Royal Ascot day four - as it happened

William Buick rides three winners, including Fallen For You in the Coronation Stakes, before Estimate comes home for the Queen in the fifth race.

22 June 2012 Last updated at 18:17

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As it happened

  1. 1810:  

    Thanks for your company today, especially Andrew Robinson for whom the fog in the crystal ball briefly, but profitably, cleared. Catch you back this way soon, bye for now.

  2. 1808:  

    There will be a distinctly Antipodean twang to proceedings tomorrow when Black Caviar, the wonder from Down Under, goes for a 22nd straight win in her first outing on this side of the equator in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

    How quick is she? Well, she covers a furlong in under 20 seconds, making her about twice as fast as Usain Bolt.

    So make sure you keep them peeled to catch it all on BBC television tomorrow.

  3. 1751:  

    Winning jockey Neil Callan: "This was my last roll of the dice for the week. I'm not here tomorrow, but you have to pick yourself down and get on with it. He showed his turn of foot today."


    1. Eton Forever N Callan 14-1

    2. Jamesie J P Murtagh 16-1

    3. Atlantic Sport M Harley 20-1

    4. Global Village K Fallon 4-1 Fav

  5. 1744:  

    Neil Callan had to work really hard for that win because he was not getting much help from the rest of the pack on the far side. In the end though Eton Forever proved the best of the both, hanging on to come home clear of the mob on the near side as well.



  7. 1741:  

    The field splits across the course, two distinct groups with Louis The Pious looking good and Eton Forever challenging...

  8. 1740:  

    Spectacle De Mars is the last to settle in the stalls but finally they are away...

  9. 1738:  

    It would be Hayley Turner's first victory in this fixture if she guides Primeval home.

  10. 1736:  

    Excellent Guest, Lightning Cloud, Rakaan, Perfect Tribute, Swiss Cross and Haamaat are all non-runners in this one. Still an open contest according to the bookmakers though with Global Village shortest priced at 5-1. Primeval, with Hayley Turner at the reins, is a 7-1 shot and Emilio Largo is 9-1.

  11. 1726:  

    The best spot of weather of the day so far breaks through as we prepare for the final race of the day, the Buckingham Palace Handicap.


    Estimate trainer Sir Michael Stoute: "We hoped to do it with Carlton House but we've done it. I think the whole country will appreciate this win for Her Majesty. Estimate's bred to stay. She's improved in her work of late."

  13. 1717:  

    No such luck Richard. The Duke of Edinburgh was always down to do the post-race presentation and he relishes the chance to hand over the silverware to his other half. A few quiet words and an exchange of smiles is as demonstrative as they get, but it is quite a heart-warming little scene. The crowd certainly enjoy it, one fella is clapping his meaty paws together like a performing seal after a fresh sardine.


    Richard Scrimshaw on Twitter: "Oh give her a kiss Phil!!! Shes just had a winner!"

  15. 1711:  

    If you think four years was a long time for the Queen to wait for a winner in her own backyard, her last winner before Free Agent was in 1999.

  16. 1709:  

    Estimate is the Queen's 21st win at Royal Ascot and her first since Free Agent in 2008. Her Majesty gets a resounding cheer as she makes her way into the winners' enclosure to hear first hand from Ryan Moore how the race was won. "Very convincingly Ma'am," I'd reckon.


    1. Estimate R L Moore 3-1 Fav

    2. Athens J P O'Brien 11-2

    3. Ed De Gas C Catlin 8-1

  18. 1705:  

    A sliver of a smile on the Queen's face as Estimate romps home by a healthy five lengths.



  20. 1704:  

    Yazdi and Macbeth come through to contest the lead..

  21. 1703:  

    Still Singalat making the pace...

  22. 1703:  

    Macbeth has been forced a little wide in the early running, but seems to be absorbing the longer route decently...

  23. 1701:  

    Singalet leads by a couple of lengths from Yadzi...

  24. 1700:  

    Irish raider Macbeth would be a pretty inappropriately-named winner in front of her Majesty. They are ready to go.

  25. 1656:  

    Estimate leads the way in the betting, a 3-1 chance. Athens, a 9-2 shot, could add to Aidan O'Brien's fine record in this race with wins in 2007 and 2010 and a second in 2009. Like Estimate, Yazdi had a win last time out and is an 11-2 shout.

