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  • 15:05 Windsor Forest Stakes 1m

  • (Fillies' Group 2) (Str) £100,000 added 4yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 38.37s
  • Off time: 15:09:10

Joviality in Windsor Forest

Filly battles hard to land spoils

Last Updated: 20/06/12 3:37pm

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Joviality: Windsor Forest winner

Joviality: Windsor Forest winner

Joviality (11-1) battled hard to beat Chachamaidee (4-1) in the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Sir Henry Cecil's mare looked like she was coming with a late charge to win the race on the outside after she had missed the break, but Joviality pulled out more in the closing stages.

William Buick punched out the Cape Cross filly to win by a neck with Andrew Balding's Lay Time (9-1) a further length behind the pair in third.

Winning trainer John Gosden, who saw The Nile suffer a fatal injury in the St James's Palace Stakes on the opening afternoon, said: "It's probably a little short for her the mile and she didn't handle Epsom.

"We had to wait for her to come right in June but she's got a lot of tenacity and I really respect Henry's filly, who's very fast.

"But I thought if we can be in the right place and she has to come to us, we might outstay her.

"It was a thrilling performance. She wants a mile to a mile and a quarter so there are some nice races for her like the Nassau Stakes and the Prix de l'Opera.

"That is the elite end and there are some rather nice fillies in France.

"We had a difficult day yesterday and it's a strange game - it's a game of vicissitudes."

Cecil said of Chachamaidee: "She ran a great race. The last two times she's dwelt a bit in the stalls, but the hood settles her down.

"She came there to win her race and has faltered in the last few yards.

"I think the dip at Newmarket will help and she'll go for the Falmouth Stakes."

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