By Andrew Atkinson
First Receiver owned by The Queen and ridden by Frankie Dettori – tipped – were thwarted by Russian Emperor (10-3) under Ryan Moore in a thrilling finish in the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.
“He’s a really nice horse and showed a good attitude, was very professional, and could stay further,” said Moore, riding his 60th career win at Ascot.
On day-two of the five-day behind-closed-doors meeting, Dettori cruised to the front and looked set to win, but Moore pulled out all the stops on Aidan O’Brien trained Russian Emperor, denying Sir Michael Stoute trained 9-4 favourite First Receiver victory, by 1/2 length, in the Group Three, 1m 1f race. Berling Tango (4-1) was third.
*Ouzo (4-1) selected and ridden by Moore, was a disappointing 15th of 22 runners in the Royal Hunt Cup, won by Sir Busker (12-1).