Royal Ascot Results 2020 – Day 4

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We are now over halfway through the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting as we race ahead to day four.

Horse racing fans had another seven top-class races to look forward to, including the Group Two Norfolk and Hardwicke Stakes, while the Group One Commonwealth Cup, run over a trip of 6f, is the feature contest on the Friday.

Royal Ascot Day Four – Friday 19th June 2020

Before racing started on day four of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting it was jockey Jim Crowley that was stealing the headlines. The former champion jockey fired in a treble on the opening day, plus added three more winners over Wednesday and Thursday to start day four with an impressive six Royal Ascot winners so far in 2020.

1.15 – Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap (3yo) 5f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stArt Power6/4 FavT D EasterbyS De Sousa
2ndKeep Busy6/1J J QuinnCieren Fallon
3rdDancin Inthestreet9/1W J HaggasJ F Egan
4thLambeth Walk33/1Archie WatsonOisin Murphy

All the talk pre-race was about one horse – ART POWER (6/4) – who had impressed in his recent runs and was running in a handicap for the first time on what looked a very attractive mark. This Tim Easterby-trained runner didn’t disappoint either as broke well, and was always up with the pace. When jockey Silvestre De Sousa pressed the button a few furlongs out the horse quickly put 3 ½ lengths between himself and the rest of the field. He looks likely to be heading into Listed or Group Company next based on this effort and looks a very exciting prospect for the King Power Racing team. Keep Busy and Danin Inthestreet fought it out for second and third, while fourth went to Lambeth Walk for the Archie Watson yard.

1.50 – Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) (CLASS 1) (2yo) 6f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stDandalla13/2K R BurkeB A Curtis
2nd Setarhe11/4 FavR VarianAndrea Atzeni
3rdMother Earth10/3A P O’BrienR L Moore

Some promising 2 year-old fillies headed to post for the Group Three Albany Stakes in the second Royal Ascot race on day four. The early morning support came for the Aidan O’Brien runner – Mother Earth – who was looking to give his trainer his second winner in this Royal Ascot race. However, in the 20 minutes before the off time the support switched to the Roger Varian runner – Setarhe and was backed from 7/1 into 11/4 as if defeat was out of the question. The Varian yard had a great time of it on the Wednesday and punters were latching onto them continuing this good form into day four. But the bookmakers got a reprieve as the Karl Burke runner – DANDELLA (13/2) – improved on her debut win at Newcastle to show a great turn-of-foot to win by 6 lengths at the line. She looks a very talented juvenile. This gave up-and-coming jockey Ben Curtis a great Royal Ascot success and it will be exciting to see where this 2 year-old heads next this season.

2.25 – Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) (CLASS 1) (2yo) 5f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stThe Lir Jet9/2M L W BellOisin Murphy
2ndGolden Pal12/1Wesley WardAndrea Atzeni
3rdImperial Force15/2A M BaldingJames Doyle

Another chance to see some of the stars of the future here as some useful-looking 2 year-olds lined-up for the Group Two Norfolk Stakes. With Frankie Dettori riding the unbeaten Eye Of Heaven, for trainer Mark Johnston, it wasn’t a surprise to see this one being well-supported into 7/4 favourite near the off. However, this juvenile could not live with the blistering pace that was set by the Wesley Ward US runner – Golden Pal. This speedy 2 year-old broke well and looked to have the rest of the field cooked for pace with a furlong out, but in the closing stages he was running on fumes and was eventually caught on the line by the Michael Bell runner – THE LIR JET (9/2) – who was ridden by Oisin Murphy. The pair pulled three lengths clear of the third – Imperial Force, with Lipizzaner for Aidan O’Brien back in fourth. A step up in trip might be on the cards for the winner, but he looks to have an exciting season ahead and there is plenty to look forward to for this Michael Bell runner.

