Royal Ascot day three - as it happened

Colour Vision, ridden by Frankie Dettori, survives a stewards' inquiry to win the Gold Cup in the big race on Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot.

21 June 2012 Last updated at 18:22

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As it happened

  1. 1756:  

    Time to get our heads up for tomorrow's action then. The Coronation Stakes is the Group 1 race of the day at 1545 BST with a supporting cast that includes the King Edward VII Stakes. You will be able to catch it all right here with streaming video coverage and some live text as well. Hope it has been a profitable day for those of you who had money down and to catch you all tomorrow. Bye for now.

  2. 1751:  

    Frankie Dettori has the most Royal Ascot wins of any active jockeys with 46. Impressive, but still several furlongs behind Lester Piggott who had a mind-boggling 114 wins at the course.

  3. 1747:  

    Joe Fanning might also be the coolest jockey in Britain as well. Despite John Parrott's attempts to lure a soundbite out of him in his post-race interview, he will only admit that it is "grand" and "nice" to win here.


    Winning trainer Mark Johnston: "It get more of a relief every time you wi it is fantastic to get one in the bag. it is fantastic for Joe Fanning who if he isn't the best jockey in Britain, then is the most underrated."

  5. 1743:  

    Joe Fanning becomes the 17th winning jockey at this year's Royal Ascot with that win.


    1. Fennell Bay J Fanning 12-1

    2. Handsome Man Harry Bentley 14-1

    3. Rougemont R Hughes 25-1

    4. Anomaly S De Sousa 8-1

  7. 1740:  

    Fennell Bay timed that late charge to perfection to disappoint Handsome Man and get his neck in front to steal the win.



  9. 1738:  

    Handsome Man is showing late

  10. 1737:  

    Tightly packed with half a mile to go and Anomaly leading the way.

  11. 1737:  

    The turf is cutting up plenty under the horses now. Samba King is out in front with Anomaly leading the chase against the rails.

  12. 1736:  

    And we are off...

  13. 1735:  

    Gabrial the Great and Rocktherunaway are amongst the last into the stalls.

  14. 1734:  

    This is Nicholascopernicus' third race in 13 days and, despite some favourable rain earlier in the day, if his exertions catch up with him there are plenty waiting. Pilgrims Rest is also looking for a third successive win and might be the pick of the competition.

  15. 1730:  

    Let's have a quick rundown of the market then. It is a text commentator's nightmare at the top of the betting with Nicholascopernicus at 5-1, Gabrial The Great at 6-1, Anomaly is an 8-1 chance and Niceofyoutotellme at 10-1.

  16. 1727:  

    The bell has sounded to for the jockeys to hop astride their rides in the final race of the day, the King George V Stakes. There is a prize pool of £55,000 for this with £34,237 of that heading for the winning owners bank account.

  17. 1721:  

    That was a triumph as German as a wedge of black forest gateau served up in a Birkenstock. Trainer Jens Hirschberger described his first Ascot winner as "amazing".


    Winning jockey Adrie de Vries: "He settled in his last start and he showed a really good change of pace. He was too keen for the German Guineas, but we put the hood on him and that has calmed him down."


    1. Energizer (A de Vries) 15-2

    2. Stipulate (I Mongan) 11-1

    3. Rewarded (Kirsty Milczarek) 7-1

  20. 1704:  

    The German-trained Energizer cantered home about three lengths clear in the end, coming through strongly.



  22. 1702:  

    That has not pulled off for Crius. Stipulate and Wrotham Heath well set into the final straight.

  23. 1701:  

    Crius heads out to the opposite side of the course on his own.

  24. 1701:  

    They are up and racing. Wrotham Heath makes a quick start and carefully opens up enough of a lead to make it to the rail.

  25. 1700:  

    Stipulate is catching the fancy of Willie Carson on BBC Two as well after an impressive win at Newmarket last time out. Available at 11-1 which might tempt some.

  26. 1658:  

    Wrotham Heath was very impressive on his last outing, beating Grandeur in a handicap at Epsom, and has Tom Queally on board for the trip today. There might be a little value in Rewarded who is accustomed to ground that is a little softer and was a little unlucky when finishing fourth at Newmarket recently.

