Royal Ascot has been thrilling us all week but arguably the best day of action came at the last with Saturday bringing a fantastic end to an excellent week.
Admittedly the absence of fans, owners, and The Queen was always going to make the experience surreal, but in the circumstances the week’s action has been nothing short of superb, and credit must go to all involved.
Frankie Dettori proved to be one of the stars of the show on Saturday, completing a full set of Group One Royal Ascot winners among a treble of winners to finish the Royal Meeting as the top jockey.
The Coronation Stakes had eluded the fans’ favourite up till today but he put that right in emphatic fashion with Alpine Star proving too strong for her rivals, finishing four-and-a-quarter-lengths clear.
There were very early suggestions of a tilt at the Investec Oaks (Alpine Star 33/1 Outright) but a run is not guaranteed, even though Quadrilateral (10/1) finished behind Alpine Star in third on Saturday.
Dettori had earlier landed his fourth win in the Queen Mary Stakes, and second with Wesley Ward who was also victorious for a fourth time, in partnership with Campanelle, while he completed his treble on the day and sixth of the week aboard Palace Pier, who stayed on best of all to beat Pinatubo into second.
Chiefofchiefs delivered a second win of the week for Charlie Fellowes in the opening race of the day, the Silver Wokingham, while Nando Parrado brought home the bacon in the Coventry Stakes at a whopping 150/1 for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby.
Kevin Stott secured his first Royal Ascot winner on Hello Youmzain (6/1 Darley July Cup Winner) in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes before he celebrated his second immediatley afterwards when steering Hey Jonesy to the tightest of wins in the Wokingham Stakes.
Alan King has had a fine week himself and he had the last laugh with Who Dares Wins justifying favouritism in the last race of the meeting, the Queen Alexandra Stakes.