Golden Horn’s highly progressive son Gregory retained his unbeaten tag with a scintillating victory in the G2 Queen’s Vase to give Frankie Dettori his first winner at what will be his final Royal Ascot.

It was also a first victory at the royal meeting for the Qatari-based Wathnan Racing, who bought Gregory from his breeder Philippa Cooper of Normandie Stud after he won the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes last month at Goodwood on only his second start.

Trained by John and Thady Gosden, he is out of the Galileo mare Gretchen, herself the winner of the G2 Park Hill Stakes and from a family of top stayers, including the G2 Doncaster Cup winner Samuel and the G1 Irish St Leger winner Duncan. Gregory now has Classic aims of his own.

“Gregory is a horse who has only ever run twice in his life before today. He is still very inexperienced and has improved with every start,” said Thady Gosden. “The ultimate target we are looking at is the St Leger and we will see where we go before that – we could possibly drop him back in trip.”


Photo: ©Megan Ridgwell/Ascot