Landmark winner for Dettori as Golden Horde takes the feature race on day four

30 years to the day after riding his first Royal Ascot winner, superstar jockey Frankie Dettori celebrated the anniversary in style by riding his 70th as he partnered Fanny Logan to an impressive success in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes on the fourth day of the meeting.

The fast-improving filly beat a quality field of eight colts to give trainer John Gosden his fourth success of the week. The popular jockey, who has become synonymous with Ascot over the last three decades, immediately donated his commemorative saddle cloth for auction to raise money for Ascot’s #StyledWithThanks charity campaign (bid here). Only Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery are ahead of him in the all-time list of leading jockeys at Royal Ascot.

The feature race of the day, the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup, went to Golden Horde, who tasted success at the highest level for the first time following a two-year-old campaign that featured a string of solid performances that included placed efforts in a pair of Group 1 contests. He held off a host of challengers from Britain, Ireland and the USA, headed by the runner-up Kimari, trained across the Atlantic by Wesley Ward.

Ward had been denied further success earlier in the day when his Golden Pal was caught in the shadow of the winning post in The Norfolk Stakes by The Lir Jet, who made it two wins from two starts under a strong ride from Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy. In the colours of Qatar Racing, The Lir Jet provided trainer Michael Bell with his first winner of Royal Ascot 2020.

In the penultimate race of the day, the Group 2 Queen’s Vase, Santiago marked himself out as a three-year-old to follow for the rest of the season, winning impressively under Ryan Moore for trainer Aidan O’Brien - notching up the fourth victory of the meeting for the prolific combination. It was O’Brien’s seventh Queen’s Vase win in the last 14 years, moving him one behind Sir Henry Cecil in the list of most Queen’s Vase wins by a trainer.

Elsewhere on the card there was an impressive win for Art Power in the opening race of the day, The Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap Stakes and a first ever Royal Ascot winner for jockey Ben Curtis on Dandalla, who ran away with the Group 3 Albany Stakes. The day finished with a memorable moment in the closing Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes, where Hollie Doyle produced one of the rides of the week so far on Scarlet Dragon, becoming only the third female jockey in history to win a race at Royal Ascot.

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