Oxted and Berkshire Shadow hand local trainers joy at Royal Ascot
Oxted finished powerfully to give Lambourn trainer Roger Teal and jockey Cieren Fallon a first Royal Ascot victory in the five-furlong G1 King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday.
The victorious rider roared with delight as he passed the post on the 4/1 winner, waving his whip in the air as he registered his name on the Royal Ascot honour board – a meeting where his father Kieren rode 30 winners.
Favourite Battaash (11/8) briefly threatened to follow up last year’s victory in this race, hitting the front with two furlongs to go, but faded late to finish fourth.
Roger Teal said: “It's just unbelievable. I mean I’m speechless because we've dreamt about these days for so long, I mean we had it in the July Cup last year, but a Royal Ascot Group One. I mean, come on! A yard of our size, doing this is amazing.
“Harry's done all the work with him. It's just a big family affair. The lads back home are amazing with the hard work they put in. It’s just credit to everyone, and the owners for supporting me. Dreams do come true.”
Berkshire Shadow was a winner in Berkshire itself when finishing best of all in the G2 Coventry Stakes for trainer Andrew Balding.
The six-furlong contest for two-year-olds looked up for grabs at the furlong pole, but the Oisin Murphy-ridden winner came with a storming run up the stands’ side rail to win by a length and a quarter at odds of 11/1.
Murphy said: “This is a special horse. He was bought inexpensively by Andrew and his mother, Mrs. B. He is a star. That was an incredible performance on his second start.
“To look at, he looks big and immature. It's only his second career start, he's a big imposing horse who is going to improve a lot with time. He has done incredibly well. What a massive result for Kingsclere.
“It's a special story - his owner has only owned horses for maybe five or six years, and to have a Royal Ascot winner is incredible.”
Elsewhere, Lambourn-based jockey Hollie Doyle secured her second win at Royal Ascot with Amtiyaz being the surprise winner in the Copper Horse Stakes.
For more reaction from Royal Ascot, see this week's Newbury Weekly News.