- ‘Being my first winner at Royal Ascot is a dream come true – with my mum and nanna being here. It’s extraordinary’ – jockey Callum Hutchinson
By Andrew Atkinson
Andrew Balding trained Coltrane (14-1) – tipped each-way by fromthehorsesmouth.info – landed the Class 2, 19 runners Ascot Stakes over 2m 3f on day one of Royal Ascot 2022.
“I can’t describe in words what the feeling feels like – he’s given me the sweetest of rides,” said winning jockey Callum Hutchinson.
Coltrane beat 3-1 favourite Bring On The Night, Arcadian Sunrise (9-2) was third, and 50-1 shot Going Gone, fourth.
“It is thrilling. The boss gave me the confidence to ride this horse.
“Being my first winner at Royal Ascot is a dream come true – with my mum and nanna being here. It’s extraordinary,” said Hutchinson.
Trainer Balding said: “Callum gave him an excellent ride and earned the chance to ride the horse.
“I thought Coltrane was absolutely useless as a two-year-old, but he’s improved to be a star horse.
“It is important to have a winner at Royal Ascot and very relieved to get a winner on the board.”
Group 1 win for Corebus
Coroebus – tipped by fromthehorsesmouth.info – gained an excellent win in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes, gaining a head win over Lusail, with My Prospero, a further short head behind, third.
“We knew coming here was going to be different – and I wish the pace would have been stronger.
“It was class that got us there,” said winning trainer Charlie Appleby, after bagging the £283,500 winning purse.
Three-year-old Corebus was boxed in, in the Class 1 seven furlongs race, with jockey William Buick managing to slice through a gap, to return to the winner’s enclosure 10-11 favourite – to the punters’ joy who had piled on hard-earned cash.
“You have to enjoy these good horses and I’m very privileged,” said Buick.
“It was very tricky and in the straight I had no option but to go on,” said Buick.
“You’ve got to get the job done and the horse was brave. I knew I had won going past the post,” added Buick.
William Haggas trainer of third My Prospero, said: “The horse ran a fine race. The noise put him off – and that cost him. But we’ll have another go at some stage.”
Jim Crowley steers Baaeed to victory
William Haggas trained Baaeed, tipped by fromthehorsesmouth.info, landed the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, under Jim Crowley, heavily backed 1-6 favourite, gaining a 1 3/4 lengths win ahead of Saaed bin Suroor trained Real World, ridden by Danny Tudhope.
Bradwell, 8-1, ridden by Holly Doyle, landed the Group 2 Coventry Stakes, with 5-2 favourite Blackbeard fourth, and fancied Aidan O’Brien trained Age Of Kings, seventh.
Australian raider Nature Strip (9-4) noted by fromthehorsesmouth.info won the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes over 5 furlongs, gaining a 4 1/2 lengths win ahead of Twilight Calls (11-1), with rank outsider Acklam Express third at 200-1 in the 16 runners field.