Miss Andretti Zooms to Victory in King's Stand

Miss Andretti Zooms to Victory in King's Stand
Photo: AP/PA, David Davies
Miss Andretti after an impressive performance in the King's Stand.

Australian star Miss Andretti roared to an impressive victory in the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-II) on Tuesday at Royal Ascot.

In the process, she broke the track record by over two seconds and left many of Australia and Europe's best sprinters in her wake.

Miss Andretti entered Tuesday's race off of three straight group I victories in her native country, and most knew she would be the one to beat.  The 6-year-old mare tracked the leaders from mid-pack, the rolled to the front with one furlong left.

She rocketed clear from the field to win easily by 1 3/4-lengths over Dandy Man.  Fellow Aussies Takeover Target and Magnus finished third and fourth, respectively.

Miss Andretti set a new course record, completing the five furlongs in 57.44 seconds.

Winning trainer, Lee Freedman, who also saddled the great Makybe Diva to three wins in the Melbourne Cup (Aus-I), admitted, “This is an enormous thrill for me.”

He continued, “It was a massive gamble and I am really pleased it's come off for the owners.  Three Melbourne Cups is pretty good, but it is extremely exciting to come here and thank goodness she was good enough to do the job.”

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