John Gosden claimed three winners on the first day of Royal Ascot 2018 as he provided jockey Frankie Dettori with a treble before an opening day crowd of 46,773.
The Newmarket trainer registered his 44th winner at the Royal Meeting after Calyx justified the hype and 2/1 favouritism to provide his sire Kingman with a first Group success in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes.
Gosden was effusive in his praise of Calyx following the race, describing the colt as “a horse that makes you get up in the morning.” Calyx made his debut just 10 days ago when making a winning debut at Newmarket by five lengths under Robert Havlin.
Gosden’s St James’s Palace Stakes victory with Without Parole, was his second in the mile Group One race for three-year-olds and his second of the day.
Without Parole, a son of Frankel and ridden by Frankie Dettori, was the 9/4 favourite and beat the fast-finishing Aidan O’Brien-trained Gustav Klimt by half a length. He is owned and bred by John and Tanya Gunther, who bred American Triple Crown winner Justify.
Gosden said: “Without Parole is a grand horse. There were no hiding places in that race. It was proper, proper Group One pace. I think he is still on the up and still learning. At the moment he has a bigger middle than me, which is not a good thing in a racehorse!
The win was jockey Frankie Dettori 58th success at the Royal Meeting but the Italian rider picked up a seven-day ban for whip use above the permitted level from two furlongs out and was also fined £4,300.
Monarchs Glen’s win in the Listed Wolferton Stakes capped a fantastic day for Gosden and Dettori when the pair completed a treble.
Monarchs Glen, owned and bred by Prince Khalid Abdullah, was also a second win on the day for Frankel. The four-year-old beat Euginio by a length at odds of 8/1.
Gosden, for whom it was a 46th Royal Ascot winner, said: “He’s a little bit wild, this horse. Everyone at home, my fantastic staff, has worked hard with this horse. It didn’t work out in Dubai [he finished 14th of 15 in the G1 Dubai Turf in March] but we came back and we’ve done lots of sensible stuff with him and haven’t overworked him.
Dettori’s 86.75/1 treble brought to his overall total of winners at Royal Ascot to 59, while he has been the QIPCO Royal Ascot Top Jockey five times (1997, 1998, 1999, 2003 & 2004), with his best total being seven winners in 1998.
Royal Ascot Day 1 Results
2.30pm Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m (Straight)
Accidental Agent (Gaie Johnson Houghton) Eve Johnson Houghton 4-9-00 Charles Bishop 33/1
3.05pm Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 6f
Calyx (Khalid Abdullah) John Gosden 2-9-01 Frankie Dettori 2/1 Fav
3.40pm King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 5f
Blue Point (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 4-9-04 William Buick 6/1
4.20pm St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m (Round)
Without Parole (John & Tanya Gunther) John Gosden 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori 9/4 Fav
5.00pm Ascot Handicap 2m 4f
Lagostovagas (John Donohue) Willie Mullins IRE 6-9-03 Andrea Atzeni 10/1
5.35pm Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race) 1m 2f
Monarchs Glen (Khalid Abdullah) John Gosden 4-9-08 Frankie Dettori 8/1