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    Ralph Beckett secured an impressive win
Ralph Beckett secured an impressive win
Doha (right) beats Hopeful in a thrilling finish. Source: racingpost.com

Ralph Beckett secured an impressive win

Ralph Beckett experienced a whirlwind 35-minute period as Sonny Liston narrowly lost the Royal Hunt Cup, only for Doha to secure a thrilling victory in the Kensington Palace Stakes. Despite the initial disappointment, Beckett's decision to shorten Doha's distance to a mile paid off superbly as she edged out the competition to win by a head, mirroring the earlier defeat.

In what was a quick turn of events, Hopeful, who had been heavily backed earlier in the day, was unable to match Doha's pace in the final stretch. Hector Crouch, Doha's jockey, expertly guided her to victory, crediting her ability to travel smoothly through the race. This victory marks Crouch's second win at Royal Ascot, a feat he savoured with the presence of a cheering crowd.

Reflecting on the races, Beckett praised both his horses' performances and the strategic decision to adjust Doha's distance. While Hopeful's backers may have been hopeful for a win, it was ultimately Doha who emerged victorious, leaving jockey Mickael Barzalona impressed by her strong finish.

As Doha crossed the finish line, securing an impressive win, celebrations ensued for the winning team. Crouch expressed his joy at returning to the winner's circle, highlighting Beckett's unwavering support and the thrill of winning at such a prestigious event. Despite the rollercoaster of emotions, Beckett, his team, and Doha emerged triumphant in a thrilling display of skill and strategy on the track.

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