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Injured jockey Frankie Dettori out of Royal Ascot

Injured jockey Frankie Dettori out of Royal Ascot

Order Of St George looks primed to win back-to-back renewals of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday - the showpiece race on day three of the meeting.

Renowned as a 12-furlong horse, it was his first Group One win over 10 furlongs for two years.

Just a length had separated the pair when they finished first and second at Newmarket in early May, but having since followed up at the Curragh, Aidan O'Brien's Churchill was the 1-2 favourite to confirm his superiority over the Richard Hannon-trained Barney Roy (5-2).

Ulysses and Decorated Knight even nudged in front of the eventual victor but Highland Reel was simply too tough and too streetwise when it mattered and O'Brien's five-year-old ended up winning by a length and a quarter, with a short head separating Decorated Knight and Ulysses.

Highland Reel won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot a year ago and later in 2016 landed the Breeders' Cup Turf in the United States.

Highland Reel had to overcome an outside draw but Moore managed to get him across and tracking the front-running Scottish.

South African transplant Smart Call made all the going along the stands side rail in the Duke of Cambridge and continued well but could not hold off a bold move by the French-trained victor, under Gregory Benoist.

French hopes rest with the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Mekhtaal, victor of the Prix d'Ispahan.

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"She's a very special filly", Ward said.

Getty/AAP Last year was the first time the Duchess attended Royal Ascot, and you'd be forgiven for thinking she slipped on the same outfit this time.

To find out, it is enough to study closely the dress she wore on Tuesday June 20th for the Royal Ascot, this prestigious horse race that saw a large part of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II, hurry in the stands. The two-year-old Kyllachy filly ran the five furlongs in:59.63 under jockey Adam Kirby.

Asked about future plans, Hannon said: "He's in the Eclipse, he's in the Arc".

Ward took the defeat in stride.

"I entertained a large group of Chinese high net worth individuals on Tuesday and there were more than before taking an interest in buying horses".

"I hope now that she will continue to improve for the rest of the season. I think he would be better with easy ground, but I am happy with the way he ran".


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