Tregoning in Britannia is a Perotto joy.
Perotto won the Britannia Stakes, giving Marcus Tregoning his first Royal Ascot victory since 2003.
Tregoning had been without a winner since High Accolade won the King Edward VII Stakes in a year when he saddled a double, with Nayef – perhaps his best horse – winning the Prince of Wales Stakes.
Perotto had to prove his stamina over a mile for the first time, a significant increase in distance from his two-year-old days when he ran over five furlongs in the Flying Childers.
There was little between the two groups when champion jockey Oisin Murphy settled them at the back of the pack, and Perotto made a daring move a furlong away.
Liffey River, trained by Joseph O’Brien, was roaring home late but fell short by a half-length, with Quintillus and Dubai Honour finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
“I mistook myself for Jamie Spencer and missed the break by a couple of lengths,” Murphy said. It was the perfect decision for me to tack over to the rail and follow William Buick.
“When the speed slowed, he lowered his head and pushed his ears back. He hit the line powerfully and has the potential to be a Hong Kong horse.”
“I don’t work with Marcus very much, but he’s a superb trainer with a little string and an incredible gentleman,” he continued.
“Today, this horse was really well prepared; he gave me a fantastic ride; I’m overjoyed; these races are difficult to win.
“He poked his head out, I wasn’t sure how far it was, and I rode him cold.
“There were no directions given to me, but I’m delighted it worked out.”
“We talked ideas and agreed to drop him out and try to use his electrifying burst of speed late,” Tregoning explained.
“Oisin is a top-notch jockey, and we were fortunate to secure his services for our sole runner at the meeting.
“This horse comes from the same family as Accidental Agent and a slew of other good horses, and he shown that he can stay the mile.”