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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 June 2007, 16:55 GMT 17:55 UK
Royal Ascot, 19-23 June, 2007



All the action as it happened from the fifth and final day of Royal Ascot.

The meeting reached an exciting climax as Soldier's Tale, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, edged out Australian challenger Takeover Target to win the Golden Jubilee Stakes.

Miss Andretti, who had been chasing an Ascot sprint double, was well down the field.

Maraahel made it back-to-back wins in the Hardwicke Stakes after edging out odds-on favourite Scorpion.

606: DEBATE

Jockeys Royston French (Maze in the Chesham Stakes) and William Buick (Dark Missile in the Wokingham Stakes) both claim their first Royal Ascot winners.

By Elizabeth Hudson

1735 - Queen Alexandra Stakes (2m 5f)
1. Enjoy The Moment (Jamie Spencer) 6-1
2. Baddam (Ian Mongan) 4-1
3. Golden Quest (Joe Fanning) 5-2f
12 ran. Dist: 3,

Enjoy The Moment made up for disappointment in Tuesday's Ascot Stakes to finish the meeting on a high with success in the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

Jamie Spencer's mount, trained by former jockey Jamie Osbourne claimed a three-length win while Baddam edged out the favourite Golden Quest for the minor placings.

Spencer had his mount well off the early pace but he looked dangerous turning for home and accelerated strongly for the win.

1700 - Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (1m 4f)
1. Pevensey (Graham Gibbons) 8-1
2. Solent (Richard Hughes) 20-1
3. Hitchcock (Michael Kinane) 9-2
14 ran. Dist: hd, sh-hd

Pevensey got the best of a three-horse scrap with Solent and Hitchcock to claim a narrow victory in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.

Graham Gibbons's mount, trained by John Quinn, came with a well-timed run to grab long-time leader Solent with a furlong to run.

But the Richard Hannon-trained gelding came back for more once passed and Hitchcock also challenged.

But the winner stuck his neck out to take top honours by a head.

1645: Jimmy Fortune cannot be caught for the prize of leading jockey at the Royal meeting - Aidan O'Brien takes the training equivalent.

"William did everything right and I'm thrilled for him. When this filly is right, she is a very good filly." Dark Missile's trainer Andrew Balding.

"It's unbelieveable. She's a nice filly and very tough and was good today."
Dark Missile's 18-year-old jockey William Buick, celebrating his first Royal Ascot win

1625 - Wokingham Stakes (6f)
1. Dark Missile (William Buick) 22-1
2. Intrepid Jack (Steve Drowne) 10-1
3. Balthazaar's Gift (Frankie Dettori) 12-1
4.Something (Johnny Murtagh) 14-1
26 ran. Dist: nk, 1

The 22-1 chance Dark Missile finished strongest to win the Wokingham Stakes under the talented William Buick to give trainer Andrew Balding his first Royal Ascot winner.

The victor took over the lead in the final furlong and held off the challenge of her rivals, including the fast-finishing Intrepid Jack.

The field of 26 split into three groups but the winning quartet all came from the far side of the track.

1620: Zidane is set to go off as favourite for the Wokingham but this is a tricky race for punters with 26 in the field.

"This is probably my best day as a trainer. This horse is tough and honest but he has had countless problems - colic surgery, having parts of his stomach removed and he has to be on a special diet, so to get him back to winning form is fabulous. We were twice on the point of having to put him down but he has fought hard. He is my favourite horse in the yard - I love him for his heart."
Soldier's Tale's trainer Jeremy Noseda.

"That was a great race. My fellow got his head down and responded well in the final stages. He was getting there with every stride. The rain just slowed everything down and it was a great win."
Soldier's Tale's jockey Johnny Murtagh.

1545 - Golden Jubilee Stakes (6f)
1. Soldier's Tale (Johnny Murtagh) 9-1
2. Takeover Target (Jay Ford) 8-1
3. Asset (Richard Hughes) 14-1
21 ran. Dist: hd,

Soldier's Tale fought out a big finish with Australian challenger Takeover Target to win the Golden Jubilee Stakes.

