King's Stand Stakes Day


King's Stand Stakes Day

The first day of Royal Ascot highlighted how competitive the annual five-day event is, as shown in race one with victory in the Queen Anne Stakes for Triple Time, a horse who was unfancied in the market.

However, despite this opening shock, the World Pool Moment of the Day went the way of Archie Watson’s BRADSELL, a former winner at the Royal meeting, who battled on bravely to win the King’s Stand Stakes.

That’s now two years in a row that the World Pool Moment of the Day has gone to the winner of the King’s Stand Stakes as Nature Strip collected the prize 12 months ago for his demolition job in the five-furlong sprint.

It was a fine performance from the eight-year-old to get the better of his younger rivals and was deemed worthy of being awarded World Pool Moment of the Day, with SALUTE THE SOLDIER’s groom Bheekh Singh receiving a cheque for HK$40,000.

She said: “I can’t believe it; it’s amazing! I’m so proud of him, Hollie [Doyle], everyone at home, and Archie [Watson] as they all fully deserve it.

“To win at Royal Ascot last year and then do it again this year, I can’t even describe the feeling of him crossing the winning line again.”

BRADSELL’s groom, Sydney Cale, receives a £4,000 cheque on the opening day of Royal Ascot.