Toronado ridden by Richard Hughes, right, race to victory in Queen Anne Stakes during Day One of Royal Ascot horse racing meeting at Ascot England Tuesday June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/David Davies/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
Favorite Toronado wins Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot
The Associated Press
First Published Jun 17 2014 09:09 am • Last Updated Jun 17 2014 11:25 pm
Ascot, England • Pre-race favorite Toronado used a decisive surge over the final furlong to win the Queen Anne Stakes, the opening race of the Royal Ascot meeting.
Toronado, the 4-5 shot ridden by Richard Hughes, won the 1-mile Group 1 race by ¾ of a length ahead of 6-1 Verrazano. Anodi, 9-1, was third.
It was the 4-year-old colt’s first race since last August and gave trainer Richard Hannon a winner at Royal Ascot for the first time since taking over the family stable from his father, Richard Sr., six months ago.
Toronado’s run also gave Qatari Sheik Joaan Al Thani his first win of the week as he looks to establish Al Shaqab Racing’s position in elite horse racing.
The day began with the traditional royal carriage procession along the course. Queen Elizabeth II was joined by Prince Phillip and Prince Harry in her carriage.
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