3.00 – Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) (CLASS 1) (4yo+) 1m4f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stFanny Logan17/2J H M GosdenL Dettori
2ndAlounak40/1A M BaldingOisin Murphy
3rdDefoe6/1R VarianAndrea Atzeni

Last year’s Epsom Derby winner – Anthony Van Dyck – was the top-rated horse in the race and was hoping to give trainer Aidan O’Brien his fourth winner in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. However, despite being sent off favourite at 9/4, the horse hasn’t been able to follow-up that Epsom win and headed here on a six-race losing run. He, once again, let his supporters down and could only manage fifth after not getting the best of runs after getting boxed in a at crucial stages by last year’s winner and eventual third Defoe. It was left for Mr Ascot – Frankie Dettori – to pick up the pieces on the John Gosden runner – FANNY LOGAN (17/2). This 4 year-old was providing Gosden with only his second win in the Hardwicke Stakes, with Bronze Cannon being his other in 2009. It was also Frankie Dettori’s second success in the race – his first since the talented Doyen look the prize under the pocket Italian in 2004. This was Fanny Logan’s sixth career win and she’s now managed to finished in the first three in 9 of her 11 starts. Alounak managed to outrun its odds to fill second at 40/1 for trainer Andrew Balding.

3.35 – The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (Class 1) (3yo) 6f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stGolden Horde5/1C G CoxA Kirby
2ndKimari5/1Wesley WardL Dettori
3rdVentura Rebel50/1R A FaheyT Hamilton

Onto the feature contest of the day as some of the best sprinters in the world lined-up for the Group One Commonwealth Cup. Trainer Aidan O’Brien had won this race back in 2017 and with only five previous runnings before the 2020 renewal then it was one of the newer races at the Royal Ascot Meeting. They looked to have another leading chance too this year with Lope Y Fernandez, who we last saw running third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas this month. He was eventually sent off as favourite at 10/3, but that support proved to be misguided as he could only manage eleventh. Golden Horde and Kimari were two other fancies for the race at 5/1 and in the end it was this pair that fought out the finish, with the Clive Cox-trained GOLDEN HORDE (5/1) proving too strong in the closing stages to win by 1 ½ lengths. Third was filled by Ventura Rebel, who ran better than his odds suggested he would at 40/1.

4.10 – Queen´s Vase (Listed) (CLASS 1) (3yo) 1m6f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stSantiago10/3A P O’BrienR L Moore
2ndBerkshire Rocco3/1A M BaldingOisin Murphy
3rdAl Dabaran6/1C ApplebyW Buick

Another chance to see some Derby and possibly St Leger potentials on show here as some promising middle-distance 3 year-olds lined up for the Listed Queen’s Vase. Berkshire Rocco came into he race with some useful form already after running a cracking second in the Lingfield Derby Trial earlier this month and this step up in trip looked sure to suit this Andrew Balding runner. However, it was the William Haggas entry – Born With Pride – that was supported into favourite at 11/4. It’s always been a good race for trainer Aidan O’Brien though – the Irish handler has won six of the last 13 renewals! The Ballydoyle trainer had two this year – Nobel Prize and SANTIAGO (10/3) – and with Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore riding the pair they were sure to be popular. However, with Ryan Moore sure to have the pick of the two it was his mount that proved his confidence right as this improving stayer relished the longer trip to win by an impressive 2 ¾ lengths. There should be more to come from him now he’s won over this 1m6f trip and looks another useful sort from the O’Brien yard.

4.40 – Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (CLASS 2) (3yo+ 0-105) 1m4f

ResultRunnerStarting PriceTrainerJockey
1stScarlet Dragon33/1A KingHollie Doyle
2ndDeja9/1P W Chapple-HyamAndrea Atzeni
3rdWest End Charmer4/1 FavM JohnstonW Buick
4thLe Don De Vie11/1H MorrisonR L Moore

A good race in recent years for the Mark Johnston yard – winning 3 of the last 11, while the Hughie Morrison yard have won this race three times since 2003. Johnston had just the one entry, so it wasn’t a shock to see his West End Charmer supported into 4/1 favourite. Ridden by William Buick, this horse made a bold bid from the front and looked to have a big chance a furlong out – leading the field. However, the petrol ran out at a crucial stage and it was left for the Hollie Doyle-ridden SCARLET DRAGON (33/1) to pick up the pieces for trainer Alan King at a stoking 33/1. Hollie joined female jockeys Gay Kelleway and Hayley Turner as the only lady riders to be successful in a Royal Ascot race and based on the way she’s riding it’s unlikely to be her last winner at Royal Ascot. Deja filled second for trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam, while Hughie Morrison continued his good record in the race with his Le Don De Vie taking fourth.

*Odds for future races subject to change.

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