All the news from the fourth day of Royal Ascot 2015

ROYAL ASCOT 2015
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JUNE 19

GOING REMAINS GOOD TO FIRM

After five millimetres of water were applied to the round and straight courses overnight, the going remains

Good to Firm

at 8.30am. It was the second night running that overnight watering has taken place.

GoingStick Readings

8.15am today, Thursday, Wednesday, Tuesday
Stands’ side: 8.8 9.0 9.3 8.5
Centre: 8.5 8.5 9.1 8.3
Far side: 8.5 8.9 9.2 8.5
Round: 7.8 8.4 8.6 8.1

Stalls
Straight Course: Centre
Round Course: Inside

Rails
The false rail on the inside of round course from the nine-furlong start to the home straight has been taken down, providing three yards of fresh ground.

Forecast
Sunny spells before becoming cloudy. Remaining dry today, with light rain or showers forecast for Saturday.

TODAY’S NON-RUNNERS AT 10.00AM

5.00pm Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap
5 JOHN REEL (FR) (Self Certificate, Bad Scope)
13 SENNOCKIAN STAR (Going)

5.35pm Queen’s Vase
4 FABRICATE (Going)

ROYAL ASCOT 2015
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JUNE 19

INTERNATIONAL CONTENDERS FOR FOURTH DAY OF ROYAL ASCOT 2015

Back At The Ranch (USA) – Albany Stakes

Breeding: b f Artie Schiller (USA) – Major Allie (USA), by Officer (USA))
Breeder: St George Farm LLC
Born: February 3, 2013
Owner: Michael Dubb
Trainer: Wesley Ward USA
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Form: 21
*Takes part in the Group Three Albany Stakes over six furlongs today.
*Ran on well to take five-furlong maiden on dirt comfortably at Belmont Park on May 7.
*Headed in closing stages to come home second on debut in Keeneland dirt maiden over four & a half furlongs on April 15.
Race record: Starts: 2; Wins: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £35,570

Michael Dubb
Born: March 15, 1956, New York City Background: CEO & founder of the Beechwood Organization, which has grown into one of the leading homebuilders in the US since being established in 1980. Donated and built Anna’s House, the first childcare centre to be located at a racetrack in 2002 to help workers at Belmont and Aqueduct. He is chairman of the Belmont Child Care Association and has sat on the board of the New York Racing Association. Lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and three children. Racing Awards: leading owner at NYRA courses in 2011 & 2012. Big Race Wins Include: Gotham Stakes (2003 Alysweep), Bay Shore Stakes (2007 Bill Place), Woodford Stakes (2009 &2010 Silver Timber), Shakertown Stakes (2010 Silver Timber), Churchill Downs Turf Sprint (2010 Silver Timber), Spinaway Stakes (2011 Grace Hall), Gulfstream Oaks (2012 Grace Hall), Delaware Oaks (2012 Grace Hall), Indiana Oaks (2012 Grace Hall) Royal Ascot Record: No previous runners

Wesley Ward (Glendora, California, & Gulfstream Park, Florida)
Born: March 3, 1968, Saleh, Washington State Background: grandson of long-serving New York outrider Jim Dailey and son of former apprentice and trainer Dennis Ward. Left school at 14 and moved to New York to ride when he was just 15. Enjoyed a sensational first season, partnering 335 winners and becoming leading jockey at the Belmont, Aqueduct and Meadowlands fall meetings. Received the Eclipse Award for leading apprentice when he was just 16 in 1984. Spells riding in Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Illinois and Canada followed and Ward was in the plate when subsequent Kentucky Derby hero Ferdinand lost his maiden tag in 1985. A growth spurt and weight problems forced Ward to quit riding in 1989. Training career: assisted his father for four years prior to starting out on his own in 1991. Accolades: Became the first US-based trainer to saddle a winner at Royal Ascot when Strike The Tiger won the Windsor Castle Stakes at odds of 33/1 on June 16, 2009. Responsible for One Hot Wish, who set a new world record for of 48.87 seconds for 4.5 furlongs on her debut at Keeneland in April, 2007. Became only the third American-based trainer to win a European Group One when No Nay Never captured the Prix Morny at Deauville in August, 2013, following Leo O’Brien (Fourstars Allstar, 1992 Irish 2,000 Guineas) and Bert Michell (Count Reigh, 1929 Coronation Cup). Enjoyed a first Breeders’ Cup success in 2014 with Hootenanny, who beat stable-companion Luck Of The Kitten in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Judy The Beauty also won at the same meeting for Ward in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint – the trainer missed both victories as he was watching his son run in a cross-country race in Florida. Got off the mark for the 2015 Royal Meeting with Acapulco in Wednesday’s Queen Mary Stakes. Royal Ascot Record: 2009 STRIKE THE TIGER (WON WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES), JEALOUS AGAIN (WON QUEEN MARY STAKES), Yogaroo (9th Norfolk Stakes), Aegean (9th Albany Stakes), Honor In Peace (16th Chesham Stakes), Cannonball (4th King’s Stand Stakes, 2nd Golden Jubilee Stakes); 2010 Metropolitan Man (9th Windsor Castle Stakes); 2011 Holiday For Kitten (13th King’s Stand Stakes), Italo (23rd Coventry Stakes), Gentlemans Code (4th Windsor Castle Stakes), Gypsy Robin (7th Queen Mary Stakes), Everyday Dave (11th Norfolk Stakes); 2013 NO NAY NEVER (WON NORFOLK STAKES), Sweet Emma Rose (2nd Queen Mary Stakes), Ogermeister (15th Windsor Castle Stakes); 2014 HOOTENANNY (WON WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES), Spanish Pipedream (4th Queen Mary Stakes), To Be Determined (9th Norfolk Stakes), Sunset Glow (2nd Albany Stakes), Cordero (6th Chesham Stakes), Crown The Kitten (10th Chesham Stakes); 2015 Ruby Notion (5th Windsor Castle Stakes); Luck Of The Kitten (11th Jersey Stakes), ACAPULCO (WON QUEEN MARY STAKES), Bruised Orange (12th Queen Mary Stakes)

Joel Rosario
Born: January 14, 1985 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Background: Grew up on a farm and attended jockey school at the age of 13. After six months, he turned professional and was the leading rider in the Dominican Republic on four occasions, before moving to California in 2006. Enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2009, partnering 284 winners and amassing earnings of $13,073,777, the fifth best in North America. Has continued among the top five riders since. Accolades: Seven riding titles in California (three each at Del Mar and Hollywood Park and one at Santa Anita); rode six winners in a day at Hollywood Park on December 11, 2009. Only equalled by Hall of Fame riders Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay and Kent Desormeaux; set record for most winners (38) at the Keeneland spring meet in 2013. Topped the National Earnings List for Jockeys in 2013 and was runner-up in 2014. Married to wife Briana, one daughter, Jasmine and one son, Jason. Passed the 2,000-winner mark in April, 2015. American Classic Wins (2): Kentucky Derby (2013 Orb), Belmont Stakes (2014 Tonalist) Other Big Race Wins Include: Alabama Stakes (2010 Blind Luck), Blue Grass Stakes (2011 Brilliant Speed), Breeders’s Cup Dirt Mile (2010 Dakota Phone), Breeders’ Cup Sprint (2009 Dancing In Silks), Dubai World Cup (2013 Animal Kingdom), Jockey Club Gold Cup (2012 Flat Out, 2014 Tonalist), Pacific Classic (2012 Dullahan), Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (2010 Harmonius), Mother Goose Stakes (2013 Close Hatches), EP Taylor Stakes (2013 Tannery), Donn Handicap (2014 Lea), Ashland Stakes (2014 Rosalind), Apple Blossom Handicap (2014 Close Hatches), Man o’ War Stakes (2014 Imagining), Ogden Phipps Stakes (2014 Close Hatches), Belmont Oaks (2014 Minborette), Personal Ensign Stakes (2014 Close Hatches), Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (2014 Bobby’s Kitten), Matriarch Stakes (2014 La Tia), Wood Memorial Stakes (2015 Frosted)
Royal Ascot Wins (1): Norfolk Stakes (2013 No Nay Never)

F8.
Laxfield Road (USA) – Albany Stakes

Breeding: b f Quality Road (USA) – Katori (USA) (Dixie Union (USA))
Breeder: Rose Hill Farm, Sean Speck & Barbara Speck
Born: April 3, 2013
Owner: Kent Spellman & Wes Welker
Trainer: Wesley Ward USA
Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Form: 1

*Runs in the Group Three Albany Stakes (6f) today, June 19.
*Created a big impression when making all to win a four and a half furlong dirt maiden by just over 11 lengths at Keeneland on April 22.
Race record: Starts: 1; Wins: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £19,390

Kent Spellman & Wes Welker
Wes Welker, who was born May 1, 1981 in Oklahoma, has forged a highly-successful career as a wide-receiver in the National Football League. He played college football for Texas Tech, where he earned the nickname “The Natural” for his versatility prowess in big games and received the Mosi Tatupu Award for America’s top college player of the year in 2003. Despite his success, Welker, who is considered short for the sport at 5’9”, was not selected in the 2004 NFL Draft – his horse Undrafted takes his name from this episode. Following a one-game stint with the San Diego Chargers, Welker spend three seasons with the Miami Dolphins before moving on to the New England Patriots in 2007. He joined the Denver Broncos in 2013 and is currently a free agent following his release at the end of the 2014/2015 season. Welker has gained a wealth of accolades as a player – he holds a plethora of franchise records for both the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots and holds the record for most receptions by any undrafted player in NFL history. He has also appeared in three Superbowl finals without success. Welker became interested in racing through a family friend and goes to the Kentucky Derby every year. He was a part-owner in the Wesley Ward-trained Gypsy Robin, who was seventh in the 2011 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot before going on to pair of Grade Two victories at Keeneland. Undrafted, who was purchased for US$50,000, is the first horse that Welker has owned outright and the horse is set to make a second appearance in the UK, having finished fourth in the 2014 Darley July Cup, ridden by Frankie Dettori. Kent Spellman also had a share in Laxfield Road. Spellman has been a number of Wesley Ward-trained horses in the past and Laxfield Road will be his first Royal Ascot runner.
Wes Welker’s Royal Ascot Record (as part-owner): Gypsy Robin (7th Queen Mary Stakes)

Wesley Ward (Glendora, California, & Gulfstream Park, Florida)
Born: March 3, 1968, Saleh, Washington State Background: grandson of long-serving New York outrider Jim Dailey and son of former apprentice and trainer Dennis Ward. Left school at 14 and moved to New York to ride when he was just 15. Enjoyed a sensational first season, partnering 335 winners and becoming leading jockey at the Belmont, Aqueduct and Meadowlands fall meetings. Received the Eclipse Award for leading apprentice when he was just 16 in 1984. Spells riding in Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Illinois and Canada followed and Ward was in the plate when subsequent Kentucky Derby hero Ferdinand lost his maiden tag in 1985. A growth spurt and weight problems forced Ward to quit riding in 1989. Training career: assisted his father for four years prior to starting out on his own in 1991. Accolades: Became the first US-based trainer to saddle a winner at Royal Ascot when Strike The Tiger won the Windsor Castle Stakes at odds of 33/1 on June 16, 2009. Responsible for One Hot Wish, who set a new world record for of 48.87 seconds for 4.5 furlongs on her debut at Keeneland in April, 2007. Became only the third American-based trainer to win a European Group One when No Nay Never captured the Prix Morny at Deauville in August, 2013, following Leo O’Brien (Fourstars Allstar, 1992 Irish 2,000 Guineas) and Bert Michell (Count Reigh, 1929 Coronation Cup). Enjoyed a first Breeders’ Cup success in 2014 with Hootenanny, who beat stable-companion Luck Of The Kitten in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Judy The Beauty also won at the same meeting for Ward in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint – the trainer missed both victories as he was watching his son run in a cross-country race in Florida. Got off the mark for the 2015 Royal Meeting with Acapulco in Wednesday’s Queen Mary Stakes. Royal Ascot Record: 2009 STRIKE THE TIGER (WON WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES), JEALOUS AGAIN (WON QUEEN MARY STAKES), Yogaroo (9th Norfolk Stakes), Aegean (9th Albany Stakes), Honor In Peace (16th Chesham Stakes), Cannonball (4th King’s Stand Stakes, 2nd Golden Jubilee Stakes); 2010 Metropolitan Man (9th Windsor Castle Stakes); 2011 Holiday For Kitten (13th King’s Stand Stakes), Italo (23rd Coventry Stakes), Gentlemans Code (4th Windsor Castle Stakes), Gypsy Robin (7th Queen Mary Stakes), Everyday Dave (11th Norfolk Stakes); 2013 NO NAY NEVER (WON NORFOLK STAKES), Sweet Emma Rose (2nd Queen Mary Stakes), Ogermeister (15th Windsor Castle Stakes); 2014 HOOTENANNY (WON WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES), Spanish Pipedream (4th Queen Mary Stakes), To Be Determined (9th Norfolk Stakes), Sunset Glow (2nd Albany Stakes), Cordero (6th Chesham Stakes), Crown The Kitten (10th Chesham Stakes); 2015 Ruby Notion (5th Windsor Castle Stakes); Luck Of The Kitten (11th Jersey Stakes), ACAPULCO (WON QUEEN MARY STAKES), Bruised Orange (12th Queen Mary Stakes)

