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Aidan O’Brien lands a fifth Irish Oaks after Seventh Heaven springs surprise

• Ballydoyle-trained winner returned at 14-1 with Seamie Heffernan aboard
• Even Song, ridden by Ryan Moore, disappointed as the 4-5 favourite

Aidan O’Brien won his first Irish Classic of the year when Seventh Heaven was a surprise winner of the Oaks at 14-1. The filly, running for the first time since finishing a tailed-off sixth in the Epsom equivalent, produced a sustained and powerful run up the home straight to pull clear of the English raiders Architecture and Harlequeen.

O’Brien, winning the race for the fifth time, had a more obvious chance with Even Song, sent off the 4-5 favourite after her Ribblesdale success at Royal Ascot, but she never got into the argument and was a disappointing seventh under Ryan Moore.

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Talking Horses: Tuesday’s best bets plus our tipping competition

The Jamie Osborne-trained Royal Ascot winner Defrocked has been sold to race in Hong KongTony Paley: Royal Ascot winner Defrocked has been sold to race in Hong Kong, confirmed joint-owner Michael Buckley. Continue reading…

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Exosphere’s connections hopeful as Newmarket’s July Course dries out

• Lord Grimthorpe reports Khalid Abdullah’s colt in good order
• Kevin Ryan eager to run The Grey Gatsby in Princess Of Wales Stakes

Exosphere has been made favourite for Thursday’s Princess Of Wales’s Stakes despite letting his backers down very badly at Royal Ascot less than three weeks ago. Sir Michael Stoute’s colt was never sighted with a chance in the Hardwicke Stakes, for which he was sent off at 6-4, and trailed home 19 lengths behind his less-fancied stablemate Dartmouth, but the betting market clearly expects a bounce-back performance at Newmarket, for which he is no bigger than 5-2.

Connections are hoping this much sounder surface will elicit a stronger effort from Exosphere, having failed to locate any reason other than soft going for his Ascot flop. “He’s been fine since then,” said Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to the owner, Khalid Abdullah.

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William Buick to miss 30 days as suspension confirmed by appeal panel

• Godolphin jockey is banned from July meeting to end of Glorious Goodwood
• Buick given 15 days for interference and 15 more for offending the panel

William Buick will spend one of the busiest months of the Flat campaign on the sidelines after a 30-day suspension imposed by the stewards at Chantilly on 19 June was confirmed by an appeal panel in Paris on Wednesday. The ban comprises 15 days for causing interference which led to Pierre-Charles Boudot being unseated in the Prix de Diane (French Oaks), and a further 15 days for offensive comments to the panel at Chantilly.

Eclipse day at Sandown Park on Saturday, when he is expected to ride the Royal Ascot winner Hawkbill in the feature race, will be Buick’s final day in the saddle until early August.

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Dartmouth wins dramatic Hardwicke Stakes for the Queen at Royal Ascot

• Royal victor has to survive a stewards’ inquiry
• Jockey on runner-up loses whip at crucial stage

“It’s all going rather well!” So spake the Queen, we are told, at about halfway in the Hardwicke Stakes, when her purple and red colours were being carried in a prominent position by the smooth-travelling Dartmouth. But the monarch was about to be put through the wringer in a way that any long-suffering punter would instantly recognise.

First there was the sustained battle up the home straight with the Irish raider Highland Reel, who made it fairly clear that he did not want to go past his rival but might do it anyway out of sheer talent. Dartmouth prevailed by a head, sparking joyous scenes in the Royal Box which were cut short almost immediately by that unwelcome sound, the bingly-bong of a stewards’ inquiry.

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Ryan Moore clinches Royal Ascot top jockey title on Twilight Son

The rider was successful on three winners to take the prize he won in 2015 with a record number of nine successes

Twilight Son emerged victorious after a thrilling climax to the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Henry Candy’s charge was unbeaten after his first five starts last season, completing the tremendous run with victory in September’s Sprint Cup at Haydock. He rounded off his campaign by chasing home champion sprinter Muhaarar at Ascot and having blown away the cobwebs with a run at York last month, he was a 7-2 chance for the main event on the final day of the showpiece meeting in Berkshire.

Ryan Moore buried the four-year-old in the middle of the field for much of the six-furlong journey before launching his challenge with a furlong to run.

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Royal Ascot 2016: Diamond Jubilee Stakes day – live!

12.35pm BST

Stoute one short of Cecil’s record

Sir Michael Stoute must have good prospects today of joining Sir Henry Cecil at the top of the all-time Royal Ascot trainers’ leaderboard. Watch out for both Exosphere and Dartmouth in the Hardwicke Stakes (3.40), a contest he has already nine winners in.

