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Summer Romance runs perfect race for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin in Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom as Aidan O'Brien triumphs in Oaks and Derby




It was a largely disappointing Derby day for Newmarket, with the big exception of a great front-running display from Charlie Appleby's 9/1 shot Summer Romance in the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

In the first of the historic two Classics at the Surrey track, the Investec Oaks, John Gosden's Franky Darling was unable to get anywhere near Aidan O'Brien's 5-4 favourite Love as Frankie Dettori rode her home third.

Ryan Moore passed the winning post on Love, a 1,000 Guineas winner at Newmarket last month, nine lengths clear in a time which broke Enable's track record and put the daughter of Gallileo on course for a historic triple crown ahead of St. Leger Stakes.

Summer Romance (William Buick ) beats Cloak Of Spirits (Andrea Atzeni) in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Investec).Epsom 4.7.20 Pic: Edward Whitaker/Racing Post.. (37828348)
Summer Romance (William Buick ) beats Cloak Of Spirits (Andrea Atzeni) in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Investec).Epsom 4.7.20 Pic: Edward Whitaker/Racing Post.. (37828348)

Fellow O'Brien filly Ennistymon, at 6/1, came in just ahead of Darling in second.

There was another big victory margin and a record-breaking eighth Investec Derby winner for Balldoyle's O'Brien to come with an astonishing pillar to post display from 25/1 shot Serpentine, ridden by Emmet McNamara.

Newmarket's Hugo Palmer's first Derby runner was one to quickly forget though as Emissary, who went off at 40/1 having been in the 20s earlier in the day, never recovered from a lethargic start and finished only behind fellow HQ trainer Gosden's Worthily in the 16-colt field.

Emissary (37826757)
Emissary (37826757)

But sandwiched in-between those races was an eye-catching first Pattern race success for Appleby's Summer Romance in Goldolphin's distinctive royal blue colours.

Roger Varian's Fooraat, a full sister to Benbatl ridden by David Egan, had been the talk ahead of the race going off as the 6/4 favourite.

But despite other notable HQ entries such as Love & Thunder for Gosden and Frankie Dettori (9/2) and Onassis for Charlie Fellowes and Ryan Moore (10/1) it was Appleby's grey who charged out of the stalls along with Richard Hannon's Cloak of Spirits (10/3) and could not be caught.

Under the guidance of William Buick, the daughter of Kingman had the class to keep the distance on the extended mile as well as holding off the challenge of Cloak of Spirits under Andrea Atzeni to claim the win by just under a length.

Although in no doubt about the grey's abilities, Buick ended up being surprised at how comfortable a race it was on the famous Surrey course.

"I was getting a very soft lead for a very long time and I just felt I could go through the gears on the strait," he told ITV.

"The filly enjoyed it. She gas a good turn of foot so when the burn-off started she was ready for it.

Frankly Darling (Frankie Dettori) wins the Ribblesdale Stakes.Ascot 16.6.20 Pic: Edward Whitaker/ Racing Post. (37826893)
Frankly Darling (Frankie Dettori) wins the Ribblesdale Stakes.Ascot 16.6.20 Pic: Edward Whitaker/ Racing Post. (37826893)

"She deserves it, this filly. She ran a good race in the Guineas and I did not think I made good enough use of her that day so I said to Charlie she loves to get on with things so winning is the bestway to do it."

It was a disappointing race for Onassis and Love & Thunder backers though with the pair bringing up the rear in fourth and sixth out of the six-filly field.


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