Bless Him rules Britannia

Jockey Kieran Shoemark celebrates after this winning ride on Atty Persse in the King George V Stakes

Bless Him won the Britannia Handicap and Frankel's son Atty Persse won the final two races at Royal Ascot on Thursday.

Michael Bell and owner Bill Gredley were denied a notable double in the wake of Big Orange's Gold Cup victory as Ronald R could not catch 25-1 winner Bless Him in the Britannia Handicap.

Trained by David Simcock and ridden by Jamie Spencer, Bless Him was one a small group to race on the far side of the track, sitting on the heels of the early pacemakers in the rider's usual style.

Making his break for the front with a furlong or so to run, Bless Him picked up well but had to stick to his guns as Ronald R was making ground all the way inside the final half a furlong, but was still half a length down at the line.

Tricorn, who also raced on the far side was third, with fourth-placed Indian Dandy the first home from the main group on the stands rail.

Spencer said: "He's a horse that's always trained lovely at home and it was our big hope that once he got into a race with a lot of pace on, he was going to be hard to beat.

"When I moved on him, he was very explosive. He went through a tight gap and I was in front plenty early.

"He was idling in front, but it's great for the Simcocks and Sheikh Fahad (Qatar Racing)."

Simcock said: "It's very special having a winner here. It's what all the hard work at home is for.

"He's quickened up really well and Jamie will say he's got there too soon, but he's actually taken Ronald R's gap.

"He's a talented horse and that's enough. He isn't straightforward on the racecourse, but he's very talented and at home, he's great."

Atty Persse chalked up another landmark for Frankel as he became the stallion's first Royal Ascot winner in the King George V Stakes.

The star racehorse turned super-sire was twice a winner at the Royal meeting himself and Atty Persse followed in his hoofprints under a smart ride from 3lb claimer Kieran Shoemark.

He was quick to break from stall 22 and managed to tack across to the rail, allowing Atty Persse to settle on the heels of Never Surrender.

Shoemark had the Roger Charlton-trained Atty Persse (7-1) perfectly positioned and gave the signal two furlongs out, with the colt smoothly assuming the lead before striding on to lead home a one-two for Godolphin with First Nation second.

Bear Valley was third with Drochaid fourth.

Shoemark rode the Queen's first runner of this year's meeting, Maths Prize, in the preceding Britannia Stakes

He said: "This really is what dreams are made of. To get two rides here today for Mr Charlton, my boss, is fantastic.

"To get them for Her Majesty the Queen and the likes of Godolphin really is unbelievable.

"This horse is all guts. He travels so well and he's got such great character.

"He's done nothing wrong since he started his racing and I think he's won quite easy. It's fantastic.

"At home he does very little work, but he's got plenty of ability and I'm sure there's plenty more to come."

Charlton said: "We've had Frankel's first stakes winner (Fair Eva) and now we've had Frankel's first Royal Ascot winner, which is really good.

"They're all different, but they're very good-moving horses.

"This horse is very easy to train and we saw today that he stays a mile and a half very well.

"It was a good effort. Where he goes next, I don't know."

The trainer heaped praise on the young rider, saying: "Kieran gave him a great ride. He's a good boy who rides well.

"There's a lot of pressure riding in Godolphin's first colours having not ridden a winner at Royal Ascot before, but he rode it like a professional.

"His agent says he's the next Ryan Moore. I hope he's right."


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