JOCKEY James Doyle toasted a hat-trick of wins at Royal Ascot yesterday, including a nailbiting triumph aboard Al Kazeem in the second day’s big race, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
The Roger Charlton-trained 11/4 shot left it late to catch pace-setter Mukhadram, winning by a neck as The Fugue took third and favourite Camelot trailed home a disappointing fourth.
Doyle also tasted victory on 33/1 outsider Belgian Bill in the Royal Hunt Cup and Rizeena in the Queen Mary Stakes, and said of his 891/1 treble: “I’d have taken one but three is unbelievable.”
A much-anticipated duel between Al Kazeem and 2012 Investec Derby winner Camelot never materialised, though there was drama in the five-year-old’s spirited late pursuit of 14/1 shot Mukhadram.
“It’s magical to get a Royal Ascot winner,” Doyle added. “It leaves you speechless; it’s what it is all about.
“Hard work pays off and when it does it’s fantastic.”
Charlton paid tribute to late trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who died last week, and revealed Al Kazeem could be bound for October’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
“You need to have a lot of patience in this game – it’s what Sir Henry Cecil always said – and we’ve been patient with him. We always thought we had a really good horse,” he said. “I thought for a minute we weren’t going to get there, but James seemed confident.”
Doyle’s second win of the day came with the George Baker-trained Belgian Bill, with Premio Loco second ahead of Arsaadi and Don’t Call Me.
Clive Brittain’s 6/1 chance Rizeena helped Doyle complete his treble, winning by two lengths from American Sweet Emma Rose and One Chance.
Earlier, favourite Duntle won the Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes. David Wachman’s filly beat Ladys First by a neck, with Dank taking third.