Frankie Dettori was the star turn on day three of Royal Ascot as he rode home four winners in what was a sensational streak of riding.
After two winners on Wednesday, there was more early joy for Dettori as he upset favourite Sunday Sovereign to ride A’ali home to claim his third success of the meeting in the Norfolk Stakes.
His fourth came in the next race, the Hampton Court Stakes, when he took the honours for Sir Michael Stoute on Sangarius before the brilliant Italian made it a hat-trick with Star Catcher in the Ribblesdale Stakes.
The next race was the Gold Cup, a race he piloted Stradivarius to victory in last year, and the duo proved their class after some early issues and saw off Dee Ex Bee to continue dreams of a six-timer.
Those piling through the history books learned that Fred Archer was the only jockey to ride five winners on a single say at Royal Ascot – could Dettori do it?
The answer was a disappointing ‘no’ as his fifth ride Turgenev could only manage second behind Biometric in the Britannia Stakes, much to the frustration of those who had gone all out on Frankie with the bookies. However, the man himself was philosophical.
Dettori said: “Twenty years ago I would have won that! He was 16/1 this morning, went off favourite and he gave me a great spin. I’ve had a good day, so I’m not going to cry.”
Day Three was then rounded off with an Aidan O’Brien one-two-three as South Pacific led home Constantinople and Eminence.
Friday promises more excitement, with Ten Sovereigns 8/15 to win O’Brien’s fourth Commonwealth Cup at 15:40 before Double Guineas hero and Evens favourite Hermosa eyes a Group One hat-trick for the Ballydoyle handler 40 minutes later in the Coronation Stakes.
Odds subject to change.