AMAZING MARIA was a shock 25-1 winner of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot for Nawton trainer David O’Meara.
The horse, owned and bred in Yorkshire by Sir Robert Ogden, came from last to first under James Doyle to land this Group Two mile race for fillies.
It was O’Meara’s second winner at the Royal meeting following the success of han dicapper Louis The Pious 12 months ago.
It also confirmed his reputation as the ‘go to’ trainer for owners wanting their horses to return to winning ways - Amazing Maria only joined the O’Meara yard from Ed Dunlop’s stable two months ago.
Back in second was Rizeena who Doyle had ridden to Royal Ascot glory on this day two years ago, with Sir Michael Stoute’s Integral a bitterly disappointing and well-beaten favourite.
O’Meara said: “We’ve ended up with a nice filly.
“She came to Ascot on her first run for me but probably hit the front a little soon, we didn’t know her that well.
“Then she ran on soft ground, which we thought she’d like, but she’s shown today she obviously wants it faster.
“James gave her a lovely ride, it was always the plan to produce her late and he settled her lovely.
“Last year was special with Louis The Pious, this is only our second winner so it’s equally special.”
Doyle added: “She was fancied for the Guineas last year so has always had talent but I couldn’t say I fancied her.
“David just told me to get her to relax and enjoy it.
“It’s important having winners here, it’s our showpiece meeting.”