Recent Woodlands Stud acquisition Ad Valorem (USA) recaptured his best form at Royal Ascot overnight posting a length and a half victory in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes over one mile.
Racing in the ownership of Mrs John Magnier and Mr Bob Ingham, Ad Valorem showed a great turn of foot to take the lead inside the final furlong defeating Group One winners Court Masterpiece, Proclamation and Peeress.
“He was a clear cut winner and won very much on merit,” commented leading trainer Aidan O'Brien on UK Racing Post.
“I've no doubt the best horse won on the day. He seemed to have a bit up his sleeve.”
The Danzig four-year old had not won since taking out the Group One Middle Park Stakes as a two-year old, but did run a fine second in the Group One St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last year.
“We knew he was a very good horse. He was unbeaten as a two-year-old and we looked forward to his three-year-old campaign but nearly every time he ran it came up soft. We had him spot on for the Sussex Stakes and it came up soft at Goodwood but he finished so close to Proclamation on ground he couldn't walk on that we knew we would see a different horse on fast ground,” added O’Brien.
Ad Valorem was greeted on his return to scale by John and Frances Ingham who accepted the winner’s trophy.
Woodlands Stud acquired a 50% stake in Ad Valorem after Bloodstock Manager Trevor Lobb traveled to Ireland to inspect the horse in December last year, with a Royal Ascot campaign always scheduled to coincide with the launch of his stud career in Australia.
This highly credentialed young horse will stand at the affordable fee of $22,000, representing exceptional value as a dual Group One winning son of the world’s most influential sire Danzig.
At Royal Ascot overnight, the Danzig line was also responsible for Araafa, winner of the Group One St James Palace Stakes, and Hellvelyn, winner of the Group Two Coventry Stakes, with both colts sired by Group winning sons of Danzig.