Sporting Life Royal Ascot review

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For every bookmaker in the land the standout highlight has to have been every race in which Ryan Moore didn’t ride a winner! In all seriousness, though, it was great to see arguably the best in the world prove himself head and shoulders above many of his contemporaries. Looking at the equine stars then Muhaarar made the most competitive Group One of the meeting look like a procession but, Time Test is the one that will stick in the mind. He’s regally-bred, won in a great style and even had the form of his London Gold Cup victory franked when Space Age took the Duke Of Edinburgh. There might not be a race for him in the UK until his owners’ Juddmonte International at York in August, but he’ll be worth the wait.

Time Test and Acapulco were the two horses who made me audibly expostulate at the two-furlong pole, although I think I made some even louder noises when Udododontu got caught in the final strides of the Britannia having looked to have put the race to bed 100 yards from the winning post. The Commonwealth Cup was a bit of a highlight too, in the sense that although I didn’t back the winner, the new race proved a massive hit with horsemen and punters alike and proved the cynics – such as me – who are sceptical about any sort of meddling with the race programme, to be wrong.

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