Big Orange pips Order Of St George in Gold Cup thriller
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 6:25
Winter passed the post with two-and-a-quarter lengths in hand over Roly Poly, while Hydrangea was third to provide trainer Aidan O'Brien with a one-two-three, and a big double on the day after Caravaggio won the preceding Commonwealth Cup.
Harry Angel was in turn half a length in front of Blue Point, with the trio pulling nicely clear of American challenger Bound For Nowhere. Santry closed for second, and Cardsharp was third.
A very impressive victor here on Tuesday he bids for the double today under Martin Harley (Ryan Moore having to ride for O'Brien).
Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien and his top jockey, Ryan Moore, collected a victor for the second straight day when Sioux Nation won the Norfolk Stakes at odds of 14-1.
Run on Thursday in front of a record crowd of almost 70,000 people, the contest climaxed in a nail-biting head-bobbing finish between the two favourites, having pulled six lengths clear of the rest of the field. "He is the fastest horse we have ever had, without doubt".
A very strong renewal of the race sees John Gosden, victor of this year's Oaks at Epsom, saddle four runners and Coronet (7/1) appears to be his leading chance for French jockey Olivier Peslier.
"I was just praying for the line and begging for the line to come".
"The lads have a plan in their mind that he might go to Australia for the Everest [G1, six furlongs, Randwick Racecourse, October 14, 2017], so we have to be very conscious now if we want him to last for the autumn".
Indeed so keen are they to buy into the Royal Ascot experience that this week for the first time the five-day meet is being broadcast by Chinese digital platform Sina Sports, reaching over 200 million households.
"I ride Limato in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes so we will see how they measure up".
Unbeaten Caravaggio claimed the sixth win of his career to win the Commonwealth Cup before the English and Irish 1000 Guineas victor Winter took victory in the Coronation Stakes.
"It was an epic race - Order Of St George is a brilliant horse".
"Blimey, he's as tough as they get", said Doyle who could not stop chatting when he received his trophy from the Queen.
"In fact I thought she raced lazy early although she galloped out strong".
"It's very hard to do what she's done, but she's good".
"They made him work but he was going away at the end".
"She's got a lot of class", said Moore.
"She's had four races quick enough, but she's doing well and enjoying it. Attraction was the last to do it". However, it was also evident that Order of St George was still travelling very easily and was passing horses progressively quickly on his way towards the front.
Ryan Moore put Order Of St George to sleep at the back of the field, giving Big Orange a healthy head start.
Different League held off Alpha Centauri by a neck to score in the Albany Stakes, while Permian took the honours in the King Edward VII Stakes for William Buck and Mark Johnston.