Frankie Dettori
Born: December 15, 1970, Milan, Italy Background: the son of Gianfranco, 13-time champion jockey in Italy. Frankie (christened Lanfranco) Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani’s Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985. His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on November 16, 1986, and he rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. He passed 100 winners for the first time in 1990 when recording 141 successes and created history when riding all seven winners on the Saturday at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. Dettori survived a horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed. He was retained by Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation in 1993, but it was announced in September, 2012, that the retainer would not be renewed. It was subsequently revealed he had failed a drugs test whilst riding in France. On December 5, 2012, Dettori was suspended from riding for six months after being found guilty of taking a prohibited substance, believed to be cocaine. He returned from his ban at the 2013 Investec Derby Festival and in July, 2013, became retained rider for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, whose horses run under the Al Shaqab Racing banner. He is in fine form at the moment, having won the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs earlier this month on Golden Horn and then taking the French Oaks, the Prix de Diane, on Star Of Seville. He is married to Catherine and they have five children. Accolades/achievements: British champion apprentice in 1989 and champion jockey three times (1994, 1995 and 2004). Awarded an honorary MBE in December, 2000. Celebrated his 500th Group race victory on Dabirsim in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere at Longchamp on October 2, 2011. He has ridden well in excess of 3,000 winners including over 100 at Group One level. British Classic Wins (15): QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia, 2011 Blue Bunting), Investec Derby (2007 Authorized – 15th attempt, 2015 Golden Horn), Investec Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia), Ladbrokes St Leger (1995 Classic Cliché, 1996 Shantou, 2005 Scorpion, 2006 Sixties Icon, 2008 Conduit) Major wins include: Breeders’ Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 2002 Falbrav, 2005 Alkaased), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard). Royal Ascot Wins (51), major wins include: Gold Cup (1992 & 93 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau, 2012 Colour Vision), St James’s Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough), King’s Stand Stakes (1994 Lochsong), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera, 2011 Rewilding), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1995 So Factual), Queen Anne Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Inktikhab, 2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse To Bend, 2007 Ramonti)
Cyclogenisis (USA) – Commonwealth Cup

Breeding: gr/ro c Stormy Atlantic (USA) – Mighty Renee (USA) (Maria´s Mon (USA))
Breeder: Sierra Farm
Born: May 3, 2012
Owner: Matt Schera
Trainer: George Weaver USA
Jockey: John Velazquez
Form: 11-1

*Was supplemented for the new six-furlong Group One Commonwealth Cup for three-year-olds following an easy victory in the six-furlong Listed Tom Ridge Stakes on Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs on May 18.
*Scored twice on turf last season in minor events at Saratoga and Laurel Park.
Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 3; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money; £111,114

Matthew Schera
Matthew Schera, who was born in Pennsylvania, is a commodities trader with the Tudor Group, which is based in Connecticut and manages assets for an international clientele. Schera has a background in meteorology and named his sprinter Cyclogenisis, who is by Stormy Atlantic, after the weather phenomenon that leads to cyclones (Cyclogenisis is a corruption of the actual term Cyclogenesis). His interest in horse racing began through his mother, who was an avid follower of the sport, although he didn’t purchase his first horse until 2013. He now has upwards of 40 horses in training, with the best so far being the Todd Pletcher-trained Race Day, who has won the Grade Three Razorback Handicap and Grade Two Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn this year. Schera utilises the expertise of bloodstock agent Jake Ballis, former jockey Angel Cordero and trainer Chuck Lawrence to help with his purchases at the sales. Royal Ascot Record: No previous runners

George Weaver (Keeneland, Kentucky & Wellington, Florida)
Born: December 23, 1970, Louisville, Kentucky Background: Went racing at Churchill Downs with his father as a child and soon became hooked on the sport. Began working as a hot walker for John Hennig while still at school before joining the stables of D Wayne Lukas in 1991, starting off as a foreman before becoming an assistant trainer. Appointed assistant to Todd Pletcher (another graduate of Lukas’ yard) in 1997 and spent six years working for the trainer before taking out his own licence in November, 2002. His wife Cindy also worked for both Lucas and Pletcher – the pair were married in 2002 and she is an integral part of the training operation. Big Race Wins Include: Poker Handicap (2004 Christine’s Outlaw), Gotham Stakes (2004 Saratoga County), Mr Prospector Handicap (2005 Saratoga County), General George Handicap (2005 Saratoga County), Knickerbocker Handicap (2006 Drum Major), W L McKnight Handicap (2006 Devil’s Preacher), Demoiselle Stakes (2009 Tizahit), Commonwealth Stakes (2010 Together Indy), Prioress Stakes (2013 Lighthouse Bay), Gulfstream Park Sprint (2014 Falling Sky) Royal Ascot Record: No previous runners

John Velazquez
Born: November 24, 1971, Carolina, Puerto Rico Background: Learnt his trade in Puerto Rico, recording his first winner there in January, 1990. Moved to New York State the same year. Breakthrough season in 2001 when he became the leading rider in New York. Set a Saratoga record when he won six races on September 3, that year. Father-in-law is trainer Leo O’Brien and brother-in-law is trainer Keith O’Brien. His wife Leona and he have two children, Lerina and Michael. He has ridden over 5,300 winners and his mounts have earned over US$325 million. His agent is famous ex-jockey Angel Cordero. Accolades: Is the leading jockey of all-time in the USA by earnings surpassing Pat Day’s record of $297,914,839 at Belmont Park on October 13, 2013. Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (2004, 2005), inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2012. American Triple Crown Wins (3): Kentucky Derby (2011 Animal Kingdom), Belmont Stakes (2007 Rags To Riches, 2012 Union Rags). Royal Ascot Wins (2): Windsor Castle Stakes (2009 Strike The Tiger), Queen Mary Stakes (2009 Jealous Again) Other Big Race Wins Include: Breeder’s Cup Turf (2014 Main Sequence), Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (2004 Ashado), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2002 Starine, 2011 Perfect Shirl), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2010 Uncle Mo), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ (2000 Caressing, 2002 Storm Flag Flying), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf (2011 Stephanie’s Kitten), Breeders’ Cup Marathon (2010 Eldaafer), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1998 Da Hoss, 2012 Wise Dan), Breeders’ Cup Sprint (2004 Speightstown), Dubai World Cup (2005 Roses In May), EP Taylor Stakes (2004 Commercante, 2005 Honey Ryder, 2011 Miss Keller), Florida Derby (2009 Quality Road, 2013 Orb), Haskell Invitational Stakes (2006 Bluegrass Cat), Travers Stakes (2005 Flower Alley), Woodbine Mile (2000 Riviera, 2005 Leroidesanimaux, 2012 Wise Dan)


Hootenanny (USA) – Commonwealth Cup

Breeding: b c Quality Road (USA) – More Hennessy (USA) (Hennessy (USA))
Breeder: Barronstown
Born: March 17, 2012
Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Wesley Ward USA
Form: 13121-1

*Runs in the new Group One for three-year-olds, the Commonwealth Cup (6f) today, June 19.
*Top-class juvenile last year over five furlongs to a mile, annexing the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita in November.
*In between, he was denied narrowly by The Wow Signal in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville, France, in August.
*Reappeared this year with an easy victory in a five and a half furlong allowance race at Keeneland on April 18.
Race record: Starts: 6; Wins: 4; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £481,427

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Sue Magnier – Background: Born October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien (who saddled six Derby winners). Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since teaming up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £587 million according to 2015 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include stakes in Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers, property, Ladbrokes, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Barbados and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O’Brien’s best horses. Those to have carried the Magnier dark blue silks include the Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant’s Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. Michael Tabor – Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain before selling to Coral in 1995. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe’s largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor’s fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of Victor Chandler and shares in Ladbrokes. Valued at £600 million in 2015 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers such as the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral (2002 Derby), Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches. His latest Classic winner was Legatissimo, trained by David Wachman, in the 2015 QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Gleneagles has carried his colours to success this season in both the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, plus the St James’s Palace Stakes. Derrick Smith – Background: Former Ladbrokes trading director, now based in Barbados with wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £590 million in 2015 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Racing interests: In 2004, joined Coolmore as an investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as the Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012) and Australia (2014) and Investec Oaks heroine Was. Others to sport his silks include Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup victor St Nicholas Abbey, Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, St Leger hero Leading Light, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owns 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger hero Kingston Hill.

Wesley Ward (Glendora, California, & Gulfstream Park, Florida)
Born: March 3, 1968, Saleh, Washington State Background: grandson of long-serving New York outrider Jim Dailey and son of former apprentice and trainer Dennis Ward. Left school at 14 and moved to New York to ride when he was just 15. Enjoyed a sensational first season, partnering 335 winners and becoming leading jockey at the Belmont, Aqueduct and Meadowlands fall meetings. Received the Eclipse Award for leading apprentice when he was just 16 in 1984. Spells riding in Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Illinois and Canada followed and Ward was in the plate when subsequent Kentucky Derby hero Ferdinand lost his maiden tag in 1985. A growth spurt and weight problems forced Ward to quit riding in 1989. Training career: assisted his father for four years prior to starting out on his own in 1991. Accolades: Became the first US-based trainer to saddle a winner at Royal Ascot when Strike The Tiger won the Windsor Castle Stakes at odds of 33/1 on June 16, 2009. Responsible for One Hot Wish, who set a new world record for of 48.87 seconds for 4.5 furlongs on her debut at Keeneland in April, 2007. Became only the third American-based trainer to win a European Group One when No Nay Never captured the Prix Morny at Deauville in August, 2013, following Leo O’Brien (Fourstars Allstar, 1992 Irish 2,000 Guineas) and Bert Michell (Count Reigh, 1929 Coronation Cup). Enjoyed a first Breeders’ Cup success in 2014 with Hootenanny, who beat stable-companion Luck Of The Kitten in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Judy The Beauty also won at the same meeting for Ward in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint – the trainer missed both victories as he was watching his son run in a cross-country race in Florida. Got off the mark for the 2015 Royal Meeting with Acapulco in Wednesday’s Queen Mary Stakes. Royal Ascot Record: 2009 STRIKE THE TIGER (WON WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES), JEALOUS AGAIN (WON QUEEN MARY STAKES), Yogaroo (9th Norfolk Stakes), Aegean (9th Albany Stakes), Honor In Peace (16th Chesham Stakes), Cannonball (4th King’s Stand Stakes, 2nd Golden Jubilee Stakes); 2010 Metropolitan Man (9th Windsor Castle Stakes); 2011 Holiday For Kitten (13th King’s Stand Stakes), Italo (23rd Coventry Stakes), Gentlemans Code (4th Windsor Castle Stakes), Gypsy Robin (7th Queen Mary Stakes), Everyday Dave (11th Norfolk Stakes); 2013 NO NAY NEVER (WON NORFOLK STAKES), Sweet Emma Rose (2nd Queen Mary Stakes), Ogermeister (15th Windsor Castle Stakes); 2014 HOOTENANNY (WON WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES), Spanish Pipedream (4th Queen Mary Stakes), To Be Determined (9th Norfolk Stakes), Sunset Glow (2nd Albany Stakes), Cordero (6th Chesham Stakes), Crown The Kitten (10th Chesham Stakes); 2015 Ruby Notion (5th Windsor Castle Stakes); Luck Of The Kitten (11th Jersey Stakes), ACAPULCO (WON QUEEN MARY STAKES), Bruised Orange (12th Queen Mary Stakes)

Ryan Moore
Born: September 18, 1983. Background: From a family steeped in racing. His late grandfather Charlie was a trainer, dad Gary, a former jump jockey, is a trainer under both codes, while mum Jayne was an accomplished amateur rider, as was his aunt Candy Morris. Older brother Jamie is a successful jump jockey who has just had his best season, while his sister Hayley has also ridden winners as an amateur and his youngest brother, Joshua, has followed the others into a riding career. Moore’s career began over hurdles, when making a winning debut as an amateur on Mersey Beat at Towcester on May 15, 2000, but he soon concentrated on the Flat. First major success on the Flat came as a 5lb claimer when he captured the 2002 Cesarewitch at Newmarket on the Martin Pipe-trained Miss Fara. Appointed first rider to Sir Michael Stoute in November, 2007 and became first jockey for Coolmore-owned runners at start of 2015 season. Leading Jockey at Royal Ascot in 2014 – his fourth QIPCO Royal Ascot Top Jockey Award in the last five years. He is in demand worldwide. Accolades: champion apprentice in 2003 (59 winners); British champion jockey three times – 2006 (182 wins), 2008 (192), 2009 (178). Gained first Longines World Best Jockey Award in December, 2015. British Classic Wins (6): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen, 2015 Legatissimo), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles). Royal Ascot Wins (35): Ascot Handicap (2012 Simenon, 2015 Clondaw Warrior), Britannia Handicap (2012 Fast Or Free, 2015 War Envoy), Chesham Stakes (2011 Maybe), Coronation Stakes (2014 Rizeena), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power), Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (2010 Strawberrydaiquiri, 2014 Integral), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2008 Sugar Ray, 2013 Opinion, 2014 Arab Spring), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon, 2014 Telescope), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall), King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar), King George V Handicap (2008 Colony), Norfolk Stakes (2015 Waterloo Bridge), Royal Hunt Cup (2015 Gm Hopkins), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2010 Bergo, 2012 Simenon, 2014 Pique Sous), Queen Mary Stakes (2015 Acapulco), Queen’s Vase (2008 Patkai, 2012 Estimate), Ribblesdale Stakes (2015 Curvy), Tercentenary Stakes (2009 Glass Harmonium, 2014 Cannock Chase), Windsor Castle Stakes (2015 Washington DC), Wolferton Handicap (2009 Perfect Stride), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing) Other Major Wins Include: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2011 Wrote, 2012 George Vancouver), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2008 & 2009 Conduit, 2013 Magician), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2013 Dank), Hong Kong Cup (2010 Snow Fairy), Coral-Eclipse (2007 Notnowcato), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2009 Conduit), Japan Cup (2013 Gentildonna), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce), Dubai Sheema Classic (2014 Gentildonna), Prix du Jockey-Club (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Irish Champion Stakes (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Cox Plate (2014 Adeladie), Melbourne Cup (2014 Protectionist), Canadian International (2013 Joshua Tree, 2014 Hillstar), Yorkshire Oaks (2014 Tapestry), Prix Marcel Boussac (2014 Found), Beverly D Stakes (2013 Dank, 2014 Euro Charline), Secretariat Stakes (2014 Adelaide), Falmouth Stakes (2014 Integral), Sun Chariot Stakes (2014 Integral), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles)

