Ostilio claims clear-cut Britannia verdict for Silvestre de Sousa

First Royal Ascot victory for trainer Simon Crisford

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Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa was at his brilliant best as he steered Ostilio to victory in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Having chased home Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes hero Without Parole on his penultimate outing before winning at Newmarket, Simon Crisford’s charge was among the market principals for this fiercely competitive handicap as a 10-1 shot.

The three-year-old made a smart start over the straight mile and after initially leading down the centre of the track, De Sousa tacked his mount across to grab the stands rail.

It was clear some way from home that his rivals would struggle to close the gap and Ostilio passed the post with a handy advantage. Curiosity was second ahead of Magnificent and Desert Wind in third and fourth respectively.

Crisford told ITV Racing: “When I worked for Godolphin I think we had 65 winners here, but this means everything to me.

“The team at home have done a fantastic job, but we couldn’t have done it without the owner sending us the horse and having faith in us.

“I think Sheikh Mohammed (former boss) was more pleased than I was, which was nice. It’s great for a stable like ours.”

De Sousa said: “Simon told me to ride the horse how I found him but he was great from the front. I enjoyed that.

“He was a bit gassy early on so I just wanted to get a rail to get some support. I always had a plan in my mind to get to the stands side. I always knew I was going to win.

“It’s four years since my last winner here so it’s great. I’ve been working very hard so I deserve everything I get at this place.”

Ostilio claims clear-cut Britannia verdict for Silvestre de Sousa
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