Sir Michael Stoute now has 74 #RoyalAscot winners, one behind Sir Henry Cecil’s all-time record of 75… pic.twitter.com/v4rwZuYoPf

12.31pm BST

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Costello records emotional Royal Ascot win on Quiet Reflection

• Jockey’s switch from jumps to Flat racing is paying off
• Trainer Karl Burke records first British Group One win

Twelve months ago, Dougie Costello rode Lilly’s Legend to finish sixth in a handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter worth £3,600 to the winner. Exactly one year later, he rode a perfectly judged race aboard Quiet Reflection to win the Commonwealth Cup here on Friday, with a first prize of nearly £250,000. It will be a little while, Costello said afterwards, before it all sinks in.

Several well-known jump jockeys have switched to ride on the Flat in recent seasons, including Graham Lee, who took the 2004 Grand National on Amberleigh House and the Gold Cup here last year. Even Lee, though, did not scale the heights of Group One success as rapidly as Costello, who committed himself to the Flat full-time only when Karl Burke, the trainer of Quiet Reflection, offered him a job as stable jockey late last year.

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Horse racing tips: Saturday 18 June

Tupi at Royal Ascot (5.00) is rated the day’s best bet

Royal Ascot

2.30 Cunco 3.05 Pacify 3.40 Exosphere 4.20 The Tin Man 5.00 Tupi (nap) 5.35 Clondaw Warrior

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Royal Ascot: Coronation Stakes day – live! Barry Glendenning

11.38am BST

Congratulations to JahLion, who won Thursday’s low-scoring competition on a final score of +10.50, thanks to Prince Of Lir and Primitivo. Yasmin11 and ElMatador1 tied for second on +9.91.

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11.30am BST

Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore have claimed the major riding honours so far this week, but some of their less heralded weighing-room colleagues could come to the fore during Friday’s card, which includes two Group One events. The Coronation Stakes, at 3.40, is the traditional centrepiece of the fourth day, but the Commonwealth Cup, a six-furlong sprint for three-year-olds which was run for the first time last year, is an excellent addition to the card and gives Karl Burke the chance to add a first British Group One to a couple of victories in top-level races abroad.

Burke runs Quiet Reflection, the easy winner of the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock last time out, with Dougie Costello, a Grade One-winning jockey over jumps, holding the reins. Costello is the latest of several accomplished jump jockeys to turn his attention to racing on the level, and has been concentrating on Flat racing only since landing the job as Burke’s stable jockey late last year.

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The Queen’s Guy Fawkes is put down after suffering a serious injury

• King George V Handicap runner sustained compound fracture of the right foot
• Royal Ascot racecourse vets were unable to save the Queen’s horse

The Queen’s hopes of seeing her colours carried to victory at Royal Ascot in the week of her 90th birthday celebrations suffered a miserable reverse here on Thursday as Guy Fawkes, her runner in the King George V Handicap, sustained a serious injury in the early stages of the race and was subsequently put down.

Guy Fawkes sustained a compound fracture of his right foot after about two furlongs of the 12-furlong contest and unseated Pat Smullen, his jockey, who emerged from the incident unscathed. He was immediately assessed by racecourse vets, but his injury was so severe that he could not be saved.

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Tanaza can win the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot for Dermot Weld

Few trainers are as in-form as as hers just now, the Irish handler having won 10 times in the past fortnight, including in the Derby

Those who paid £1.3m on Monday for the filly Jet Setting may be a bit nervous that all the rain forecast for Thursday failed to materialise. Race-times suggest this ground is still providing a significant test on the round course but her chance diminishes with every dry hour that passes.

Related: Royal Ascot 2016: your horse-by-horse guide to the Coronation Stakes

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Order Of St George wins Gold Cup at Royal Ascot under Ryan Moore

• Trainer Aidan O’Brien recorded his seventh success in the race
• Favourite wins well after being in poor position on turn for home

Order Of St George has produced an impressive performance to land the Gold Cup on ladies’ day at Royal Ascot. The Irish raider completed a quick double for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore, who had also been in the winner’s enclosure with Even Song after the Ribblesdale half an hour earlier.

Related: Royal Ascot: Gold Cup Day – live!

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Horse racing tips: Friday 17 June

Ebediyin (5.35) at Royal Ascot is the day’s best bet

Royal Ascot 2.30 Queen Kindly 3.05 Choreographer (nap) 3.40 Quiet Reflection 4.20 Tanaza 5.00 Kinema 5.35 Ebediyin (nb)

Ayr 6.30 Hussar Ballad 7.05 Apres Midi 7.40 Joyful Star 8.10 Gabrial’s Star 8.45 Intisaab 9.15 Freewheel

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Royal Ascot: Gold Cup Day – live!

