On Saturday, Field Of Dream emerged victorious in the Betfair Summer Double International Stakes at Ascot. Trained by Jamie Osborne, the five-year-old placed fourth in the Royal Hunt Cup. Edinburgh Knight, who most racing tipsters had picked to win the event, appeared to bag the meeting in the final furlong.
However, jockey Richard Hughes managed to get Field of Dream to emerge and to ultimately cross the line by half a length. Bertiwhittle came in third. “He was good today. He was in a good frame of mind. They went very fast and I was at the back just fiddling along. I passed three horses and he came on the bridle,” Hughes said afterwards.
Also on Saturday, Danedream barely edged out John Gosden’s Nathaniel by less than a nose to win the highly anticipated King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. The four-year-old Nathaniel claimed the Group 1 horse race a year ago and almost did it again this weekend.
Despite the narrowest of losses, Gosden expressed pride after the meeting. “I'm delighted with him. I didn't know which horse had won crossing the line, and I was on the line. The winner has come back to her best. Anyone who was lucky enough to see her win the Arc last year, breaking the track record and destroying the colts, would know she is marvellous. She didn't handle the ground at Saint-Cloud the other day and she's come here and run a blinder,” said the Newmarket trainer.
Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, who had been regarded by racing tipsters as the betting favourite, placed third a length and a half behind the two leaders. Trainer Aidan O'Brien felt that the five-year-old struggled in the rain-softened ground.