  26. 1652:  

    Her Majesty is down in the parade ring to check out Estimate, the only filly in the field, who is carrying her colours in the Queen's Vase. Ryan Moore will be onboard and hoping to extract a repeat from her after she won on her last outing at Salisbury.


    Andrew Robinson on Twitter: "This has got to come to an end eventually, but hopefully I'll get one more. I've gone for Athens in the Queen's Vase"

    Andrew is on a roll of four from four so far...


    Gatewood trainer John Gosden: "We're lucky to have two good fillies like we had today. You savour the moment when you win at Royal Ascot - the future is the future. (When William got on board) he lit up. He thinks 'Hello here's trouble'. William had him in the perfect position."


    Gatewood jockey William Buick: "It's fantastic - a day jockey's dream of. To have three winners in one day is really amazing. I knew I had good rides coming into the week. I'm very fortunate that everything has gone my way and the horses are in top shape. I'm very happy and very grateful."

  30. 1636:  

    William Buick had only had three previous Royal Ascot wins before today, so has doubled his tally in just a matter of hours.


    1. Gatewood William Buick 3-1 Fav

    2. Black Spirit A Kirby 20-1

    3. Mijhaar N Callan 9-2

  32. 1631:  

    William Buick and John Gosden are the team of the day as they land a third win with another careful ride that stayed out of trouble and allowed the horse's quality to shine through. It was a very similar outside line to the one that did the trick for Fallen For You in the previous race.



  34. 1627:  

    Mijhaar leads with 100 yards to go.

  35. 1627:  

    Opera Gal is showing, moving up to second with two to go.

  36. 1626:  

    Con Artist leads us out with Ottoman Empire second and Gatewood settling sensibly in centre field.

  37. 1625:  

    Mihaar, trained by Roger Varian and ridden by Neil Callan, is second favourite at 9-2 with Qaraaba and French Navy attracting interest at 5-1 and 8-1 respectively.

  38. 1619:  

    A decent field in the Wolferton Handicap has suffered a couple of losses with Junoob and Kings Gambit non-runners. William Buick pilots Gatewood, the 3-1 favourite, in this one and that will give him and trainer John Goosden a great chance of extending their run of hot form.


    Andrew Robinson on Twitter: "Three out of three, wish I had them in a treble. Come on Gatewood in the 4.25"

    I can here the stampede to the bookies from here.


    Fallen For You jockey William Buick: "I always thought, when I'd ridden her previously, that things have conspired against him. Today it always went for her - she was sheltered from the wind. As John said this is no fluke."

  41. 1603:  

    William Buick moves to the top of the jockeys' standings for the week, one ahead of Ryan Moore who has two wins to his name so far. Clare Balding reveals on BBC Two that her father, impressed by the youngster's form working out horses before he had even ridden in a race, managed to get odds of 1000-1 bet on Buick becoming champion jockey. I wondered how much he put down?


    Fallen For You trainer John Gosden: "We always thought she was one of our best fillies last season. She was always too keen. But we were ready for a big run. She's classy and it's not a fluke."

  43. 1556:  

    Homecoming Queen and Samitar both looked like their best performances of the season might be behind them. Homecoming Queen hammered into the headwind in the early stages and that had to be paid back with interest in the later stages.

  44. 1554:  

    Big tipping props to Andrew Robinson as well who called that one for us at 1526 on this page. We await his next offering with interest.

  45. 1552:  

    It was another tremendous ride from William Buick who trusts his ride with a brave outside line. His confidence proves well founded with her pace sending him breezing past the rest of the field who were hustling and bustling on the inside but going nowhere fast.


    1. Fallen For You William Buick 12-1

    2. Starscope J Fortune 11-1

    3. Irish History M Barzalona 11-1

  47. 1549:  

    That was one for the bookies, with none of the fancied runners featuring in the shake-down.



  49. 1547:  

    Laugh Out Loud is tucked in on the leader' shoulder with Samitar well set as well.

  50. 1546:  

    Off and running with Homecoming Queen already taking on the pace, clear by a length.

  51. 1545:  

    The field is coming together. Homecoming Queen is going to be the penultimate runner into the stalls with Irish History to follow.


    Will Pairpoint on Twitter: "Two out of two for me as well, hoping for a Homecoming Queen and Bugie D'Amore 1/2 in the Coronation Stakes"

  53. 1541:  

    Homecoming Queen is set to go off at 9-4.

