AN international success was widely forecast in the King's Stand Stakes
but perhaps not via Little Bridge (Danny Shum/Zac Purton), who became
the second Hong Kong-trained horse to win at the royal meeting when
flooring a cosmopolitan field for the Group 1 sprint.
After tracking the leader Tangerine Trees, the five-year-old took
control of the race at the furlong marker, quickening up best of all to
beat Bated Breath by three-quarters of a length with Sole Power another
length away in third.
Black Caviar's jockey Luke Nolen got a useful taste of the Royal
Ascot straight when partnering Medicean Man into fourth for
British-based compatriot Jeremy Gask but heavily fancied Ortensia let
the side down for the Aussies when she failed to mount a serious