Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) 5f
Another two-year-old winner for the Coolmore axis, Waterloo Bridge at 12/1 seeing off two well fancied Hannon runners in King of Rooks and Log Out Island. The latter in the Godolphin colours went off very fast but too his credit stayed on even if the winner had too many guns for him. King Of Rooks, the favourite challenged but didn’t look like getting in front. It was another win for first season sire Zoffany, with a colt who has proved with each of his five outings.
Tercentenary Stakes (Group 3) 1m2f
An impressive success for Frankie Dettori on Juddmonte’s impeccably-bred Time Test (15/8 favourite) - a son of Dubawi and Group 1 winner Passage of Time. He had impressed in a Haydock handicap when ridden by Ryan Moore previously and stepped up considerably in class with ease. Roger Charlton’s accessment that "He's got a great cruising speed and is just the right horse for a jockey who is at the top of his game and riding full of confidence," pretty much summed it up. Peacock put up a good show in second for Richard Hannon in the Royal colours but Bocca Baciata was a bit disappointing for Jessica Harrington in ninth as was Ballydoyle’s Cape Clear Island behind her.
Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f
A defeat for Irish 1000 Guineas winner Pleascadh (1/1) by a filly, Curvy (9/2), who won the Gallinule Stakes on the same day, beating Derby fourth Giovanni Caneletto. It sets up an intriguing possibility of more than one filly taking on the colts led by Jack Hobbs and Giovanni Caneletto in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Entertainment led early with Pleascadh close up but both fillies moved of the rail and caused the challenging Curvy to move sharply right and interfere with Wedding Vow ending her chance. Though Pleascadh kept on, Curvy always looked to have too much pace for her. The winner began the season off a mark of 72 at Navan earlier this season.
Gold Cup (Group 1) 2m4f
A result that could hardly have been predicted a few months ago with the then 88 rated Trip To Paris maintaining terrific progress to justify his £35,000 supplementary fee under a fine Graham Lee ride. Lee adds flat racing’s most prestigious long distance to his victory on Amberleigh House in jumping’s most prestigious, the Grand National.
Ed Dunlop's winner got a dream run up the inside rail as the second Kingfisher failed to get a run in time. Back down to 5/1 having been 14/1 earlier in the week, the Ballydoyle runner was undoubtedly unlucky, and was kept in by Bathyrhon before switching inside, by which time the winner had gone. Forgotten Rules was always well placed and travelled well into the straight but had no answer to the winner’s challenge and just lost second late on. Softer ground may suit him better but was the toughest test he has encountered and performed with credit. Simenon was in the first four in this race for the third time, he looked like coming with a wide winning run but didn’t find as much as expected at eight years old.
Britannia Stakes 1m
More success for Moore and O’Brien as War Envoy, with good form earlier in his career, bounced back to his best for a length and a quarter win over the straight mile. Udododontu went clear a furlong out and looked the winner for Richard Guest. Again the far side looked the lace to be. Sacrificial at 28/1 for Ger Lyons, drawn nearest the stands was on the wrong side again but beat all around him in a good run.
King George V Stakes 1m4f
Dissolution was backed to 9/4 favourite to give Ryan Moore another winner but Sir Michael Stoute’s blinkered runner never looked like winning. Front a wide draw (20), and going to the front early, William Buick gave Space Age in the second Godolphin colours a fine front running ride and was never really threatened in the straight. He had finished fifth behind Time Test at Haydock and should progress even if front running may prove difficult in better class. Scottish ran well in second.
Day three facts:
Jockeys title: Ryan Moore 7, Frankie Dettori 2 William Buick 2
Trainers title: Aidan O’Brien 4
Irish-trained winners: 7
Star performance: Ryan Moore excelled but Graham Lee has taken every chance he's been given in his flat career
Quote of the day: "My father and mother had the Gold Cup on their dining table, so to actually win it is a dream come true. I was always brought up by my parents to regard the Gold Cup as the highlight of this meeting." Ed Dunlop