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Ascot day two as it happened

ROYAL ASCOT 2008
Date: Wednesday 17-Saturday 21 June First race: 1430 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC One (1345-1520) and BBC Two (1520-1715), BBC Radio Five Live and the BBC Sport website


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By Oliver Brett

Time to wind down our coverage now, following a victory for the John Dunlop-trained Festivale in the final race. Still three days of Royal Ascot to come, mind you. And isn't Festivale an appropriate name for a winner of a meeting like this?

1730 Sandringham Stakes (Handicap - 1m)
1. Festivale (K McEvoy, 10-1 )
2. Illusion (S Sanders) 7-1
3. Shabiba (Martin Dwyer );7-1
4. Shaker (J Spencer ) 18-1
16 ran. Dist: Neck; 1 lengths

1712: Just one race to come, the one-mile handicap Sandringham Stakes. Murtagh takes the ride on Insaaf here, and first-time headgear could bring home the bacon at an attractive price. Makaaseb and Maramba are the prominent dangers.

1709: Our last bit of fashion action for the day, in BBC Two's daily round-up. Here's our man Sherwood: "You need pale skin to wear pink", followed by "She's wearing Mini-Mouse shoes" and he ends with various complaints about people wearing night-dresses. To be fair, he does occasionally say something positive about the outfits.

1659: Alan Munro covered the five furlongs in almost exactly a minute to collect the money aboard Langs Lash, and at a tidy price too. The top three again had very low numbers in the stalls - that must be something to keep an eye on for the rest of the week.

1655 Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2 - 5f)
1. Langs Lash (A Munro) 12-1
2. Shyrl (L Dettori) 20-1
3. Connie Mac (S Sanders) 25-1
17 ran. Dist: Neck, Head

1652: There's some female interest in this race. Hayley Turner has a ride on the handy 10-1 shot Bahamian Babe while Gay Kelleway, the trainer who famously had a winner here as a jockey some time ago, saddles Beat Seven, who is not without a chance of some place money.

"Thank God I won yesterday. That Bankable would have been carnage for me otherwise. Am just level on week. Ran a shocker whatever way you look at it."
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1647: There's a funny little scenario in the next race, a Group 2 , five furlong sprint. Ryan Moore will have cause for regret if a horse he has won on before, Danehill Destiny, wins this. Moore rides Rebecca De Winter following a long-standing agreement with trainer Richard Hannon, but the William Haggas-trained horse is the likely favourite.

1629: Willie Carson makes the excellent point on BBC Two that the top three came from very low numbers on the draw. That's where the pace was, and Bankable had to move right across the field to pick up the quicker horses.

1626: And after the pain of the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the bookmakers breathe a sigh of relief. I guess on the law of averages and things, it was their turn to win this one. Not sure what happened to the favourite. Was way back in the field for much of the race and only showed a limited turn of foot.

1620 Royal Hunt Cup (Handicap - 1m)
1. Mr Aviator (R Hughes) 25-1
2. Docofthebay (S Kelly) 10-1
3. Royal Power (A Nicholls) 25-1
4. Kavachi (F Norton) 33-1
29 ran. Dist: Neck; Neck; length

1623: They're off in the Royal Hunt Cup.

"Why r punters not told that there is a pacemaker in the field and why is it not named?"
Anon by text
Allow me to answer that. In today's Racing Post, Red Rock Canyon is honestly described thus: "Still a maiden and often used as a pacemaker". It's not something that is hidden, though I agree that perhaps the writers of race previews could make more of the issue.

1616: It's quite amazing that a horse can start at 13-8 in a big handicap like this, but that's Bankable's price at the moment. The theory is that if Frankie gets a good break, and doesn't get boxed in at any stage, he should win easily based on the fact the handicapper hasn't had time to get to him.

"I'm going to back against Bankable with Fajr. Bankable is too short a price in a big field, Fajr is 50-1 and in a big field anything can happen. What do u..."
Anon, by text

1607: While further analysis of Duke of Marmalade's achievements is made - some are talking him up as a serious Arc contender now - I should add that we are fast approaching the Royal Hunt Cup, a notoriously trappy handicap, but one that this year includes a rare stand-out. Luca Cumani and Frankie Dettori team up on Bankable, who looks streets ahead of all 29 rivals.

