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Heredia storms to Sandringham Stakes success

Heredia justified 7-2 favouritism in the Sandringham Stakes for Richard Hannon and Sean Levey to give the jockey a first Royal Ascot winner.

The Dark Angel filly had won each of her three previous starts, completing her hat-trick on her first appearance of 2022 at York last month.

A smart change of gear carried her to the front and while she drifted left late on, impeding eventual runner-up Zanbaq, she passed the post a length to the good and was confirmed the winner after a stewards’ inquiry.

Hannon said: “It’s been a great week with loads of owners trainers and jockeys having winners.

“It takes a Group horse to win a handicap at Royal Ascot and as she’s in the Falmouth we will take a look at it.”

Levey added: “It’s absolutely huge for me. That’s my first Royal Ascot winner and I’ve been here a long time now.

“I needed to go off favourite in a race like this. A lot could have gone wrong, but she is a good filly and has done it well.”

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