Trainer Andrew Balding spoke with evident emotion, reflecting on Donjuan Triumphant's success in the (listed) Marathonbet Official Global Partner Of Manchester City Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday.
A consistent performer in Group One company but without a win this season going in to today's contest, the King Power-owned charge picked up late to record a well-deserved victory under James Doyle.
Sent off the 2-1 favourite, Donjuan Triumphant was only the third domestic runner for King Power Racing since his owner's death two weeks ago, after the helicopter crash which claimed his life and those of four others as it left Leicester's Premier League match.
King Power's Hero Hero had finished second for trainer Andrew Balding on his debut in a maiden race just over an hour before.
The trainer was solemn as he considered the circumstances surrounding victory, paying tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the race.
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Andrew Balding after Donjuan Triumphant won in the King Power colours today 💙 pic.twitter.com/F22plYoNoP
"It puts horse racing and the triviality of other things in life into perspective," he said.
"It was a huge loss not just to his family and families of other people involved in the crash, but to the whole King Power family.
"He was a tremendous guy, as has been well-recorded and reported, and will be sadly missed."
Balding was full of praise for Donjuan Triumphant too.
"He really loves this (soft) ground," he added.
"The punters thought he had a really good chance today, and he's just so tough."
View the result for the (listed) Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster here.
Published at 4:45pm.