1602: While further analysis of Duke of Marmalade's achievements is made - some are talking him up as a serious Arc contender now - I should add that we are fast approaching the Royal Hunt Cup, a notoriously trappy handicap, but one that this year includes a rare stand-out. Luca Cumani and Frankie Dettori team up on Bankable, who looks streets ahead of all 29 rivals.

1559: Is there anything the Coolmore/Ballydoyle operation cannot achieve in racing? That's three out of four Group One winners here at Royal Ascot so far for O'Brien and Murtagh. The bookies are paying out now, slowly and painfully. Rishi says one took a bet of 80,000 to win 100,000 on the course.

1555: "He's an unbelievable horse. Every run he just gets better. He's the real deal. He had pins in his leg after a bad fracture as a two-year-old, so we were never really able to train him last year. This year he's become very athletic and Johnny rides him in all hs work so it's super."
Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien tells BBC Two

1549: A supremely brilliant performance from this Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old. Ask tried to stay close to Duke of Marmalade, but could not live with him in the shake-up and everyone knew Murtagh had the winner from around three furlongs out. Bookmakers weep and punters rejoice.

1545 Prince of Wales's Stakes (Group 1 - 1m2f)
1. Duke of Marmalade (J Murtagh) Evs f
2. Phoenix Tower (T Durcan) 7-1
3. Pipedreamer (J Fortune) 11-1
12 ran. Dist: 4 lengths; Short Head; 1 lengths

1545: This race looks likely to start around two minutes late. Ask and Phoenix Tower are both very solid at 7-1, with the Duke generally even money. Both horse and jockey Johnny Murtagh look as cool as a lemonade packed with ice.

1535: The odds are really tumbling now for Duke of Marmalade - about 11-10. Paddy Power are calling it the biggest gamble in Ireland this year. Is there any hope of Christophe Lemaire doubling up aboard Loup Breton at 16-1? Probably not, in fact that price is drifting fast.

"Willie, I'm wiv u - Duke of Marmalade and mammy has Hattan. I'm havin a lovely time. X mwah x."
Elizabeth May Pink by text
I've had about six texts from her and that's the most intelligible. Anybody else fancy texting us on 81111? Mobiles are not banned in the Royal Enclosure, you know.

1525: The only Group One race on the card on Wednesday, this one has eluded Aidan O'Brien thus far. But the Irish trainer has produced a strong candidate this year in Duke of Marmalade. English hopes are carried by Ask and Phoenix Tower. The race is off at 1545.

1521: Now then, we're hurtling towards the biggest race of the day, and some would say the biggest of the week. It's the Prince of Wales's Stakes, for four-year-olds and above, over 10 furlongs.

1511: A triumph for the French in the second race of the day, as Sabana Perdida and Christophe Lemaire haul in Heaven Sent and Ryan Moore in the final furlong. Moore, no doubt anxious to grab his first ever winner at Royal Ascot, seemed to make his bid a tad early.

1517: "The mile, for my filly, is the furthest she can go, but she was very, very generous because she came at the end to grab the leader."
Winning jockey Christophe Lemaire

1511: A triumph for the French in the second race of the day, as Sabana Perdida and Christophe Lemaire haul in Heaven Sent and Ryan Moore in the final furlong. Moore, no doubt anxious to grab his first ever winner at Royal Ascot, seemed to make his bid a tad early.

1505 Windsor Forest Stakes (Group 2 - 1m)
1. Sabana Perdida (C Lemaire) 4-1
2. Heaven Sent (R Moore) 9-4f
3. Grecian Dancer (J Murtagh) 8-1
13 ran. Dist: length; 1 lengths

1459: Julia Bradbury, one of the BBC's fashion team, says she's pleased her hat is stapled onto her head today in the wind. Not sure she meant that. "I'm going to get my shears out one of these days," says James Sherwood, moaning about long hair yet again. "I wish my sex life was as busy as that," he adds when shown pictures of a particularly noisy outfit.

