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Undrafted Wins Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes
At Royal Ascot in the UK, 5YO US-bred gelding Undrafted (Purim-French Jeannette, by French Deputy) landed the biggest prize of his career when finishing strongly to score by 0.5-length for trainer Wesley Ward in the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 3YO Australian-bred colt Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible-Sansadee, by Snaadee) & 4YO Irish-bred entire Astaire (Intense Focus-Runway Dancer, by Dansili). This was the first Gr1 victory for Undrafted who took his record to 5 wins and 10 placings from 20 starts for £648,285 earnings. Winning trainer Wesley Ward was delighted describing the win as the biggest of his career. "I am just elated," he said. "This is the biggest race I've won - I've won Breeders' Cups and races here in the past, but to come here and be presented with a Group One trophy by the Queen was such a fantastic experience." In the end the Jubilee result came down to tactics, with Frankie Dettori aboard Undrafted coming out on top. Undrafted was able to overpower Brazen Beau who was left a sitting duck after jockey Craig Williams made the bold but ultimately doomed decision to race solo on the grandstand rail. "Unfortunately, in a couple of occasions in the race he lost concentration from being on his own, so it would have been an advantage if he was with another horse," said Williams. "It's just the way that it was - he was so gallant and tough and unfortunately couldn't get there in the end. Under no circumstances did he lay down - it was truly an Aussie spirit and he fought hard." Connections will wait to see how Brazen Beau pulls up before deciding whether to target the Gr1 July Stakes.