Prince Of Wales’s Stakes glory for son of Starspangledbanner
The Joseph O’Brien-trained State Of Rest (4c Starspangledbanner - Repose, by Quiet American) made all under Shane Cross to land the Gr.1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.
The globetrotting State Of Rest was a Grade 1 winner in the States last year, before winning the Gr.1 Cox Plate in Australia and returning this season with another top-flight success in the Gr.1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp.
A delighted Shane Cross commented, "In the space of the last 12 months he's done a lot and that's credit to the team who look after him. I'm over the moon. This is an absolute dream – there's no other way to describe it."
The winning trainer added, "It was a brilliant ride and he's a very tough horse. We had a good chat with Shane and decided we'd try to make the running and it couldn't have worked out better. Shane gave him a marvellous ride and got the fractions perfect – he's only had a handful of rides here and he grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck. It's very special to win a race here as a trainer. It's been a long time coming and it's hugely special to win a race like the Prince of Wales's."
Bred by Tinnakill Bloodstock, State Of Rest’s dam Repose has also produced Tranquil Lady (Australia), winner of the Gr.3 Blue Wind Stakes last month.