Royal Ascot on ITV Racing – Day Five review

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Published: 25th June 2018

There was another dramatic day of action in front of the ITV Racing cameras as the curtain was brought down on another memorable Royal Ascot.

Merchant Navy came out on top in a dramatic Diamond Jubilee Stakes in front of the ITV Racing cameras.
Hot favourite Harry Angel became upset in the stalls and was very slowly away.
He was never to land a blow and it was left to American raider Bound For Nowhere to blaze a trail down the Ascot straight.
He was still in front a furlong out but began to hang to his left towards the eventual winner who was beginning his charge.
Merchant Navy was immediately pressed by City Light and at the line only had a short-head to spare.
Bound For Nowhere was third, three-quarters-of-a-length away.
33/1 outsider Bacchus came to the rescue of the bookmakers as he reeled in 2/1 favourite Dreamfield to win the Wokingham.

MERRY

The runner-up led the field a merry dance down the far side of the track.
The eventual winner threw down a determined challenge which took him to the front close home for a neck success.
Crystal Ocean provided Sir Michael Stoute with a remarkable 11th win in the Hardwicke Stakes.
The 4/7 favourite tracked market rival Idaho through the early stages of the contest and went to the front two furlongs out.
As the pacesetter began to backtrack, 33/1 outsider Red Verdon emerged as the main threat.
But he could never land a telling blow and the winner surged to the line, scoring by two-and-a-half lengths.
Soldier’s Call was a 12/1 winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes for Archie Watson and Danny Tudhope.

WINNER

The winner was in front two furlongs out.
He fended off the late thrust of Richard Fahey’s Sabre to score by a length.
Dom Carlos (16/1) was another to finish with a flourish and was a further length-and-three-quarters adrift in third.
Arthur Kitt claimed a fairytale success in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Tom Dascombe’s charge is a son of the yard’s 2012 Queen Mary Stakes heroine Ceiling Kitty, who died after giving birth to this Camelot colt.
It did not look great for his supporters of the 13/2 winner for much of the seven-furlong journey.
However, to his credit, Arthur Kitt responded to his riders urgings to hold off Nate The Great by a neck.

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