Stradivarius outclassed his seven opponents to win the Ascot Gold Cup for a third consecutive year. John Gosden's brilliant stayer won by ten lengths and few would bet against him emulating Yeats and winning a fourth title in twelve months time. It didn't look the most competitive renewals beforehand but the six year old produced an imperious display toying with Nayef Road and co. Once asked for his effort by Frankie Dettori, he powered away to register his fifteen win from twenty two career starts.
Otherwise, the third day of Royal Ascot belonged to Roger Varian who was responsible for a treble courtesy of Mountain Angel, Molatham and Khaloosy. The Newmarket trainer has his string in fantastic form and I was particularly impressed with the last named's victory in the Britannia Stakes. The grey son of Dubawi had impressed when winning on the all-weather at Wolverhampton last backend. Contesting a handicap for the first time, he moved strongly throughout before quickening in the manner of a future Pattern horse to win by four and a half lengths. It will be interesting to see where he heads next.
Thankfully following a disappointing second day, it was a much one for followers of the Royal Ascot Update. Molatham (11/2) and Khaloosy (advised @ 14/1) were winners and Tritonic (advised @ 14/1) was beaten half a length in the opening ten furlongs handicap. The highlight was selecting the first, second and fourth in the Britannia Stakes.
Overall, it was an excellent day for the Talking Trainers section in Ahead On The Flat with four winners, including Onassis (33/1). Charlie Fellowes indicated that the Dubawi filly could be tailormade for the Sandringham Handicap. It was the Newmarket handler's second consecutive win in the one mile event.
Away from Royal Ascot, I was pleased to see Al Aasy justify odds on favouritism in the twelve furlongs maiden at Newmarket. William Haggas' well regarded colt hadn't set the world alight in a Listed event at the Guineas meeting but he appreciated the drop in class here and annihilated his four opponents by ten lengths. Featured in the Top 40 Prospects, he has a bright future.
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