Premio Loco on Track at Ascot

A courageous ride from George Baker as Premio Loco pressed up the rail to win the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot.

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot

Dream Eater and Ouqba were the frontrunners over a furlong out and Baker had his work cut out as the 4-1 second favourite was settled in rears in the opening stages.

Saving ground by targeting a narrow opening against the rail, he caught the frontrunners close to the finish. The second placed French horse Vertigineus gave a good performance for the majority of the event and finished well.

Dingaan, the pacemaker for Dream Eater, was hurried forward to cut out a respectable early run while Fareer and King Of Dixie were both in the mix.

Forgotten Voice and Ouqba took a short lead when the three forerunners' efforts started to lag early going into the straight.

Both travelling well, the battle for the win was on between contenders Dream Eater and Vertigineux, who looked like they were moving a much better.

After contemplating going wide around, Baker drove up through the field in chase of the leaders and his mount picked up the pace in a stunning manner to come home victorious.

A pleased Baker said, “Jimmy (Fortune, on Dream Eater) just kept me in, which he was entitled to do and I had to sit and wait. He (Premio Loco) has improved and improved with time and quickened well.

“He's straightforward in his races, but he's not the easiest to deal with and everybody at the yard has done a great job with him."

Chris Wall the winning trainer said, “If he had not managed to get up the rail when he did, I think the French horse would have beaten us. He did a similar thing at Goodwood last year when squeezing through a gap.”

Of future plans for the winner, Wall said, “I would say either the Prix Jacques le Marois or the Prix du Moulin next. If we can avoid Goldikova and Paco Boy, who knows.”

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