Eight for Moore as Envoy delivers

first_img Press Association Remarkably an eighth winner of the week and the third on the afternoon for the jockey, Aidan O’Brien’s charge was enjoying a significant drop in class having had his last three runs in the Craven Stakes, the French 2000 Guineas and the French Derby. The War Front colt (10-1) was held up for a late run in the smaller group racing on the far side of the track and Moore timed his run to perfection, getting up to beat Udododontu by a neck. War Envoy powered home to land the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot under Ryan Moore.center_img Sacrificial fared best of those that raced against the stands rail in third, with Carry On Deryck fourth. Moore, who had a luckless run in the Gold Cup on Kingfisher, said: “It was a bit tricky. I was hoping they wouldn’t split as uneven as that and there wasn’t as many horses as I would have liked (on the far side). “They got well strung out, but fortunately we had the speed on our side, they got racing a long way out and I just kept waiting and fortunately didn’t find traffic this time. “He’s a miler and loves fast ground and loves a strong pace. When he’s running in those Group races it doesn’t always unfold that way, but he’s got plenty of ability.” O’Brien said: “I’m delighted. We probably did all the wrong things with him, running him in soft ground and over a mile and quarter. It took us a good while to learn what way to ride him. “Obviously a mile on fast ground and taking our time on him (suits) and Ryan gave him an absolute peach of a ride. “What can I say about Ryan? He’s a marvellous jockey, probably the greatest jockey I’ve ever seen. He’s a total professional and fully committed. He has great feel about a horse and great feel about a race. “He’s an absolute gentleman to work with and always has been. We’ve worked with him very closely for the last three years and we’re privileged he’s riding for us.” last_img

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