Caravaggio wakes up in time to seal Commonwealth Cup glory at Ascot
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 9:38
Cox said of the Dark Angel colt's future plans: "We'll see how he comes back from this race [as to where we go next], but just very pleased with this". As a whole it's a fantastic week and such a well organised event, it seems to become more popular every year. He's the jockey who replaced the charismatic Italian aboard Big Orange when landing Thursday's Gold Cup.
If you truly love horseracing you need to watch this race, writes James Trotter. He has been taken to the hearts of racing fans as he's such a warrior and gallops all the way to the line. Ryan gave him a brilliant ride and his change of pace is unbelievable.
Roly Poly was second and Hydrangea third in a sensational result for Ballydoyle. It's pure, raw speed and this horse has that as well.
I hope you had a good week.
"It is better than I dreamt about", said Murphy, referring to breaking his Royal Ascot duck. Mark Johnston always has his two-year-olds ready for their first runs and Cape Bunting should be no different. Unlike the colt this was a dual-Guineas victor who didn't fluff her Royal Ascot lines and she led home an O'Brien 1-2-3 with Roly Poly and Hydrangea filling the frame.
Trainer O'Brien told ITV Racing: "She travelled well, Ryan had her in a lovely position, she came home very well". "He'd struggled on soft ground as a 2-year-old, so if anybody listened to me before he went to York I sadly put them off", he explained.
In the penultimate race of the day, jockey Jamie Spencer rode Bless Him to victory in the Britannia Stakes. Her best form had been with juice in the ground until today, so that says it all.
"He'll head back to Goodwood and he won't run again before then". I think he'll come on for that. Fairyland won a maiden race at Keeneland in April.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been discharged from hospital after a "precautionary" stay, but the ever-professional Queen Elizabeth has continued with her royal duties, attending ascot for the third day of races - and she even looks set to win with her horse, Maths Prize.
"If they get the chance to win at Royal Ascot and potentially be presented with the trophy by a member of the royal family or a celebrity－well, it means more to win at Royal Ascot than most places, and that would just be wonderful for me".
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid has a gilt-edged chance of securing a fourth win in the race with Tasleet, having won with Atraf in 1996, Royal Applause the following year and Malhub in 2002.
Haggas was convinced heavy ground would not suit his charge on his return to the Knavesmire last month.
My final ride on Saturday in the Live Casino At 188Bet Handicap is King Of Paris who is still a maiden after four starts.
Our Irish Eyes column foresees more glory for Aidan O'Brien on Saturday - and Tuesday's victor Thomas Hobson.
Benbatl takes the lead on day three at Royal Ascot.