Oratorio’s gutsy daughter Lolly For Dolly (3f Oratorio-Heart Stopping, by Chester House) gave her sire another Royal Ascot success on Wednesday when winning the G2 Windsor Forest Stakes.
The four-year-old had already raced four times this season, winning a pair of G3 races at the Curragh, before sweeping past rivals for a storming length and a half success in the mile contest.
Fozzy Stack, assistant trainer to his father Tommy, revealed: “She likes a battle and the idea was to take our time through the race because she likes a battle and she likes to pass horses.
“David (Keoghan – owner) loves coming here so it was always in the back of our minds to come here. She is very tough and she takes a lot of work as she has the constitution of an ox.
“She stays well and she likes passing horses. The last time at the Curragh she took up about two (furlongs) down and probably got left in front a little bit too soon.
“We will give her a little holiday now and then there’s a Listed race at Tipperary and the Desmond Stakes we can look at before going to the G1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.”
Jockey Wayne Lordan added: “Her heart is in the right place and she’s tough. Everything happened today as we liked it and I’m just delighted for everybody. She’s a great filly. At one stage in the middle of the race, I had to just switch her – she doesn’t kill herself, and switching and moving around horses gets her mind going, so it worked today.
“We went a nice gallop and I was just looking for a bit of room at halfway. When I weaved between two horses, she has picked up and she ran to the line quite well. She stays well and it’s nice to have a first Royal Ascot winner.
“I was hoping that the rain might come a bit sooner because I was worried the ground might be a little bit quick but she handled it well.
“You are just watching all of the good racing and the good horses and I am just delighted to get the chance to ride a winner here.”
Lolly For Dolly was bred by Jerry Jamgotchian and bought for 57,000gns as a yearling by Cormac McCormack at Tattersalls.