QEMAH posted a welcome victory for France by landing the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget on Frida afternoon. Jockey Gregory Benoist won on the 6-1 chance from Nemoralia and Alice Springs.
This was Rouget’s second straight victory in the Group One contest, following his success last year with Ervedya. “To do the double is a childhood dream,” said Roget, who holds the European record for winners trained with over 6,000 to his credit.
Frankie Dettori claimed his fourth winner of the week, on Across The Stars in the King Edward VII Stakes.
And there was a 577-1 double for champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien with two of his outsiders winning.
Earlier, former jump jockey Dougie Costello delivered Quiet Reflection perfectly to win the Commonwealth Cup for trainer Karl Burke.
Brave Anna (16-1) took the Albany Stakes under Seamie Heffernan, while 33-1 shot Sword Fighter gave Colm O’Donoghue his first Royal Ascot win in the concluding Queen’s Vase.
Heffernan was given a nine-day ban over his use of the whip, while Fran Berry was given a seven-day suspension for careless riding although his mount Kinema kept the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes after a stewards’ inquiry.
14.30 The Albany Stakes (Group 3) 6f – Brave Anna 16/1
15.05 The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) 1 ½m – Across The Stars 7/1
15.40 The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) 6f – Quiet Reflection 7-4 fav
16.20 The Coronation Stakes (Group 1) 1m – Qemah 6-1
17.00 The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) 1 ½m – Kinema 8-1
17.35 The Queen’s Vase (Listed) 2m – Sword Fighter 33/1