It took more time to call the results for the June 15 Queen’s Vase (G2) at Royal Ascot than to run the race.
It is not exceptionally normal to say that about a race more than one mile and six furlongs which lasted just north of three minutes. Yet, Eldar Eldarov flashed home to compel a photograph with Zechariah and judges Nick Bostock and Guy Lewis required each piece of gear accessible to them to sort it out.
At the point when they at long last figured out how to separate them, “first number four” showed up over the loudspeakers, and with that, Eldar Eldarov stayed unbeaten. David Egan had his second Royal Ascot victor three years after Daahyeh handled the Albany Stakes (G3). As such, he denied Irish top dog jockey Colin Keane a first success at the gathering.
There was a nose in it; however, Egan was almost certain he had won.
“I assumed I had got there,” he said. You don’t frequently hear such an earnest answer from a triumphant rider after a near tie, especially one as close as this.
Egan added: “I have never stirred things up around town so strong in a mile-and-six-furlong race. I wound up down toward the start of the mile-and-a-half races. There are lots of refreshing options for him. He could be a St Leger horse, a mile and six on soft ground. It may be a pleasant objective toward the year’s end for him.”
Roger Varian, who was commending a tenth Royal Ascot champ, concurred with his rider and said the 3-year-old, named after a hard-hitting blended combative techniques warrior, could be on course for a turn the last Classic of the season. He was sliced to 6-1 (from 16) for the St Leger Stakes (G1) by Paddy Power.
The triumphant mentor said: “There’s a great deal to come from this horse, and I think his finest days are in front of him. He put in one amazing execution, and you would figure peering not too far off that he could form into a St Leger horse. In any event, shifting focus to the following year, ideally, he can continue to get to the next level.”
For Keane, it was a case of what could have been on the Freddie and Martyn Meade-prepared Zechariah, who kicked for home passing the two-furlong post and was still in front a yard from the line.
“It’s bittersweet to just get hit. He’s run an unlimited stormer, and to get thrashed on the line is a sickener, yet that is hustling,” Keane said. “He’s a horse I would have wanted to have ridden previously or even known a smidgen. It might have been the distinction between its triumphant and losing. The distance was no issue, and he’d most likely go a piece further.”
Describing his emotions, Martyn Meade said: “A gesture! Could you at any point trust it? A mile and six furlongs and you feel, ‘Crikey, and you can’t get beaten by that little’, yet that is hustling for you!
“We thought briefly we’d won it; however, we were on the stands and couldn’t tell. We were excessively far away. It must have been a troublesome one to call. A stalemate would have been ideal.”
Tragically, this game has no space for sentiment, which can be so horrible to the losers, especially those who have been beaten a nose.