06/15/2010 11:00PM

Byword gives the French another Ascot win


Byword gave France its second Group 1 triumph at Royal Ascot in as many days on Wednesday when he captured the $666,000 Prince of Wales's Stakes by a half-length. Both Byword, based in France with trainer Andre Fabre, and runner-up Twice Over, an English-based runner with trainer Henry Cecil are owned by Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms.

The victory of 5-2 Byword also paid a huge compliment to Goldikova, Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes winner who had beaten him last time by a half-length in the 1 1/8-mile, 55-yard, Group 1 Prix d'Ispahan.

Byword looked like the winner through every step of the 1 1/4 miles as Maxime Guyon, who was riding for the first time in Britain, had him handily placed in fourth behind the pacesetting Tazeez. Guyon asked Byword to launch his bid at the quarter pole, and while it took him a few strides to lower his head and get into gear, when he did the move was overwhelming. Byword went briefly clear and ran out a handy winner over the fast closing Twice Over, who didn't have the clearest of runs through the stretch. Tazeez held for third, three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up while a second French invader, Shalanaya, finished a dull eighth. Even duller was Godolphin's continuously disappointing Cavalryman, who trailed home last of 12. The winning time on good to firm ground was 2:05.35.

Previously the winner of the Group 2 Prix du Muguet at a mile, Byword will be dropped back to that distance despite being the son of an Arc winner, Peintre Celebre. Fabre said Byword's next start could be in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Aug. 15, when he would once again run into Goldikova, and at her favorite distance no less. The 11-2 Twice Over, who had been 10th in the Dubai World Cup and third in the Breeders' Cup Classic in his last two starts, looked much better in his return to turf and will now be aimed by Cecil at a repeat victory in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 16.

* Strawberrydaiquiri and Spacious gave the gathered throng at Ascot their money's worth in the Group 2, $185,000 Windsor Forest Stakes. Spacious and Johnny Murtagh collared the pacesetting Strawberrydaiquiri and Ryan Moore at the quarter pole and the pair ran as a team to the line, with the Michael Stoute-trained Strawberrydaiquiri prevailing by a short head while getting the straight mile in 1:38.04. A 4-year-old filly,Strawberrydaiquiri was coming off a head victory in the 1 1/8-mile, Group 3 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket. Stoute said Strawberrydaiquiri would be stepped up to 10 furlongs for her next start, most likely in Goodwood's Group 1 Nassau Stakes on July 31.

* Moore was also successful in the day's opener, the seven-furlong, Group 3 Jersey Stakes, in which he guided the 8-1 Rainfall, the only filly in the 13-runner field, to a head victory over Red Jazz. Trained by Mark Johnston, Rainfall set a course record of 1:24.94, shaving .95 of a second off the old mark in just her third career start.