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Derby Festival 2020: Summer Romance makes all the running to take Princess Elizabeth Stakes

Summer Romance made all the running to take the G3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Investec) over an extended mile.

The Godolphin runner was returned at 9/1 and held on to score by three-quarters of a length from Cloak Of Spirits.

Winning jockey William Buick said: “Summer Romance ran in the 1,000 Guineas last time and ran a good race [eighth to Love]. I wasn’t in a very good position in the 1,000 Guineas and I was worried about what was in front of me.

“It was hard to notice it from the naked eye, but she did a lot of late work at Newmarket.

“Last year, she was obviously very speedy and very sharp, but Charlie (Appleby, winning trainer) was adamant that a mile would be within her compass.

“We got a soft lead today and it suited her. She has turned the Guineas form around with Cloak Of Spirits.

“Summer Romance has always been perceived as a nice filly in the stable and I am just pleased that she has got a Group win next to her name.”

4.15pm Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Investec) (Group 3) 1m 113y

1 Summer Romance Charlie Appleby 3-9-00 William Buick 9/1

2 Cloak Of Spirits Richard Hannon 3-9-00 David Egan 100/30

3 Rose Of Kildare Mark Johnston 3-9-00 Joe Fanning 14/1


Winner owned by Godolphin

6 ran

5/4 Fav Fooraat (5th)

Time: 1m 44.71s

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