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Ascot day four as it happened

ROYAL ASCOT 2008
Date: Tuesday 16-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 Elizabeth Hudson

1750: That's it for day four. We will be back again on Saturday for the final day with the excitement of the Golden Jubilee Stakes and the Wokingham Stakes.

1730 Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap - 7f)
1. Regal Parade (Ahmed Ajtebi) 25-1
2. Dhaular Dhar (D Tudhope) 25-1
3. Jedburgh (J Quinn) 16-1
4. Border Music (F Norton) 16-1
28 ran. Dist: , nk

Sprint king Dandy Nicholls gets his second-ever Royal Ascot winner when Regal Parade triumphs in the final race of the day under Ahmed Ajtebi.

It proved a good race for northern-based trainers with Jim Goldie's Dhaular Dhar half a length back in second.

John Dunlop's veteran Jedburgh ran on gamely to claim third close home with Andrew Balding's Border Music in fourth.

"Steve Drowne is a legend. I backed him because of the two other nags he has somehow got home in front."
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1727: Iguazu Falls is bidding to give Frankie Dettori a second win of the day but Docofthebay, who ran in the Hunt Cup on Wednesday is a danger.

1711: One more race to go. We knew the weather was too good to last and the rain is now falling. Might be time to retreat for a glass of champagne...

"He's a progressive fellow. He does nothing until Ryan asks him and conserves his energy so I felt he would get the trip."
Patkai's trainer Sir Michael Stoute

1655 Queen's Vase (Group 3 - 2m)
1. Patkai (Ryan Moore) 6-4f
2. Amerigo (Philip Robinson) 14-1
3. Gravitation (Alan Munro) 33-1
12 ran. Dist: 7, hd

The improving Patkai runs out a comfortable winner to give Ryan Moore a second winner of the meeting.

Ryan Moore set his mount for home a long way out in a field where none of the horses had ever run over two miles before.

Once he found his turn of foot the favourite looked impressive and triumphed by seven lengths with Amerigo edging out Gravitation for third.

1650: Patkai from the Sir Michael Stoute stable and ridden by Ryan Moore is set to go off as favourite for the Queen's Vase but he still parts company with his jockey on the way to the start.

1641: Ascot chief executive Charles Barnett tells BBC Sport that crowds at the Royal meeting are up on last year and after many complaints about the revamped course last year, people are now getting used to the new stand and layout.

"Steve rode a fantastic race and I knew when the horse was in front he would be difficult to beat."
Winning trainer Hughie Morrison

1620 Wolferton Rated Stakes (Listed - 1m2f)
1. Supaseus (Steve Drowne) 12-1
2. Many Volumes (Ted Durcan) 17-2
3. Pinpoint (Adam Kirby) 16-1
10 ran. Dist: 1, sh-hd

Steve Drowne grabs his third winner of this year's meeting with another superb display of front-running on Supaseus.

Drowne dictated the pace from the start and he held his place well in the face of some fast finishing from Ted Durcan on Many Volumes.

In a tight finish, Pinpoint grabbed third, just ahead of William Buick on Buccellati.

1617: Onwards to the Wolferton Stakes but we are down to 11 runners because of a number of withdrawals. BBC commentator Rishi Persad fancies Under the Rainbow (each-way) while Ray Cochrane agrees with our 606 user Tredder (below) and is a fan of Monte Alto.

"I fancy Monte Alto in the next to give Luca Cumani his first winner of the day."
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1604: The rain clouds seem to be on their way to Ascot. Things have gotten quite dark in the last half-hour or so.

"She was in a lovely position and travelled well all the way. She stays well and I think she just didn't handle Epsom when she ran there. I'm very pleased with her. It makes my job easy when she has the pace and she stays."
Winning jockey Kevin Manning

"I was hoping she would have come out of her Oaks run in good condition but I didn't think she could win in that style. I was tempted to enter her in the Ribblesdale Stakes earlier in the week but she has done well in this one."
Winning trainer Jim Bolger

1545 Coronation Stakes (Group 1 - 1m)
1. Lush Lashes (Kevin Manning) 5-1
2. Infallible (Jimmy Fortune) 11-2
3. Carribean Sunset (Pat Smullen) 16-1
11 ran. Dist: 3,

Lush Lashes makes up for her Oaks disappointment to give trainer Jim Bolger and jockey Kevin Manning their second win of the day.

She was always in contention on the outside behind leader and pace-setter Nahoodh and moved up well at the right moment.

Infallible challenged strongly as the pair pulled away from the rest of the field but once Lush Lashes really got into her stride she was able to get away for an easy win and another Group One winner for Ireland.

