King Frankie

He's now won each of the Group races at the Royal meeting and finished up riding a treble on the Saturday.

Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI. Picture: Pat Healy Photography

The day started off with the Silver Wokingham and as usual in these cavalry charges it was very much "pick a number" as the race went to Chiefofchiefs for Charlie Fellowes and William Buick 20/1 from Burmese Waltz 22/1.  Nahaar was third at 4/1 and fourth home was Louie de Palma 25/1.

The first of the Group races, the Queen Mary, gave American trainer Wesley Ward his 4th Ascot Group win when Campanelle, a daughter of Kodiac, came home ahead of Sacred and give Dettori a start to his treble.  Caroline Dale, named after the English cellist, was third at 100/1.

The Coventry provided the highest priced winner of a Group race at the Royal meeting when Nando Parrado, by Kodiac out of the Argentinian mare Chibola, won at 150/1 beating a gallant Qaader with Saeqa 25/1 third and Dark Lion fourth.  The winner is named after one of the survivors of the famous plane crash in the Andes and was another Cox-Kirby win.

The Coronation Stakes was another Dettori win on board Jessica Harrington's Alpine Star with the American Sharing, by Speightstown and trained by Graham Motion second and Quadrilateral third.

The St James's Palace was a third winner for Dettori on John Gosden's Palace Pier 4/1 with Pinaturbo just heading Wichita out of second.  Threat wasn't the worst in fifth.

The Diamond Jubilee was a win for the Kevins -Ryan and Stott – with Hello Youmzain and another winner for sire Kodiac.  It was a 3-way photo with Dream of Dreams second by a head and Sceptical third by a neck.

And the Kevins were back again in the Wokingham when Hey Jonesy won at 18/1 by a nose from Summerghand.  Spanish City was 1 length back third and Gulliver fourth.

It was certainly a strange Ascot but the lack of public in some ways made it easier to focus on the horses and they certainly provided many memorable moments.

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