There are four Breeder's Cup Win-And-YoureIn races to watch out for at the Royal Meeting, and PALACE PIER just won one of them — a clear-cut conqueror of the Group 1 £400,000 Queen Anne Stakes. Here's the overview:
Date — Race Name — Breeder's Cup 2021 Invitation
June 15th — Queen Anne Stakes (PALACE PIER) — Breeder's Cup Mile
June 16th — Prince of Wales's Stakes (Undecided) — Breeder's Cup Turf
June 17th — Norfolk Stakes (Undecided) — Breeder's Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
June 19th — Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Undecided) — Breeder's Cup Turf Sprint
Next up is the Prince of Wales's Stakes, which comes at Day 2 of the Royal Meeting.
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Let's hope so!
PALACE PIER continued his ascent toward global, turf-mile domination. With 7 wins from 8 tries, and four Grade 1s, his single blemish on his resume is a third-place effort in last year's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1), (if one can even call that a blemish).
But besides that, he's been an unstoppable force for trainer John and Thady Gosden, and owners Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.
The Queen Anne Stakes, part of the British Champions Series, was contested at 1 mile, for a purse of £400,000. The turf was listed as Good to Firm, Good in places.
Ridden by Frankie Dettori and making just his second start of the year, PALACE PIER had a rather startling beginning to the G1 Queen Anne. He hopped up leaving the gate and threw his head about before settling into stride.
But the 1-4 favorite quickly recovered and positioned himself in midpack among the second flight, two lengths off the leaders.
ORDER OF AUSTRALIA, winner of the 2020 Breeder's Cup Mile, and LOPE Y FERNANDEZ, third-place finisher of that same race, were also in the running, tracking in midpack while the field raced in close order.
When it was time to quicken and throw down the gauntlet, it was all PALACE PIER. He cruised to the front willingly for Frankie Dettori, and accelerated to a two length advantage, which proved enough to hold off the late charge of LOPE Y FERNANDEZ who finished second.
"Wow, wow. What can I say? He has shown again that he is the best miler around." winning jockey Frankie Dettori said.
"You can rely on Palace Pier. It is like getting one of the proper guys to take the first penalty and they will put it in the back of the net.
"He is one of the best horses in the world and everything went right. 31 years ago I rode my first Royal Ascot winner on Markofdistinction in the Queen Anne. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then."
Dettori continued: "I am still getting the same kick and I am pretty relieved that everything went smooth. It makes a big difference [to have an early Royal Ascot winner]. I have a lot of big rides this week and it takes the pressure off.
"Palace Pier is the best miler around the world. He goes on any ground, he is very kind, does what you ask him to do. He comes from behind, can be up there and he is a great partner to have in these races. It's not just me, he should take the credit.
"You cannot imagine to see the colors, the people screaming. It is a mirage – I'm so pleased to have the crowd back. It's great. What can you say? Royal Ascot with people is amazing and this meeting is a big part of my life. I couldn't ask for anything more."
The full order of finish, brought to you by RacingBetter:
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (11) Palace Pier 4 9-0 John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori 2/7F
2 (8) 1½ Lope Y Fernandez 4 9-0 A P O'BrienSeamie Heffernan 12/1
3 (9) 1 Sir Busker 5 9-0 William Knight Oisin Murphy 22/1
4 (4) ¾ Lord Glitters 8 9-0 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 28/1
5 (6) 1¾ Pogo 5 9-0 Charles Hills Kieran Shoemark 66/1
6 (1) nk Top Rank 5 9-0 James Tate P J McDonald 18/1
7 (5) shd Accidental Agent 7 9-0 Eve Johnson Houghton Charles Bishop 66/1
8 (7) ¾ Order Of Australia 4 9-0 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 17/2
9 (2) 1½ Bless Him 7 9-0 David Simcock Jamie Spencer 50/1
10 (3) 2¼ Regal Reality 6 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute Richard Kingscote 25/1
11 (10) 4 Prince Eiji 5 9-0 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 50/1
Source: Paulick Report, RacingBetter, HorseRacingNation