Battling Waterloo wins G2 Norfolk for Zoffany

Waterloo Bridge (Zoffany) winning the Norfolk Stakes (Gr.2) at Royal Ascot

Waterloo Bridge (2c Zoffany-Miss Childrey, by Dr Fong) continued an unforgettable Royal Ascot for Zoffany on Thursday when winning the G2 Norfolk Stakes.

Ryan Moore waited patiently aboard the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt before swooping to claim victory in the closing strides from the highly-touted Log Out Island.

“He’s a very fast horse. He loves a really fast-run race on fast ground and this is the first time he’s got that,” said O’Brien.

“He wants a fast pace, like all those Zoffanys. Fast horses go on fast ground. He might go to Goodwood or something like that.”

Ryan Moore reflected: “This horse looked magnificent and every one of Aidan’s horses this week has run great – you can never discount them.

“Waterloo Bridge is a good horse. He travelled the whole way, he picked up and then he had a little look when he got to the front. It’s a big crowd, a big stand and things – he has never seen that before. He looks great and has been produced in terrific shape. This horse travelled like the best horse in the race and when I asked him to go and win, he did it really well.”

Waterloo Bridge was winning two days after Washington DC (2c Zoffany-How´s She Cuttin´, by Shinko Forest)  gave Zoffany another first-crop Royal Ascot winner when capturing the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes on Tuesday.

Waterloo Bridge carries the colours of Derrick Smith, who commented: “It’s a fantastic win for Zoffany – that’s two out of two for Zoffany at the meeting, so we are very excited.”

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