  54. 1540:  

    Laugh Out Loud, a winner in four of her last five starts is second favourite at 4-1. Samitar, the second of Mick Channon's big shouts, is at 9-2 and beat Homecoming Queen in that Irish 1000 Guineas. Elsewhere Starscope is 8-1 with Irish History at 11-1.

  55. 1536:  

    Connections of the diminutive Coronation Stakes favourite Homecoming Queen will have enjoyed the sight of that morning rain. Their prospect sauntered to victory in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket last month on softer ground, but failed to live up to those expectations in the Irish version. The six-foot Joseph O'Brien will be onboard for the trip. Willie Carson is a bit bemused by that. He fears that he will be more like a wind-break than a jockey.


    Thomas Chippendale trainer Sir Henry Cecil: "It's lovely [to have a first and second]. Thomas Chippendale is an improving horse - he could even be a St Leger horse, we'll see. They both deserved to run and have a chance. They both ran very well. It's nice for Sir Robert Ogden to have a good winner. He's still a baby, he didn't do winter well but he's getting stronger."

  57. 1526:  

    Jockey Ryan Moore has reported back that Astrology never got travelling as the softer ground just sucked the life out of those Derby-worn legs. There was a bit of a spill in the trophy presentation for the King Edward VII as Johnny Murtagh and David Walliams contrived to send the silverware tumbling.


    Andrew Robinson on Twitter: "Two out of two so far. Come on Fallen For You in the Coronation Stakes!!"


    Thomas Chippendale jockey Johnny Murtagh: "He's a little bit green a little bit raw but as soon as I changed my hands he was away. He's still a baby really. But it's an honour to ride a winner for such a tremendous trainer as Sir Henry Cecil."


    1. Thomas Chippendale J P Murtagh 9-2

    2. Noble Mission T P Queally 4-1

    3. Thought Worthy William Buick 8-1

  61. 1515:  

    That was a canny ride from Johnny Murtagh who kept plenty in reserve, playing it low-key while Astrology, then Thought Worthy and finally Noble Mission pushed their cases a little prematurely in the closing stages. A perfectly judged outing was confirmed as he outstripped his Henry Cecil stable-mate Noble Mission in the last few strides.



  63. 1510:  

    Thought Worthy pulls up alongside Astrology with two furlongs to go.

  64. 1510:  

    Thought Worthy, Thomas Chippendale and Noble Mission are lurking, behind Astrology who still sticks out in front.

  65. 1508:  

    We are away with Astrology at the head of the field setting the pace.

  66. 1507:  

    Astrology is well clear of the rest in the markets at 4-6 favourite. Noble Mission, Frankel's brother will need a bit of that family magic to make up the ground, at 4-1. Thomas Chippendale is 9-2 with Thought Worthy out at 8-1

  67. 1506:  

    One of Astrology's main challengers, Shantaram, is a non-runner which further strengthens his case although Thought Worthy, who finished fourth in the Derby behind the favourite, might fancy his chances of reversing that finishing order.

  68. 1501:  

    A resounding win for the favourite in the opener might inspire a few more pounds to be thrown on the back of Astrology in the King Edward VII Stakes. Aidan O'Brien's charge was third behind Camelot in the Derby and has a run of teak-solid form behind him before that.

  69. 1456:  

    And you thought that a "double-bonded leather piece" was part of the bridle get-up. Turns out that in the fashion world, it is a shiny silver dress as designer Giles Deacon reveals on BBC One.


    Newfangled trainer John Gosden: "She's got a lot of natural speed and did it well. Even when she won at 10-1 we liked her and nobody else did. It's a good question (whether she can do a mile) today you'd say she isn't."


    Newfangled jockey William Buick: "I was a passenger. It wasn't really the plan because there was a strong headwind. She's jumped first and there's nothing in front of her but if you fight a racehorse there's only going to be one winner and it's not the jockey. She's got a lot of quality. She might get stronger and into a miler hopefully."


    Rich Sansom on Twitter: "Supreme run from Newfangled. First win of the day, wish me luck for the rest."

  73. 1448:  

    After being turfed out of the saddle in the stalls by Sendmylovetorose, jockey Eddie Ahern has been getting checked over in a course-side ambulance. I think it is just precautionary stuff though.


    1. Newfangled William Buick 7-4 Fav

    2. Agent Allison J P Spencer 6-1

    3. Premier Steps R Kingscote 25-1

  75. 1440:  

    A real no-nonsense lead-from-the-front style win as William Buick gave Newfangled license to take on the rest of the field from a decent distance out. She tied up a little before the line, but the hard work had been done and there was no catching her. The winning margin was two and a half lengths.



