Royal Ascot 2023

Watson and Doyle strike again with Saint Lawrence in Wokingham

Saint Lawrence (22/1) completed a treble for trainer Archie Watson and jockey Hollie Doyle at Royal Ascot in 2023 as he scorched home from the rear to land the Wokingham Handicap.

John Deer’s five-year-old, who was having his first start for Watson, challenged for the lead entering the final furlong and stayed on best to score by a length. Apollo One (11/1) finished second, with Juan Les Pins (22/1) and Mums Tipple (11/1) filling the minor places.

Watson and Doyle combined to win the G1 King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday with Bradsell and yesterday’s Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap with Rhythm N Hooves.

Watson said: “I am very grateful to Mr Deer for sending him to us. He felt the horse would benefit from a change of scenery. He’s always shown us plenty at home, and he’s a very nice horse to have around. I am just delighted to get the job done at the first time of asking.”

He added: “To have three runners in a race like the Wokingham, they’ve got to be high-rated horses. I fancied all three of them and made sure Hollie chose which one to ride so it wasn’t my fault, and she chose right!”

Reflecting on his Royal Ascot week, he said: “It is incredible. We came here with a handful of 20/1 shots really, and to win three races is just beyond my wildest dreams. It is amazing.”

Doyle said: “I had the choice of Archie’s runner and thankfully I chose the right one. They all work very well at home, but this horse Saint Lawrence was having his first run for us – we knew there was ability in there somewhere in the locker and he’s been working well and the blinkers helped.

“He took me through the race beautifully, I had a dream run and almost got there too soon. When I pushed the button he felt like he idled a little bit, but he did it well. He recently did a piece of work with Bradsell, who I rode, and Mike Murphy gave me a lead – working good horses together can bring them on.

“We’re a great team and I don’t feel any pressure when riding for Archie. I know his horses inside out and he leaves it to me most of the time. Thankfully it has paid off.

“It’s been an amazing week for both me and Tom [Marquand, husband], and it’s great having our families here. My dad couldn’t be here today, but he’s glued to the TV at home.

“I can’t put it into words – to have the winner [Bradsell] on the first day was amazing and you think ‘well, we’ll do well to better that’ so to walk away from Royal Ascot with three winners, after being off for three months at the start of the year [with a broken elbow], is incredible.”

5.00pm Wokingham Handicap

1 Saint Lawrence (John Deer) Archie Watson 5-9-02 Hollie Doyle 22/1

2 Apollo One ( Peter Charalambous & James Clutterbuck 5-8-13 Richard Kingscote 11/1

3 Juan Les Pins (Matthew Taylor) Mick Appleby 6-8-12 Alistair Rawlinson 18/1

4 Mums Tipple (Marian Lyons & Patricia Zanelli) Richard Hannon 6-9-02 Frankie Dettori 11/1

27 ran              7/2 fav Orazio (6th)

Archie Watson – 5th Royal Ascot winner

Hollie Doyle – 6th Royal Ascot winner

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