Move Swiftly too quick for the rest in Duke of Cambridge

Third winner of the week for Danny Tudhope

  • Wednesday 19 June
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Danny Tudhope chalked up his third winner at this year’s Royal Ascot as Move Swiftly snatched the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on the line.

Tudhope enjoyed a red-letter day on Tuesday when winning the Queen Anne Stakes on Lord Glitters before adding the Wolferton Stakes with Addeybb, and he kept up the momentum with the William Haggas-trained Move Swiftly.

Sent off a 9-1 shot, Tudhope left it late in the Group Two heat, allowing Rawdaa and I Can Fly to play their hands before going for home in sight of the post.

Rawdaa, partnered by the treble-seeking Frankie Dettori, put up a brave fight, but Move Swiftly was just too strong, prevailing by a neck. I Can Fly was third.

Haggas said: “He is showing what a very good rider he is. He is not coming of age, as he has been a good rider for a while and is showing that now.

“She went off to be covered, but failed thank god. She has not been easy to train, she is tough and she goes through the pain barrier.

“I think she’ll come on for the run, she might get further and there’s a few options. She might have to have a go at a Group One now she’s won a Group Two.

“She may go a mile and a quarter, we’ll see.”

Tudhope said: “It’s nice to get on good horses, it makes the job a lot easier. I’m going to Chelmsford tonight and then to Ripon tomorrow. I’m back here on Friday and Saturday.”

Sir Michael Stoute said of Rawdaa and Veracious, who was fourth: “Both fillies ran very well and I’m thrilled with them.

“They were beaten fair and square. I would prefer going a mile and a quarter with Rawdaa and I think that is her best trip, but we could see who is going to the Falmouth and then see.”

Aidan O’Brien said of I Can Fly: “She ran very well and I’m delighted with her. I think as the year goes on she will progress and that’s the way we have been training her. We were not expecting this type of ground.

“I’d probably say she will go for the Falmouth.”

Move Swiftly too quick for the rest in Duke of Cambridge
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