Clive Cox’s Golden Horde was the toast of Royal Ascot on Friday afternoon as he soared to victory in the Commonwealth Cup.
Priced at 5/1 on Friday morning, the son of Lethal Force belied fears of rust on his season reappearance by biding his time on the inside before surging up the rail.
Adam Kirby provided a masterful performance in the plate to see off the threat of Frankie Dettori’s mount Kimari, while Richard Fahey’s Ventura Rebel took third.
Cox admitted he was excited to see what Golden Horde could provide after winning last year’s Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and the Middle Park handler was anything but disappointed.
“I’m very pleased with him today,” he said in quotes attributed to the Racing Post. “He was a great horse last year and we thought he would build again this year and he’s clearly shown that.
“To win a Group 1 at Royal Ascot is very special. Adam is rock solid and we’ve enjoyed some really good days here.”
Cox will be hoping for more of the same on Saturday in Berkshire with six entries on an eight-race card.
Those include Louie De Palma in the opener, the Silver Wokingham Handicap, with his charge 14/1 to win one of the five races Betfred are offering an extra place on.
Friday’s action got underway at 13:15 with a fine win for Art Power who stayed on to claim the Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap to give Silvestre De Sousa his first winner of the Royal Meeting.
Karl Burke then got in on the action as Dandalla showed echoes of previous Middleham stable flagbearer Laurens by marching away from the field to win the Albany Stakes before Oisin Murphy piloted the well fancied The Lir Jet home in the Norfolk Stakes.
A mixed day for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien was given some gloss by Santiago in the Queen’s Vase, while the closing race on the fourth day of this year’s Royal Ascot was Alan King’s Scarlet Dragon in the Duke of Edinburgh stakes.
It would be remiss not to leave the final word though to the aforementioned Dettori who made more history as he claimed his 70th Royal Ascot winner at 15:00.
On board John Gosden’s Fanny Logan, the Italian and his mount looked unstoppable as they charged down the centre of the field to ease home in the Hardwicke.
Saturday’s final day of Royal Ascot action starts at 12:40 with that Silver Wokingham Handicap and there are eight races, concluding at 16:40 for the Queen Alexandra Stakes.