Joviality fended off a late surge from Chachamaidee to land the Windsor Forest Stakes and bag the prize for John Gosden and Willian Buick at 11/1, with Lay Time completing the places with a decent effort back in third.
Tom Queally missed the kick on board Chachamaidee, but she travelled ominously well into the race, but when she went to the front, Buick managed to eek a little more out of Joviality and she won a tad cosy by a neck with† Lay Time a further length behind in third place.
Incidentally, it was the second time Chachamaidee finished runner-up in the event after she was edged out of it by Lolly For Dolly 12 months ago, but it was Joviality this time who was taking the plaudits from the packed Royal Ascot crowds.
2012 Windsor Forest Stakes Result:
1. Joviality (W Buick) 11/1
2. Chachamaidee (T Queally) 4/1
3. Lay Time (J Fortune) 9/1
The Windsor Forest Stakes is a Group Two race run at Royal Ascot over one mile for fillies and mares aged four years or older.
Established in 2004, this race one of many set up around Europe that offered the fillies and mares the chance for Group victory after their Classic season had passed an it tried to keep more older fillies and mares in training and this contest has certainly attracted some stellar line ups.
Taken place on day two of the Royal meeting, it can sometimes be aimed at by fillies that ran in the 1000 Guineas the previous year and some notable names have won this contest.
Multiple Group winner Soviet Song was victorious in the 2006 renewal for James Fanshawe and the Elite Racing Club, whilst John Gosden's Nannina was another classy winner in the early years of this contest.
However, one trainer dominated the early exchanges and Sir Michael Stoute was certainly the man to watch as he trained the first two winners of the race with Favourable Terms winning the inaugural event in 2004, whilst Peeress retained the title for the Freemasons Lodge handler to cement his place in the roll of honour.
In 2010, Stoute then saddled Strawberrydaiquiri to victory and racked up his third win in the race, so he will always be a trainer to watch out for as the race continues to gain stature in the Royal Ascot calendar and becomes one of the leading events of the five-day extravaganza.