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Thursday 21st June 2018

Royal Ascot 2018: Stradivarius wins Gold Cup at Ascot for Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori claimed his 60th Royal Ascot winner as Stradivarius took the Gold Cup after a thrilling finish.

Dettori was at his best on the 7-4 joint favourite, trained by John Gosden, to see off runner-up Vazirabad and long-time leader Torcedor in third.

It was the 47-year-old jockey's sixth Gold Cup win and he treated the 70,000 crowd to a trademark flying dismount.

Joint favourite Order Of St George, the 2016 winner and last year's runner-up, could only finish fourth.


Kentucky Derby: Justify wins at Churchill Downs

Justify maintained his unbeaten run to win the Kentucky Derby as Aidan O'Brien missed the chance to make history.

O'Brien, who won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier on Saturday, was hoping to saddle the first European-based horse to win the race.

After heavy rain saturated the dirt track for the 144th running of the race, favourite Justify powered home by two and a half lengths.

O'Brien's Mendelssohn finished last of the 20 runners.

Good Magic was second with Audible third.

Justify has now won all four of his races this year and is the first champion since Apollo in 1882 to win the showdown for three-year-olds without running anywhere as a two-year-old.

It was a fifth victory for trainer Bob Baffert in the coveted Group One race at Churchill Downs, the first leg of the American Triple Crown.


Cheltenham Festival: Native River romps to Gold Cup success

Native River won a thrilling Cheltenham Gold Cup after an epic duel with Might Bite.

The 5-1 chance gave Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard his first victory in the race after some spectacular jumping under champion jockey Richard Johnson.

Favourite Might Bite (4-1), seeking a historic Cheltenham Festival treble for trainer Nicky Henderson, was a gallant runner-up, beaten by four and a half lengths.

Anibale Fly (33-1) finished third ahead of Road To Respect and Djakadam.


Melbourne Cup: Rekindling wins Australia's famous race

Rekindling won the Melbourne Cup as young Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien's horse dramatically beat his father Aidan's Johannes Vermeer into second.

Max Dynamite finished third in a 1-2-3 for Irish-trained horses at Flemington.

Johannes Vermeer looked set to bring another big triumph for record-breaking trainer Aidan O'Brien.

But it was his son Joseph, 24, who won at the first attempt with jockey Corey Brown taking the lead on 14-1 shot Rekindling in the closing stages.

Known as the "race that stops a nation", the event is the world's richest two-mile handicap, worth A$6.2m (£3.6m) and watched by 90,000 people at the track.


Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Frankie Dettori breaks record on Enable

Frankie Dettori won a record fifth Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on the John Gosden-trained Enable in Chantilly.

Enable, sent off the 10-11 favourite, led for most of Europe's richest horse race to secure Dettori and Gosden their second Arc win in three years.

Cloth of Stars (25-1), ridden by jockey Mickael Barzalona and trained by Andre Fabre, was second.

Third-favourite Ulysses (9-1), trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Jim Crowley, came third.