Miss Temple City (USA) – Coronation Stakes

Breeding: b/br f Temple City (USA) – Glittering Tax (USA) (Artax (USA)
Breeder: Bobfeld Bloodstock
Born: March 14, 2012
Owner: Sagamore Farm, Allen Rosenblum & The Club Racing LLC
Trainer: Graham Motion USA
Jockey: John Velazquez
Form: 11-321

*Runs in the Group One Coronation Stakes (1m) at Royal Ascot today Friday, June 19.
*Placed in a pair of mile Grade Three contests on turf this year, finishing third in the Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park in January and second to the unbeaten Lady Eli in the Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland on April 12.
*Got back to winning ways with a smooth success in the Hilltop Stakes over an extended mile at Pimlico on May 15.
Race record: Starts: 5; Wins: 3; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £86,962

Sagamore Farm, Allen Rosenblum & The Club Racing LLC
Sagamore Farm is one of North America’s most historic stud farms. Established in 1925 in Reisterstown, Baltimore County, Maryland, by the Vanderbilt family, the stud was home to some of North America’s greatest horses including Native Dancer, Bed O’Roses and Discovery, who are all buried at the farm. Barham, who won the English Triple Crown in 1935, stood at Sagamore after being purchased by a syndicate headed by Alfred G Vanderbilt in 1940. After being sold to a property developer in 1986, the stud was purchased by Kevin Plank in 2007 with the aim of restoring it to its former glories. Plank, who was born on August 13, 1972, is a Maryland native and the CEO (and biggest shareholder) of Under Armour, the leading sportswear company that provide clothing for a host of sports clubs throughout the world including Tottenham Hotspur and the Welsh Rugby Union team as well as Andy Murray. Plank used to watch the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico as a child and his current investment is primarily motivated by a desire to stem the decline of racing in Maryland. His mission is to breed and train a Triple Crown winner and the farm’s biggest star under Plank’s ownership has been Shared Account, who beat the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Midday to capture the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Lexington-based The Club Racing LLC was founded in 2012 by A J Jutte and Sean Feld with the initial aim of providing pinhooking partnerships. The Club merged with Bongo Racing in February, 2014, allowing clients the chance to enjoy owning racehorses as well. The company is currently run by Sean Feld, who is also managing director of Bullet Train LLC (the stud where Frankel’s three-quarter brother stands), Lexington pinhooker A J Jutte, Sean’s father Bob Feld, who is a leading bloodstock agent, and former Bongo Racing vice-president Chris Closson. Their best horse to date has been Centralinteligence, who won the Grade One Triple Bend Handicap for Bongo Racing at Hollywood Park in June, 2013. Royal Ascot Record: No previous runners

Graham Motion (Fair Hill, Maryland)
Born: May 22, 1964, Cambridgeshire, England Background: raised at Newmarket’s Herringswell Manor Stud operated by his parents Michael and Jo. Father was an international bloodstock agent and North American representative for Tattersalls. Family moved to the U.S. in 1980. Career began with six years working with Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard before spending time with trainer Jonathan Pease in Chantilly, France. Returned to the U.S. in 1990, and went to work as assistant to Bernard (Bernie) P Bond. On Bernie’s death in 1993, two owners left their horses with Graham who took out his licence at that time. His first winner was Bounding Daisy at Laurel Park in March, 1990. Motion celebrated his 2,000 winner on June 9, 2015 when Rachel Wall scored at Delaware Park. He is married to Anita and the couple have two children – Jane and Marcus. American Classic Wins (1): Kentucky Derby (2011 Animal Kingdom). Other Big Race Wins Include: Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (2003 Film Maker), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2004 Better Talk Now, 2014 Main Sequence), United Nations Stakes (2005 Better Talk Now, 2014 Main Sequence), Man O’War Stakes (2005 Better Talk Now), Manhattan Handicap (2007 Better Talk Now), Whitney Handicap (2009 Bullsbay), Garden City Stakes (2010 Check The Label), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2010 Shared Account), Matriarch Stakes (2010 Gypsy’s Warning), Wood Memorial Stakes (2011 Toby’s Corner), Del Mar Oaks (2011 Summer Soiree), Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (2011 Aruna), Hollywood Turf Cup (2011 Sanagas), Dubai World Cup (2013 Animal Kingdom), Sword Dancer Invitational (2014 Main Sequence), Joe Hirsch Classic (2014 Main Sequence), Frank E Kilroe Mile (2015 Ring Weekend) Royal Ascot Record: 2013 Animal Kingdom (11th Queen Anne Stakes)

John Velazquez
Born: November 24, 1971, Carolina, Puerto Rico Background: Learnt his trade in Puerto Rico, recording his first winner there in January, 1990. Moved to New York State the same year. Breakthrough season in 2001 when he became the leading rider in New York. Set a Saratoga record when he won six races on September 3, that year. Father-in-law is trainer Leo O’Brien and brother-in-law is trainer Keith O’Brien. His wife Leona and he have two children, Lerina and Michael. He has ridden over 5,300 winners and his mounts have earned over US$325 million. His agent is famous ex-jockey Angel Cordero. Accolades: Is the leading jockey of all-time in the USA by earnings surpassing Pat Day’s record of $297,914,839 at Belmont Park on October 13, 2013. Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (2004, 2005), inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2012. American Triple Crown Wins (3): Kentucky Derby (2011 Animal Kingdom), Belmont Stakes (2007 Rags To Riches, 2012 Union Rags). Royal Ascot Wins (2): Windsor Castle Stakes (2009 Strike The Tiger), Queen Mary Stakes (2009 Jealous Again) Other Big Race Wins Include: Breeder’s Cup Turf (2014 Main Sequence), Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (2004 Ashado), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2002 Starine, 2011 Perfect Shirl), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2010 Uncle Mo), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ (2000 Caressing, 2002 Storm Flag Flying), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf (2011 Stephanie’s Kitten), Breeders’ Cup Marathon (2010 Eldaafer), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1998 Da Hoss, 2012 Wise Dan), Breeders’ Cup Sprint (2004 Speightstown), Dubai World Cup (2005 Roses In May), EP Taylor Stakes (2004 Commercante, 2005 Honey Ryder, 2011 Miss Keller), Florida Derby (2009 Quality Road, 2013 Orb), Haskell Invitational Stakes (2006 Bluegrass Cat), Travers Stakes (2005 Flower Alley), Woodbine Mile (2000 Riviera, 2005 Leroidesanimaux, 2012 Wise Dan)

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2.30pm Albany Stakes
12 MIRAGE (IRE) (Self Certificate, Bad Scope)

5.00pm Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap
5 JOHN REEL (FR) (Self Certificate, Bad Scope)
13 SENNOCKIAN STAR (Going)

5.35pm Queen’s Vase
4 FABRICATE (Going)

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ROYAL ASCOT – CARRIAGE LIST

FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015

1st Carriage
THE QUEEN
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Mr John Warren
Mr Roger Charlton

2nd Carriage
Mr Mike Tindall
Mrs Mike Tindall
The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames
Lady Soames

3rd Carriage
Captain David Bowes-Lyon
Mrs David Bowes-Lyon
Mr Andrew Feilden
Mrs Andrew Feilden

4th Carriage
Mr Richard Thompson
Mrs David Thompson
Mr A P McCoy
Mrs A P McCoy

PUNTERS BANKING ON MOORE SUCCESSES

Ryan Moore has won eight of the 18 races so far this week at Royal Ascot and punters are banking on further success for the jockey.

Moore’s mounts Hootenanny in the Group One Commonwealth Cup and Found in the Group One Coronation Stakes have been particularly well-supported this morning. The former is 3/1 from 4/1 with Ladbrokes, while Found is 6/4 from 7/4 and the company spokesman, David Williams, rued: “Ryan has been a real stone in our shoe this week and he’s becoming a nuisance!”

Today’s movers:

2.30pm ALBANY STAKES (GROUP 3)
Laxfield Road 5/1 from 7/1 Betfair, 6/1 from 8/1 Paddy Power, 6/1 from 7/1 William Hill
Spanish Romance 10/1 from 12/1 Ladbrokes

3.05pm KING EDWARD VII STAKES (GROUP 2)
Balios 7/2 from 4/1 William Hill, 9/2 from 6/1 Paddy Power, 9/2 from 5/1 Ladbrokes

3.40pm COMMONWEALTH CUP (GROUP 1)
Anthem Alexander 7/1 from 8/1 Ladbrokes
Hootenannny 3/1 from 5/1 William Hill, 3/1 from 9/2 Betfred, 3/1 from 4/1 Ladbrokes, 100/30 from 4/1 Paddy Power
Muhaarar 12/1 from 14/1 Paddy Power

4.20pm CORONATION STAKES (GROUP 1)
Found 11/8 from 15/8 Betfred and Boylesports, 6/4 from 7/4 Ladbrokes

5.00pm DUKE OF EDINBURGH HANDICAP
Azurite 16/1 from 20/1 Betfred
Dashing Star 7/1 from 10/1 Paddy Power, 8/1 from 12/1 Betfair, 9/1 from 12/1 Betfred and William Hill
Igider 7/1 from 9/1 Paddy Power
Watersmeet 10/1 from 14/1 Ladbrokes

5.35pm QUEEN’S VASE (LISTED)
Bantry Bay 100/30 from 11/2 Paddy Power, 7/2 from 11/2 Betfair, 7/2 from 7/1 Betfred, 4/1 from 8/1 Boylesports, 4/1 from 6/1 William Hill, 4/1 from 5/1 Ladbrokes (some include Rule 4 deduction)
Vive Ma Fille 20/1 from 33/1 Ladbrokes

WELCOME FOR THE COMMONWEALTH CUP

Brian Kavanagh, Chairman of the European Pattern Committee and a key architect in the creation of the new Group One Commonwealth Cup for three-year-olds over six furlongs today, welcomed the strong support for the race.

He said today: “This is an absolutely fantastic first running of the Commonwealth Cup, which is clearly a welcome addition to the European Pattern.

“With participants from Great Britain, France, Ireland and the United States – one a supplementary entry bringing its value to over £400,000 – remarkably all 18 runners have already secured black type, while 13 are Group or Listed race winners.

“Ascot has done a tremendous job assembling a field of this quality. What is particularly pleasing is that the winners and a number of the placed horses in all of the newly-upgraded three-year-old only early season sprints are competing today.”

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GROUND NEWS FROM THE CLERK OF THE COURSE

Chris Stickels, the Clerk of the Course at Ascot, organised watering of both courses, the round and the straight, for the second successive night after racing yesterday.

Five millimetres of irrigation were again applied to maintain the going at Good to Firm.

Stickels said before racing today: “The GoingStick readings are slightly lower today in the straight, while we have opened up some from fresh ground on the inside of the round course, from the nine-furlong pole to the beginning of the straight, which may be part of the reason for the lower readings for the round course.

“The fresh strip of ground on the round course, about three yards wide, was last raced on during Champions Day in October last year.

“We are expecting a dry day today, but with the weather becoming cloudy. There is a reasonable breeze out there. Tomorrow, the forecast looks increasingly showery, so at the moment we have no plans to water after racing tonight. But we will look again at the ground at the end of the day.

“We could get showers both tomorrow morning and afternoon – with between one and a half millimetres and three millimetres most likely to fall. There is a chance there could be more rain as some thundery showers might develop.

“The courses remain in great shape – they are in excellent condition after three days of racing.”


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2.30pm Albany Stakes
12 MIRAGE (IRE) (Self Certificate, Bad Scope)

5.00pm Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap
5 JOHN REEL (FR) (Self Certificate, Bad Scope)
13 SENNOCKIAN STAR (Going)

5.35pm Queen’s Vase
4 FABRICATE (Going)
15 YORKIDDING (Vet’s Certifcate, Lame)

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MOORE AND LEE IN THE NEWS

Ryan Moore’s feat of winning eight races in the first three days of Royal Ascot has understandably dominated the many column inches devoted to racing in today’s newspapers.

Jonathan McEvoy’s piece in the Daily Mail, kicks off by saying that “Ryan Moore lit up Ascot, wrecked the bookies’ day and held a match to the history books. He even wore a sheepish smile”.

McEvoy’s colleague, Marcus Townend, the Mail’s Captain Heath, focussed on Graham Lee’s unique feat of riding winners of the Grand National and Gold Cup at Ascot, after scoring on Trip To Paris in the feature Gold Cup yesterday.

Jon Freeman in The Independent mentioned Trip To Paris’s possible bid to land the Melbourne Cup later this year.

Greg Wood’s article in The Guardian, under a headline of “Pieces Of Eight”, highlights Moore’s achievement in equalling the riding records of Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery. Wood goes on to stress that Graham Lee had deprived Moore of a Gold Cup victory.

The Daily Telegraph, like several papers, focuses on the day’s fashions in its news pages. Milliner Stephen Jones reports that big hats are a feature of Royal Ascot. Several fashion sections highlight the outfits of Poldark actress Eleanor Tomlinson, daughter of leading racecourse commentator Malcolm Tomlinson.

Tom Peacock writes a column headed “Moore peerless as he equals record” before looking ahead to today’s racing in which he selects Hootenanny to add to Moore’s tally for the week.

Rob Wright of The Times tips Found to continue Moore’s record while Alan Lee leads with the Gold Cup, quoting Trip To Paris’s trainer Ed Dunlop stating that yesterday “ranks near the top” of his career successes.