  27. 1652:  

    Starboard was well fancied in the Tercentenary Stakes but was declared a non-runner earlier today, leaving the way clear for Wrotham Heath to hit the front of the market at 9-2. Grandeur is a 5-1 shot while Tales of Grimm is 11-2.

  28. 1649:  

    Two races remain on today's card - the Tercentenary Stakes (1700) and the King George V Stakes (1735).


    Winning jockey Ryan Moore on BBC Two: "I don't know how good a race it was but he travelled well and he got a good rhythm. He likes a bit of cut in the ground."


    Winning trainer William Haggas: "I think the rain helped him quite a lot, he enjoyed the ground. He is tailor made for this, and he just got in. He has had three races in quick succession and we'll have to see how he goes before we work out what is next for him."


    1. Fast Or Free R L Moore 6-1 Fav

    2. Mister Music J Fortune 50-1

    3. Bronze Angel Hayley Turner 20-1

    4. Compton William Buick 40-1

  32. 1631:  

    Trainer William Haggas plays it cool with some muted celebrations but must be deighted to see his gelding justify his status as favourite.



  34. 1628:  

    Fast or Free hits the front with a furlong to go.

  35. 1627:  

    We are away with Come On Blue Chip and Lord of the Shadows nicely away. A split field with two even groups on either side of the course.

  36. 1626:  

    The stall handlers are finally rounding up this monster field of 30.


    Gold Cup-winning jockey Frankie Dettori on BBC Two after the Godolphin stable's one-two "First and second is a great result for us. Mickael Barzalona [on Opinion Poll] and I are great friends, but you always want to win for yourself."

  38. 1625:  

    There are a raft of other contenders making claims to your dosh in this one. Prince Alzain, who finished very strongly in the seven-furlong Epsom handicap, may fancy the longer trip. Frog Hollow was third in his handicap debut at Newmarket last month, although a slightly underwhelming display at Haddock will have sapped his suppport.

  39. 1620:  

    Next up is the Britannia Stakes and Fast or Free, a winner in his last two starts, is the favourite in a packed-out field.


    Gold Cup-winning jockey Frankie Dettori on BBC Two after Colour Vision's success: "That was my best chance of the week. It was a very hard decision to make between Colour Vision and Opinion Poll - both are great horses, great warriors. But I've finished the best, though only by a short margin. I'm delighted for the team and myself - it's been a hard week."

  41. 1611:  

    It was a strange race with that 'after you, no, after you' pace so good on Gulf of Naples for holding on for fourth place after taking up the challenge.


    Doug Gadsby on Twitter: "Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the man - Frankel and Colour Vision have earnt me a decent night out."

    Kirsty Wilkinson on Twitter: "Did Frankie want that one badly or what - good for him."


    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, celebrating a Gold Cup one-two on BBC Two: "To bring the horses here and finish first and second is a great thing. The horses have down very, very well. They are both going to improve."

  44. 1605:  

    A bing-bong over the public address system comes almost as soon as the jockies are dismissed by the stewards and Colour Vision retains his victory. The winning time was a sluggish four minutes 42.05 seconds, 25 seconds off the race record.

  45. 1603:  

    Frankie Dettori and Mickael Barzalona are making their cases in the stewards' room. There was no contest to Frankie Dettori's explanation from Dettori.

  46. 1600:  

    Clare Balding speculates on BBC One that Fame and Glory's inconspicious showing must have been caused by an injury. Certainly it was a meek attempt to defend his title if not.

  47. 1558:  

    A flying dismount from Dettori after guiding Colour Vision into the winners' enclosure. He is off to explain to the stewards what was behind his mount's veer to the left in the vital stages of that race.

  48. 1556:  

    The klaxon sounds trackside to indicate they are having a look at this one. Colour Vision bumped Opinion Poll twice as the pair of them hammered through the final furlong. The half-length margin of victory may be enough to keep the stewards onside for Frankie Dettori.


