Royal Ascot 2023 was Another fantastic week with Bradsell backing up his Coventry Stakes win in 2022 to win the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes over five furlongs on Tuesday, beating multiple group 1 winner Highfield Princess into second. Purchased privately by Oliver St Lawrence, it was a great training performance by Archie Watson to drop Bradsell back to 5 and he must rate a top chance in all the top 5f races throughout Europe this year – perhaps even worldwide. Bradsell is a credit to his owner Victorious Racing, giving him a thoroughly deserved first British Group 1 win, especially when he has put so much investment into British Racing.
The Group 2 Coventry Stakes was also a brilliant race as Army Ethos, owned by Victorious Racing & Fawzi Nass, ran a fantastic race to just finish second by a very fine margin to a top class talent in River Tiber. It was a brilliant run by the Shalaa colt, purchased by Oliver St Lawrence at the 2022 Somerville Yearling sale for just £120,000 – almost a quarter of the price of the winner. Wherever he goes next, he is certainly a horse with great talent and a bright future. Also running well in the Coventry was 7th Placed Watch My Tracer, who ran a mighty race at massive odds, mixing with the very best. He is certainly another exciting horse for the rest of the season.
There were also black type winners away from Ascot, with Spain’s only listed race, the Gran Premio De Madrid, being won by Trainer J-M Osario with a son of Golden Horn, El Caney, that was purchased privately by Oliver. A fantastic result for a long term client of Oliver’s.