Group 1 double for Oasis Dream and Group 1 winners for Champs Elysees, Galileo, High Chaparral, Purim, Singspiel and Siyouni; updated throughout the week
SATURDAYAmerican gelding Undrafted sprang a 14/1 surprise in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) over six furlongs at Ascot, beating the Australian colt Brazen Beau. The Wesley Ward-trained five-year-old was bred by Catesby W Clay Investment LLC, and he a is second-crop son of the late Purim (by Dynaformer) who died at the age of 10.
He is a full-brother to a multiple winner, has two triple-winning half-siblings, and his dam French Jeannette (by French Deputy) won six times. His third dam is the US Grade 2 scorer Native Fancy (by Our Native) and the many blacktype winners in the various branches of the family include the Group 1 Golden Shaheen Stakes winner Reynaldothewizard (by Speightsown) and his multiple US Grade 1 winning half-sister Seventh Street (by Street Cry).Snow Sky made all to win the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes over 12 furlongs at Ascot, a second win at that level for the classic-placed four-year-old. The Juddmonte Farms homebred is trained by Sir Michael Stoute, he is a son of the Nunnery Stud stallion Nayef (by Gulch) and his stakes-placed dam Winter Silence (by Dansili) is a half-sister to the Group/Grade 1 winners Polish Summer (by Polish Precedent) and Meteor Storm (by Bigstone).
FRIDAYMuhaarar, whose only time out of the frame is his eight place finish in the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains last month, showed his appreciation for a drop in trip when easily winning the inaugural Group 1 Commonwealth Cup over six furlongs. Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's homebred colt is trained by Charles Hills and he is a son of the outstanding Banstead Manor Stud stallion Oasis Dream (by Green Desert).
He is the fifth foal out of Tahrir (by Linamix), he is a half-brother to the ill-fated juvenile stakes winner Sajwah (by Exceed And Excel), and his dam is a stakes-placed half-sister to Group 3 scorer Mister Sacha (by Tiger Hill) and full-sister to the listed scorers Mister Charm and Green Channel.Classic star Ervedya won the Group 1 Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series) over a mile, holding on in a three-way photo from Found and Lucida. The first-crop daughter of Haras de Bonneval sire Siyouni (by Pivotal) is owned and bred by H.H. the Aga Khan, and she is trained by Jean-Claude Rouget. Her pattern-placed dam Elva (by King's Best) comes from the immediate family of the Group 1 scorer Erdelistan (by Lashkari).Balios won the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes over 12 furlongs at Ascot, his second win from just three starts. The David Simcock-trained chesnut was bred by Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and he is a son of Kildangan Stud sire Shamardal (by Giant's Causeway). His dam Elle Galante (by Galileo) is a stakes placed middle-distance scorer and daughter of the Group 1 star Elle Danzig (by Roi Danzig).Zoffany's (by Dansili) dominance in the freshman sires ranks was evident again at Ascot when Illuminate maintained her unbeaten record with an impressive win in the Group 3 Albany Stakes over six furlongs. The Richard Hannon-trained filly was bred by Epona Bloodstock Ltd, she is out of Queen Of Stars (by Green Desert), and her dam is a half-sister to the Group 3 scorer and Group 1 Oaks d'Italia runner-up Lady Catherine (by Bering). Grandam Queen Catherine (by Machiavellian) won a listed contest.
THURSDAYPattern-placed Chester Cup winner Trip To Paris sprang a 12/1 surprise in the Group 1 Gold Cup (British Champions Series) over two and a half miles, his sixth win from 16 starts and a first blacktype success for the first-crop son of Banstead Manor Stud stallion Champs Elysees (by Danehill). He was bred by Paul and T J Monaghan, he is trained by Ed Dunlop and his unraced dam La Grande Zoa (by Fantastic Light) comes from the immediate family of the Group 1 stars Ezzoud (by Last Tycoon) and Distant Relative (by Habitat).Curvy made it four from four for this season when beating the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Pleascach in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes over 12 furlongs. The David Wachman-trained three-year-old was bred by the partnership of Norelands & Hugo Lascelles.
She is a daughter of Coolmore's phenomenal sire Galileo (by Sadler's Wells), she is a half-sister to the 2005 Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner Thakafaat (by Unfuwain) and to the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas scorer Power (by Oasis Dream), who also won the Group 2 Coventry Stakes. Her dam Frappe (by Inchinor) is a half-sister to the Group 1 winners Footstepsinthesand (by Giant's Causeway) and Pedro The Great (by Henrythenavigator).Coolmore Stud's Zoffany (by Dansili) extended his already clear lead in the freshman sires' championship when Waterloo Bridge won the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes over the minimum trip at Ascot. It is a second win from five starts for the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt. He was bred by Lynch Bages Ltd, he is out of the sprint listed scorer Miss Childrey (by Dr Fong) and he is a half-brother to the middle-distance Group 3 scorer Forces Of Darkness (by Lawman).Time Test was an impressive winner of the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes over 10 furlongs, a third win from five starts for the Juddmonte Farms homebred. The three-year-old is trained by Roger Charlton, he is a son of Dalham Hall Stud's outstanding sire Dubawi (by Dubai Millennium), and he is out of the Group 1 star Passage Of Time (by Dansili). His dam is a full-sister to the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes winner Father Time and to the listed scorer Continuum, and she is a half-sister to the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes heroine Timepiece (by Zamindar).Convergence won the Group 3 Ballycorus Stakes over seven furlongs at Leopardstown, a third blacktype success for the Ger Lyons-trained three-year-old. He was bred by Shadwell Estate Company Ltd, he is a son of Kildangan Stud's classic sire Cape Cross (by Green Desert), and he is the first foal out of the stakes-placed eight and 12 furlong scorer Zahoo (by Nayef). His third dam is the classic star Mehthaaf (by Nureyev).
