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Royal Ascot success for Aussie owners

Kinema and connections (Image: Steven Cargill/Racingfotos.com)


© Steven Cargill/Racingfotos.com



Kinema survived a stewards’ inquiry and earned a potential trip to Australia after winning an action-packed Duke of Edinburgh Stakes over 2400m at Royal Ascot.


The win gave popular trainer Ralph Beckett a first Royal Ascot success and a boost to his newly-formed partnership with Irish jockey Fran Berry.


The win came in the most dramatic fashion.


Godolphin’s Elite Army under James Doyle asserted his authority at the top of the home straight and looked the winner until the last 100m when he started to feel the pressure.


Kinema started to emerge, grabbing the lead just as Ryan Moore and Kings Fete powered home between runners.


Moore angled for a gap between the front two and appeared to have the momentum to win but Elite Army drifted off the rail just as Kinema rolled in and closed the gap, causing Kinema to check severely.


Kinema had a length-and-a-quarter to spare on the line from Elite Army with a neck back to the unlucky Kings Fete.


A stewards' inquiry was immediately called but was quickly wrapped up with the placings unaltered.

"My horse hung right under pressure and was quite hard to steer, but he went away in the end and the best horse won on the day, I'm sure," Berry said.


Beckett has suffered much frustration in stewards' inquiries over the past year, beginning with Secret Gesture being disqualified and demoted to third after winning in the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park in America.

He also had Simple Verse being controversially disqualified after winning the St Leger at Doncaster, only to regain victory after an appeal.



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"We lost one Grade One and one Group One last year and got one back, so this is a bit of a relief to put it mildly,” Beckett said.


"I've been training for 17 years and this is my first Royal Ascot winner.


Kinema is raced by The Ashes Syndicate, made up of a group of Australians that includes successful owner Richard Pegum.


"I'm delighted for a number of reasons,” Beckett said.


“These are Richard Pegum's colours - some of you will remember Muhannak carried them to win the Breeders' Cup Marathon in 2008.


“He was the first man who really sent me a number of horses, so I'm absolutely delighted."


For that reason, there is a strong chance that Kinema will eventually make his way down to Australia to continue his career.


Stewards suspended Berry for seven days for careless riding.




This article first appeared on the Racing Victoria website and is reprinted here with their kind permission. For more on the Off the Track program please visit http://rv.racing.com/the-horse/off-the-track







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