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  • 16:55 Queen Mary Stakes 5f

  • (fillies' Group 2) £90,000 added 2yo 13 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 0.53s
  • Off time: 16:57:52

Americans Do It Again

By Martin Kelly and Tom Peacock, PA Sport.   Last Updated: 17/06/09 5:26pm

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Jealous Again strikes for America.

Jealous Again strikes for America.

American trainer Wesley Ward and jockey John Velazquez followed up their shock victory on the opening day of Royal Ascot with further success courtesy of Jealous Again in the Queen Mary Stakes.

The pair broke new ground when claiming the Windsor Castle Stakes with 33-1 shot Strike The Tiger on Tuesday, and Jealous Again was a well-backed 13-2 shot to supplement that victory over the minimum trip.

Bursting out of the stalls, Jealous Again had far too much speed for the opposition and had them all toiling from a long way out.

Lady Royal Oak was second early on in the centre of the course but Jealous Again did not see another horse and romped in by five lengths.

Misheer stayed on well for second two lengths ahead of Ceedwell, who pipped Capercaillie for third.

Ward said: "She ran brilliantly. I'm very proud of her, Johnny rode a great race and everything went just like we thought.

"In America we train for speed and the reason I came over here was I thought the others in the race are trained to go on for next year.

"I just thought I'd get a jump on the other trainers over here. Your horses are bred to go longer and ours are bred for speed and it worked out today."

Velazquez added: "It was pretty easy. She was getting a bit finicky in the gate and she was getting a bit anxious for the others to come in.

"When the doors opened I yelled at her to make sure she got out.

"It is an easy job for me. The trainer had them ready to come over here.

"I was not surprised for her to do it out here and when she did I was very happy."

Clive Brittain, trainer of the runner-up, said: "I'm delighted with her, that was another good run.

"She stayed on OK and wasn't beaten for a lack of speed. I knew she was the best of the English and she has shown heart.

"She's yet again performed with credit and I don't think we've seen the best of her yet, she'll have no problems with another two furlongs."

Bryan Smart, trainer of the third, said: "The winner was exceptional on the day and I'd say that's the best Queen Mary for the last three or four years.

"The winner got away from her but she was running on well at the end.

"The Cheveley Park will be her race this year as the ground will be on her side and I think she wants six furlongs.

"I called her the best filly I've had for a long time and I'm standing by that."

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