Dash Of Spice too hot in Duke of Edinburgh

Elsworth has Ebor ambitions for winner

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David Elsworth and Silvestre de Sousa combined to land the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot with Dash Of Spice.

The four-year-old was the 7-2 favourite to follow up his emphatic victory at Epsom on Derby day three weeks ago and was well positioned throughout under the champion jockey.

De Sousa – riding his second winner of the week – had make his challenge wide at the top of the home straight, but Dash Of Spice found plenty for pressure in the final furlong and ultimately won with something to spare.

Sir Chauvelin ran a blinder to finish second ahead of Walton Street and Appeared.

It was Elsworth’s 16th winner at the famous meeting. His first came in 1980 and his previous one was 11 years ago.

He said: “I’d have been a bit annoyed if we got beat!

“Ascot comes round every year and I’ve had great support from Jeff Smith for many years. I think this is only about our fourth winner at Royal Ascot.

“Without being modest, with increasing years I thought that was it, but it is nice to turn out a good one and nice to win for someone that has supported you so well.

“This is a lovely horse, that is very lightly raced. Jeff has had great patience. I’m the trainer playing around plying my trade – you need somebody to support you like Jeff who will say ‘whatever you think, Elsie, get on with it’.

“I can’t say how easy it is to train for Jeff. He is a great man to have on your side.”

He added on plans for the winner: “The Ebor is one of the races and there is also the John Smith’s. They are both considerations.

“This is an improving horse. I think he is a Group horse.

“I’d love to win the Ebor, I am not a Yorkshire man, but to win the Ebor again would be great.

“Then, of course, and you have to be rated 100 or something, but if the gods are shining on old Elsie and Jeff, well we went to Melbourne with Persian Punch a couple of times, and if it could happen, we’d love to take this horse to Melbourne.

“But I think I am galloping away with emotion, this is only a handicap win after all!”

De Sousa said: “It means everything when you ride a winner at a big meeting. It just proves if I get more opportunities in the big races, I will deliver.”

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