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Super Harley as good as Gold

By Frank Brownlow

Published 17/06/2015

What a feeling: Martin Harley celebrates Royal Ascot victory
What a feeling: Martin Harley celebrates Royal Ascot victory

Ulster jockey Martin Harley hailed his victory on Goldream in a thrilling climax to the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot as one of the best of his career.

Harley, whose highlights include victory on Samitar in the 2012 Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh, propelled 20-1 shot Goldream to a short head win over Medicean Man, with 5-2 favourite Sole Power back in fifth.

"My first winner here was for Mick Channon and that was great as he supported me when I came over (from Ireland), but this is great as Group Ones are hard to get," said the 25-year-old.

"He travelled real good. I crossed over a little leaving the stalls as all the fancied horses were drawn high.

"He picked up well just beyond the furlong (pole) and by God he's game.

"I was lucky because I changed my hands with a furlong to go and nearly dropped my stick.

"Fair play to (trainer) Robert (Cowell), he said going out that he was in good form but the ground is obviously a big thing with him, he travelled well the last day at Haydock but went out very quick."

Cowell was delighted with Harley's performance. He added: "It was a brilliant ride."

Looking ahead, Cowell said: "Obviously the Nunthorpe and maybe the Abbaye, but the ground has to be fast."

Gleneagles turned in a dominant performance in the St James's Palace Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien's three-year-old, ridden by Ryan Moore, passed the post two and a half lengths clear of 25-1 shot Latharnach.

Moore said: "He's just a pleasure to ride and he's getting better. He's a proper horse, you want to ride the best horses and he's about the best of his generation.

"He could get a little further but he has plenty of pace and there's no real need, I'm sure plans will be made later on."

Gleneagles was the first of a Moore treble, completed by victories on Clondaw Warrior and Washington DC.

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