Big Orange wins Gold Cup at Royal Ascot

Billed as the race of the week, the outcome did not disappoint and while it looked like the finish would be fought out by the front-running Harry Angel and the strong-travelling Blue Point, it was to fall the way of the odds-on favourite, who waited in the wings until pouncing late on.After winning the July Cup at Newmarket and the Prix de la Foret at Chantilly past year, both at Group One level, Limato struggled in his last two starts, beaten in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and the Al Quoz Sprint.Aidan O’Brien would welcome a rematch for Order Of St George. “If we don’t get too much rain, it should be flawless”.Coral’s John Hill said: “Over 80% of the bets we took on what colour hat the Queen would wear on Ladies’ Day were for pink so many punters have got their day off to a flying start before the racing has even begun”.”It’s competitive but we’re relaxed and he’s pure class”.Slot, who has been in her present post for the past five years and said Ascot has taken on some ideas that the London Olympics organizers implemented, said the meet was firmly implanted in the minds of a section of Chinese society and they were now dipping their toes into bloodstock sales-an unknown market for them.”I think that was a fairly exceptional race and he beat two very good horses”. Big Orange’s regular jockey, Frankie Dettori, was unable to ride at Royal Ascot this year, however he had advised his replacement James Doyle: “Don’t interfere with him”.Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds’s Magical Memory (Ire) (Zebedee ) was fourth when favourite for this race staged on unsuitable good-to-soft previous year and although he may have won had the rain not arrived he was seventh behind Limato in the July Cup and now has something to prove. “I’d better buy him a drink – more than one probably!”John Gosden said of the runner-up: “There was no pace and he was a little keen, he just had to wait to get where he wanted to go and the victor just got first run”.Dual Classic victor Winter will be odds-on to add to her success in the English and Irish 1000 Guineas in the Coronation Stakes. “She’s striving from race to race”.”I think that was a very good performance as he’s beaten two very good horses”.A daughter of Japan Cup hero Deep Impact out of multiple Group One victor Peeping Fawn, it would be no surprise to see September lining up in the Oaks next year, all going well.The winner’s check of 425,325 pounds ($540,000) moved Highland Reel’s earnings to 5.97 million pounds ($7.55 million).O’Brien – who has dominated British flat racing for the past decade – needs a big Friday with his rivals leading 5-2, with 12 races to come.”It’s a hard thing to do to win two Guineas and then come here, but she’s with a trainer who can do magic things”.But results will bring some light relief away from problems on the home front.”He has passed every test that you would want a thoroughbred to go through”, O’Brien said.”Ryan was very confident in him (Caravaggio)”.