Takeover Target, who had won the King's Stand Stakes at last year's meeting, had looked set for another victory but was overhauled on the line by the Jeremy Noseda-trained winner.

Johnny Murtagh's mount missed all of last season through injury but relished the Ascot conditions to win by a head, wearing the visor for the first time.

The favourite Miss Andretti never got into her stride and finished well down the field.

1533: Good news - the rain has stopped. Now down to the serious matter of the Golden Jubilee Stakes with 21 going to post. Miss Andretti is the favourite as she bids for a sprint double. BBC Sport's Clare Balding is impressed by the appearance of Amadeus Wolf, one of the leading British challengers.

1525: People are trying to find some sort of shelter from the monsoon-like conditions. This will not help the horses who prefer firmer ground.

1519: Rain again at Ascot. BBC Sport duo Willie Carson and Clare Balding are trying to shelter under an umbrella.

"I'm thrilled with this horse. As a six-year-old I think he is better than ever. We put blinkers on him this year and with three wins now out of four it seems to have woken him up."
Maraahel's trainer Sir Michael Stoute

"If I can get to the front he is a hard horse to get by. From a jockey's point of view you can't ask for more than that and he is one of my favourites."
Maraahel's jockey Richard Hills

1505 - Hardwicke Stakes (1m 4f)
1. Maraahel (Richard Hills) 100-30
2. Scorpion (Michael Kinane) 4-5
3. Mighty (John Egan) 10-1
7 ran. Dist: , 2

Last year's winner Maraahel makes it back-to-back wins in the Hardwicke Stakes after holding off a determined challenge from Scorpion.

It gave Sir Michael Stoute his first winner of this year's Royal meeting.

Maraahel took over from leader Akarem at the two-furlong mark and was challenged by Scorpion, who had to work hard entering the home straight.

But Richard Hills' mount had enough to hold off the challenge of his rivals to triumph by half a length.

1455: Scorpion is being backed strongly for the Hardwicke Stakes and Aidan O'Brien's charge could go off the odds-on favourite. So far there is little money for anything else.

1450: Jimmy Fortune still heads the meeting's leading jockey's standings with five winners this week, two ahead of Michael Kinane. Aidan O'Brien tops the trainers standings.

"He's green and he got to the front too soon. he is a smashing horse and he is bred to be a Derby horse."
Winning trainer Bryan Smart

1430 - Chesham Stakes (7f)
1. Maze (Royston Ffrench) 11-2
2. Pegasus Again (Frankie Dettori) 14-1
3. Feared In Flight (Michael Kinane) 15-8f
12 ran. Dist: nk, nk

Maze makes it two wins out of two in his career with success in the Chesham Stakes after a stewards enquiry for some interference in the home straight.

The winner, trained by Bryan Smart and ridden by Royston Ffrench, took the lead two furlongs from home and managed to hold off the challenge of Pegasus Again to give Ffrench his first Royal Ascot winner.

The favourite Feared in Flight was unable to get through the field at the right time to challenge the leader and had to be content with third.

1423: Jockey Steve Drowne is talking down the chances of his mount Intrepid Jack in the Wokingham Handicap - he does not believe the ground is in his charge's favour.

1419: First prediction correct for the day - the Queen is wearing pink - pale pink with a tweed coat and dress. I think I will quit while I am ahead - like any punter should...

"I find Saturday's fashion more frivilous than formal but I like it."
BBC fashion expert James Sherwood

1415: 12 horses go to post for the day's opener - the Chesham Stakes for two-year-olds. The favourite is Feared in Flight, trained by Barry Hills and ridden by Michael Kinane.

1345: Excitement is high as Ascot as the final day of the Royal meeting approaches. More importantly for fashionistas, what colour will the Queen be wearing today?

So far this week she has opted for turquoise, primrose, beige and blue. My money is on pink!



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