1454: Our next race is one in which Sir Michael Stoute has a fine record, and he sends out Heaven Sent this time. French raider Sabana Perdida is the main danger. Grecian Dancer, with Johnny Murtagh on board - he had two winners yesterday - is one of the principal market movers.

1441: Winning trainer William Haggas is "thrilled to bits". He adds: "We've always liked him and he's proved it today, thank God." Jockey Richard Hills, with his 20th winner at the Royal Meeting, adds: "He's still learning but he's going places." His celebrations suggested it might have been his first winner.

1436: The winner was backed from around 11-1 this morning to 13-2. A big gamble has been landed and it's a bad start for the bookies.

1430 Jersey Stakes (Group 3 - 7f)
1. Aqlaam (R Hills) 13-2
2. Il Warrd (L Dettori) 10-1
3. Dream Eater (F Norton) 7-1
16 ran. Dist: 2 lengths; Neck 1431: Not sure if it's because of the trainer's sister, but Dream Eater is suddenly receiving a wealth of support on the betting exchanges.

1427: Glowering grey skies overhead at Ascot as Calming Influence heads down to the stalls, kept on a very short rein by Kerrin McEvoy.

"Bankable is the biggest bet of the week by far for me. If this wins my week is made. Good luck."
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1422: Clare Balding is tipping a horse trained by her brother Andrew in the first race - Dream Eater. And now she's interviewing Andrew - "my little brother", she calls him - as well. "Good luck," she says - and sounds as though she really means it. Sweet.

1418: Celebrities appear to be a bit thin on the ground at Ascot this afternoon, as one of the Strictly Come Dancing regulars - Anton du Beck - is asked to give his opinion on Zara Phillips's outfit from yesterday. "All it says to me is boobs," he says. Charming.

1412: More info on the Queen's outfit from Sherwood: "It's quite a heavy tweed, more of a winter tweed". In the betting ring, Calming Influence is holding off Jupiter Pluvius at the top of the market for the first race. Ladbrokes' Mike Dillon tells Angus Loughran that the firm "will take its chances" despite the flood of cash for Duke of Marmalade (now 7-4) and Bankable in the later races.

1408: The Royal procession is still wending its way down the course, with occupants of the carriages hanging onto their hats. Clare Balding, as ever, knows who every occupant is and precisely what his or her connection with racing is (usually pretty tenuous).

1404: Her Majesty, because you were dying to know, is wearing purple today. And her hat is by Rachel Trevor-Morgan. I hope that means something to somebody.

1402: Sherwood is suddenly at his catty best on BBC One. "I wish she'd take her sunglasses off" is one acidic jibe, followed by "I wish this lady would put her hair up", and then "Goodness, it's like origami". But "Thank goodness the Queen is not wearing her Burberry cape" is the pick of the lot.

1400: With no cricket (rain at Edgbaston), and no football until 1945 BST, it's all about Ascot this afternoon.

1355: Rishi's on the course with former jockey Kevin Darley. "The boys in the weighing room say it did run very fast yesterday," says Darley. The general consensus is that the bookies had a great day yesterday but it will be a very different story if both Duke of Marmalade and Bankable win their races today.

"Danehill Destiny in the Queen Mary looks very good"
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1350: James Sherwood concedes to a slight error in his coverage yesterday. He described the Queen's outfit as "champagne" when it should have been "buttermilk".

"I'm not always demon queen. I think people were incredibly well dressed yesterday."
BBC One fashion expert James Sherwood

1348: Clare Balding is wearing cerise today - I think that's the right word - and she has just asked Willie Carson why top Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien is always on his mobile. Willie doesn't know. O'Brien picked up two Group One wins yesterday and saddles the favourite in the Prince of Wales's Stakes today. I guess the man knows what he's doing.

1345: A warm welcome to day two of the Royal Meeting, where two red-hot favourites, Duke of Marmalade and Bankable, aim to help the punters empty the bookies' satchels. It's a cool, cloudy afternoon in Berkshire.


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