ASCOT, England (AP) — Pre-race favorite Toronado used a decisive surge over the final furlong to win the Queen Anne Stakes, the opening race of the Royal Ascot meeting.
Toronado, the 4-5 shot ridden by Richard Hughes, won the 1-mile Group 1 race by 3/4 of a length ahead of 6-1 Verrazano. Anodi, 9-1, was third.
It was the 4-year-old colt’s first race since last August and gave trainer Richard Hannon a winner at Royal Ascot for the first time since taking over the family stable from his father, Richard Sr., six months ago.
Toronado’s run also gave Qatari Sheik Joaan Al Thani his first win of the week as he looks to establish Al Shaqab Racing’s position in elite horse racing.
The day began with the traditional royal carriage procession along the course. Queen Elizabeth II was joined by Prince Phillip and Prince Harry in her carriage.