King Charles มีผู้ชนะ Royal Ascot และ Dettori อ้างสิทธิ์ใน Gold Cup

Frankie Dettori punches the air after winning the Gold Cup for a ninth time
This was Frankie Dettori’s ninth Gold Cup victory

Desert Hero delivered King Charles his first winner at Royal Ascot with victory in the King George V Stakes, on the day Frankie Dettori claimed his ninth Gold Cup triumph.

Desert Hero (18-1), ridden by Tom Marquand, finished strongly to beat Valiant King and Bertinelli.

Marquand said it was “one of his proudest moments in the saddle”.

In the Gold Cup, Dettori rode 15-2 shot Courage Mon Ami to victory in the jockey’s final Royal Ascot meeting.

The 52-year-old Italian, who retires later this year, had to battle hard in the closing stages of the race with 11-4 favourite Coltrane on the inside but prevailed to secure yet another triumph in the feature race, which he first won aboard Drum Taps in 1992.

Courage Mon Ami is a four-year-old son of legendary racehorse Frankel and had won his last three races for trainers John and Thady Gosden.

Dettori collected the famous trophy from King Charles and Queen Camilla, and even planted a kiss on the Queen’s cheek.

Frankie Dettori celebrates with Queen Camilla after his victory on Courage Mon Ami in the Gold Cup
Dettori announced in December 2022 that 2023 would be his last year in the saddle

“Unbelievable. I thought it was a bridge too far. But I had the perfect race,” said Dettori.

“I thought Coltrane was gong to come back. In fairness [Courage Mon Ami] is still a baby so [it was a great run].”

Dettori, who claimed the Queen’s Vase aboard Gregory on Wednesday, then performed his trademark flying dismount to the delight of the Ascot crowd.

Earlier, Valiant Force took a shock 150-1 victory in the Norfolk Stakes to become the joint biggest-priced winner at Royal Ascot alongside 2020 Coventry Stakes winner Nando Parrado.

Elite Status was the favourite but finished in third place, while Malc (66-1) came home in second.

King’s horse delivers ‘dream’ victory

Desert Hero, trained by William Haggas, had to hold off a spirited attack from second-placed Valiant King in the final furlong but stuck his head out to secure what Marquand called “a dream” win in the royal silks.

King Charles picked up the prize with Queen Camilla, who both looked elated with the result in the royal box.

Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September, was a regular visitor to the winner’s enclosure during her reign and her granddaughter, Zara Tindall, told ITV Racing the success for the family was bittersweet.

Tom Marquand celebrates with Desert Hero after winning the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot
Desert Hero was the King’s fourth runner at Royal Ascot this week

“Think how proud our grandmother, the Queen, would’ve been,” she said. “To have a winner for Charles and Camilla and keep that dream alive was incredible. It’s a new excitement.

“Like all those owners that come here and have a horse here having that dream, that hope and then fulfilling it is incredible.”

Marquand sealed a double later when winning the Hampton Court Stakes on Waipiro for trainer Ed Walker.

Rossa Ryan led two-year-old Valiant Force, trained by Adrian Murray, to a length-and-a-quarter victory in the Norfolk Stakes to give football advisor Kia Joorabchian’s Amo Racing their maiden win at the meeting.

Highly touted challenger American Rascal from the United States could only manage 13th place with jockey Joel Rosario.

“To be fair to the lads, they were confident he would run a big race,” said Murray.

“He’s bred well, he’s bred to be a sprinter, and he’s something else to look at.”

Meanwhile, Hayley Turner landed the Britannia Stakes on 6-1 favourite Docklands, trained by Harry Eustace.

Ryan Moore secured his 77th Royal Ascot win with Aidan O’Brien’s Warm Heart in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

And the concluding Buckingham Palace Stakes went to 50-1 outsider Witch Hunter, ridden by Jamie Spencer for Richard Hannon.

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