Zoffany enjoyed a first-crop Royal Ascot winner when Washington DC (2c Zoffany-How´s She Cuttin’, by Shinko Forest) saw off 26 rivals to win the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday under Ryan Moore.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien, celebrating a double on the day following Gleneagles’ victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes, said: “We’ve always held him in high esteem. He travelled very well and quickened very well, so I’m delighted.
“He’s mature enough – he’s a typical Zoffany, very quick and fast. He’s a horse who finds it easy to go very fast and has a good mind. I’d think his trip would be five or six furlongs – maybe he’ll get further but it’s unusual for a horse with that kind of pace to get an awful lot further. I’d imagine he’d go to the G1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes or something like that.
“Ryan gave him a lovely ride and said he was travelling strong the whole way. He is all speed. He won a maiden in Tipperary very easily, having travelled like a dream, and to do what he did that day he had to be very quick.”
Moore said: “Washington DC is a very fast colt and probably could have gone with the American horse [pacesetter Ruby Notion] if I’d let him. He had a little look at the crowd when he hit the front and I’d say there is plenty more to come from him.”
Washington DC was bred by Paul Hyland with Chris and James McHale.