  77. 1437:  

    Newfangled rips into a five length lead.

  78. 1437:  

    We are away. Kosika failed to make it into the stalls as well in the end.

  79. 1436:  

    We have a little bit of trouble here. Sendmylovetorose has kicked off in the stalls and ends up sprawled on the turf. Eddie Ahern limps away, he looks ok, and fortunately his ride is up and walking as well. She won't play any further part though.

  80. 1433:  

    Light Up My Life gets a little skittish as she is ushered into the stalls. Jockey Jimmy Fortune whips off her hood and that seems to have done the trick. Probably for the best that she was first in though, as that will give her a little time to cool her blood before the start.

  81. 1431:  

    There is a quick check of Kosika's footwear which is holding up the start a little. It looks like the Godolphin runner has passed that inspection though and will be heading into the stalls.

  82. 1429:  

    Sendmylovetorose made her bow with a sparkling win on soft ground at Navan. Eddie Ahern is on board and it will be interesting to see how she deals with a leap up in class.

  83. 1427:  

    Instead it is the John Gosden-trained Newfangled who leads the market at 15-8 with Agent Allison and The Gold Cheongsham at 7-1 and Tassel at 10-1. Faith in Newfangled is based on an impressive outing at Newmarket a fortnight ago when she comprehensively beat Summer Isles.

  84. 1422:  

    First up this afternoon is the Albany Stakes and, while Mick Channon's charges have been much touted for the Coronation Stakes, but he might have had a bit of a shot in this opening race of the day with Sandreamer. Not to be though. She is one of three non-runners.

    Frank Keogh , BBC Sport at Ascot

    "Seventeen different jockeys and trainers have scored in the first 18 races of the meeting. The only rider with two victories is Ryan Moore, who partners Epsom Derby third Astrology in the King Edward VII Stakes for Aidan O'Brien. The Irishman leads the trainers' standings with two victories, two seconds and a third so far."

  86. 1412:  

    There has been a far more varied background to the winning jockeys so far at this year's meeting...

  87. 1410:  

    Royal historian Kate Williams tells BBC One viewers that all the Queen's corgis are descended from the first one she owned called Susan. Take that bit of trivia down the pub...

  88. 1406:  

    The Royal procession is filled out with the great and the good of international business and finance. The Duke of Edinburgh is apparently having a bit of a giggle at a car-bourne BBC camara which is decked out in its own little top hat.

  89. 1403:  

    Queen time. Her Majesty is resplendent in purple. Maybe I'm not quite doing it justice with purple. Violet or azalea perhaps?

  90. 1400:  

    Steve from Southend-on-Sea via text: "Agent Allison, Noble Mission, Elusive Kate.. on a e/w treble.. surely I'm going to win something this week, aren't I?"

    Dave M at work via text: "Shafaani in the first. After its last race I told myself that it would win next time. Didn't think it would be at Royal Ascot though at 120/1."

    Thom from Oxford via text: "Just had a text from an unknown number advising me to back Bugie Damour in the 3.45pm....would be rude not to!"


  91. 1355:  

    The shifty weather conditions have not deterred comedian David Walliams who is on site with wife Lara Stone. You wouldn't really expect a bit of moisture in the air to put him off after his epic dips in the Channel and the Thames.

    Frank Keogh , BBC Sport at Ascot

    "Frankie Dettori survived a stewards' inquiry to win Thursday's Gold Cup on Colour Vision and the BBC cameras were right inside the steward's room to capture what happened in that little inquest. It is fair to say Dettori does most of the talking alongside fellow Godolphin rider Mickael Barzalona, who was bumped into on runner-up Opinion Poll."

  93. 1346:  

    We are go on BBC One's television coverage. A quick manual refresh should bring it crashlanding into the top of this very page. If you missed any of the action from yesterday there are plenty of tasty little tidbits on the BBC Horse Racing page for you to muse over while we prepare for the day's opening race.

  94. 1341:  

    Hang on, the sun is still battling away on our behalf up in the heavens. The Grandstand is bathed in some watery sunshine, but it is still blowing an absolute hoolie along the straight.


    Mark Parrett via text: "I've been reliably informed that All on Red has a great chance in the Albany Stakes. Not bad at 35-1! Should be a great day!"

    You heard it here first people...