    1 Colour Vision (L Dettori) 6-1

    2 Opinion Poll (M Barzalona) 5-1

    3 Saddler's Rock (J P Murtagh) 9-2

    4 Gulf Of Naples (S de Sousa) 25-1

  50. 1552:  

    Fame and Glory never showed in that one finishing well down the field.



  52. 1551:  

    Opinion Poll duelling with Colour Vision for the win

  53. 1550:  

    They are leaving it late, two furlongs to go.

  54. 1550:  

    The favourites are massing for a charge now

  55. 1549:  

    The tempo is rising as they begin the climb to home, still Gulf Of Naples leading the way.

  56. 1549:  

    Nehaam is in second with Colour Vision and Caucas on his tail

  57. 1548:  

    Two lengths lead for Gulf Of Naples, but surely someone will want to take it on soon.

  58. 1547:  

    All very gentle in terms of pace with Gulf Of Naples leading us out and Colour Vision on his shoulder.

  59. 1547:  

    We are off and it is a clean one from Opinion Poll. Gulf Of Naples out in front, but at a slow, slow pace.

  60. 1546:  

    Opinion Poll has tightened slightly in price to 5-1. Bridge Of Gold is the last into the stalls.

  61. 1545:  

    Fame and Glory has closed in to 4-5 favourite. The expectation doesn't seem to be getting to him though, standing stock still, relaxed and happy with ears pricked, as Jamie Spencer smoothes down his mane.


    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, and founder of the Godolphin stable, is confident of Gold Cup success. Two of his horses, Opinion Poll and Colour Vision, are running in the next and he told BBC Two: "I think we've got a good chance. Both of them have got a good chance."

    On Tuesday's success of another of his horses, Frankel, he added: "He was great - he's a very, very good horse. I would like to see him at a mile and a quarter."

  63. 1542:  

    The sun has decided to take a peek at the runners as they parade past the Grandstand, but the late moisture into the turf is possibly diverting the flow of late money behind the favourite.

  64. 1538:  

    Fame and Glory is the 5-6 favourite, Saddler's Rock is next out at 9-2, with Opinion Poll at 11-2 and Colour Vision, who won at the all-weather at Kempton last time out, is 6-1.

  65. 1535:  

    Opinion Poll himself is back to attempt to go one better than twelve months ago and could well do if he gets away cleaner than he did at his last attempt. Saddler's Rock beat Opinion Poll emphatically in the Doncaster Cup last time out, but looks distinctly put out by the rain.

  66. 1531:  

    Fame and Glory is targetting a repeat of his 2011 victory when he came home three lengths clear of Opinion Poll. The defending champion faces a thin looking field of eight other runners, but there is enough competition in there to keep him honest.

  67. 1527:  

    As rain streaks across the camera lenses of the BBC cameras, it is the big one next up, the Gold Cup.


    Princess Highway's trainer Dermot Weld is celebrating his 15th winner, which included the three-year-old filly's dam in the same race, at Royal Ascot: "It's nice to come back and win the same race. She's a backward filly but has done well over the winter. We really had to improve to win today and she's gone and done it. She's a late developing filly - the Epsom came a little too soon for her. I think she's proved she's the best one-and-a-half-mile, three-year-old filly of her generation."

  69. 1524:  

    Those slightly longer skirts and dresses will be providing some much appreciated insulation for those spectators in the Ascot grandstand. Some dirty great grey clouds have swept across the sky, the umbrellas are blossoming among those down to trackside and it is getting decidedly chilly.

  70. 1515:  

    A winning margin of six lengths and a short head for the Irish raider. Momentary was well back, never really in contention, back third from last.


    1. Princess Highway P J Smullen 17-2

    2. The Fugue William Buick 5-2 Fav

    3. Shirocco Star D Holland 7-1

    4. Salford Art P Hanagan 100-1

  72. 1512:  

    It looks like The Fugue has taken second ahead of Shirocco Star by just a nose. Was that early bad position in the field more bad luck or is twice just a little bit more like bad judgement? Salford Art is fourth.



  74. 1509:  

    The Fugue slips into the clear but has work to do to catch Princess Highway.

  75. 1509:  

    The Fugue is looking a little boxed in.

  76. 1508:  

    Shirocco Star is kicking on, pulling out a two-length lead.

