Royal Ascot news: Sweet revenge for Naval Crown as Charlie Appleby rules Platinum Jubilee Stakes

Just twelve months ago, Naval Crown settled for second-best behind stablemate Creative Force in the Jersey Stakes. This time, the roles were reversed.

The Charlie Appleby-trained horse avenged his heart-breaking defeat in style as he powered up the stands rail to claim the Platinum Jubilee Stakes. 

The 33/1 shot and his stable rival were separated by the width of the Ascot track as James Doyle's mount - who lost his off-hind shoe - got the better of the William Buick-ridden Creative Force by a neck.

Australian raider Home Affairs might have been sent off as the favourite, but he run his race by the furlong pole, and the Godolphin duo were followed over the finishing line by a blanket of horses.

Appleby said: "There wasn't a lot between them at home. Will rode the winner in a gallop the other day and said there wasn't much between them. Both were in great nick, but Naval Crown is still learning about the sprint division and he was all at sea in Saudi.

"But he finished fourth in the Guineas and is a rock solid horse, and over that stiff six furlongs we saw his natural pace.

Jockey James Doyle with the trophy after winning the Platinum Jubilee Stakes on Naval Crown during day five of Royal Ascot

"James said he just needed to get to the rail, but the ground was quick enough for Creative. They are two Dubawis and as tough as teak.

"The July Cup is the obvious race for them, and I see no reason not to go for it."

He added: "I'm just lucky to be in the position for these horses to come through my door.

"2022 has gone well so far, but there is still a long way to go."

Doyle said: "I would be lying if I said I expected him to win today. We were certainly hopeful dropping him back in trip. He seems to be pretty quick. He was a hot favourite for a race in Saudi Arabia, but we had a sticky draw and he just ran off with me.

"Myself and Charlie had a chat about dropping him back and Naval Crown ran well in the Al Quoz when he was fourth. He's not short on speed, he was travelling nicely behind Home Affairs and he saw it out well. It's brilliant."

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