G2 winner Hillstar heads great Royal Ascot day for Danehill Dancer

Hillstar (3c Danehill Dancer-Crystal Star, by Mark Of Esteem) looked an exciting prospect when finishing with a late sail to head a 1-2-3 for Coolmore sires in the G2 King Edward VII Stakes under Ryan Moore.

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute felt that the Danehill Dancer colt was due a change of fortune after two earlier luckless starts this season.

“We had him in the Derby and we had him in the Irish Derby but his first two races this year just haven’t gone right,” said Stoute. “At Newbury, what would have been the pacemaker was withdrawn and he hit the gate too well and was too keen. We dropped him out today to make sure he didn’t do that again. The lady the bred him (Renee Robeson) has always adored him. Ryan was very good today.”

The colt’s breeder Renee Robeson, sister of owner Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, added: “I was hoping that Ryan would do what he did yesterday and pick up. All you can do is pray. It’s very exciting and it’s the same family as Crystal Capella, so it’s wonderful.”

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild added: “The acceleration that he showed was really quite extraordinary. He is going to get even better and he is a good horse.”

Jockey Ryan Moore was full of praise for Hillstar after the 15/2 shot captured the King Edward VII Stakes with Battle Of Marengo (3c Galileo-Anna Karenina, by Green Desert) in second and Contributer (3c High Chaparral-Serisia, by Exit To Nowhere) third..

“Hillstar has always been a horse we have thought a lot of,” said Moore. “He won a nice maiden last year but both his starts this year haven’t really worked out for him – he had to make his own running the last day.

“He jumps the gates so well so it’s just a matter of restraining him and getting him to settle at the back of the field. I got taken back further than I would have liked by (Mutashaded) on the turn but this horse has a good turn of foot.”

A great day for Danehill Dancer continued when the veteran Forgotten Voice (8g Danehill Dancer-Asnieres, by Spend A Buck) returned to the scene of his 2009 Royal Hunt Cup victory to win the Listed Wolferton Handicap.

The pair were scoring after Danehill Dancer was responsible for the G2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes winner Duntle (4f Danehill Dancer-Lady Angola, by Lord At War).

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