1543: Lush Lashes (who disappointed in the Oaks) and Modern Look are attracting plenty of money as the horses get ready to load for the feature race.

1538: Clare Balding likes the look of Spacious in the parade ring.

1531: Jamie Spencer is not worried about the fast ground conditions for Spacious, the current favourite in the Coronation Stakes. He wants good pace and a clean-run race.

1529: "That's not a mad hat, that's manic" says fashion critic James Sherwood about a hat topped with some fruit - nobody mentions Carmen Miranda though.

1525: We are fast approaching the day's feature race, the Coronation Stakes. Spacious and Infallible are still battling for favouritism but Lush Lashes looks good in the paddock.

"I've been on suicide watch this week. I've had so much stick from everyone about not having a winner at the meeting before now. I'm glad I got one but he is a good partner and has plenty of courage."
A typically upbeat response from Frankie Dettori

1505 King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2 - 1m4f)
1. Campanologist (Frankie Dettori) 9-1
2. Conduit (Ryan Moore) 11-4f
3. Top Lock (Martin Dwyer) 40-1
9 ran. Dist: , 1

A huge cheer greets Campanologist's win after a superb display of front-running by Frankie Dettori. It is his first winner at this year's meeting and his 40th Royal Ascot success.

Dettori got his mount in front early on and he held off the challenge of Top Lock throughout the race and then the late challenge from the favourite Conduit who was produced late on by Ryan Moore.

Frankie delights the crowd with one of his traditional flying dismounts and goes on to kiss the camera.

1503: Runners for the King Edward VII Stakes are making their way to post. BBC commentator and former jockey Ray Cochrane likes the look of the favourite Conduit, the mount of Ryan Moore.

"I'm a big fan of Bronze Cannon - you don't miss the Derby and come to Royal Ascot for no reason, that alone makes it a horse worth backing."
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1445: We've had a number of celebrities presenting the trophies at Royal Ascot this year and BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce continues that today by presenting Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning with their trophies from the opening race. She follows in the footsteps of Cilla Black, Richie Benaud, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Helen Mirren.

1442: "She's not really a six furlong filly - she's a miler but she is quite precocious and needed to run over this distance. We won't see her over six furlongs again but I knew she would come home well."
Cuis Ghaire's trainer Jim Bolger.

1439: A good start for favourite-backers and the winner is now as short as an 8-1 favourite for next year's 1000 Guineas at Newmarket - a mere 10 and-a-half months away.

1430 Albany Stakes (Group 3 - 6f)
1. Cuis Ghaire (Kevin Manning) 8-11f
2. Penny's Gift (Ryan Moore) 12-1
3. Danidh Dubai (Chris Catlin) 25-1
14 ran. Dist: 1, hd

Cuis Ghaire justifies favouritism to win the Albany Stakes but she had to work very hard to give jockey Kevin Manning his first Ascot winner.

She looked to be struggling midway through the race but her stamina proved crucial in the final 50 yards or so as she grabbed the lead and held on to the line with Penny's Gift running on for second.

1428: Cuis Ghaire is set to go off as the odds-on favourite. I wonder if the punters will be laughing at the end of the race?

1427: Mick Channon has two fancies in the race Please Sing and Danidh Dubai. He is keen about Please Sing but also says that Danidh Dubai is a straightforward-type of horse.

1421: "She seems in good form and is taking it all very well," Cuis Ghaire's trainer Bolger tells BBC Sport's Clare Balding. "She's taken her two runs very well."

1413: Derby-winning trainer Jim Bolger has the odds-on favourite in the first with Cuis Ghaire - it's Irish for Reason for Laugher.

1409: The Royal procession is now into the paddock. The Queen, wearing a floral scarf, looks relaxed alongside the Duke of Edinburgh as she waves to the crowd. She is wearing an Edwardian diamond star brooch from her personal collection. Apparently the star was a popular motif in the Edwardian era, so now you know!

1403: The Queen has opted for a floral dress and a pale sand coloured coat with a matching woven hat. BBC fashion critic James Sherwood describes it as the 'least spectacular of her outfits this week'.

1354: After blue on Thursday, purple on Wednesday and buttermilk on Tuesday, what will the Queen be wearing today? And what takes your fancy on today's cards?
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1348: There is another big crowd in Berkshire but the sun is staying behind the clouds at the moment. The going is fast - good to firm, firm in places.

1345: Here we are for day four of the Royal meeting. It's the fillies who take centre stage today with the Albany Stakes getting the meeting started and the Coronation Stakes at 1545 the feature race of the day.


see also
Lush Lashes takes Coronation win
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Royal Ascot day four photos
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