Royal Ascot: Frustration for Richard Fahey in Albany Stakes

Brave Anna ridden by Seamie Heffernan (no 2) wins the Albany Stakes during day four of Royal Ascot 2016. Picture: Adam Davy/PA
Brave Anna ridden by Seamie Heffernan (no 2) wins the Albany Stakes during day four of Royal Ascot 2016. Picture: Adam Davy/PA
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VICTORIOUS with Ribchester on Tuesday, Malton trainer Richard Fahey blamed sticky ground for Queen Kindly’s third-place finish in the Albany Stakes for two-year-old fillies.

The daughter of equine superstar Frankel was only narrowly beaten by Aidan O’Brien’s Brave Anna, and the outsider Bletchley, with Fahey saying: “I thought she stayed well but she is a speedy filly. Better ground is something we will look for.

“It’s not a bad run but when you come here and expect to win, you are disappointed. It’s a good run but you don’t come here to run well, you come here to win. On better ground, you’ll see a better filly as she is quite quick.

“I’ll get her home before making any decisions. She was ready to come to Ascot and she was entitled to be here.

“She will have better days in her now, it was only her second race and we are pleased.

“She was never comfortable on the ground early on for a filly with speed. She is all speed and she didn’t look it (yesterday), she looked as if she stayed. Maybe that is down to the tacky ground out there now. On a quicker surface, we will see a better filly.”

Jamie Spencer, rider of Queen Kindly, said: “She ran a beautiful race. I am delighted with her. She is all speed and better ground would have suited her.”