WEDNESDAYFree Eagle, having his first outing of the year, held on to beat The Great Gatsby in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes (British Champions Series) over 10 furlongs. It is only the fifth start in the four-year-old's career. He is owned and bred by Moyglare Stud, he is trained by Dermot Weld, and he is a son of the late dual Derby and Breeders' Cup hero High Chaparral (by Sadler's Wells).
Free Eagle is out of Polished Gem (by Danehill) and that makes him a half-brother to the pattern scorers Custom Cut (by Notnowcato) and Sapphire (by Medicean). The mare is a full-sister to the Grade 1 scorer Dress To Thrill and her dam is the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Trusted Partner (by Affirmed). He is due to join the stallion roster at the Irish National Stud when his racing career comes to an end.Amazing Maria put up the best performance of her career to spring a 25/1 surprise in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes over the straight mile. Sir Robert Ogden's homebred four-year-old is trained by David O'Meara and she is a first crop daughter of Coolmore Stud's Mastercraftsman (by Danehill Dancer). Her dam Messias Da Silva (by Tale Of The Cat) is a winning grand-daughter of the US Grade 3 scorer Clever Power (by Lines Of Power).Acapulco won the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes in good style over five furlongs. The Wesley Ward-trained filly was bred by Dr Charles Giles, she is a $180,000 Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale graduate, and she is a daughter of the Ashford Stud stallion Scat Daddy (by Johannesburg). She is a half-sister to a listed scorer and her stakes-winning dam Global Finance (by End Sweep) comes from the family of the Group 2 winning miler Montekin (by Mount Hagen).Dutch Connection, who was unplaced in the 2000 Guineas on his seasonal reappearance, bounced back to take the Group 3 Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs. The now dual pattern scorer was bred by his part-owner Susan Roy, and he is trained by Charles Hills. He is a son of the Cheveley Park Stud stallion Dutch Art (by Medicean), he is a full-brother to the stakes-placed winner Dutch Romance, and his dam Endless Love (by Dubai Destination) is out of the juvenile stakes winner La Vita E Bella (by Definite Article).
TUESDAYSolow got the 2015 Royal Ascot meeting off to a great start with victory in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (British Champions Series) over a mile, his third consecutive win at the highest level. The Wertheimers' homebred gelding is trained by Freddy Head, he is a son of the late Dalham Hall Stud stallion Singspiel (by In The Wings) and he is the first foal out of the pattern-placed High Maintenance (by Highest Honor). His grandam is the middle-distance pattern scorer Fabulous Hostess (by Fabulous Dancer).Buratino was an easy winner of the Group 2 Coventry Stakes, his fourth win from six starts and his third success from only three starts over the trip. Ten days ago he ran away with the Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom. The Darley-bred chesnut is trained by Mark Johnston and he is a son of the Dalham Hall Stud shuttle sire Exceed And Excel (by Danehill). His stakes-placed dam Bergamask (by Kingmambo) is out of Adonesque (by Sadler's Wells), a stakes winning half-sister to the Group 1 star and leading classic sire Danehill Dancer (by Danehill).Goldream sprang a 20/1 surprise in the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge), taking the five furlong contest in a photo from 50/1 nine-year-old Medicean Man. The Robert Cowell-trained six-year-old was bred by Tsega Breeding Ltd, he is a gelded son of Banstead Manor Stud ace Oasis Dream (by Green Desert), and his dam Clizia (by Machiavellian) is an unraced half-sister to the middle-distance stakes winner Mont Rocher (by Caerleon). His grandam Cuixmala (by Highest Honor) is a half-sister to the brilliant racehorse and classic sire Montjeu (by Sadler's Wells).Gleneagles confirmed his status as the best three-year-old miler of the season, so far, with victory in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes (British Champions Series) at Ascot. It is a fourth win at the highest level for the dual classic star. The Aidan O'Brien-trained three-year-old was bred by the You'resothrilling Syndicate, he is a full-brother to the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Marvellous, and they are the first two foals out of the Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes winner You'resothrilling (by Storm Cat). His dam is a full-sister to the prolific Group 1 star and multiple US champion sire Giant's Causeway.