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Royal Ascot week brings double joy away from Queen

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

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BILL Turner's Royal Ascot week produced a double – though neither winner was in front of Her Majesty.

The trainer from Sigwells between Sherborne and Wincanton saddled Edlomond to land the novices' claiming hurdle at Worcester on Wednesday but hopes of completing an audacious double an hour later at the royal jamboree were scuppered when Lady Phill finished 14th in the five-furlong Group Two Queen Mary Stakes beaten barely eight lengths.

Ridden by 5lb claimer Tom O'Connor Edlomond displayed the benefit of recent laser treatment to help his breathing when notching the first win of his career ahead of the odds-on Enroller. The grey started at 16-1 in the two-miler and unlike George Benjamin in a claimer at Salisbury a week earlier returned home to Sigwells.

Turner said: "Edlomond had run well when narrowly beaten in a novice handicap chase at Stratford in March, so we fancied him at Worcester."

Judy In Disguise – Turner's second Royal Ascot runner of the week – had the misfortune to be kicked in the stalls by the horse in the adjacent box before the Albany Stakes on Friday. Turner said: "She shouldn't really have run after that but the vet trotted her up and said she was sound but the following day she was stiff and had suffered cuts."

Ridden by Frankel's regular pilot Tom Queally the filly came 10th of 14 in the Group Three six-furlong heat and is now on her way to the United States after being sold last month to American owners.

Hillbilly Boy broke well under Richard Hughes to be among the early pace-setters in Saturday's seven-furlong listed Chesham Stakes but the Turner hope faded into 11th out of 14.

Lady Phill – owned and bred by Monica Teversham from Ashmore near Shaftesbury – will have a break before being aimed at a fillies' listed race but the Teversham silks were in the winner's enclosure at sundown on Saturday when Lord Of The Storm and Kieren Fox captured the 10-furlong handicap, the final race on Lingfield Park's all-weather evening card.

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