Royal Ascot Day Four Recap: Orange causes Big surprise on Ladies’ Day

Big Orange stunned reigning champion Order Of St George, in an epic running of the Ascot Gold Cup.

Michael Bell’s six-year-old led as they hit the home straight, and powered home strongest in a battle with the former winner to win by the narrowest of margins.

The Irish raider challenged late but was marginally touched off in one of the most thrilling finishes to the Gold Cup in recent years.

It’s the globetrotter’s first top-level victory after winning various pattern prizes including the Goodwood Cup and Prince Of Wales’ stakes.

“He’s just absolute superstar,” said trainer Michael Bell.

“He gives his all and he’s got a heart as big as himself.

“I can’t praise his attitude enough; he wants to race and he’s a colossal racehorse.”

Classic woes to Ascot glows, Benbatl and Coronet show class after below-par efforts at Epsom

Coronet a star filly on Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot

Favourite backers suffered another narrow blow as Mori went down late on to a fast finishing Coronet.

The daughter of Midday, and son of Frankel gained plenty of support after an encouraging listed victory last time out and looked to pay dividends before John Gosden’s filly pipped her on the line.

It was an improved effort from Coronet, who was last seen finishing well behind stable rival Enable in the Oaks earlier this month.

Derby fifth Benbatl took advantage of his step down in trip to win the Group Three Hampton Court Stakes for Saeed Bin Suroor.  It was the Godolphin trainer’s first Royal Ascot success since 2012.

Frankel sired his first Royal winner in the finale, as Atty Persse powered home in the King George VI handicap in impressive style.

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore won the opening Norfolk Stakes with Sioux Nation.

Bless Him enjoyed Britannia Handicap success for David Simcock, where the first three home raced on the far side of the track.


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