  77. 1508:  

    We are away and Dinar Diva is chasing up alongside Vow and Shirocco Star on the inside.

    Former champion jockey Willie Carson on BBC One

    "The Oaks fillies come here normally tired but they've had an extra 20 days to get over the exertions at Epsom."

  79. 1507:  

    The field is are filtering into the stalls finally. Shirocco Star has come into 7-1 on the late money.

  80. 1505:  

    Renowed musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is among the many celebrities at the Berkshire track today - and unsurprisingly he's backing strong favourite The Fugue, the horse he owns, in the next. Of course, Lloyd Webber has composed the likes of The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar. He'll be hoping The Fugue proves to be another box office success.

  81. 1505:  

    This one doesn't look like it is going to get away on time. Jockey Jamie Spencer is having a little wrestle with Pink Damsel after dismounting to sort out his leathers. Hazel Lavery is also without a rider temporarily.

  82. 1502:  

    The Fugue finished third behind Sirocco Star at the Oaks, so why the punter confidence? Well, there was a general opinion that she was on the rough end of some terrible luck at Epsom, squeezed out in midfield.

  83. 1459:  

    There is a clear favourite for this rave with The Fugue streets ahead in the betting at 9-4. Vow at 11-2 and Kailani at 15-2 lead the chase.


    Hayley Turner on being able to ride The Queen's horse Momentary: "It's a huge honour - I'm very lucky to have been associated with the filly from the start and kept the ride. I'm grateful.

    "The Queen is very relaxed when she's in the paddock. She's happy talking about horses and is very knowledgable. I've met her a few times and I'm getting into the routine now."

    Turner is getting a quick pep talk from her Royal Highness before leaping aboard.


    Hayley Turner on BBC One: "Momentary's got great form from Newbury where she beat Shirocco Star, who finished second in the Oaks. It was a scrappy race and I think a lot of fillies which run in that race will be trying to prove themselves and put a line through it. But Momentary's form is there - she's fast and quick. There's no reason why she can't win."

  86. 1455:  

    Next up the ramp is the Ribblesdale Stakes over a mile and a half. Hayley Turner is on board the Queen's horse in this one, Momentary.

    Frank Keogh , BBC Sport at Royal Ascot

    "Much of the talk at Royal Ascot this week has been about the forthcoming run of record-breaking Australian mare Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday. It emerged today she will face a maximum of 14 rivals, and has been drawn in the outside stall 15, as she bids for a 22nd consecutive victory."

  88. 1452:  

    Talking of superstars like Frankel, the Australian wondermare Black Cavier is centre stage on Saturday. Frank has more on what she will face on her debut on this side of the world.


    Adam Kirby, who rode Reckless Abandon to the Norfolk Stakes triumph, on BBC One: "I knew what he would do - I felt him going. I went to click him to bring him over to the right and keep him away from the crowd on the left. But as soon as I went for him he ran left straight away. He's very special. He gives away a lot of ground when he does it, but he will be sorted."


    Winning trainer Clive Cox on Reckless Abandon's win: "I'm over the moon - it's been a great team effort to have the horse in this sort of order. I'm really thrilled. He's very talented and Adam Kirby has done a great job."

    Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter

    ‪"Frankel‬ rating raised to 140 by BHA, 1 pound- only just- behind great Dancing Brave."

    A nice little moment on BBC One as Clare Balding announces she has this news on Frankel without saying what it is. Willie Carson is a little concerned for a moment, perhaps fearing a reprise of the retirement rumours that swirled around Sir Henry Cecil's superstar in April, before beaming wide when the truth is revealed.

  92. 1441:  

    Living up to his name, Reckless Abandon swerved out to the rails in the final stages taking a less-than-direct route to the finish line.


    Rich Sa"Risk? What risk? Reckless Abandon wins!! First race, first win."

    I can confirm that Rich picked Reckless Abandon before the off. Fame and Glory and Crius to place are his other picks on #bbcracing if you fancy joining him.

    BBC Sport's Clare Balding at Royal Ascot

    "That is a terrific performance considering the route Reckless Abandon took."

