Approval seals Fillies test
Seal Of Approval (16/1) bounced back from a fall at Doncaster to score in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes.
James Fanshawe's decision to come to Ascot following a spill in the Park Hill Stakes was fully vindicated by the daughter of Authorised as she ran out a convincing winner of the Group 1 contest.
Belle De Cercy and Nymphea made the running in what looked to be fairly testing conditions underfoot, and their relative keenness always appeared likely to hand the initiative to something racing from off the pace.
The well-backed pair of Talent and Dalkala both looked to be travelling well as they entered the home straight and while both were brought wide with their challenges, neither were able to see off their rivals as Baker crept quietly along the far side rail and began to pass rivals.
Produced to the lead with a furlong to travel, she still appeared full of running and was a ready four-length winner of the £300 000 first prize.
The win was a bittersweet one for George Baker as it was his first Group One but he had attained the ride through the injury to Hayley Turner in the Doncaster fall.
The rider added: "Once I got a bit of daylight, she picked up nicely. I almost got there too soon.
"I feel sorry for Hayley Turner, who is injured - it's her ride."
Fanshawe said: "I always felt she'd improve on this ground.
"It's great for the breeders, Tim and Tessa Vestey, who own her.
"The only sad thing is that Hayley got injured at Doncaster and couldn't ride her so I must thank Hayley for her help.
"I've spent three weeks looking at yearlings for next year and she's one you would never have picked.
"She's a great mover and her dad, Authorized, used to love soft ground.
"There's nothing like Ascot, it's been a lucky place for us.
"She showed real resilience as a lot of horses wouldn't have gone through those gaps after what happened at Doncaster."