Hayley Moore stars at Ascot

Hayley Moore demonstrated her class as a rider and upheld family honour to win Ascot's Longines Handicap for the second year in a row.

Hayley Moore demonstrated her class as a rider and upheld family honour to win Ascot's Longines Handicap for the second year in a row.

The sister of former champion jockey Ryan and daughter of trainer Gary is an accomplished horsewoman herself and proved determined in the finish as Redvers (12-1) gained victory by a nose over Apostle in this major event for female amateur jockeys.

"We're so lucky to have a race at Ascot as the highlight of our year," said Moore.

"I knew he had to be ridden patiently and I didn't time it that well, but we managed it OK."

Redvers' trainer Ed Vaughan said: "He was bought as an Ascot horse.

"We rather imagined it would be a Royal Hunt Cup or a Britannia, but we'll take it.

"He did a nice piece of work with Dance And Dance last week and Ryan had ridden him before, so I imagine he pointed Hayley in the right direction."

Toronado evidently ranks at the very top of Richard Hannon's juvenile pile after he maintained his unbeaten record in the Listed Carraig Insurance Winkfield Stakes.

Sent off the 1-3 favourite after having made an impressive debut at Newbury last month, the son of High Chaparral was ridden with extreme confidence by Richard Hughes.

Strictly Silca threw down a considerable challenge, but Toronado was on top in the closing stages and pulled two lengths clear.

"We always thought he was a very good horse, I loved the way he picked up," said Hannon.

"He's French bred so we could find something over there, but we won't overdo it and I could see him in the Guineas next year."

Hughie Morrison's Chil The Kite continued on his upward trajectory in the Deloitte Handicap.

Ryan Moore's mount, the 5-2 favourite after a victory at Doncaster three weeks earlier, was still at the rear of the field with about a furlong left, but his jockey remained motionless.

Chil The Kite instantly circled the field, drifting a little further right than strictly necessary once in front, and had a length and a half in hand of Takeitfromalady.

"Ryan was impressed with him at Doncaster and even more so today," said Morrison.

"He said he couldn't believe it, as in two strides he went by the whole field.

"Those horses that can quicken off any pace are always exciting.

"I don't know what we do now. We could step him up in grade, or maybe wait for something like the Cambridgeshire."

Carlton House dead-heated for fourth as 33-1 shot Fanunalter sprang a major surprise in the Transformers & Rectifiers Summer Mile Stakes.

Sir Michael Stoute's Carlton House was all the rage as the 4-7 favourite as he dropped back to a mile after chasing home So You Think in the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

Ryan Moore was keen to stay close to the pace throughout on Her Majesty The Queen's colt, but was unable to pick up when it mattered.

Fanunalter, having his first start for trainer Michael Wigham, could be spotted travelling kindly in behind in the hands of Olivier Peslier.

It seemed as though the gap would not come, but eventually he got into the clear and finished well to take the Group Two prize by a neck.

Pastoral Player ran a fantastic race to take second spot after badly missing the break, with Tullius back in third.

Carlton House shared fourth with Cai Shen.

Wigham said: "We just brought him along quietly - we haven't galloped him a lot - and he's done a lot of swimming.

"We thought he would improve a lot for today, but obviously I was wrong.

"We came here thinking he'd run well and that there would be one or two too good for us.

"We were going to go for a Group Three in Norway, but I think we'll be shelving that now.

"We'll have to go home and have a word with his owner.

"We'll have a rethink and work out what we're going to do at this stage.

"He obviously still retains a lot of his ability."

Wigham added: "His final race in Europe will be at the Arc meeting, but we'll have to have a rethink about what he might do before that.

"The owner may want to take him back to the Middle East."

Stoute said of Carlton House: "He looked as though he didn't settle.

"Ryan said he regretted not dropping him in.

"I don't know what we'll do now. We'll have to have a think."

Morrison was delighted with the effort of Pastoral Player.

He said: "They didn't go fast enough, but it was a great run.

"We wouldn't be frightened of going a mile in this sort of company again."

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