Dream Of Dreams finally lands the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the third time of asking
19 Jun 2021
Twice a runner up in 2019 and 2020, Dream Of Dream finally landed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the third time of asking...
A runner up to Hello Youmzin in 2020 and Blue Point in 2019, Dream Of Dreams finally found his way into the winners enclosure with a superb performance on his third attempt.
The majestic grey Art of Power set the early pace in the Group 1 six-furlong sprint with last years QIPCO British Champions Sprint winner Glen Shiel also very prominent in the early stages. Split out across the track, the eventual winner Dream Of Dreams sat in the group away from the stands tracking the leaders early.
The race began to unfold as they passed the three-furlong marker with Art Power showing plenty of speed out front in the group closest to the stands. Ryan Moore though was never panicked as he eased his mount forward before pressing the button and allowing him to show off his electric pace. He cruised to the front, finding a stiff challenge in the form of Glen Shiel and Hollie Doyle.
Showing exceptional grit and determination though he fought off the challenge to extend clear and win the race by a length. Hollie Doyle fought hard on Glen Shiel but the syndicate owned horse didn’t have enough left in the tank, despite producing what Archie Watson described as a career best performance.
Following the race Moore said: “Any winner here is important, but especially a prestigious race like this.
“(Sir) Michael has been great to me my whole career, but he’s got this horse to perform in this race three times in a row so fair play to him.
“He’s been a great horse, he’s got better every year but a stiff six furlongs with cut in the ground is perfect.”
Sir Michael Stoute, last won the race in 1985 with Dafayna so this will no doubt be an incredibly special victory for the 75-year-old trainer. The win was his 82nd Royal Ascot winner, a remarkable achievement for the trainer.
Stoute said: “The horse really deserved it. He’s a top-class sprinter and the previous two years one more stride and he wins, but that is not what it’s about. You’ve got to get there first. I’m really happy for him today. I was pretty hopeful from two out. He finishes well and he’s very effective at seven furlongs as well.