  96. 1337:  

    Feel free to send in your own heroic tales of bookie bankrupting and dead certs for today. We'll skirt around the losses. No-one likes to hear about those.

  97. 1333:  

    One lucky punter yesterday landed a whopping £841,516 on the back of a £10 each-way Lucky 63 bet as Reckless Abandon, Princess Highway, Colour Vision, Fast Or Free and Energizer came in for them yesterday. Only Gabrial The Great's failure prevented them taking a clean sweep.

    Apparently the same unnamed individual landed £128,880 earlier this year with an each-way double on Bubba Watson in the US Masters and Neptune Collonges in the Grand National. I'm guessing Biff Tannen hotwired the DeLorean again.


    Alex Bywater on Twitter: "There's a Frankel dental care practice in Ascot. Has it always been called this?!"

    What?! There are many beautiful aspects of racing's latest superstar, but unless he has bucked millennia of equine history, I can't believe that his dental work is something you would want to associate yourself with as a peg-puller.

  99. 1327:  

    This commentary is far more than just a spectator sport though. Hop aboard the Twitter or text steed and enter the fray with comments to #bbcracing or 81111. Just make sure that you keep putting "RACING" and your name on your text messages. Otherwise a potential winner will not make it past the post and onto the screen.

  100. 1323:  

    Just caught my first sight of the course and it is still spitting with some black and brooding clouds up top. The ever-reliable BBC Weather forecast reckons we might just escape a full dousing until the latter part of the day though. Here's hoping, the dry cleaners of the south east will be rubbing their hands in glee otherwise.

  101. 1320:  

    The non-runners are almost too many to list here. Fancied runners who will be missing from the bookies blackboards this afternoon include Shantaram in the King Edward VII Stakes, Repeater in the Queen's Vase and Lightning Cloud in the Buckingham Palace Stakes. Full details on the absentees are listed on BBC Sport's Horse Racing pages.

    Frank Keogh , BBC Sport at Ascot

    "Hold on to your hats. It's wet and windy at Royal Ascot on day four. The going at the track is now soft (it was good to soft) after 4mm of rain fell between the end of racing on Thursday and 0700 today. Further showers are expected and there is a raft of non-runners due to the softer conditions."

  103. 1313:  

    More intrigue than a Dick Francis novel then. Hopefully slightly less murder though. Mark your card with these details...

    1430 BST: Albany Stakes (Grp 3)

    1505 BST: King Edward VII Stakes (Grp 2)

    1545 BST: Coronation Stakes (Grp 1)

    1625 BST: Wolferton Handicap

    1700 BST: Queen's Vase (Grp 3)

    1735 BST: Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap)


    John Edwards on Twitter: "I Estimate the Queen will win her Vase back today."

    Frank Keogh , BBC Sport at Ascot

    "Opponents to Mick Channon's two market leaders in the Coronation Stakes include the 1,000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen. Noble Mission, the brother of Tuesday's brilliant winner Frankel, goes in the King Edward VII Stakes. Meanwhile, leading female rider Hayley Turner aims for her first triumph at the fixture in the concluding Buckingham Palace Stakes with Primaeval. BBC racing pundit Mick Fitzgerald says it's his tip of the day."

  106. 1307:  

    Shirocco Star, The Fugue and Vow, second, third and fourth in the Epsom Oaks earlier in the year, were reunited yesterday for the Ribblesdale Stakes. In the end none of them could do the business with Irish challenger Princess Highway coming through to clinch the race.

    Astrology and Thought Worthy, third and fourth in the Epsom Derby, will hope to make a better fist of redeeming themselves today in the King Edward VII Stakes.

  107. 1304:  

    Without a win at the meeting since 2008, the Queen might be tempted into a trademark celebration of her own if Estimate delivers for her in the Queen's Vase later in the day. Trouble is, partying on a Royal scale tends to involve a few hundred horsemen, a military fly-past and invitations to global heads of state. All a little trickier to pull off on the spur of the moment.

  108. 1300:  

    Left arm windmilling by his side, straggly hair flying in the wind and a wide grin plastered all over his face - Mick Channon's goal celebrations as Southampton and England's attacking spearhead were much copied in Seventies playgrounds.

    He may be 63 now, but it might be worth him flexing off those shoulder tendons ahead of today's big race at Royal Ascot. Samitar and Laugh Out Loud are both gunning for the Coronation Stakes from his West Ilsley yard and could tempt the boss to roll back the years if they bring it home.

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