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Lowther Stakes: William Haggas's success extends hot home streak

William Haggas, working out of Newmarket, but Yorkshire born and bred and proud of it, could not have dreamt of a better start to his beloved Ebor meeting as Tasleet and Besharah added to the opening day successes of Recorder and Storm The Stars to make it a perfect four wins from his first four runners.

Postponed leaves it late in King George

The prelude included a frantic version of jockeys’ musical saddles and the late defection of the undefeated Golden Horn, but at the business end of Ascot’s midsummer showpiece the aptly-named Postponed repelled Eagle Top in a stirring finish to the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Ascot Gold Cup 2015: Mizzou ready to strike Gold if fast ground

If the Royal Ascot ground were soft, or even good, few would be looking beyond Forgotten Rules in today’s Gold Cup. Dermot Weld’s late developing five-year-old won the Long Distance Cup at Ascot last October in deep going and although by no means just a mud-lover, these rattling fast conditions, even if eased a  little by overnight watering, are hardly ideal.