Frankie Dettori clocked up his seventh Royal Ascot winner of the week as Advertise roared back to top form by winning the Commonwealth Cup on Friday.
The duo combined to beat Forever In My Dreams, who battled gamely into second ahead of the Kevin Ryan-trained Hello Youmzain in third, with Aidan O’Brien’s favourite Ten Sovereigns finishing a disappointing fourth.
Advertise, who was wearing blinkers for the first time after failing to sparkle in last month’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, looked every inch the horse that won three of his five starts last season and also finished second in the Coventry Stakes and in the Dewhurst.
Dettori has equalled his previous record of seven winners across the Royal Ascot week and admitted he was relieved Advertise showed his true colours after recent struggles.
He said: “I’m so pleased for Martyn as he has been having a tough time. He ran a stinker in the Guineas and he decided to close his stable for a month as he knew his horses weren’t right and it paid dividends.
“We were hoping and we weren’t so sure if we were out of the woods but he put in a tremendous performance there. I was always in control. He travelled like the winner and when I kicked he went. He was back to his best.”
Meade, meanwhile, was delighted Advertise proved his credentials yet again at what appears to be his ideal six-furlong distance.
He said: “I think we have to put the Guineas behind us. He wasn’t quite right on that day, clearly, and we wanted to see if he got the mile but we never found out as he never ran any sort of race.
“I thought we would go back where he is now over six furlongs where he was pretty special last year. He jumped and clearly that demonstrates that is his distance.
“If we can step him up a little bit we clearly will. It was just lucky that Frankie was able to ride him as that made a huge difference.”
In the Coronation Stakes, 20/1 shot Watch Me shocked Evens favourite Hermosa, who was second, while Thanks Be (33/1) took the Sandringham Stakes and 6/4 favourite Japan triumphed in the King Edward VII Stakes.
Odds subject to change.