Donegal jockey Martin Harley had unfancied winner today in the first race at Ascot Champions’ Day.
Martin, from Letterkenny, beat hot favourite Order Of St George to win on 11/1 shot Sheikhzayedroad.
He claimed the 1.25 Quipco British Champions Long Distance Cup ahead of second placed Quest For More.
Harley (pictured) said: “He’s very tough and delivers on the big days. They didn’t go very quick, but I was happy with my position and I was just hoping one wouldn’t come up my side as he over races a bit.
“When they go steady it’s hard to get him to relax, but he’s done well and full credit to the horse – my God he’s tough.”
He added: “My lad’s won over shorter so I knew he had a change of gear and I’m very pleased with the way he’s picked up.
“A furlong down I knew I had the front two covered, but he doesn’t want to get there too soon.”
The winner and Quest For More were prominent in a modestly-run race while Order Of St George finished fourth.