Royal Ascot on ITV Racing – Day Three review

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Published: 21st June 2018

Stradivarius won the Gold Cup for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori in front of the ITV Racing cameras.

Frankie Dettori won a fifth Gold Cup and the 60th Royal Ascot race of his glittering career in front of the ITV Racing cameras.
Stradivarius, partnered by Dettori, won the Day Three feature.
Trained by John Gosden the four-year-old was stepping up to two and a half miles for the first time in his career.
Torcedor led the field into the home straight ahead of Stradivarius, French challenger Vazirabad and 2016 Gold Cup hero Order Of St George.
Stradivarius was bidding for his second Royal Ascot success, having won the Queen’s Vase at last year’s meeting.
He was beaten a length into third place by Order Of St George in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot last October.
But a winning return in last month’s Yorkshire Cup suggested he could be an improved performer this season.

PRESSURE

With Order Of St George under a pressure a long way from home, Stradivarius saw out the extra distance well.
Vazirabad just beat Torcedor to the runner-up spot by a head.
Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa steered Ostilio to victory in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Simon Crisford’s charge was among the market principals for this fiercely competitive handicap as a 10/1 shot.
The three-year-old made a smart start over the straight mile and after initially leading down the centre of the track.
De Sousa tacked his mount across to grab the stands rail.
It was clear some way from home that his rivals would struggle to close the gap and Ostilio passed the post with a handy advantage.
Curiosity was second ahead of Magnificent and Desert Wind in third and fourth respectively.

DOMINATED

Magic Wand dominated her rivals in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Aidan O’Brien’s filly travelled strongly before powering clear in the home straight for an impressive four-length victory.
Epsom Oaks second Wild Illusion, the 9/4 favourite, had to make do with the runner-up spot once again with Sun Maiden third.
Ryan Moore rode his 50th winner at Royal Ascot as Hunting Horn dominated his rivals in the Hampton Court Stakes.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt came down in class after finishing a respectable sixth in the French Derby on his latest appearance.
Moore settled Hunting Horn in midfield for much of the 10-furlong journey before making his move rounding the home turn.
The son of Camelot fairly sprinted up the straight to score by four and a half lengths.
Shang Shang Shang clung on grimly to provide Wesley Ward with another Royal Ascot success in the Norfolk Stakes.

SADDLED

The ebullient American trainer had saddled nine previous winners at the showpiece fixture, including No Nay Never in this race five years ago.
Shang Shang Shang bounced out of the stalls and was soon leading her male counterparts in the hands of Joel Rosario.
She needed the line badly in the final 100 yards and Pocket Dynamo lunged late to almost join her passing the post.
The judge confirmed Shang Shang had recorded a nose victory, with Land Force back in third.
Baghdad claimed a narrow victory after a thrilling climax to the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The three-year-old was one of six runners for trainer Mark Johnston in an 18-strong field.
Baghdad was pressed by Corgi on the run to the line.
First Eleven then flew home against the far rail to set up a three-way finish, but Johnston’s charge clung on.

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