Platinum Jubilee result | Daily Telegraph

Melbourne Cup winning trainer Charlie Appleby trained the quinella of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.Artorius ran a luckless third, Home Affairs faded out of the placings and Godolphin may have found their sprinter for The Everest.The Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday didn’t go to script for Australian sprinters Artorius and Home Affairs.The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Artorius was a clear last for most of the race while Home Affairs was disputing the lead.But as 5/2 favourite Home Affairs faded out of contention, eventually finishing 17th, Artorius was charging through the field.Artorius was checked and had to change course inside the final 150m which cost him the race but he was finishing faster than anything in the race for a close third.Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby trained the Group 1 quinella when 33/1 outsider Naval Crown upset his more fancied stablemate Creative Force (12/1) to win by a neck with Artorius (17/2) and Campanelle (10/1) dead-heating for third, just a half length further back.Trainer Sam Freedman said Artorius is likely to remain in England for the Group 1 July Cup over the testing Newmarket course but it is expected the Chris Waller-trained Home Affairs has run his last race and will be retired to stud.Freedman admitted Artorius lack of tactical speed early means he is “always going to need that bit of luck”.“Artorius has run a massive race,’’ Freedman said.“The steep finishes over here suit him a lot better than our flat tracks back home.“I will talk to the owners but there is every chance we will go to the July Cup as I think the Newmarket track will really suit him.’’Newgate Farm supremo Henry Field, a part-owner of Artorius, came close to snaring a Group 1 double at Royal Ascot after celebrating the win of State Of Rest in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes last Wednesday.“It was the best third we have ever had,’’ Field said.“But that is the style of a horse he is, he needs the luck and he didn’t quite get it today.“The trip away has done the horse the world of good and Sam Freedman is one of the most astute young trainers I have ever come across so we are just over the moon with the result.“We would have loved for Australia to have won, but we are very proud of the horse and he could not have run any better.“No question, he was the run of the race, this colt is an elite talent. As long as he has come through the race well, we will go to the July Cup.’’Home Affairs began brilliantly and was the leader on the grandstand side of the straight course but it was evident from about the 600m the colt was under extreme pressure.Trainer Chris Waller described Home Affairs as a “victim of his own speed.””“Home Affairs got a bit keen and they were running quick up front,’’ Waller said.“It was a big field, a lot of pressure, but he jumped so well and was in front, he puts himself in trouble with 25 horses chasing him.“He is a victim of his own speed and it is a relentless 1200m here. We just needed something to give us some cover so he would back off and relax.“Artorius showed his (Home Affairs) form was right for this race but it was not meant to be today.’’As the Australian challenge struck bad luck and disappointment, Godolphin’s Charlie Appleby was celebrating after stablemates Naval Crown and Creative Force fought out the finish.Naval Crown and Creative Force are by super sire Dubawi, a stallion who is renowned for producing tough racehorses and either sprinter could be a contender for the $15 million The Everest at Royal Randwick in October. Godolphin owns a slot in The Everest with the James Cummings-trained Paulele probably the front-runner among the local sprinters.Appleby said the stable couldn’t really split the two sprinters despite the gulf between them in betting.“I‘ll be honest, William [Buick] rode a piece of work with them and couldn’t split them. They were flying up the gallops and are tough horses,’’ Appleby said.Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II didn’t attend any of the five days of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Ascot but is said to have watched the races each day from nearby Windsor Castle.It was hoped she would attend the final day but the 96-year-old monarch was prevented from doing so due to her on-going mobility issues.This was the first time The Queen has not attended at least one raceday at Royal Ascot since she acceded to the throne in 1952.Originally published as Australian weapon Artorius dead-heats for third as Home Affairs falters in Platinum Jubilee Stakes