Morrison In 7th Heaven With Royal Ascot Double Strike

Newmarket handler Hughie Morrison enjoyed one of his best days yet as a trainer when landing a dream double on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on Thursday, his Pisco Sour defying the odds to win the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes only half an hour after stable companion Sagramor had landed a fiercely competitive renewal of the Britannia Handicap Stakes, writes Elliot Slater.

Sagramor had long been considered a well handicapped horse for the Britannia Handicap but overnight rain made some punters doubt whether conditions would suit. As it turned out the son of Pastoral Pursuits handled the good to soft ground well and ran on bravely at the death to deny the fast-finishing Cai Shen by half-a-length to record an 8/1 success. Morrison revealed immediately after the thrilling victory that the race had been ‘plotted up’ as a target a long time ago and the successful outcome was a dream come true for him and for winning jockey Nicky Mackay. Anyone who had placed a horseracing bet on the charge would have been delighted.

With the Morrison team still on cloud nine their Pisco Sour, ninth in the Epsom Derby behind Pour Moi 12 days earlier, went down to post under Jimmy Fortune for the Tercentenary Stakes and came back a couple of minutes later an impressive winner of the Group 3 by a length-and-three-quarters from Luca Cumani’s progressive Alkimos. The 20/1 win came as no surprise to the winning handler (completing a memorable 188/1 double), who confessed that he hadn’t had the US bred colt fully wound up for the Derby after he came back slightly jarred up following his third place finish behind Carlton House in the Dante Stakes. Those placing online horse bets would have been a little more shocked by the outcome.

A crack at the St Leger at Doncaster in September could now be on the cards for the winner whose success gave an early boost to the Derby form. Pisco Sour has been introduced into the ante-post betting for the final classic of the season at a best priced 20/1.