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The Only Way Is Essex star James Lock hoping Stuart Williams-trained Keystroke wins at Royal Ascot

The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) star James Lock is excited at the prospect of fulfilling a boyhood dream and becoming a Royal Ascot winning owner tomorrow.

Lock is part of syndicate which owns the racehorse, Keystroke, who is heading to the final day of one of the global sporting events of the year and hoping for success in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes – a race which forms part of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series.

Keystroke, who is trained by Stuart Williams in Newmarket, is coming off the back of a shock win in the Group 3 Abernat Stakes at Newmarket back in April, where he stormed to victory at the huge price of 66/1.

James Lock and Stuart Williams with Keystroke. Picture: imagecomms (12766783)
James Lock and Stuart Williams with Keystroke. Picture: imagecomms (12766783)

On the prospect of winning at Royal Ascot, Lock said: “It will be a dream come true. I grew up watching horse racing as a little boy, but never once thought I’d end up owning a horse that could end up winning a big race at Royal Ascot.

“I love everything about Royal Ascot, it’s a great day out where everyone dresses up and enjoys the racing. I can’t wait to be there on Saturday to cheer on Keystroke.”

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is part of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series, which showcases the finest Flat racing, and is the most valuable sprint race at Royal Ascot, worth a total prize money of £600,000.

Lock was speaking at an exclusive visit to Williams’ yard on Hamilton Road to check in on Keystroke’s final preparations ahead of the big race on Saturday.

Discussing Keystroke’s preparation, Williams said: “I’m very happy with him. We’ve had a very good preparation and we’ve got Adam Kirby on board again.

"I’m very hopeful Ascot will suit him. It’s great to be going to Royal Ascot with a horse like Keystroke, in a race against some of the best sprinters in the world. It’s a tough task but he’s very well in himself and we’re all very much looking forward to it.”

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