It was inconceivable that Wesley Ward would go home with a blank at Royal Ascot and Breeze Easy’s Apr. 26 Keeneland maiden special weight winner Shang Shang Shang (Shanghai Bobby) duly stepped up to provide the customary victory in the G2 Norfolk S. Quickest away under Joel Rosario in contrast to the barn’s G2 Queen Mary S. favourite Chelsea Cloisters (First Samurai), the 5-1 shot kept finding as Pocket Dynamo (Dialed In) fought hard and at the line it was just a nose that separated them, with Land Force (Ire) (No Nay Never) a half length back in third. Despite celebrating a 10th Royal winner, Ward was quick to send the attention elsewhere. “I want to say something about the jockey–he’s fabulous and put his time and effort in every day for me and that’s why he’s here,” he said. “This is the best–there’s nothing like it.”
Thursday, Royal Ascot, Britain
NORFOLK S.-G2, £100,000, Ascot, 6-21, 2yo, 5fT, :59.83, g/f.
1–SHANG SHANG SHANG, 124, f, 2, by Shanghai Bobby
1st Dam: Yankee Victoria (SP-US, $193,510), by Yankee Victor
2nd Dam: Buy the Dips, by Meadowlake
3rd Dam: Elderberry Drive, by Strawberry Road (Aus)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. ($110,000 Ylg ’17 OBSWIN; $200,000 2yo ’18 OBSMAR). O-Breeze Easy LLC; B-Kris R Del Giudice (FL); T-Wesley Ward; J-Joel Rosario. £56,710. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $101,524. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Pocket Dynamo, 127, c, 2, Dialed In–Little Bit Tiny, by Cuvee. ($20,000 Wlg ’16 KEENOV; $35,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-T W Morley; B-Jocelyn Shutkas (KY); T-Robert Cowell. £21,500.
3–Land Force (Ire), 127, c, 2, No Nay Never–Theann (GB), by Rock of Gibraltar (Ire). (€350,000 Ylg ’17 GOFOR). O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Mrs Evie Stockwell (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. £10,760.
Margins: NO, HF, 1HF. Odds: 5.00, 20.00, 7.00.
Also Ran: Rumble Inthejungle (Ire), Konchek (GB), Kinks (GB), Glory Fighter (GB), Charming Kid (GB), Vintage Brut (GB), The Paddocks (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.