Lady lands Princess prize

Royal Hunt Cup favourite Bankable was given a boost without even leaving his stable as Lady Gloria made all in the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom.

Luca Cumani’s Ascot candidate trades at around the 2-1 mark for the Royal meeting after his facile win at Goodwood last weekend, and the form of that success was strengthened as the runner-up scored on Derby Day.

Tom Queally gave his rivals a masterclass in riding aboard the 7-1 chance who was supported in from an opening show of 12s.

The four-year-old set decent fractions up front and kept finding once straightened up for the judge to hold off 7-2 joint-favourite Cicerole by half a length.

Trainer James Given said: “Tom gave her a great ride and she does love to bowl along.

“The tactics were to try and get to the front, and when you are lesser-fancied they sometimes ignore you up front. She was able to slip the field and keep lengthening.

“She does like soft ground but after this I wouldn’t be afraid to run on good again. She’d never run on fast so plans are ground dependent and she is entered in Europe later in the season.”

Conduit looked every inch a Group-class individual in the making when sweeping from last to first under Ryan Moore to runaway with the Handicap.

Owned by Ballymacoll Stud and trained by Sir Michael Stoute, the three-year-old was heavily-backed all morning and went on to rout his rivals as the 11-8 favourite.

Moore was stone last rounding Tattenham Corner but pulled the son of Dalakhani out for his effort thundering down the straight and the colt rapidly went forward to record a striking six-length success.

Ballymacoll Stud’s Peter Reynolds said: “He is an improving type and we’ll have to see what the trainer says about plans, but he could go to Royal Ascot.

“He is a close relation to Hard Top so there is no reason why he won’t stay further. He’ll be a nice horse for next year too.”

Sponsors Ladbrokes gave Conduit a 14-1 quote for the St Leger.

Alan Munro missed the chance to add a second Derby to his haul on Authorized last year due to enforced absence but the rider was able to make an impression on his return to the track in the Woodcote Stakes.

His mount, the William Jarvis-trained Smokey Storm, had showed himself to be a useful two-year-old and the 4-1 favourite sprinted away to collect by two and a quarter lengths.

“I thought that was a really impressive performance – he put the race to bed with a furlong and a half to go,” said Jarvis.

“The owners will be keen to go to Ascot now. I’m not, so I’ll have to do some explaining as I am thinking of a Group Two in Ireland on June 29.”

William Buick picked a good time for a first Epsom winner by flying home on Holbeck Ghyll (15-2) in the “Dash”.

Stall eight proved to be a handy berth for the in-form chestnut as the field tracked across to the stands’ rail and Buick kept cool to steer him half a length clear of Merlin’s Dancer.

“I’m very pleased – everything panned out right,” said trainer Andrew Balding.

“This was really the plan and I am not sure where we would go next – I might put him in the Stewards’ Cup I suppose.”

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