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Lagostovegas lands Ascot Stakes for all-conquering Willie Mullins

Lagostovegas wins the Ascot Stakes

Lagostovegas provided Willie Mullins with a fourth victory in the Ascot Stakes.

Ireland’s 12-times champion jumps trainer had previously struck gold in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap with Simenon (2012), Clondaw Warrior (2015) and last year’s winner Thomas Hobson and this year launched a five-pronged assault.

Dual-purpose mare Lagostovegas, who was sporting a hood for the first time, travelled strongly throughout in the hands of Andrea Atzeni and finished strongly to get up and beat Karen McLintock’s Dubawi Fifty by a length.

Mullins was also responsible for the third, fourth and fifth home in Stratum, Chelkar and Whiskey Sour.

He said: “I thought this mare might struggle to get the trip. I don’t know what the time was, but it didn’t look a very strong gallop, which played into her hands.

“Stratum was a bit wide on the track and Chelkar pulled too hard.

“This race and the Queen Alexandra on Saturday are the two races we have horses qualified to run in, so it’s nice to be able to target a few horses.

“It keeps us busy during the summer and if any of these keep progressing, we’ll target them at the big summer races like the Ebor.

“There’s more prize-money going into staying races over here these days.”

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