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Royal Ascot day three: Mike Cattermole's preview and race-by-race selections

23 Juin 2017

She won the Coronation Stakes (G1) at last year's Royal Ascot meet, then returned to France to win the Prix Rothschild (G1) at Deauville.

"He's concrete", said O'Brien, winning his 300th Group One, Flat or National Hunt.

However, Highland Reel was on the money this afternoon, claiming Ireland's second win of the week; Willie Mullins having opened the Irish account with Thomas Hobson in yesterday's penultimate race. (Do you ever see the Queen at a formal daytime occasion without a topper?) Slot says that though some of the hats can get a little outrageous, they don't encourage that, and instead hope their guests will embrace tradition while still being fashion-forward. Ryan Moore kept the Galileo star in second and turned him loose in the homestretch.

"It was good pressure to have, he was not odds-on in the end and he was the right horse to have the pressure with as sometimes you get favourites that can't win".

"I'm just a small part in a massive team", he said.

"Highland Reel has such a marvellous attitude", winning jockey Ryan Moore said. This means not taking them into the winner's enclosure straight after the race and making them stand still. "I'll be counting the days until next year", the 46-year-old added.

"We take one race at a time with every horse and don't get too far ahead of ourselves", said O'Brien. "It looks a very good race but our horse is going well", said Simcock.

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Last year's victor Profitable threw down a challenge inside the last of five furlongs, but Lady Aurelia found another gear to seal an emphatic three-length verdict to give Ward his eighth Royal Ascot victor.

Earlier, there were wins for French horses Le Brivido and Qemah in the Jersey Stakes and the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, respectively, in hot conditions at Ascot.

Perhaps it was that subpar run that left many British bettors thinking Lady Aurelia had peaked very early in her career, but she hardly could have won the Giant's Causeway Stakes in April at Keeneland more easily, and had earned nothing but praise from Ward for her subsequent work for the King's Stand.

"This is wonderful for American racing", said Ward, who has eight career winners at Ascot since 2009.

"I had the opportunity to meet with her owners in Kentucky a year ago and then again at the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions sale in January". HRH Princess Haya, looking lovely in lace, as well as her and Sheikh Mohammed's daughter, Sheikha Al Jalila.

Godolphin won three races on the opening day, including the St. James's Palace Stakes with 5-2 shot Barney Roy as favorite Churchill finished fourth in the signature race.

Royal Ascot day three: Mike Cattermole's preview and race-by-race selections