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The daughter of Fastnet Rock lived up to her name when finishing with a flourish in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO) at Ascot.
For a moment it seemed the 33/1 chance’s late thrust would enable her to spring a surprise under Donnacha O’Brien but Roaring Lion scored by a neck. O’Brien Jr rode at 2lb overweight.
O’Brien Sr said: “She’s run a cracker. Everything went smooth and I’m delighted with her – there’s no excuses.
“You’re never sure whether you are going to get to the front in these big races, but she has showed big improvement today and she has run really well.”
There was a sting in the tail, O’Brien being suspended for seven days and fined £2050 for using his whip above the permitted level.
I Can Fly’s previous best effort, in ten other starts, had been when landing a Group 2 prize over a mile at Leopardstown the previous month.
This year, the pick of her efforts has been when third in the Tattersalls falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
She appeared to be undone by the lack of pace in the race, although O’Brien said there were no excuses.
He said: “We are very happy with her. Very happy. It was a very good run.
“There are no plans, but we will see how she is. Ryan [Moore] was very happy and said she ran a very good race – and that was it.
“We are delighted with her, really. The ground was perfect. There are no excuses.”
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