Patrick Weaver of the Express predicts more success for the leading rider under a headline of “Moore To Come”.

The Sun’s eight-page pullout begins with a headline of “Moore, Moore, Moore!”. Correspondent Claude Duval also focuses on the Gold Cup success, recalling that Ed Dunlop’s father John won the race in 1977 with Ragstone.

The Mirror also devotes eight centre pages to racing and Newsboy, David Yates, picks Lucida for today’s Coronation Stakes.

Likewise, there are eight pages in the Star and they highlight ‘Ed’s Golden Day’, noting that Dunlop was “choking back the tears”.

TODAY’S LANDMARKS

One more winner for Ryan Moore will set a new post-war jockey record for a single Royal Ascot meeting. Moore rode his eighth winner of the week on War Envoy in the Britannia Stakes on Thursday, matching the totals of Lester Piggott in 1965 and 1975 and Pat Eddery in 1989. Both men’s achievements came before the fixture expanded from four to five days in 2002.

The best score by a jockey at Royal Ascot is 12, set by Fred Archer in 1878. Another 19th century celebrity, Nat Flatman, rode 11 winners at the meeting in 1847.

Moore has five rides today, starting with well-fancied Ol’ Man River in the second race, the King Edward VII Stakes. He will then partner Hootenanny in the Commonwealth Cup, Found in the Coronation Stakes, Dashing Star in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes, and Aloft in the closing Queen’s Vase.

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There have been nine winners trained outside Britain so far this week, two short of the record 11 in 2012. Four of the overseas successes have been saddled by Aidan O’Brien, with one apiece for his Irish colleagues Dermot Weld, David Wachman and Willie Mullins, and one for Freddy Head from France and USA-based Wesley Ward. There are 19 overseas-trained runners today.

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Aidan O’Brien now needs three winners for his Royal Ascot half-century. War Envoy, his fourth winner of this week, became his 47th overall in the Britannia Stakes on Thursday, a sequence started by Harbour Master in the 1997 Coventry Stakes. The master of Ballydoyle has five runners today: Ol’ Man River and Father Christmas in the King Edward VII Stakes; Found in the Coronation Stakes; and Aloft and Bantry Bay in the Queen’s Vase.

The leading trainer at Royal Ascot is the late Sir Henry Cecil, with 75 victories, followed by Sir Michael Stoute on 72. Stoute has two runners today, Stravagante in the King Edward VII Stakes and Yarrow in the Queen’s Vase.

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The inaugural running of the Commonwealth Cup marks the first Group One sprint contest in Europe confined to three-year-olds. It is also the first new race in the 44-year history of the European Pattern to go straight in with Group One status, rather than with a probationary period at a lower level.

BRAZEN CHALLENGE FROM DOWN UNDER

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is now the third Group One sprint of Royal Ascot week, after the King’s Stand Stakes and the new Commonwealth Cup, and with a purse of £525,000, the most valuable. It is also the sixth of the ten contests that make up the Global Sprint Challenge, a series that encompasses top-level races in Australia, Dubai, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. The three European legs, worth a total £1.4 million, are the King’s Stand and Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the July Cup at Newmarket next month.

Three horses from outside Europe have taken the six-furlong prize, Choisir (2003) and Black Caviar (2012) for Australia and Cape Of Good Hope (2005) for Hong Kong. More than half this year’s field of 15 are trained outside Britain: two from Australia, one from the States and five from Ireland.

Heading the ante-post market has been Brazen Beau, trained by New South Wales-based Chris Waller, the leading trainer in Sydney for the past four seasons. The colt has won five of his ten starts, including two six-furlong Group One contests at Flemington, the Coolmore Stud Stakes in November and most recently the Newmarket Handicap in March. A year ago he was beaten a head in a Group One juvenile contest over a mile.

His compatriot Wandjina, from Gai Waterhouse’s stables, is another for whom Ascot’s stiff six furlongs should hold no fears. His sole victory at the highest level came when he took the Australian Guineas in March and on his latest run he went down by a head over seven furlongs at Randwick.

The challenger from the USA, Wesley Ward’s charge Undrafted, is making his second visit to Britain, having run a close fourth in last year’s July Cup on unsuitably soft ground. Since then the five-year-old has been placed in all four runs in the States, including third in a three-way photo for the Breeder’s Cup Sprint and a closing second over an inadequate five furlongs last month.

The pick of the Irish, according to the betting, is the Dermot Weld-trained Mustajeeb, being reinvented as a sprinter this season after some smart efforts over further last year, including victory in the seven-furlong Jersey Stakes at the Royal meeting. His sole outing this year, and his first run over six furlongs since his juvenile debut, resulted in a decisive defeat of solid yardstick Maarek in the Group Two Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh.

The others from Ireland include Moviesta, who transferred to Eddie Lynam, trainer of last year’s winner Slade Power, from Bryan Smart after an unsuccessful run in Dubai in March.

The most prominent of the home side in the betting is Tropics, ninth to Slade Power last year before beating all bar that rival in the July Cup. The seven-year-old, star of Dean Ivory’s small yard, warmed up for Royal Ascot by setting a course record as he beat one of tomorrow’s rivals, Lucky Kristale, a head at Windsor earlier in the month.

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ILLUMINATE LIGHTS UP HUGHES

After three days when luck did not wholly go his way, Richard Hughes finally got on the scoreboard at what will be his final Royal Ascot before he embarks on a training career at the end of the season. In the opening Albany Stakes, Hughes rode Richard Hannon-trained 4/1 favourite Illuminate to a length and a half victory from Ashadihan and Elegant Supermodel.

It was his 30th Royal Ascot winner, a sequence started by Sergeyev in the Jersey Stakes 20 years ago. “That’s a nice number to get to,” he said, “no-one would remember 29. And it’s nice to round off riding at the meeting with a winner, a good way to go. I think one of the best rides I ever gave a horse was on Memory in this race five years ago who broke three or four seconds after the others and lost 10 lengths but got there. The best horse I rode here was Canford Cliffs, who won three years in a row.”

Hughes’ said his main emotion after Illuminate’s victory was relief. “Things weren’t going right but I felt they had to get better,” he said. “I never stopped believing they would – you mustn’t forget your confidence – but I came here with no expectations of riding a winner just because it was my last time here. It was nice to do it, but not the end of things if I didn’t.”

Illuminate will not be Hughes’ mount next season, when she may challenge for the Classics. “You can say every season that there will be a contender at the top level to look forward to from this yard, so I can’t go down that regret road,” he said. “The game has been very good to me and I’m happy with where I am now, and ready to move on to my second career, and looking forward to it. Let’s hope I can train 30 here.”

There had been worries about the fast ground for Illuminate, a third winner at the meeting for her young sire Zoffany. “As soon as we went to post I realised there was nothing to worry about,” said Hughes. “She absolutely floated down. I would say that I was 20 lengths off the leader at half-way but she travelled real good and moved real good. She moves like a filly that will stay, she doesn’t move like a sprinter – she has a great action.”

Hughes may owe his change of luck to an impulse buy by his wife Lizzie, who was sporting a white rose on her jacket. “I never buy flowers from the gypsy sellers,” she said, “but this time on the way in I thought why not. And I think it’s changed our luck.”

Illuminate is bound for the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket next month. “Hughsie is going to leave a very big hole in the operation,” said Hannon. “He hasn’t missed a beat and she’s a very good filly. We always thought she was good and she’s the most straightforward filly you could wish for.”

RYAN PLAYS BRIDESMAID AGAIN

A frustrating Royal Ascot for trainer Kevin Ryan continued when Ashadihan came out second best to Illuminate in the opening Albany Stakes.

It was a third second-place of the week for the North Yorkshire handler, who reflected: “I’m very proud of this filly but it’s hard to finish second three times at this meeting.

“She has a great temperament and got home well – I think she’ll be better over another furlong. I think it was a very good race and it will have taught her a lot – she probably didn’t learn anything on her first run at Haydock.”

Maisons-Laffitte trainer Jean-Pierre Perruchot, making his first visit to Britain, saddled third-placed Elegant Supermodel in the colours of Theresa Marnane.

“She’s only been winning at country tracks in France but had won very easily in very good times,” said Marnane’s husband Con. “We’ve always thought an awful lot of her and she wants a step up in trip, she’s bred to go over a mile and even a mile and a half eventually.

“We’re over the moon and I did think she had an each-way chance although this was obviously a very good race.”

GOING VIEWS OF JOCKEYS AFTER THE FIRST RACE

There were a mixture of opinions from jockeys about the ground at the start of the fourth day of Royal Ascot.

Frankie Dettori, who rode American challenger Laxfield Road and led for nearly four furlongs, said: “It is quick ground.”

James Doyle, partner of Godolphin’s Azhar who finished last, declared: “The same as yesterday.”
Charles Bishop, rider of 12th Jersey Breeze, commented: “Quick going.”

Oisin Murphy, who partnered 11th Our Joy, remarked: “Nice, safe ground – they did a good job overnight.”

Pat Dobbs, on board 10th Palenville, said: “Lovely ground which is not as quick as yesterday.”

John Egan, 14th Vallance Road’s jockey, said: “Very, very quick ground.”

Joe Fanning, rider of 17th First Party, commented: “Fast ground.”

Cristian Demuro, on sixth Spanish Romance, declared: “Good ground.”

First race result

2.30pm Albany Stakes (Group 3)
£70,000 total prize fund. For 2yo fillies, 6f. Weights 9st. Penalty value 1st £39,697.00 2nd £15,050.00 3rd £7,532.00 4th £3,752.00 5th £1,883.00 6th £945.00
1) ILLUMINATE (IRE) (Denford Stud) Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Richard Hughes [13] 4/1f
2) ASHADIHAN (T Rahman) Kevin Ryan 2-9-00 Jamie Spencer [18] 12/1
3) ELEGANT SUPERMODEL (GER) (Mrs T Marnane) Jean-Pierre Perruchot FR 2-9-00 Antoine Hamelin [10] 20/1
4) FIREGLOW (Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-00 William Buick [7] 20/1
5) GLENROWAN ROSE (IRE) (Equus Syndicate) Keith Dalgleish 2-9-00 Phillip Makin [9]
6) SPANISH ROMANCE (IRE) (Team Valor) Eoghan O’Neill FR 2-9-00 Cristian Demuro [8]
7) TUTU NGURU (USA) (Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum) William Haggas 2-9-00 Pat Cosgrave [19]
8) FRENCH (Antony Brittain) Antony Brittain 2-9-00 Graham Lee [3]
9) BACK AT THE RANCH (USA) (Michael Dubb) Wesley Ward USA b2-9-0 Joel Rosario [12]
10) PALENVILLE (IRE) (Julie Wood) Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Pat Dobbs [14]
11) OUR JOY (IRE) (Marie McCartan) Clive Cox 2-9-00 Oisin Murphy [2]
12) JERSEY BREEZE (IRE) (Susan Bunney) Mick Channon 2-9-00 Charles Bishop [17]
13) MISS MONEYPENNY (IRE) (Chelsea Thoroughbreds – Cap Ferrat) Ralph Beckett 2-9-00 Richard Kingscote [4]
14) VALLANCE ROAD (Franconson Partners) Nick Littmoden 2-9-00 John Egan [15]
15) LAXFIELD ROAD (USA) (Kent Spellman & Wes Welker) Wesley Ward USA b2-9-00 Frankie Dettori [5]
16) STRANDS OF SILK (IRE) (The Cool Silk Partnership) James Given 2-9-00 Tom Eaves [1]
17) FIRST PARTY (Mezzone Family) Mark Johnston 2-9-00 Joe Fanning [11]
18) AZHAR (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-00 James Doyle [16]

18 ran
Non-runner: Mirage (self cert – bad scope)
Time: 1m 13.20s
Distances: 1½, sh, 3¼, nse, 1¼, 4½, nk, 1, 1, ¾, 1¼, nse, 6, 7, 4½, 14, 3¼
Breeder: Epona Bloodstock Ltd
Breeding: b f Zoffany (IRE) — Queen Of Stars (USA) (Green Desert (USA))
Tote Win £4.20 Place £1.80 £4.30 £7.50 Exacta £56.20

Winning trainer:-Name: Richard Hannon Born: November 21, 1975 Date Of first licence: January 1, 2014 Background: Son of four-time British champion trainer Richard Hannon snr. Had spells working at leading studs and stables in Australia before spending 12 years as assistant to his father. Champion British trainer in first season. First winner: Unscripted, Wolverhampton, January 3, 2014 British Classic wins (1): QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2014 Night Of Thunder) Royal Ascot wins (4): Norfolk Stakes (2014 Baitha Alga), Queen Anne Stakes (2014 Toronado), Albany Stakes (2015 Illuminate), Sandringham Handicap (2015 Osaila) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (2014 Tiggy Wiggy), Investec Coronation Cup (2015 Pether’s Moon), Lockinge Stakes (2014 Olympic Glory, 2015 Night Of Thunder), Prix de la Foret (2014 Olympic Glory) Wins (2014): 206 Wins this year: 78

Winning jockey:-Name: Hughes, Richard David. Date of birth: 11/1/73 Background: Son of trainer Dessie, Richard began riding ponies aged five, and won his first pony race three years later. Apprenticed to his father, he rode six winners in his first season, when just 15. He continued to ride over the jumps during the winter, and won the 1997 Irish Champion Hurdle. In 2001 he became retained jockey for Prince Khalid Abdulla, until he left the post in November 2007. Now rides for brother-in-law Richard Hannon. Set to retire at the end of the 2015 season. First winner: Viking Melody (Roscommon maiden, August 2, 1988) British Classics (2): QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2013 Sky Lantern), Investec Oaks (2013 Talent) French Classic Wins (3): Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (2002 Zenda), Prix de Diane (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2004 American Post) Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish 2,000 Guineas (2010 Canford Cliffs) Royal Ascot Wins (30): St James’s Palace Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs), Jersey Stakes (1995 Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince, 2011 Strong Suit), King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo, 2014 Sole Power), Wokingham Stakes (2000 Harmonic Way), Duke Of Edinburgh H’cap (2002, Thundering Surf), Norfolk Stakes (2002, Baron’s Pit), Wolferton Rated H’Cap (2002 Ulundi), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002, Demonstrate), Coventry Stakes (2003 Three Valleys, 2009 Canford Cliffs, 2010 Strong Suit), Balmoral Handicap (2003 Deportivo), Ribblesdale Stakes (2003 Spanish Sun), Albany Stakes (2004 Jewel In The Sand, 2010 Memory, 2015 Illuminate), Queen Mary Stakes (2006 Gilded, 2011 Best Terms), Coronation Stakes (2007 Indian Ink, 2013 Sky Lantern), Royal Hunt Cup (2008 Mr Aviator), Chesham Stakes (2008 Free Agent, 2009 Big Audio), Queen Anne Stakes (2009 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs, 2014 Toronado), Ascot Stakes (2009 Judgethemoment) Wins in Britain (1994-2014): 19; 68; 62; 33; 55; 95; 102 91; 126; 121; 73; 124; 113; 139; 127; 144; 192; 130; 177*; 208*; 166* *champion jockey Wins in 2015: 41

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BALIOS IS ASCOT KING

Newmarket trainer David Simcock enjoyed a first Royal Ascot success when the lightly-raced Balios was produced with a well-timed run by Jamie Spencer to win the King Edward VII Stakes by a length and a quarter. The Shamardal colt is seen as an exciting long-term prospect by Simcock.