  95. 1436:  

    Reckless Abandon made hard work of that one, winning the race on his own out wide near the rails after out-pacing the horses around him. Cay Verde stuck with the group on the opposite side of the course and that was not where the speed was.

  96. 1433:  

    1. Reckless Abandon A Kirby 4-1

    2. Gale Force Ten J P O'Brien 8-1

    3. Ian's Dream F Dettori 16-1



  98. 1431:  

    Cay Verde sets off on the near side and pulls level before Force Ten Gale presses ahead.

  99. 1430:  

    A fairly level break out of the stalls with Annuciation taking on the early pace.

  100. 1430:  

    Annunciation, a stable-mate of Mister Marc in trainer Richard Hannon's yard, is at 12-1 and won at Windsor last time out. He has previously been beaten by Reckless Abandon though.

  101. 1427:  

    Gale Force Ten is out at 7-1 alongside Mister Marc. Cay Verde looks set to go off favourite, currently available at 5-2, with Reckless Abandon second in the betting at 4-1. Reckless Abandon is looking a little frisky out there, flicking and flexing as jockey Adam Kirby attempts to soak up the tension for his ride.

  102. 1420:  

    If you are looking for a bit of value though Gale Force Ten might be worth a little tickle after a decent win at the Curragh last time out. Particularly with reports there is a bit of headwind to work into as well.

  103. 1418:  

    The runners in the Norfolk Stakes are on their way into the paddock from the pre-parade ring. It is difficult to look beyond Cay Verde, with Australian Craig Williams on board, who has who won on soft ground here previously. No other horse in the race has been to Ascot previously.

  104. 1412:  

    A belting renditon of the National Anthem by the Coldstream Guards. The Queen apparently is "a great fan of rain" according to royal historian Kate Williams on BBC One. Just as well considering the British weather.


    Andy Maclean on Twitter: "Todays (losing) bets 2.30 Cay Verde,3.05 Shirocco Star,3.45 Saddlers Rock,4.25 Fast or Free,5.00 Mukhadram,5.35 Gabrial the Great."

    Andrew O'Connor on Twitter: "Got a feeling Chapter Seven is going to have a good run. Also i think Nicholascopernicus might have a bit more to offer."

    Sage of Brunswick on Twitter: "Cay verde, vow, colour vision, trader jack, granduer and sparkling portrait, got to do better than one win today!"

  106. 1404:  

    A bit of a rush to the rails for the Royal Procession. The Queen, in mint green down even to her brollie, and Prince Phillip, topping off his outfit with a trademark cheeky grin, are at the front of the convey. Princess Anne is following up with Michael and Carole Middleton, K.Middy's mum and dad, in the fourth and final carriage.

  107. 1359:  

    A few non-runners to bring you up to date with. Complicator is out of the Norfolk Stakes (1430), Anaconda is absent from the Britannia Stakes (1625) and Cameron Highland misses the King George V Stakes (1735).

  108. 1354:  

    BBC One coverage is up and running for your delectation. A quick manuel refresh should bring it front and centre for you on this page. Go, go, go.


    Alan Gibson on Twitter: "English Dress Code. String vest, St George flag over the shoulder, shorts, sandals & socks. Pint in hand."

    I think we might need a winter alternative though Alan. For those not lucky enough to be born on hardy Tyneside, it might get a bit nippy come January.

  110. 1347:  

    Enough of the House of Windsor though, they have hogged quite enough of the limelight this summer. Television royalty has arrived at the course with Bruce Forsyth grinning for the cameras. Opera lady Katherine Jenkins shows how it is done, giving it the full eyelash flutter and a tip of the chapeau as she poses for the snappers. None of that malarky for five-times Steve Redgrave who strides past with the merest hint of acknowledgement.

  111. 1337:  

    The Ribblesdale has proved a happy Royal Ascot hunting ground for Her Royal Highness. Three of her 20 winners at the meeting have come in the race, with Phantom Gold in 1995 the last to deliver for her.

