort of lost his way.

“We thought a lot of him last year and the trainer’s done remarkably well to get him back winning today. He’s definitely got the ability [to go back to a higher level] and I think just racing can hopefully improve him and move him forward.”

 
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