“The route we have taken with this horse has suited him,” said Simcock. “The Derby would have come too early for him; he is probably too immature. I’m very pleased for the owners, they are very sporting and they like to travel and this is a horse they can enjoy for the next two or three years. He’ll be a flagship horse for them.

“He’s going to be a really nice horse in 12 months’ time, he’ll probably have a maximum of three more runs this year. I see him as a 10-12 furlong horse. He’s still very immature and can only improve.

“We have always liked the horse and we have made it very clear that we like the horse. He was a little inexperienced at Newmarket last time and I didn’t want to change anything – I said to Jamie to give him a ballsy ride and it suited him down to the ground. It was a fantastic ride, even if he had got beat, he did what I had told him to do.

“Jamie got it so right and, I think when a jockey loves a horse, it makes a massive difference.

“Winning here is not a monkey off my back but it is a huge relief. Obviously, everyone wants to win at Royal Ascot.”

Jamie Spencer added: “I have been watching the highlights every morning with Charlie, Chloe and Ella and they keep saying: “where are you? How come you are not winning?” so I can’t wait for tomorrow morning’s highlights!

“We didn’t go that hard and Frankie’s horse wasn’t moving great in front of me. This fellow is a tribute to Jenny and David (simcock) – a lot of other people would have sent him to Epsom (for the Derby) but they have taken their time with him.

“His work a week ago was absolutely outstanding. I thought that he was one of my best chances of the week as long as he could get through the preliminaries.

“He gets the trip well and he is a very lightly-raced horse. He only had one run on grass before today so there is plenty of improvement. He is quite immature still and wants to race the other horses once he joins them. It took him half a furlong to get going but then he really mowed down the leader.

“He didn’t get to show what he could do at Newmarket – it was his first run on grass and the undulations at Newmarket. I had to help him down into the dip and he really ran on. If I had given him a hard race there, he may have won but at least we had a horse for today.

“We will have to see how he comes out of this and where David wants to send him. The reason we drop him in is because he has loads of pace, so I wouldn’t be worried about going back in trip.

“When I first came to England, I was with Luca Cumani and David was his assistant. He was probably the laziest assistant any trainer has had but he talked plenty about it. He and Jenny are brilliant together – they understand each other and they understand their horses.

“The horses I have ridden this week have all run well. Kevin Ryan brought down a small, select team and they have all run tremendously well. It would have been nice if The Grey Gatsby would have won – tactically everything went perfect but I just couldn’t get any room on him. It’s a long week and you are just hoping to get one winner, two winners or whatever.”

SINGH OF THE FUTURE

Both John Gosden and Aidan O’Brien, responsible respectively for runner-up Mr Singh and third-placed Father Christmas, were looking to the future with their charges after the King Edward VII Stakes.

“He’s a big, immature horse and I’m delighted,” said Gosden of the son of High Chaparral. “He won well first time this season, then he got a bit lost at Goodwood, which can happen out on those undulations. They went two seconds under the median today and that would suggest he stays well. He’ll have a holiday now after three quick runs, and then we’ll consider options.”

“Both of ours ran well,” said O’Brien, responsible also for fourth-placed Ol’ Man River. “Joseph [O’Brien, jockey] said his horse [Father Christmas] is still a big baby, and that was a great effort coming here from a maiden.”

Ol’ Man River, once the Derby favourite, has yet to fulfil high hopes held for him. “He has not really shown any spark this year, so he’ll have a break,” added O’Brien. “I still have faith in him and the ability I know he has. It’s probably trainer error that has put him where he is.”

Second race result

3.05pm King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
£231,950 total prize fund. For 3yo colts & geldings, 1m 4f. Weights 9st. Penalties a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race of one mile and a quarter or more 3lb. Penalty value 1st £131,538.84 2nd £49,869.24 3rd £24,957.82 4th £12,432.52 5th £6,239.46 6th £3,131.33

1) BALIOS (IRE) (Al Asayl Bloodstock) David Simcock 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer [4] 3/1
2) MR SINGH (Lady Bamford) John Gosden 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [3] 8/1
3) FATHER CHRISTMAS (IRE) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE p3-9-00 Joseph O’Brien [5] 16/1
4) OL’ MAN RIVER (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE t3-9-0 R L Moore [2]
5) FESTIVE FARE (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 3-9-00 William Buick [6]
6) MAGIC DANCER (Jeff Smith) Ralph Beckett 3-9-00 Pat Dobbs [1]
PU) STRAVAGANTE (IRE) (Al Shaqab Racing & Michael Tabor) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [7] 11/4f

7 ran
Time: 2m 29.05s
Distances: 1¼, ¾, 1½, 3½, 8
Breeder: Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
Breeding: ch c Shamardal (USA) — Elle Galante (GER) (Galileo (IRE))
Tote Win £3.70 Place £1.90 £4.00 Exacta £26.80

Winning trainer:-Name: Simcock, David Born: February 23, 1972 Based: Trillium Place, Newmarket Background: Began career as pupil assistant to Ian Balding and then moved to Lambourn where he enjoyed a stint with legendary Major Dick Hern. Completed his learning curve with a three-year spell as assistant trainer to Luca Cumani, coming into contact with stars such as Falbrav and Gossamer. Set up on own in 2004 with just 10 horses. Was best man at Martin Dwyer’s wedding. First Group One Winner: Dream Ahead, Prix Morny, Deauville, August 22, 2010 Royal Ascot wins (1): King Edward VII Stakes (2015 Balios) Other Major wins include: Beverly D Stakes (2012 I’m A Dreamer), Cesarewitch (2009 Darley Sun), Darley July Cup (2011 Dream Ahead), Middle Park Stakes (2010 Dream Ahead), Prix Morny (2010 Dream Ahead), Sprint Cup (2011 Dream Ahead), Qatar Prix de la Foret (2011 Dream Ahead), QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2014 Madame Chiang), Woodbine Mile (2014 Trade Storm) First runner and first winner: Cut And Dried, Lingfield, 14/02/04 Wins (2004-2014): 7; 4; 9; 24; 30; 44; 49; 68; 84; 78 Wins in 2015: 25

Winning jockey:-Name: Spencer, James (Jamie) Peter Date of Birth: 08/06/1980 Background:. Champion apprentice in Ireland 1999. Stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien in 2004, now retained rider for Qatar Racing Limited. Formerly married to Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer. Won 2002 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on Pizarro. British Classic Wins (2): Investec Oaks (2009 Sariska), St Leger (2003 Brian Boru) Irish Classic Wins (4): Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer, 2013 Just The Judge), Irish Oaks (2009 Sariska) Royal Ascot wins (21): St James’s Palace Stakes (2007 Excellent Art), Coventry Stakes (2001 Landseer, 2008 Art Connoisseur), Britannia Handicap (2003 New Seeker), Queen Mary Stakes (2004 Damson), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties, 2015 Balios), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga, 2007 Nijoom Dubai, 2011 Samitar, 2013 Kiyoshi), Windsor Forest Stakes (2006 Soviet Song), Royal Hunt Cup (2006 Cesare), Sandringham Handicap (2006 Red Evie, 2009 Moneycantbuymelove), Britannia Handicap (2006 Sir Gerard), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2007 Enjoy The Moment), Norfolk Stakes (2009 Radiohead), Gold Cup (2011 Fame And Glory), Wokingham Handicap (2013 York Glory) Wins in Britain (1998-2014): 3, 8, 78, 112, 86, 103, 27, 180 (Champion Jockey), 155, 207 (Shared Champion Jockey with Seb Sanders); 153; 130; 108;103; 107; 74 Wins in 2015: 36

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MUHAARAR UP FOR THE CUP

The first running of the Commonwealth Cup proved a solo tour de force for 10/1 shot Muhaarar, who turned what had looked a competitive race into a rout. The Oasis Dream colt, trained by Charlie Hills and ridden by Dane O’Neill, came home three and three-quarter lengths clear of Limato, with Anthem Alexander third.

The £405,315 six-furlong contest provided O’Neill with his biggest-ever payday on Sheikh Hamdan’s home-bred three-year-old. “He did it so easy,” he said. “Rarely does a race work out so easily, especially here. He travelled so well and picked up exceptionally.

“I was getting a nice lead and when I asked him to pick up I was surprised by the reaction I got. His work at home had been good and he was beginning to feel like a sprinter, but they’ve got to prove it on the track, which he has done, and how. He has a great attitude and he’s grown up a lot.”

It was a second Group One victory for O’Neill, after Bold Edge in the Prix Maurice De Gheest in 2000, and a fourth at Royal Ascot. He has been riding for three seasons as number two for Sheikh Hamdan, and wore the second colours today. The owner’s first string was seventh-placed Adaay, ridden by Paul Hanagan.

“It was tough for Paul, but good for the team,” said O’Neill. “It’s a great team to work with, with input and communication and hard work from everyone.”

Muhaarar, winner of the Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April before an unplaced run in the French 2,000 Guineas, will now face all-age sprint competition, with the July Cup at Newmarket a first possible target. “We knew he had a lot of pace, we knew they’d go hard today and that six furlongs on this track would be ideal,” said Hills.

“It was all going to suit him and once he hit the front we knew he’d stay. He was so convincing, and he’s still improving. He’s also a beautiful looking horse with a wonderful temperament. He’s very exciting and there’s a lot to look forward to.

“Chriselliam was very good but this is horse is just improving and improving. He is very versatile as well. He showed a lot of speed today and has got better and better with racing – he is still improving. He ran over a mile last time and was in the Jersey Stakes as well. Sheikh Hamdan made the decision to come here for all the right reasons.

“This is a Group One and it looked a proper race as well – any one of eight or 10 could have won. But he did it in such great style and he’s not really ground dependent either; he’s a very nice horse. We will have a look at all the nice races now. He has got the world at his feet.”

CANDY SWEET AFTER LIMATO SECOND

Trainer Henry Candy was happy with Limato after the gelding finished second, beaten three and three-quarter lengths by Muhaarar, in the inaugural Group One Commonwealth Cup.

“I thought he ran a wonderful race,” said Candy. “James (Doyle) said he was slow into his stride which is unlike him but after that he was as good as ever. I don’t think we’d have beaten the winner whatever but they were quite far apart across the track. His engine is still the same, which is what matters.”

Eddie Lynam, trainer of third-placed Anthem Alexander, said: “I think on his day the winner is pretty special, he looked very good. Our filly has run very well and we’ll keep having a go with her.

“We’ve got lots of options. We’re in the July Cup but we might step back to five and could go for the King George at Goodwood.”

