Royal Highway to Ascot

Royal Highway to Ascot
Royal Highway to Ascot
Sky Sports Racing News

Princess Highway is on track to try and attempt to emulate her dam by winning the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Street Cry filly is out of Irresistible Jewel, who landed the Ascot Group Two in 2002 for trainer Dermot Weld while Weld has already enjoyed success with Princess Highway‘s half-sister Mad About You, who was a Group Three winner and placed four times at the highest level, and the youngest sibling looks like upholding the family tradition.

Princess Highway won the Blue Wind Stakes last time and jockey Pat Smullen is expecting even more in the future.

He told At The Races: “I think when she gets her ground she will improve for that again.

“She won very well in Naas, doing it the hard way by picking them off a furlong in.

Big Things Ahead

“I think she’s going there (Royal Ascot). The boss’ plan is to go there. I think there’s big things ahead for her hopefully.”

Charlie Hills will also aim Hazel Lavery towards the Ribblesdale, rather than ask her to tackle next Friday’s Investec Oaks.

Second in last year’s Tattersalls Millions 2YO Fillies’ Trophy, the daughter of Excellent Art finished in the same position behind Kailani on her comeback in the Pretty Polly Stakes on Guineas weekend at Newmarket.

“She’s not going to run in the Oaks, and at this stage we’ll look at the Ribblesdale at Ascot,” said Hills.

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