Connections of royal runner Call To Mind reflected upon a job well done after he won the Grade Two Belmont Cup on Friday.
Owned and bred by the Queen, the four-year-old son of Galileo thrived for the step up to two miles to take the big Belmont Park race by a length from Canessar.
John Warren, bloodstock and racing adviser for the Queen, said: “We knew this was the kindest track in America, being such a lovely turf course and so well looked after.
“He’s a horse at home that fits in a group Group Two-level calibre, and there aren’t many group Group Two-level races written.
“When looking over the program, this was the perfect race.
“We felt that this trip is something that we could latch on to.
“What makes a mockery of his breeding is that his dam (Memory) was a brilliant six-furlong mare.
“And she’s bred a brilliant two-year-old that hasn’t gone beyond seven furlongs – so that’s what makes us keep guessing.
“The Queen gets so much pleasure out of this.”
Winning jockey Javier Castellano told www.bloodhorse.com “European horses, you need to cover up a little bit, then let them finish.
“I like the way he finished, very impressive. I’m very grateful to these types of horses.”
Call To Mind, trained in Newmarket by William Haggas, has entries in the Ascot Gold Cup and the Curragh Cup at the beginning of July.