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Breeze Easy LLC’s Kentucky-bred 2-year-old filly Shang, Shang, Shang won the six furlong Norfolk Stakes (G2) by a nose over Pocket Dynamo and became the first horse this year to earn an automatic berth into the new Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.
Led by Godolphin’s Haydock Sprint Cup (G1) winner Harry Angel (IRE), Merchant Navy Syndicate’s Merchant Navy (AUS) and defending champion The Tin Man (GB), a field of 12 horses has been entered for Saturday’s Group 1, six-furlong Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, with the winner receiving an automatic berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.
Saeed Suhail’s 5-year-old Poet’s Word (IRE) surged to the front in the final furlong to upset odds-on favorite Cracksman (GB) to win Wednesday’s 1 ¼- mile Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) by 2 ¼ lengths under James Doyle at Royal Ascot and earned an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.
In recent years the sight of an impassioned Wesley Ward celebrating in the winner’s enclosure had become almost as synonymous with Royal Ascot as the top hats and tails worn by racegoers.
First of Four “Win and You’re In Races” at Royal Ascot
Thursday’s race is the third of four Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races to be held at Royal Ascot this year.