Joseph O’Brien rode six Royal Ascot winners as a jockey, three of them Group Ones (So You Think, 2012 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Declaration Of War, 2013 Queen Anne Stakes, Leading Light, 2014 Gold Cup).
His first Royal Ascot runner as a trainer, Now You’re Talking, finished fourth in Wednesday’s Queen Mary Stakes and he had another chance with True Blue Moon in the Norfolk Stakes, ridden by his brother Donnacha (pictured top with Joseph O’Brien).
However, victory went to his father Aidan O’Brien, as Sioux Nation ridden by Ryan Moore scooped the race by half a length.
Saeed bin Suroor registered his 36th winner at the Royal Meeting after 9/2 chance Benbatl gamely landed the 10-furlong G3 Hampton Court Stakes, giving Godolphin a fourth victory at Royal Ascot 2017.
Ridden by Oisin Murphy, gaining his first success at Royal Ascot, the three-year-old son of Dubawi took the lead a furlong and a half out and kept on well for Murphy’s urgings to fend off the late challenge of Aidan O’Brien’s well-backed 10/3 favourite Orderofthegarter, to score by half-a-length.
Coronet’s last-gasp victory at 9/1 in the Ribblesdale Stakes was the 42nd Royal Ascot win for her trainer John Gosden – but his first of this year’s Royal Meeting.
The Dubawi filly snatched triumph in the shadow of the post by a neck from 2/1 favourite Mori, denying Sir Michael Stoute a record-breaking 76th Royal Ascot win.
“My God, I’ve never seen a pace like that for a mile and a half race,” said Gosden.
“Coronet is a lovely filly. I thought the third filly [Hertford Dancer, also trained by Gosden] had got it won; she’s a very game filly and was ridden well. It was a great run and I’m delighted with her.
“I told Olivier [Peslier, who rode her] that this filly would come strong – I thought Mori was going to win and then Olivier came and grabbed it. She’s a tough filly.”
At the start of the day, the great Frankel, winner of the 2011 St James’s Palace Stakes and the 2012 Queen Anne Stakes, had yet to sire a Royal Ascot winner. But this was accomplished by the Roger Charlton-trained 7/1 shot Atty Persse, a son of Frankel, who achieved an impressive success in the King George V Handicap.
Ridden by apprentice jockey Kieran Shoemark, the talented three-year-old found plenty for pressure in the closing stages to register a three-length victory in the 12-furlong event – providing owners Godolphin with their fifth victory of the week.
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Royal Ascot 2017 winners – Thursday 22nd June 2017
- G2 Norfolk Stakes – SIOUX NATION (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-01 Ryan Moore 14/1
- G3 Hampton Court Stakes – BENBATL (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Oisin Murphy 9/2
- G2 Ribblesdale Stakes – CORONET (Denford Stud) John Gosden 3-9-00 Olivier Peslier 9/1
- G1 Gold Cup – BIG ORANGE (Bill & Tim Gredley) Michael Bell 6-9-02 James Doyle 5/1
- Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) – BLESS HIM (Qatar Racing Limited) David Simcock 3-8-09 Jamie Spencer 25/1
- King George V Stakes (Handicap) – ATTY PERSSE (Godolphin)Roger Charlton 3-8-10 Kieran Shoemark (3) 7/1