Horn heralds G3 Royal Ascot win for Camelot
Ryan Moore rode his 50th Royal Ascot winner for one of the meeting's most successful partnerships when first-crop Camelot colt Hunting Horn (3c Camelot-Mora Bai, by Indian Ridge) landed the G3 Hampton Court Stakes on Thursday.
Moore drove the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt to victory by an emphatic four and a half lengths.
"Hunting Horn has progressed with every start this year,” said Moore. “The race today went nice and smoothly for him. He got there and had a little look around. It wasn't until I got after him in the last furlong that he started stretching.
"He is a progressive horse and that was obviously a big jump up on what he has done before. He is getting better and hopefully will carry on that way."
On behalf of the owners, Derrick Smith said: "This is a double whammy for us because he's a son of Camelot, which makes the win even more pleasing.”
O'Brien added: "He relaxes, travels well and quickens well. His dad [Camelot] was the same when there was pace on and it was a nice, evenly run race today. We thought a mile and a quarter would suit him well, and Ryan gave him a lovely ride.
"He has a lot of options, as he can step up to a mile and a half as well. You could look the G1 Eclipse or go to France or have a little rest. He has been busy the past couple of weeks."