11.36am BST

Order Of St George is the big, young talent here and comes from the Aidan O’Brien stable that has won this race six times in the past 10 years with three different horses. But things could go wrong for him if, as expected, he is held up towards the rear for this first attempt at two and a half miles. Ryan Moore, who left his challenge too late on The Gurkha on Tuesday, could find himself trying to thread amongst a dozen rivals when it’s time to make his challenge here.

A case can be made for a few of the others, especially as their odds are inflated by the market love for the favourite. Max Dynamite only needs to be forgiven his reappearance flop, when he surely needed the run. On his form from the second half of last year, he’s got a great shot. Mizzou has won two good races here and might have matured enough to improve on last year’s seventh. Flying Officer looks a very solid option, though this could be a bit far for him if they go a good gallop. Clever Cookie will have his chance, though the suspicion remains that he’s not quite good enough.

11.24am BST

Architecture is the obvious one, having run second in the Oaks a fortnight ago, when only the astonishing Minding was good enough to catch her. But that was a tough race on a taxing surface and we saw with A Shin Hikari yesterday that horses are not always able to run two good races on soft in quick succession.

Aidan O’Brien fields Even Song, who was a bit unlucky in running when third in a Listed race last month but still has a bit to prove at this level. Newmarket appears to be bursting with promising young fillies, since John Gosden fields a couple, of which Sovereign Parade is the most interesting, while Sir Michael Stoute sends Queen’s Trust, who promises to relish this step up in distance.

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Max Dynamite can win Gold Cup for Willie Mullins at Royal Ascot

Irish trainer can soothe the pain of a narrow defeat three years ago in the big race of the week

Willie Mullins, who came within a neck of Gold Cup glory when his Simenon was beaten by the Queen’s Estimate three years ago, can finally get his hands on the trophy with Max Dynamite (4.20). The six-year-old is very handily priced at 8-1, thanks to the enthusiasm for Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of St George.

Related: Royal Ascot 2016: your horse-by-horse guide to the Gold Cup

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My Dream Boat shock winner of Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

• Clive Cox and Adam Kirby celebrate second Group One success at meeting
• Hot favourite A Shin Hikari finishes last after turning into straight in front

My Dream Boat has caused a 16-1 shock in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the feature race on day two at Royal Ascot. The upset result makes this a dream week for the winning jockey, Adam Kirby, who became a father on Tuesday and has now ridden two Group One winners here this week.

Related: Royal Ascot 2016: day two – live!

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Royal Ascot 2016: day two – live!

11.38am BST

11.26am BST

Like the Hunt Cup but restricted to three-year-old fillies. The unbeaten Persuasive (John Gosden, Frankie Dettori) is a quite understandable favourite, as she can surely do a fair bit better than she has so far shown, though this ground is a question for her to answer, as is this big field.

Ireland’s Anamba has been keeping good company and won a Listed race last time, though her rating is not obviously lenient for this handicap debut. Diploma (Stoute, Moore) has been raised 10lb for beating a handful of rivals last time, albeit in good style.

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Royal Ascot 2016: your horse-by-horse guide to the Gold Cup

Order Of St George is the hot favourite as 18 horses line up for the feature event of the Flat season’s centrepiece meeting on Thursday

Standard-bearer for a small Yorkshire yard, this ex-hurdler didn’t win his first Flat race until he was six but quickly proved a Group-class stayer, especially on soft going. This step up in distance ought to help him, given that he has so often finished strongly. Closely matched with a few of these. Finished a length behind Flying Officer here in October and although he edged that one out for second in the Sagaro here in April, the other horse is 5lb better in at the weights now. Beat Curbyourenthusiasm half a length in the Yorkshire Cup last time, wearing cheekpieces (retained here) for the first time.

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Galileo Gold wins St James’s Palace under brilliant Frankie Dettori

• Jockey jubilant after win on the opening day of Royal Ascot
• Favourite The Gurkha finishes late and fast for second place

Frankie Dettori crossed the line with his arm aloft as he rode Galileo Gold to victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes, the big race on the opening day of Royal Ascot. The bonny chestnut, such an impressive winner of the 2,000 Guineas in April, was deserted by punters after his defeat in Ireland last time and sent off at 6-1 but benefited from a tactically faultless ride as he held off the late challenge of The Gurkha.

While Dettori tracked the Godolphin pacemaker, Cymric, from the outset, Ryan Moore settled The Gurkha at the back of the field and was still there at the turn for home with little more than two furlongs to run. As The Gurkha cruised forward, his route was blocked by Awtaad hanging across him and Moore had to switch him to mid-track in the final furlong.

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