Riposte lands emotional Ribblesdale for Lady Cecil

Riposte provided the Royal Ascot crowd with the win they were all craving for Lady Cecil in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

Riposte lands emotional Ribblesdale for Lady Cecil

Riposte provided the Royal Ascot crowd with the win they were all craving for Lady Cecil in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

Lady Cecil’s husband Sir Henry Cecil died only last week but laid out all his plans for the meeting, at which he recorded a record 75 winners, beforehand.

After missing the break, Tom Queally had to make ground up quickly but Riposte did that effortlessly and quickened in the style of a very smart filly to beat Just Pretending by two and a quarter lengths.

Plenty were in with chances turning into the straight after a slow gallop had been set, and the likes of Elik, Just Pretending and Winsili were waiting to pounce.

However, as soon as Queally pressed the button, Riposte, related to the great Frankel, put the race to bed.

Cecil trained more winners than anyone else at this meeting and five of those wins came in this race.

Now his widow is off the mark and none of the beaten connections will begrudge her such a poignant success.

Just Pretending made up plenty of ground from the rear to claim second with Elik third and Winsili fourth.

Queally said: ``It means an awful lot to everybody. So many people have worked so hard. It's been a tough, tough week. I know a lot of people are struggling, emotionally as well everything else.

“She did it very well and I’m sure Henry is looking down.

“She showed a turn of foot, I thought stamina would be her forte but she quickened into it very well.”

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