The breeders of Justify couldn't be having a better spring. After watching the horse they bred capture the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes, John Gunther and his daughter Tanya took home a Group 1 prize at Royal Ascot Tuesday in the St. James's Palace Stakes as the colt they own, Without Parole, got across the line first, defeating Coolmore-owned Gustav Klimt and Godolphin's Wootton.
Without Parole, a 3-year-old colt trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, remained undefeated from four starts and captured the same one-mile race his sire Frankel won in 2011. Frankel went on to finish his career unbeaten in 14 races.
While the Gunthers' Glennwood Farm sold Justify as a yearling for $500,000, they held on to Without Parole, despite an offer of $650,000. Tanya Gunther was influential in the mating — Frankel to Lemon Drop Kid mare Without You Babe — that produced Without Parole.
The victory was Dettori's third in the race and Gosden's second. It was the second victory for both on Tuesday's card after Calyx won the G2 Coventry Stakes earlier.
“It was a brave performance,” Gosden said of Without Parole. who had to run down U.S. Navy Flag, the pacesetter for much of the race.
“When I got to him, I thought, oh, I've got over a furlong to go. I'm a sitting duck here,” said Dettori. “But he answered every call of mine. What a lovely horse.”
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