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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK
Rakti overpowers rivals
Rakti
Rakti won on his first appearance of the season
Rakti put in an impressive display to land the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Philip Robinson expertly guided home the 2003 Champion Stakes winner, who was runner-up to Nayef in the Ascot race last year.

Rakti (3-1) came home two lengths ahead of Powerscourt with Ikhtyar a further half-length back in third.

Sulamani started favourite, but the Godolphin horse trailed behind in the week's richest race, worth 350,000.

Rakti was making his seasonal debut after previously managing two wins and two seconds in four Group One starts since joining trainer Michael Jarvis from Italy.

Robinson had difficulty settling his mount in the early stages at Ascot as Godolphin's second string Lunar Sovereign made the pace for Sulamani.

He would be the best ten-furlong horse I've had
Rakti trainer Michael Jarvis
But Rakti (3-1) took the lead with two furlongs to go, and emerged a worthy victor.

The winner was installed as 7-4 favourite, from 5-1, with the sponsors for the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in July.

Jarvis was delighted to see his horse make a winning start to the season.

"I'm lucky to have had some good horses in my career, but he would be the best 10-furlong horse I've had and I think he could win a good mile race," he said.

Richard Quinn urged Mine (16-1) home first in a dramatic blanket finish to the Royal Hunt Cup.

He beat Able Baker Charlie by a head to give trainer James Bethell his second Royal Ascot winner - some 27 years after his first.

Mine's owner Mike Dawson, enjoying his first winner at the meeting, said: "This is the absolute pinnacle of my racing career and it's a great reward for James and the horse."

Irish trainer David Wachman, son-in-law of top racehorse owner John Magnier, triumphed with his first runner at Royal Ascot when Damson claimed the Queen Mary Stakes.

The filly, an 11-2 co-favourite ridden by Jamie Spencer, won by three lengths from Soar, with Sharplaw Star a further length and a quarter back in third.

Damson was immediately made 20-1 favourite for next year's 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.


Prince of Wales's Stakes
1 Rakti (M Jarvis) P Robinson 3-1
2 Powerscourt 9-2
3 Ikhtyar 8-1
10 ran Dist: 2,
Also: 11-4 Fav Sulamani





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