William Buick celebrates Ribchester’s victory in the G1 Queen Anne. (photo courtesy Ascot Racecourse’s Twitter feed)
Ribchester took command with just over a furlong to run and held off the late charge of Mutakayyef despite drifting out nearing the wire to win the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Sent off as the favorite in the field of 16, the 4-year-old son of Iffraaj earned his third Group 1 win, and his second in a row. The Godolphin colorbearer captured the G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes in May.
Ribchester covered the eight furlongs in 1:36.60, a new course record. Mutakayyef was 1 1/4 lengths behind in second, with Deauville a neck further back in third.
Settled just off the hot pace set by Toscanini and Dutch Uncle, Ribchester cruised to the lead with just over a furlong to run. Mutakayyef and Deauville were closing determinedly but could not overtake Ribchester, who held on to win by 1 1/4 lengths despite drifting to the left nearing the wire.
After being prominently placed during the early stages of the race, the two American runners, Miss Temple City and American Patriot faded out of contention and finished 13th and 11th, respectively.
Ribchester was bred in Ireland by M. O’Brien and A. Thompson. Trained by Richard Fahey for Godolphin, Ribchester is out of the Marju mare, Mujara.
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