Third race result

3.40pm Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
£405,315 total prize fund. For 3yo, 6f. Weights: colts & geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 9st. Penalty value 1st £229,854.15 2nd £87,142.73 3rd £43,611.89 4th £21,724.88 5th £10,902.97 6th £5,471.75

1) MUHAARAR (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Charlie Hills 3-9-03 Dane O’Neill [8] 10/1
2) LIMATO (IRE) (Paul Jacobs) Henry Candy 3-9-03 James Doyle [12] 9/2
3) ANTHEM ALEXANDER (IRE) (Noel O’Callaghan) Edward Lynam IRE 3-9-00 Pat Smullen [9] 8/1
4) SALT ISLAND (Julie & David Martin & Partner) Charlie Hills 3-9-03 Jamie Spencer [1]
5) PROFITABLE (IRE) (Alan Spence) Clive Cox 3-9-03 Adam Kirby [18]
6) HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) (Flemington Bloodstock Partnership) Hugo Palmer t3-9-03 James McDonald [2]
7) ADAAY (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) William Haggas 3-9-03 Paul Hanagan [6]
8) GOKEN (FR) (Guy Pariente) Henri-Alex Pantall FR 3-9-03 Olivier Peslier [4]
9) TENDU (Khalid Abdullah) John Gosden 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [16]
10) KOOL KOMPANY (IRE) (Kool Kompany Partnership) Richard Hannon 3-9-03 Pat Dobbs [10]
11) HOOTENANNY (USA) (Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Wesley Ward USA tb3-9-03 Ryan Moore [14] 9/4f
12) EL VALLE (FR) (Valerie Dissaux) Valerie Dissaux FR 3-9-03 Mickael Barzalona [5]
13) NEW PROVIDENCE (Chris Humber) Hugo Palmer 3-9-00 Jim Crowley [7]
14) CYCLOGENISIS (USA) (Matthew Schera) George Weaver USA tv3-9-03 John Velazquez [11]
15) AHLAN EMARATI (IRE) (Ahmad Abdulla Al Shaikh) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-9-03 Silvestre de Sousa [15]
16) TIGGY WIGGY (IRE) (Potensis Bloodstock, Chris Giles & Merriebelle) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [17]
17) PASTORAL GIRL (The Cool Silk Partnership) James Given 3-9-00 Tom Eaves [3]
18) JUNGLE CAT (IRE) (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 3-9-03 William Buick [13]

18 ran
Time: 1m 12.05s
Distances: 3¾, ¾, sh, ¾, 1, hd, 1, 1½, ¾, 1¾, ½, ½, 1, 10, 1, nk, 12
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited
Breeding: b c Oasis Dream – Tahrir (IRE) (Linamix (FR))
Tote Win £13.30 Place £3.80 £2.00 £3.00 Exacta £83.90

Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, Charles Born: September 29, 1978 Trains: Wetherdown House, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Background: son of legendary trainer Barry and half-brother to late trainer John and now-retired jockeys Michael and Richard. Briefly worked for his father after leaving school before heading to Australia when 18 to work for Peter Hayes and Gai Waterhouse. Returned to Britain for a spell with James Fanshawe before becoming assistant to his father. Took over the licence following his father’s first retirement in August, 2011. First Runner (and First Winner): Blaise Chorus, 32 for Slots Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, Kempton Park, August 22, 2011 (ridden by Michael Hills) First Group Winner: Ransom Note – Nayef Joel Stakes, Newmarket, 24/09/11. Royal Ascot Win (3): Albany Stakes (2013 Kiyoshi), Commonwealth Cup (2015 Muhaarar), Jersey Stakes (2015 Dutch Connection) Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish 1,000 Guineas (2013 Just The Judge), Other Big Race Wins: Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf (2013 Chriselliam), EP Taylor Stakes (2014 Just The Judge), Fillies’ Mile (2013 Chriselliam), Gimcrack Stakes (2014 Muhaarar), Joel Stakes (2011 Ransom Note), Rockfel Stakes (2012 Just The Judge) Wins (2011-2014): 20; 55; 68; 68 Wins This Year: 25

Winning jockey:-Name: O’Neill, Dane William Date of birth: 1/8/75 Other Details: Appointed second jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum in 2013. Big Race Wins Include: Robins Farm Racing Stewards Cup (2008 Conquest), Cork and Orrery Stakes (1999 Bold Edge); Diadem Stakes (1999 Bold Edge), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), Temple Stakes (2003 Airwave), Lupe Stakes (2006 Soft Centre (dht Rising Cross)), Prestige Stakes (2008 Fantasia), Palace House Stakes (2009 Amour Propre) First Winner: Port Sunlight, Sandown, July 1, 1994 Royal Ascot Wins (4): Commonwealth Cup (2015 Muhaarar), Jersey Stakes (June 16, 1999, Lots Of Magic); Cork and Orrery Stakes (June 17, 1999, Bold Edge), Royal Hunt Cup (2003 Macadamia) First Royal Ascot win: Jersey Stakes (June 16, 1999, Lots Of Magic) Wins (1993-2014): 2; 5; 33; 80; 61; 75; 66; 32; 63; 70; 110; 74; 86; 94; 92; 109; 84; 82; 96, 63; 76; 62 Wins in 2015: 17

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ERVEDYA CROWNED IN CORONATION

Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget and jockey Christophe Soumillon both nominated the performance of Ervedya in the Coronation Stakes as a career highlight after the Aga Khan’s took the mile contest with a well-timed run.

The filly swooped in the closing stages to beat Found by a neck to the delight of her connections.

“For quite a few years now, I have come here with nice horses. I was second in this race last year with Lesstalk In Paris and it was a deep dream to come and win a Group One here,” said Rouget, who was having his first Royal Ascot winner.

“After she won the Guineas, this was my target of the year. I had only this race in mind, I wanted to win a Group One at Ascot and now it’s done. This and Literato’s Champion Stakes are two races that stand out for me.

“I love this place, I worked in Britain with Ian Balding and Paul Cole, and this is very important for me.

“I have trained for Prince Aga Khan since Mr Lagardere died and when he bought all of his operation. I was training 15 horses for Jean-Luc Lagardere and Prince Aga Khan left the horses with me. Since then we have won the Diane and the Grand Prix de Paris and now the Poule d’Essai and the Coronation with this filly.

“She is the best because she is the best mentally. She has the class and, mentally, she is fantastic. I was not anxious because I knew that she could do the best.

“I was a bit anxious about what the pace would be like in England, compared with France. Sometimes horses can be disorientated. She is very good both mentally and physically and a champion. I know Christophe and his tactic was to come at the end. The filly was very good but the jockey was pretty good too.

“I’m not sure what we’ll do next but I expect she’ll run in something at Deauville.”

Soumillon had won the 2005 Queen Anne Stakes with Valixir when Royal Ascot was staged at York but this was his first win at a Royal Meeting at Ascot.

He said: “For me this is great, it’s a great meeting but unfortunately I don’t have the horses to come here with every year. If you’re not riding for Aidan O’Brien, Sir Michael Stoute or the late Sir Henry Cecil then it’s hard to make it here. But I’ve had success at Ascot in the King George and on Champions’ Day.

“I was lucky to find the gap in the middle. I knew that she maybe didn’t handle the trip so I didn’t want to make the outside in the turn. I knew that Aidan O’Brien’s filly today was on top of her form and she beat us last year at the Marcel Boussac in Longchamp.

“When I saw Found in a good position, I thought it was better to stay behind her and, actually, I think that is maybe why we won because, if I was coming 500 metres out on the outside, I am not sure that she would have quickened like she did and stay on until the line. I knew she would give me something great at the finishing line.

“The special thing is the track – it is not easy to handle and we didn’t really know if she would handle the mile here. Today, we know she does.

“She will go in any ground, any distance, straight course or turns – she is perfect and has a great temperament, which is why we can travel over here and do great things.

“Her sire Siyouni has put a lot of speed into her pedigree and after she won the French Guineas I felt that a mile was as far as she wanted to go.”

The Aga Khan said: “The race happened the way we hoped, we didn’t want to be amongst the front-runners. She is very courageous and it’s a tribute to Siyouni.

“Jean-Claude has trained for me for a number of years along with Alain de Royer-Dupre – they are my two important trainers in France.

“Obviously, to win this race is very, very important indeed. Not only for the horse itself but for the whole family for the breeding operation. This family goes right back to my grandfather’s time.”

FOUND TO FIND FURTHER

Found, now second in her two Group One races over a mile this season, will step up in distance in the future. The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly, the 13/8 favourite, was beaten a neck by Ervedya in the Coronation Stakes, following a half-length defeat by Pleascach in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

“She has run a stormer today,” said O’Brien of the daughter of Galileo, “and she’s a classy filly who belongs at this level. Obviously, we are delighted with her run – she did everything right and I would say that she would keep progressing.

“The plan was always to have the three runs, then maybe a little rest. And after her break I should think she’ll be going up in distance in the autumn.”

A half-length behind Found was Lucida, the runner-up in the 1,000 Guineas, and the Shamardal filly, trained by Jim Bolger for Godolphin, will stick to a mile. “She was second in a Guineas and has been beaten half a length in a Coronation,” said John Ferguson, Sheilh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor. “A mile is her distance and the form is there to see, and she’ll have her day.”

Godolphin also ran Sperry, sixth, and Local Time, eighth, in the Group One contest. “We were very pleased with Sperry, who is still learning,” added Ferguson, “but I fear Local Time may have been exposed at this level.”

The challenger from the States, Miss Temple City, finished a creditable fourth. “We were pleased with her and she was a legitimate contender,” said trainer Graham Motion. “But there is a slight disappointment that she wasn’t closer. She stumbled slightly leaving the gate and that lit her up a little.

“If she’d settled better she might have been closer. But it’s a big thing to ask to make the journey over. She’ll go back to the States now and prepare for the big targets in the fall.”

Fourth race result

4.20pm Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£405,315 total prize fund. For 3yo fillies, 1m (rnd). Weights 9st. Penalty value 1st £229,854.15 2nd £87,142.73 3rd £43,611.89 4th £21,724.88 5th £10,902.97 6th £5,471.75

1) ERVEDYA (FR) (HH Aga Khan) Jean-Claude Rouget FR 3-9-00 Christophe Soumillon [7] 3/1
2) FOUND (IRE) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-9-00 Ryan Moore [2] 13/8f
3) LUCIDA (IRE) (Godolphin) Jim Bolger IRE 3-9-00 Kevin Manning [9] 3/1
4) MISS TEMPLE CITY (USA) (S’more Farm, A Blum & Club Racing Llc) Graham Motion USA t3-9-00 John Velazquez [3]
5) ARABIAN QUEEN (IRE) (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Silvestre de Sousa [5]
6) SPERRY (IRE) (Godolphin) John Gosden 3-9-00 James Doyle [4]
7) IRISH ROOKIE (IRE) (Rick Barnes) Martyn Meade 3-9-00 Fergus Sweeney [6]
8) LOCAL TIME (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 William Buick [8]
9) YASMEEN (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 3-9-00 Paul Hanagan [1]

9 ran
Time: 1m 38.46s
Distances: nk, ½, 1¼, sh, ½, 2¼, 5, nk
Breeder: The Aga Khan’s Studs Sc
Breeding: b f Siyouni (FR) — Elva (IRE) (King´s Best (USA))
Tote Win £4.00 Place £1.40 £1.20 £1.50 Exacta £9.90

Winning Trainer: Rouget, Jean-Claude FR Born: August 19, 1953 Based: Pau, France First trainer’s licence: 1978 Background: Born in Normandy, where his father Claude was a leading national hunt trainer and stud manager. Jean-Claude worked for his father and then Ian Balding and Paul Cole in England initially before taking out a dual purpose licence in 1978 but later decided to concentrate on the Flat. In 1991 he set a new record of 180 winners in a Flat season, beating Francois Mathet’s 173, and is also the winning-most trainer in Europe. Enjoyed his first British Group One success with Literato in the 2007 Champion Stakes. First Group One winner: Millkom, 1994 Prix Jean Prat French Classic Wins: Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (2009 Elusive Wave, 2014 Avenir Certain, 2015 Ervedya), Prix du Jockey Club (2009 Le Havre), Prix de Diane (2009 Stacelita, 2012 Valyra, 2014 Avenir Certain) Royal Ascot wins (1): Coronation Stakes (2015 Ervedya) Other big race wins include: Champion Stakes (2007 Literato), Prix Jean Prat (1994 Millkom); Grand Prix de Paris (1994 Millkom, 2010 Behkabad); Criterium De Saint-Cloud (1996 Shaka); Man o’War Stakes (1995 Millkom); Prix Saint-Alary (2004 Ask For The Moon, 2006 Germance, 2007 Coquerelle, 2009 Stacelita); Prix d’Ispahan (2009 Never On Sunday); Prix Vermeille (2009 Stacelita); Prix Jean Romanet (2010 Stacelita), Qatar Prix de l’Opera (2010 Lily Of The Valley) Wins in Britain This Season: 1

Winning Jockey: Soumillon, Christophe Date Of Birth: June 4, 1981 Background: Successful pony rider as a child in Belgium, clocking up over 100 wins. Became an apprentice with Cedric Boutin and won his first race aboard Bruno at Maisons-Lafitte on November 7, 1997. Replaced Thierry Jarnet to become Andre Fabre’s second jockey behind Olivier Peslier in 2000, winning his first group race on April 23 on Berine’s Son in the in the Prix de Fontainbleau at Longchamp. A week later, he won five races at Saint-Cloud (equalling the French record for winners on a card) including the Group Two Prix du Muguet. Won his first Group One race on Vahorimix in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains on May 13, 2001. Left Andre Fabre’s shortly afterwards, becoming retained jockey for the Aga Khan in October 2001, working closely with Alain de Royer-Dupre. Became freelance at the end of 2009 and won the Grade One French Champion Hurdle on Mandali in June, 2010. Retained again by Aga Khan for 2014 season and beyond. Is married to Sophie, winner of Miss France in 1998. Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish Oaks (2005 Shawanda) French Classic Wins (13): Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2001 Vahorimix, 2003 Clodovil, 2009 Silver Frost), Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (2003 Musical Chimes, 2007 Darjina, 2008 Zarkava, 2012 Beauty Parlour, 2015 Ervedya), Prix de Diane (2004 Latice, 2008 Zarkava), Prix du Jockey Club (2001 Anabaa Blue, 2003 Dalakhani, 2006 Darsi) Royal Ascot wins (2): Coronation Stakes (2015 Ervedya), Queen Anne Stakes (2005 Valixir) Wins in Britain (2003-2014): 5; 0; 1; 5; 1; 1; 0; 2; 2; 1; 0; 1 Wins in Britain in 2015: 1

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LATEST STEWARDS’ REPORTS

Race 1 – 2:30pm THE ALBANY STAKES
No Stewards Enquiry.

Oisin Murphy, the rider of OUR JOY (IRE), unplaced, reported that the filly became very upset in the stalls.

