Willoughby Dashes To Victory

Oisin Murphy steered the very well-supported 6/1 shot (from 12/1 with Betfred) Dashing Willoughby to success in the £225,000 G2 Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot.

Trained by Andrew Balding, the three-year-old son of Nathaniel ran on strongly in the closing stages of the 14-furlong contest, despite drifting across the track, to score by a half-length.

Dashing Willoughby wins the Queen's Vase
Dashing Willoughby wins the Queen's Vase Picture: Racing and Sports

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Barbados (20/1) was second, with a half-length back to Mark Johnston's Nayef Road (16/1) in third.

Murphy, registering his third winner at Royal Ascot overall, said: "I was thrilled with the way the race went and Dashing Willoughby did it well.

Trophy Presentation for Dashing Willoughby after winning the Queen's Vase
Trophy Presentation for Dashing Willoughby after winning the Queen's Vase Picture: Racing and Sports

"This is the combination of all the hard work from the team at home. I thrive to do well at Royal Ascot as does every jockey riding and I was very fortunate to ride a horse capable of doing that today.

"I thought I was on the best horse, and I am delighted to ride a Royal Ascot winner for my first boss Andrew Balding.

"Dashing Willoughby  is a son of Nathaniel and loves this ground - remember Nathaniel won a soft ground King George."

Dashing Willoughby is a 16/1 shot for the St Leger at Doncaster in September with Betfred


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