HIGHLAND Reel gave trainer Aidan O’Brien a fourth win in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m at Ascot on Saturday. Jockey Ryan Moore was rewarded for a superb front-running ride, described by the race caller as “one of the best ever rides in the King George.”
Narrowly beaten by the Dartmouth in the Hardwicke Stakes at last month’s Royal meeting, four-year-old Highland Reel was a well-backed 13-8 favourite to gain his revenge.
Moore dictated matters from the off, establishing a clear lead racing down the back straight before giving his mount a breather, which allowed the chasing pack to bridge the gap.
Highland Reel remained in front turning for home, however, and answered Moore’s every call to score by a length and a quarter from 4-1 shot Wings of Desire, under Frankie Dettori.
Moore said of the winner: “He’s a very good horse and won in America and Hong Kong. It’s a marvellous achievement from Aidan to get him back in this shape to win this sort of race. He’s a very strong horse. He’s very professional – he knows how to race.”
O’Brien said: “Ryan gave him a beautiful ride. He’s an amazing horse and has so many options. As everyone knows, he travels the world and he’s getting better, which is amazing. He can go back to Australia, he can do Japan, Hong Kong and there’s the Breeders’ Cup Turf.”
-extracts from rte.ie