James Doyle, the rider of AZHAR, unplaced, reported that the filly stopped quickly. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the filly failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Race 2 – 3:05pm THE KING EDWARD VII STAKES
The Stewards enquired into why Frankie Dettori, the rider of STRAVAGANTE (IRE), failed to pull the colt up sooner when he appeared to recognize that there was a problem and began to look round prior to 4 furlongs from the finish. Having heard his evidence and viewed video recordings of the race the Stewards accepted his explanation that initially, when first looking behind him, he had thought that BALIOS (IRE), which was following him, may have struck into STRAVAGANTE (IRE). He stated that while STRAVAGANTE (IRE) had appeared awkward in its action it did not appear to be noticeably sore. He said he then allowed STRAVAGANTE (IRE) to continue in the race whilst trying to assess if there was a problem. After passing the 3 furlong marker STRAVAGANTE (IRE) continued to be unbalanced in its action and he, therefore, tried to ease the colt out of the race. He said it took him some time to ease STRAVAGANTE (IRE) down which he was able to do near the 1 furlong marker. He then immediately dismounted. Having dismounted he realized that the colt was lame on its left fore leg.

Race 3 – 3:40pm THE COMMONWEALTH CUP
William Buick, the rider of JUNGLE CAT (IRE), unplaced, reported that the colt lost a right fore shoe.

Richard Hughes, the rider of TIGGY WIGGY (IRE), unplaced, reported that the filly hung right. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the filly failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Ryan Moore, the rider of HOOTENANNY (USA), unplaced, reported that the colt was never travelling. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the colt failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Race 4 – 4:20pm THE CORONATION STAKES
The Stewards held an enquiry into the use of the whip by John R Velazquez, the rider of MISS TEMPLE CITY (USA), placed fourth, from 1½ furlongs out. Having heard his evidence and viewed recordings of the race, they found him in breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2 in that he used his whip down the shoulder in the forehand position. The Stewards suspended Velazquez for 2 days as follows: Friday 3 and Sunday 5 July 2015.

Paul Hanagan, the rider of YASMEEN, unplaced, reported that the filly hung right from 2 furlongs out.

Race 5 – 5:00pm THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH HANDICAP
The Stewards held an enquiry into possible interference approximately 1½ furlongs out. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that ASTRONEREUS (IRE), placed third, ridden by Pat Dobbs, had interfered with FAMOUS KID (USA), placed sixth, ridden by James Doyle. The Stewards found Dobbs in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he steered left-handed to try to get a run when not clear causing Doyle to have to ease for five strides. They suspended him for 2 days as follows: Friday 3 and Sunday 5 July 2015.

The Stewards also noted that FAMOUS KID (USA), placed sixth, had shifted slightly left causing minimal interference to GOLD TRAIL (IRE), placed eighth, on the run to the line but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved FAMOUS KID (USA)’s placing.

Adam Kirby, the rider of AJMAN BRIDGE, placed second, reported that he dropped his whip when making contact with Richard Hughes’ arm in the last ½ furlong.

The Veterinary Officer reported that LIBRAN (IRE), placed fourth, trained by Alan Swinbank, lost a right hind shoe.

Non-Race related incidents
Race 3: Mickael Barzalona, who was declared to ride EL VALLE (FR), had failed to arrive in time to weigh out. The Stewards found the rider in breach of Rule (D)41.1 and fined him £140. Permission was given for Antoine Hamelin to be substituted.

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THIRD DUKE FOR MORRISON

Hughie Morrison brought his tally of Royal Ascot victories to seven with 6/1 joint-favourite Arab Dawn in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap. Remarkably, he has now trained three winners of the mile and a half contest, the others being Waverley in 2003, his first winner at the meeting, and Cill Rialaig in 2010.

“We don’t spend hundreds of thousands on horses,” he said, “so somewhere like this we can only win handicaps. And I have a great group of owners who give me support to do that.

“This horse has disappointed us a few times. We had some offers for him but credit to the owners they took my advice to stick with him and now they have the reward. There are plans and plans and it’s great when they come off. If you have a Listed level horse, then you go for a handicap here.”

Arab Dawn gave Richard Hughes his second winner of the day, after Illuminate in the opening Albany Stakes, giving him a 34/1 double and bringing his Royal Ascot total to 31. “The race was made for him,” said the jockey, before leaving to ride at Goodwood.

Fifth race result

5.00pm Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
£75,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+, rated 0-105, 1m 4f. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 8st. Penalties after June 6th, a winner 4lb; of 2 races 7lb. Penalty value 1st £46,687.50 2nd £13,980.00 3rd £6,990.00 4th £3,495.00 5th £1,747.50 6th £877.50

1) ARAB DAWN (Eason, Kerr-Dineen, Hughes, Edwards-Jones) Hughie Morrison 4-9-02 Richard Hughes [21] 6/1jf
2) AJMAN BRIDGE (Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum) Luca Cumani 5-9-06 Adam Kirby [10] 8/1
3) ASTRONEREUS (IRE) (John Connolly & Odile Griffith) Amanda Perrett 4-9-06 Pat Dobbs [1] 8/1
4) LIBRAN (IRE) (Mrs J Porter) Graham Swinbank 4-9-00 Ben Curtis [3] 20/1
5) WATERSMEET (J Barson) Mark Johnston 4-9-07 Joe Fanning [14]
6) FAMOUS KID (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-10 James Doyle [2]
7) WARRIOR OF LIGHT (IRE) (Niarchos Family) David Lanigan p4-9-03 Ted Durcan [15]
8) GOLD TRAIL (IRE) (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 4-9-06 William Buick [4]
9) DASHING STAR (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 5-9-05 Ryan Moore [22] 6/1jf
10) KELINNI (IRE) (Amplitude Partnership) Kevin Ryan 7-9-03 Jamie Spencer [8]
11) CONTINUUM (PCF Racing) Peter Hedger p6-8-11 Tom Marquand (5) [20]
12) BLUE HUSSAR (IRE) (R Howard) Micky Hammond 4-9-03 Paul Hanagan [16]
13) AZURITE (IRE) (OTI Management Pty Ltd) John Hammond FR 4-9-00 Damien Oliver [11]
14) FORGOTTEN HERO (IRE) (Julie & David Martin) Charlie Hills h6-9-02 James McDonald [6]
15) MYMATECHRIS (IRE) (David Brownlow) Andrew Balding 4-9-09 David Probert [9]
16) IGIDER (IRE) (Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar) Roger Varian 4-9-00 Graham Lee [7]
17) DABADIYAN (IRE) (Mark Albon, Chris Stedman & Gary Moore) Gary Moore 5-9-06 Joseph O’Brien [13]

17 ran
Non-runner: John Reel (self cert – bad scope), Sennockian Star (going)
Time: 2m 28.12s
Distances: ½, 1¾, sh, 1¼, ¾, ½, 1½, 3, ½, nse, ½, 2¾, 3, 2, 5, 31
Breeder: Fittocks Stud
Breeding: gr g Dalakhani (IRE) — Victoire Celebre (USA) (Stravinsky (USA))
Tote Win £7.10 Place £2.00 £2.20 £2.40 £6.60 Exacta £60.10

Winning Trainer:-Name: Morrison, Hughie Date of Birth: 7/11/60 Based: East Illsley, Berkshire Date of First Licence: 1997. Had five point-to-point wins and previously assistant to Paul Cole for two years. Major Jumps Wins: William Hill National Hunt Chase (2002 Frenchman’s Creek), Ladbroke Hurdle (2001 Marble Arch) Major Flat Wins Include: Darley July Cup (2005 Pastoral Pursuits – first Group One winner, 2007 Sakhee’s Secret), Challenge Stakes (2008 Stimulation), Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint (2004 Baltic King), Prix Kergorlay (2005 Alcazar), Prix Royal Oak (2005 Alcazar), Sagaro Stakes (2003, 2005 Alcazar), Sirenia Stakes (2003 Pastoral Pursuits), totesport.com Cambridgeshire (2009 Supaseus) Royal Ascot Wins (7): Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley, 2010 Cill Rialaig, 2015 Arab Dawn), Wokingham Handicap (2006 Baltic King), Wolferton Handicap (2008 Supaseus), Britannia Handicap (2011 Sagramor), Tercentenary Stakes (2011 Pisco Sour) First Royal Ascot Winner: Waverley, Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap, June 2003 Number of Wins on Flat (2002-2014): 28; 46; 34; 43; 46; 51; 43; 57; 51; 35; 40; 44 Wins This Year: 15

Winning jockey:-Name: Hughes, Richard David. Date of birth: 11/1/73 Background: Son of trainer Dessie, Richard began riding ponies aged five, and won his first pony race three years later. Apprenticed to his father, he rode six winners in his first season, when just 15. He continued to ride over the jumps during the winter, and won the 1997 Irish Champion Hurdle. In 2001 he became retained jockey for Prince Khalid Abdulla, until he left the post in November 2007. Now rides for brother-in-law Richard Hannon. Set to retire at the end of the 2015 season. First winner: Viking Melody (Roscommon maiden, August 2, 1988) British Classics (2): QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2013 Sky Lantern), Investec Oaks (2013 Talent) French Classic Wins (3): Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (2002 Zenda), Prix de Diane (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2004 American Post) Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish 2,000 Guineas (2010 Canford Cliffs) Royal Ascot Wins (31): St James’s Palace Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs), Jersey Stakes (1995 Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince, 2011 Strong Suit), King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo, 2014 Sole Power), Wokingham Stakes (2000 Harmonic Way), Duke Of Edinburgh H’cap (2002, Thundering Surf, 2015 Arab Dawn), Norfolk Stakes (2002, Baron’s Pit), Wolferton Rated H’Cap (2002 Ulundi), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002, Demonstrate), Coventry Stakes (2003 Three Valleys, 2009 Canford Cliffs, 2010 Strong Suit), Balmoral Handicap (2003 Deportivo), Ribblesdale Stakes (2003 Spanish Sun), Albany Stakes (2004 Jewel In The Sand, 2010 Memory, 2015 Illuminate), Queen Mary Stakes (2006 Gilded, 2011 Best Terms), Coronation Stakes (2007 Indian Ink, 2013 Sky Lantern), Royal Hunt Cup (2008 Mr Aviator), Chesham Stakes (2008 Free Agent, 2009 Big Audio), Queen Anne Stakes (2009 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs, 2014 Toronado), Ascot Stakes (2009 Judgethemoment) Wins in Britain (1994-2014): 19; 68; 62; 33; 55; 95; 102 91; 126; 121; 73; 124; 113; 139; 127; 144; 192; 130; 177*; 208*; 166* *champion jockey Wins in 2015: 42

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Race 6 – 5:35pm THE QUEEN’S VASE
The Veterinary Officer reported that YARROW (IRE), which was pulled up, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, was found to have an irregular heartbeat.

Non-Race related incidents
Race 3: The Stewards held an enquiry to consider why TIGGY WIGGY (IRE), trained by Richard Hannon, failed to enter the Parade Ring. Having heard his evidence that the filly was highly strung and difficult he had, therefore, planned to bring her into the parade ring as late as possible but had miscalculated and by the time he had saddled TIGGY WIGGY (IRE) and was about to enter the parade ring the other runners were already proceeding through the tunnel. They found him in breach of Rule (B)27.5 and fined him £1000.

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MOORE ALOFT WITH NINE

Ryan Moore brought this week’s tally of winners to nine on Aloft in the closing Queen’s Vase, a modern-day Royal Ascot record.

The previous post-war record of eight was held jointly by Lester Piggott (1965 and 1975) and Pat Eddery (1989).

“Ryan Moore is a brilliant jockey, anyone can see that,” said Piggott. “To win nine races during any week is a fantastic achievement, but to do it at Royal Ascot where the competition is so tough is extremely impressive. I’m sure Ryan will go on to break many more records during his career.”

A P McCoy, the record-breaking 20-time champion jump jockey who took part in today’s Royal Procession and is now retired, said: “I did think this morning that Lester Piggott’s nine Derby winners and 116 Royal Ascot winners takes some doing. But at his age, Ryan Moore is the best jockey in the world. That is not me saying that, statistics will tell you that Ryan Moore is the best jockey in the world and he is getting better. He makes very few mistakes and I am very jealous of him.”

After dismounting from the Aidan O’Brien-trained Aloft, Moore was in haste to leave for rides at Newmarket’s evening meeting. “Nine winners is not something you think about,” he said. “I’ve a few rides tomorrow and I’ll think about it then.

“Aloft is a horse with plenty of ability and it was his first run of the year. I am delighted with his performance and he will improve – hopefully he has got a good future.”

Moore has been O’Brien’s first-choice rider this season and the trainer has supplied five of the jockey’s victories this week. “I’m delighted for him,” he said. “He’s a great rider and a great fella and it’s great to have him on board.”

Aloft, the 5/2 favourite, came through late in the two-mile race to beat Tommy Docc and Future Empire two half-lengths. It was the Galileo colt’s first run since his second place in last season’s Racing Post Trophy and a return to Doncaster for the St Leger will be an option open to him.

“He’s had a few little niggles that have kept him off the track,” said O’Brien. “He’s a very nice horse and Ryan rode him perfectly at his first try at more than a mile.”

