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A patient Highland Reel proved too tough against a top-class field in Wednesday's Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, providing trainer Aidan O'Brien with his 300th career Group 1 or Grade 1 stakes win in a flat or jump race.

O'Brien had to wait until the 10th race of the week, having fielded 11 losers in the earlier contests, but was rescued by the horse who was already his most successful in terms of prize money won.

Highland Reel was taken on for the lead by Godolphin's Scottish, and in the straight he briefly was headed by Decorated Knight, the Jebel Hatta victor, and Michael Stoute's Ulysses.

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

The Queen had been seen at the State Opening of Parliament wearing blue, but by the time she arrived at the Berkshire racecourse she had changed into yellow. Prominent throughout, she settled nicely racing along the far side, picked up her pace about a quarter-mile from the finish, and stormed home a three-length victor over Profitable, who won the 2016 King's Stand.

Qemah had been beaten on her last start at Lingfield, but she put that behind her back at Ascot with an impressive performance.

"She broke really well", Velazquez said.

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Ryan Moore rode a fearless race on the Sir Michael Stoute trained daughter of Ideal World who blazed a path up the Ascot straight mile, before coming under fire in the final 300m.

Highland Reel should "kill off " any "chatter" about the Irish stable, says Chris Cook of the Guardian.

O'Brien was effusive in his praise of the victor. "He's an incredibly versatile horse and, while it's not been long since Epsom, we've been happy with what he has done since then", said O'Brien. "After that we'll go to Deauville for the Prix Rothschild". I saw her the other day and she has put on weight since her run at York, which is exactly where Ralph wants her.

He finished last of seven behind the reopposing Jack Hobbs on that occasion but the unexpectedly yielding ground was certainly against him that day and the real Highland Reel is far better than that.

"We've had another hot day, and probably more drying than yesterday - I saw a temperature of 33 degrees at one point", he said last night. The event is a favorite of the Queen's, and Kate's attendance a year ago drew much attention, as her outfit-a white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress-was heralded as an appropriately sophisticated and summery choice (she matched it with a white fascinator).

Australian Michelle Payne, the only female jockey to have won the Melbourne Cup, came fifth on outsider Kaspersky.

  • Julie Sanders