DEAN had a quiet week in terms of runners at Royal Ascot last week but two of his big guns were out on the final day, Librisa Breeze in the Group One Diamond Jubilee and Lancelot Du Lac in the Wokingham and the former ran a stormer to be fourth.
The 113-rated Mount Nelson gelding had not run all season and was running over 6f even though his two major wins last year at Ascot were over seven. He needs to be held up which means horse and jockey need the breaks. Sadly, he had little room 2f out and was bumped a furlong from home but he was the fastest finisher and would have won with another half furlong. In the end, he was beaten just 2 1/4 lengths. Compensation surely awaits?
Lancelot Du Lac would not have liked the ground and he did rather too much early on but still was only beaten 4 1/2 lengths. The son of Shamardal really does need cut in the ground to be seen at his best.
Of the other six stable runners, Hello Girl and Classic Villager were both second at Nottingham and Chelmsford respectively.
Today, the yard sends out Lifeboat Lad in the 6.20 at Windsor, a mile maiden but the 50/1 shot needs this for a handicap mark and he’ll be doing well to beat 1/2 favourite, Ebtkaar.