Sixth race result

5.35pm Queen’s Vase (Listed)
£85,000 total prize fund. For 3yo, 2m. Weights: colts & geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 8st 12lb. Penalties after August 31st, 2014, a winner of a Listed race 2lb; of a Group 3 race 4lb; of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 6lb. Penalty value 1st £48,203.50 2nd £18,275.00 3rd £9,146.00 4th £4,556.00 5th £2,286.50 6th £1,147.50

1) ALOFT (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE tp3-9-03 Ryan Moore [12] 5/2f
2) TOMMY DOCC (IRE) (Ronnie Docherty) Keith Dalgleish 3-9-03 Phillip Makin [10] 33/1
3) FUTURE EMPIRE (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-03 James Doyle [9] 12/1
4) VIVE MA FILLE (GER) (Ron Huggins & Atlantic Racing) Mark Johnston 3-8-12 Joe Fanning [4]
5) HAVISHAM (David Brownlow) Andrew Balding 3-9-03 David Probert [15]
6) BANTRY BAY (IRE) (Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-9-03 Joseph O’Brien [3]
7) STAR RIDER (Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib) Hughie Morrison 3-8-12 Jim Crowley [14]
8) THE TWISLER (Kwikdelivery Limited) Jane Chapple-Hyam 3-9-03 Danny Brock [1]
9) ANTIQUARIUM (IRE) (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 3-9-03 William Buick [7]
10) GREAT GLEN (Julian Richmond-Watson) Ralph Beckett 3-9-03 Pat Dobbs [6]
11) GAME SET DASH (USA) (Qatar Racing Ltd) Ger Lyons IRE 3-9-03 Andrea Atzeni [5]
12) MERCY ME (G Smith-Bernal & A Dee) John Ryan 3-8-12 Dane O’Neill [13]
PU) YARROW (IRE) (Ballymacoll Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-12 Pat Smullen [2]

13 ran
Non-runner: Fabricate (going), Yorkidding (vet’s cert – lame)
Time: 3m 28.40s
Distances: ½, ½, ½, ¾, ½, 1, nk, ¾, hd, 2½, 48
Breeder: Southern Bloodstock
Breeding: b c Galileo (IRE) — Dietrich (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))
Tote Win £2.90 Place £1.80 £7.00 £3.60 Exacta £100.90

Winning trainer:-Name: O’Brien, Aidan Date of birth: 16/10/69 Previous occupation: Assistant trainer to Jim Bolger and Annemarie Crowley/O’Brien Date of first licence: 1993 British Classic wins (23): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify), Ladbrokes St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light) Irish Classic Wins (33): Irish 2,000 Guineas (1997 Desert King, 1999 Saffron Walden, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Mastercraftsman, 2011 Roderic O’Connor, 2012 Power, 2013 Magician, 2015 Gleneagles), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1997 Classic Park, 2001 Imagine, 2003 Yesterday, 2008 Halfway To Heaven, 2011 Misty For Me, 2014 Marvellous), Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia), Irish Oaks (2006 Alexandrova, 2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Moonstone, 2014 Bracelet), Irish St Leger (2007 Yeats, 2008 Septimus) Royal Ascot wins (48): Britannia Handicap (2015 War Envoy), Coventry Stakes (1997 Harbour Master, 1999 Fasliyev, 2001 Landseer, 2002 Statue Of Liberty, 2007 Henrythenavigator, 2011 Power, 2013 War Command), Chesham Stakes (1999 Bach, 2011 Maybe), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2010 Starspangledbanner), St James’s Palace Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2007 Excellent Art, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Mastercraftsman, 2015 Gleneagles), Norfolk Stakes (2001 Johannesburg, 2015 Waterloo Bridge), Jersey Stakes (2001 Mozart, 2012 Ishvana, 2013 Gale Force Ten), Coronation Stakes (2002 Sophisticat, 2010 Lillie Langtry), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet, 2005 Indigo Cat), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties), Queen Anne Stakes (2006 Ad Valorem, 2008 Haradasun, 2013 Declaration Of War), Gold Cup (2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 Yeats, 2011 Fame And Glory, 2014 Leading Light), Queen’s Vase (2007 Mahler, 2010 Mikhail Glinka, 2013 Leading Light, 2015 Aloft), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2012 So You Think), Hardwicke Stakes (2008 Macarthur, 2011 Await The Dawn), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2008 Honolulu), Ribblesdale Stakes (2014 Bracelet), Windsor Castle Stakes (2015 Washington DC) Wins in Britain (2000-2014): 11; 20*; 10*; 6; 4; 20; 11; 18*; 20*; 12; 7; 16; 13; 13; 11 *champion trainer for win and place prize money; Wins in 2015 in Britain: 11

Winning Jockey: Moore, Ryan Lee Date Of Birth: September 18, 1983 Background: Father Gary is a trainer, and brother Jamie is a successful National Hunt jockey. Ryan initially rode over jumps as well, notching his first success on Mersey Beat in an amateur riders’ event at Towcester on May 15, 2000. Switching to the flat, Ryan enjoyed his first success as a professional when winning aboard Marwell’s Kris for Belgian trainer E C Chopin in at Lingfield on January 16, 2002. Appointed stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in December 2007. First jockey to Coolmore. Champion Apprentice: 2003 (59 wins) Champion Jockey: 2006 (180 wins), 2008 (186 wins), 2009 (179 wins). British Classic Wins (6): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen, 2015 Legatissimo) Irish Classic Wins (3): Irish 2,000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2014 Marvellous), Irish Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy) First Royal Ascot Win: Colony, King George V Stakes, June 2008 Royal Ascot Wins (36): Ascot Handicap (2012 Simenon, 2015 Clondaw Warrior), Britannia Handicap (2012 Fast Or Free, 2015 War Envoy), Chesham Stakes (2011 Maybe), Coronation Stakes (2014 Rizeena), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power), Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (2010 Strawberrydaiquiri, 2014 Integral), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2008 Sugar Ray, 2013 Opinion, 2014 Arab Spring), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon, 2014 Telescope), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall), King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar), King George V Handicap (2008 Colony), Norfolk Stakes (2015 Waterloo Bridge), Royal Hunt Cup (2015 Gm Hopkins), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2010 Bergo, 2012 Simenon, 2014 Pique Sous), Queen Mary Stakes (2015 Acapulco), Queen’s Vase (2008 Patkai, 2012 Estimate, 2015 Aloft), Ribblesdale Stakes (2015 Curvy), Tercentenary Stakes (2009 Glass Harmonium, 2014 Cannock Chase), Windsor Castle Stakes (2015 Washington DC), Wolferton Handicap (2009 Perfect Stride), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing) Number of Wins (2000-2014): 6; 0; 39; 59; 132; 120; 182; 128; 192; 178; 138; 101; 116; 194; 162 Wins in 2015: 62

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CROWD UP

Today’s attendance was 68,471, compared to 64,123 on the same day 12 months ago.

Nick Smith, Ascot’s Head of Communications and International Racing, said: “It has been a tremendous day’s racing and it was great to have another winner from France in Ervedya, who settles the three-year-old mile fillies’ honours.

“But of course the highlight was to see Ryan Moore break the modern-day Royal Ascot riding record with nine wins. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.”

GROUND

The ground remains Good To Firm ahead of Royal Ascot’s final day.

Chris Stickels, Ascot’s Clerk of the Course, commented: “We are not watering tonight as there is a high threat of potentially heavy and thundery showers tomorrow.”

FINAL STEWARDS’ REPORTS

Race 6 – 5:35pm THE QUEEN’S VASE
The Veterinary Officer reported that YARROW (IRE), which was pulled up, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, was found to have an irregular heartbeat.

Non-Race related incidents
Race 3: The Stewards held an enquiry to consider why TIGGY WIGGY (IRE), trained by Richard Hannon, failed to enter the Parade Ring. Having heard his evidence that the filly was highly strung and difficult he had, therefore, planned to bring her into the parade ring as late as possible but had miscalculated and by the time he had saddled TIGGY WIGGY (IRE) and was about to enter the parade ring the other runners were already proceeding through the tunnel. They found him in breach of Rule (B)27.5 and fined him £1,000.


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QIPCO Leading Trainer Award – Standings after fourth day

Name 1st 2nd 3rd
Aidan O’Brien IRE 5 3 2
Richard Hannon 2 2 2
Charlie Hills 2 - -
John Gosden 1 1 1
Hughie Morrison 1 1 1
Charlie Appleby 1 1 -
Roger Charlton 1 1 -
Dermot Weld IRE 1 - 1
Robert Cowell 1 - -
Ed Dunlop 1 - -
Freddy Head FR 1 - -
Mark Johnston 1 - -
Willie Mullins IRE 1 - -
David O’Meara 1 - -
Jean-Claude Rouget FR 1 - -
David Simcock 1 - -
David Wachman IRE 1 - -
Wesley Ward USA 1 - -
Kevin Ryan - 3 -
Saeed bin Suroor - 1 2
Jim Bolger IRE - 1 1
Luca Cumani - 1 1
Andrew Balding - 1 -
Clive Brittain - 1 -
Henry Candy - 1 -
Keith Dalgleish - 1 -
Michael Dods - 1 -
Andre Fabre FR - 1 -
Jeremy Gask - 1 -
Rae Guest - 1 -
Barry Hills - 1 -
William Haggas - - 2
Ralph Beckett - - 1
Michael Bell - - 1
Mick Channon - - 1
Edward Lynam IRE - - 1
Ger Lyons IRE - - 1
Tony Martin IRE - - 1
Brian Meehan - - 1
Amanda Perrett - - 1
Jean-Pierre Perruchot FR - - 1
Alain de Royer-Dupre FR - - 1
Sir Michael Stoute - - 1

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FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JUNE 19

QIPCO Leading Jockey Award – Standings after fourth day

Name 1st 2nd 3rd
Ryan Moore* 9 3 1
William Buick 2 3 -
Richard Hughes 2 2 -
Frankie Dettori 2 - 4
James Doyle 1 4 2
Jamie Spencer 1 3 1
Jim Crowley 1 1 -
Pat Smullen 1 - 2
Christophe Soumillon 1 - 1
Maxime Guyon 1 - -
Martin Harley 1 - -
Graham Lee 1 - -
Dane O’Neill 1 - -
Paul Hanagan - 1 2
Kevin Manning - 1 1
Pierre-Charles Boudot - 1 -
Jason Hart - 1 -
Adam Kirby - 1 -
Philip Makin - 1 -
Joao Moreira - 1 -
Paul Mulrennan - 1 -
Andrea Atzeni - - 2
George Baker - - 1
Charles Bishop - - 1
Pat Cosgrave - - 1
Pat Dobbs - - 1
Antoine Hamelin - - 1
Richard Kingscote - - 1
Billy Lee - - 1
Joseph O’Brien - - 1

* Modern-day record, beating the eight winners recorded by Lester Piggott (1965 & 1975) and Pat Eddery (1989).

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ROYAL ASCOT 2015
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JUNE 19

ROYAL ASCOT 2015 – ALL THE WINNERS SO FAR

Tuesday, June 16
2.30pm Queen Anne Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)
SOLOW (Wertheimer & Frere) Freddy Head FR 5-9-00 Maxime Guyon [4] 11/8f
3.05pm Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
BURATINO (IRE) (Godolphin) Mark Johnston 2-9-01 William Buick [10] 6/1
3.40pm King’s Stand Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1)
GOLDREAM (J Sargeant & Mrs J Morley) Robert Cowell p6-9-04 Martin Harley [3] 20/1
4.20pm St James’s Palace Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)
GLENEAGLES (IRE) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-9-00 Ryan Moore [5] 8/15f
5.00pm Ascot Stakes (Handicap)
CLONDAW WARRIOR (IRE) (Act D Wagg Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE h8-9-00 Ryan Moore [19] 5/1f
5.35pm Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)
WASHINGTON DC (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-3 Ryan Moore [6] 5/1

Wednesday, June 17
2.30pm Jersey Stakes (Group 3)
DUTCH CONNECTION (Susan Roy & Cheveley Park Stud) Charlie Hills 3-9-04 Jim Crowley [9] 14/1
3.05pm Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)
ACAPULCO (USA) (Gay Smith, Doreen Tabor & Sue Magnier) Wesley Ward USA tb2-9-00 Ryan Moore [20] 5/2f
3.40pm Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2)
AMAZING MARIA (IRE) (Sir Robert Ogden) David O’Meara 4-9-00 James Doyle [1] 25/1
4.20pm Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)
FREE EAGLE (IRE) (Moyglare Stud Farms) Dermot Weld IRE 4-9-00 Pat Smullen [4] 5/2f
5.00pm Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap)
GM HOPKINS (Robin Geffen) John Gosden 4-9-03 Ryan Moore [11]
5.35pm Sandringham Handicap (Listed)
OSAILA (IRE) (Al Shaqab Racing) Richard Hannon 3-9-07 Frankie Dettori [14] 13/2

Thursday, June18
2.30pm Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)
WATERLOO BRIDGE (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-01 Ryan Moore [8] 12/1
3.05pm Tercentenary Stakes (Group 3)
TIME TEST (Khalid Abdullah) Roger Charlton 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [7] 15/8f
3.40pm Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)
CURVY (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) David Wachman IRE p3-9-00 Ryan Moore [3] 9/2
4.20pm Gold Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 1)
TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) (La Grange Partnership) Ed Dunlop 4-9-00 Graham Lee [13] 12/1
5.00pm Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
WAR ENVOY (USA) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Joseph Allen) Aidan O’Brien IRE t3-9-06 Ryan Moore [11] 10/1
5.35pm King George V Stakes (Handicap)
SPACE AGE (IRE) (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 3-8-10 William Buick [20] 9/1

Friday, June 19
2.30pm Albany Stakes (Group 3)
ILLUMINATE (IRE) (Denford Stud) Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Richard Hughes [13] 4/1f
3.05pm King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
BALIOS (IRE) (Al Asayl Bloodstock) David Simcock 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer [4] 7/2
3.40pm Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
MUHAARAR (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Charlie Hills 3-9-03 Dane O’Neill [8] 10/1
4.20pm Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)
ERVEDYA (FR) (HH Aga Khan) Jean-Claude Rouget FR 3-9-00 Christophe Soumillon [7] 3/1
5.00pm Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
ARAB DAWN (Eason, Kerr-Dineen, Hughes, Edwards-Jones) Hughie Morrison 4-9-02 Richard Hughes [21] 6/1jf
5.35pm Queen’s Vase (Listed)
ALOFT (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE tp3-9-03 Ryan Moore [12] 5/2f

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