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  • Riposte Claims Emotional Ribblesdale

Ribblesdale Stakes (Fillies' Group 2) 1m 4f

  • (3yo, 1m 4f, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner £85,065 2nd £32,250 3rd £16,140 4th £8,040 5th £4,035 6th £2,025
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 29.41s
  • Off time: 15:05:58
  • Last Updated: June 20 2013, 16:22 BST

Riposte was an emotionally-charged winner for Lady Cecil as she stormed away with the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

An emotional Lady Jane Cecil
An emotional Lady Jane Cecil

The trainer has taken temporary charge of the licence following the death of her husband, Sir Henry Cecil, last week and the daughter of Dansili did Warren Place proud.

  • Profiles

She was awkward leaving the stalls under Tom Queally and had to sit in last place in the early stages but she unleashed a powerful run down the outside from the two-furlong marker to sweep past her rivals and never looked like being caught.

The 9/2 chance crossed the line two-and-a-quarter lengths clear of Just Pretending with Elik third.

"Henry always held her in high regard and this was important," said Queally. "It's been a tough time but this will help. I'm sure he's looking down on us, helping us along.

"Any Royal Ascot winner is special and it's great to ride a winner for Warren Place and it's great, but bittersweet in a way.

"It means an awful lot to everybody. So many people have worked so hard. It's been a tough, tough week. I know a lot of people are struggling emotionally."

Reflecting on the race, Queally added: "I looked at it and wondered where the pace angles might come from and I wanted to pop her out and be handy, but she was slowly away due to her inexperience.

"I had to set her a bit of a task to get up there but the tempo was OK. I tried to track Ryan (Moore on Elik) and my filly started to travel well and she did it really nicely.

"She has a lot of growing up to do but she is going the right way. Henry always held her in high regard."

Lady Cecil added: "We knew we were coming here with one of our strongest teams for a while and it's such a shame that Henry isn't here to enjoy it, but this is for him. It's been hard, but keeping busy helps.

"Henry loved Ascot, not just the fashion, but the racing and everything about it."

Just Pretending's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, was gracious in defeat.

He said: "It was great, wasn't it? We're delighted to be second here. She ran well, and the hood has changed her, it helped her to relax.''

Nurlan Bizakov, owner of Elik, said: "I'm very pleased, especially to get black type, as the history of broodmares who have run in this race is unbelievable, and I hope she's as good as the others.

"I'd say she is better at a mile and six (furlongs), or even further, and I will have to discuss plans with Sir Michael Stoute.

"I've been fifth with Askar Tau at Royal Ascot before, but never done as well as this. Hopefully we will get a winner one day.''

Forecast favourite No Nay Never was a non-runner on account of the good to firm going.


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