Gale Force Ten was a gutsy winner of the Jersey Stakes as the 9/2 favourite managed to fight off a spirited effort from Montiridge in what was a cracking opening contest to the first race on day two of Royal Ascot, which saw Aidan O'Brien saddle his third winner of the meeting.
Joseph O'Brien kicked form home a couple of furlongs out and duly sprinted clear of his rivals, but Richard Hughes managed to get Montiridge to head him going into the final furlong, but O'Brien gained a real tune out of his raider when headed and he duly picked up the Richard Hannon-trained raider to bag the prize by a head, with Tawhid completing the placings.
14:30 Jersey Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1, 7f)
1. Gale Force Ten - J O'Brien - A O'Brien 9/2 Fav
2. Montiridge - R Hughes - R Hannon 15/2
3. Tawhid - S De Sousa - S Bin Suroor 25/1
The Jersey Stakes is a Group Three race run at Royal Ascot over seven furlongs for three-year-old horses.
One of the highlights of the Royal meeting, this contest offers horses that have are just below top class to bag victory on the big stage and some of managed to use this as a stepping stone to greater achievements later in their career.
A couple of notable winners of this event in the last few years include John Gosden's Observatory, who was a classy winner of the 2000 Jersey Stakes. Gosden's raider went on to become a classy performer and managed to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes later on in his career, whilst some notable Group victories around Europe.
Aidan O'Brien saddled Mozart to victory in the 2001 running and that Ballydoyle inmate went on to make his name over the shorter distances. A winner of the July Cup and Nunthopre Stakes handed the rising star the accolade of top European sprinter to highlight that this contest can unearth future stars.
Sir Michael Sotute has a decent record in the race and during his illustrious career has saddled a handful of winners with Jeremy being a notable victor in the 2006 renewal, whilst the team of Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes are a duo to watch having won the 2011 Jersey Stakes with Best Terms.