    Frank Keogh , BBC Sport at Royal Ascot

    "Could a female jockey give the Queen a victory on Ladies' Day? Hayley Turner, seeking her first win at the big meeting, rides Momentary in the Ribblesdale Stakes (1505 BST) for the monarch, who had to settle for second with Carlton House on Wednesday. Other leading fillies in the race include the Epsom Oaks runner-up, third and fourth - Shirocco Star, The Fugue and Vow."


    Marc Feldmann on Twitter: "Royal Ascot 2;30 Mister Marc 7/1 ;) for obvious reasons."

  114. 1326:  

    Let's not allow the like of Dolly Jones [see 1303] dominate the style discussions either. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear National Dress to Royal Ascot. All very well, but it draws attention to a gaping hole in English national culture. With no official national dress, any suggestions on what we might adopt are welcome. A tweed t-shirt or some comfy tracksuit with Morris dancing bells perhaps?

  115. 1323:  

    Everyone can be smug after the event, so don't keep your red-hot tips to yourself. Nail your colours to #bbcracing on Twitter or 81111 (with HORSE RACING before your message and your name after) on your mobile. You will be guaranteed a sympathetic reaction if it all goes pear-shaped. Probably, anyway.

  116. 1320:  

    There is plenty more to get your teeth into in the undercard today. This is how the afternoon pans out:

    1430 BST: Norfolk Stakes (Grp 3)

    1505 BST: Ribblesdale Stakes (Grp 2)

    1550 BST: The Gold Cup (Grp 1)

    1625 BST: Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

    1700 BST: Tercentenary Stakes (Grp 3)

    1735 BST: King George V Stakes (Handicap)

    Clare Balding , BBC Sport

    "It's grey & dank at Ascot. Overnight rain & more coming. Tips: back soft ground horses & wear sensible shoes."

    Frank Keogh , BBC Sport at Royal Ascot

    "Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has suggested too much rain could dent the chances of last year's winner Fame and Glory in the big race, the Gold Cup at 1545 BST. But conditions are probably not soft enough to be a real hindrance and the six-year-old is around evens with bookmakers."

  119. 1316:  

    The Gold Cup is used to seeing repeat performances from previous winners with eight others, including Royal Rebel (2002 and 2001) Drum Taps (1993 and 1992) Sadeem (1989 and 1988), joining Yeats in chalking up successive wins.

  120. 1312:  

    Today all eyes are on Fame and Glory. Trainer Aidan O'Brien won the Gold Cup a record four successive occasions with Yeats between 2006 and 2009. If Jamie Spencer can pilot Fame and Glory to a second straight victory then O'Brien will be trooping back through the winners' enclosure for the sixth time in seven years.

  121. 1309:  

    The bar has been pretty high in the sporting, as well as sartorial, world so far this week. After blitzing the field in the Queen Anne Stakes on Monday, Frankel has been elevated to a provisional Timeform ranking of 147, the highest in the firm's 64 year history. So You Think justified his status as odds-on favourite by out-staying Carlton House down the home straight in Tuesday's big race.

    Frank Keogh , BBC Sport at Royal Ascot

    "After two dry, bright days, it is muggy with a grey sky and the risk of showers greeting racegoers for Ladies' Day where a crowd of 70,000 is expected. Eight millimetres of rain fell overnight and the going at the Berkshire track is now described as good to soft."

  123. 1303:  

    In a throwback to school days, new Grandstand regulations came in in January demanding dresses and skirts should be of "modest length", "falling just above the knee or longer", with no strapless numbers and hats in place at all times in the Royal Enclosure. Those ladies competing for a place on the front page of tomorrow's broadsheets will have to play within the rules.

    Fear not though because editor of Dolly Jones (I'm imagining a minor character from Mad Men) has predicted that the new dress code will "raise the bar even higher." Phew.

  124. 1300:  

    There are some big matches on the course today at Ascot. Fame and Glory is hoping to make it back-to-back wins in the Gold Cup. Shirocco Star, The Fugue and Vow are reunited in the Ribbesdale Stakes after filling three of the top four places at the Oaks. Wrotham Heath and Tales of Grimm are set to go hoof to hoof in the Tercentary Stakes.

    But all those could pale into insignificance as the Ladies' Day spectators tackle the new Royal Ascot dress code.

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