Eddery Ties Piggott With Queen Mary Win

Romantic Liason provided Pat Eddery with win number 4,493, the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-III) win at Royal Ascot Wednesday equaling Lester Piggott's number of victories. Only Richard Gordon, with 4,870, has more among English riders.

Interestingly, the race for juvenile fillies was won two years ago by Romantic Liason's half-sister, Romantic Myth.

Romantic Liason races for F.C.T. Wilson and is trained by Brian Meehan. She was ridden by Olivier Peslier, who also took the day's Jersey Stakes (Eng-III) on Just James.

By Primo Dominie out of the Danehill mare My First Romance, Romantic Liason made her first start May 28, winning at Lingfield by a head.

Romantic Liason won the Queen Mary by a 3 1/2 lengths, covering the five furlongs in 1:00.61. Never a Doubt finished second, Rag Top third, and Speed Copy fourth in the 19-horse field. The winner was a 16-1 shot.

Meehan said: "She's a lovely filly and I've always thought very very highly of her. She just had the one run on the all-weather at Lingfield before this and she was in front a little bit long there.

"She had had a bit of a coughing problem and I couldn't get her out on the grass. Lingfield served its purpose as its a decent track with decent ground - it gave her a stretch and she learnt something as you don't really want a two-year-old to start off at Royal Ascot. She won it nicely and it was the ideal preparation."

"I have got a long way to go before getting to Sir Gordon Richards' record but we will see how we go. If I could go on as long as George Duffield has I think I could make it!" Eddery said. "I am getting plenty of rides off the trainers which is great. I will carry on as long as I feel all right. I just keep riding horses and I am still enjoying it."