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Claymore foils the Queen’s Reach For The Moon in Hampton Court

Claymore fended off Reach For The Moon in the Hampton Court Stakes to deny the Queen a Royal Ascot winner.

All week the hope had been that, while the royal silks held various each-way chances, the John and Thady Gosden-trained Reach For The Moon was the one that would provide Her Majesty with a 25th winner at the meeting in her Platinum Jubilee year.

Frankie Dettori tracked Adam Kirby on Claymore into the straight and while on entering the final furlong 2-5 favourite Reach For The Moon drew level, as the contest wore on Jane Chapple-Hyam’s well-regarded colt, who had no joy in the French Guineas last time out, pulled out more to win by a length and three-quarters.

The 7-1 chance was providing Chapple-Hyam with a second winner of the week after Saffron Beach on Wednesday.

Kirby said: “It’s sad for the Queen, but Claymore has always been a proper horse. I think he proved that in his trial (second to Native Trail in the Craven) when he ran a great race. Last time was a disaster. The only positive to come out of it was that it made a man of him.

“His attitude today was brilliant. It was a first-class performance and hopefully he’ll take another step forward when he gets proper ground.”

He added: “Just to get a winner here is very special. It’s great to be here and full credit to the horse. You can never do it without them – you need the ammunition.”

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