Royal Ascot 2018: Stradivarius wins the Gold Cup – live!

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The third day is over and it’s hats off again to Frankie Dettori. “He is what this place needs,” said Tony McCoy of the jockey who won his sixth Gold Cup day today, just three weeks after the Derby when everyone at the track, and I mean everyone, was talking about an imminent retirement announcement. And McCoy is right. Even when Yeats was winning a remarkable fourth Gold Cup in a row back in 2009 the Royal Ascot crowd, often more interested in what the person next to them is wearing than which horse has just won, was fairly nonplussed. But Frankie is different: he brings any race crowd alive and even the normally reserved Royal Ascot racegoers.

Join us again tomorrow when Aidan O’Brien (who had two winners today) has a couple of fascinating speedsters in the opening race and the Commonwealth Cup, the most successful new race on the Royal Ascot programme of modern times, will be the big betting heat. Hope you backed Chris Cook’s Gold Cup tip Stradivarius and look forward to you joining us back here tomorrow.

1 Baghdad (Andrea Atzeni) 9-1
2 Corgi (Jim Crowley) 12-1
3 First Eleven (L Dettori) 6-1
4 Cross Counter (W Buick) 8-1

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Written by Tony Paley, with Chris Cook and Greg Wood at Ascot
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/jun/21/royal-ascot-2018-gold-cup-day-live under the title “Royal Ascot 2018: Stradivarius wins the Gold Cup – live!”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.