Dolly scoops up lolly in Windsor Forest Stakes

LOLLY FOR DOLLY is to go for Group One glory back home in Ireland after living up to her name in the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Equipped with blinkers, the 11-1 shot pulled away in the final furlong to beat Chachamaidee by a length and a half, with First City third.

“We put the blinkers on to help her concentrate as she’s quite idle,” said trainer Tommy Stack’s son and assistant, Fozzy. “We’ll give her a break and train her for the Matron Stakes. That’s her main autumn target.’’

There was a sting in the tail for jockey Wayne Lordan as he was banned for four days (June 29 to July 2 inclusive) for using his whip in an incorrect position.

Meanwhile Richard Hannon could finally believe what he saw in a gallop at Kempton last week was true after Strong Suit bounced back to form in emphatic fashion in the Jersey Stakes.

The three-year-old had surprised the champion trainer when finishing upsides Canford Cliffs, the brilliant winner of Tuesday’s Queen Anne Stakes.

But Hannon could not tell for sure if a breathing operation the colt had after he disappointed behind Frankel in the Greenham Stakes had worked.

Strong Suit (11-1) saw out the race in great style as he defeated Codemaster by half a length with Western Aristocrat staying on for third in a strongly run race.

“We took him to Newbury racecourse two days after that race as we couldn’t believe how badly he had run,” said Hannon. “We put a camera on him and it showed that his throat was closing so he wasn’t getting enough air and it also affected his confidence.

“It was a straightforward operation and when we worked him at Kempton the other day I couldn’t believe it.’’

Former top jockey Walter Swinburn saddled his first Royal Ascot winner when Julienas (12-1) held the heavily-backed 7-1 favourite Dance And Dance by half a length in the hands of Eddie Ahern and then had to survive a stewards’ inquiry.

“I had so many winners here as a jockey. I won the Gold Cup with Indian Queen and Zilzal won here of course, but to train a winner is something else,” said Swinburn.

Richard Hughes and Hannon combined for a 155-1 double when Best Terms ran out a thrilling winner of the Queen Mary Stakes.

Meanwhile Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote are Royal Ascot virgins no more after the victory of Rhythm Of Light (8-1) in the Sandringham Handicap.

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