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BOOKMAKERS "have a mountain to climb", so they claim, if losses sustained over the first three days of Royal Ascot are to be recovered following victory for red-hot favourite Leading Light in the Gold Cup.

A great In contrast to the opening two afternoons, there was a reverse for punters in the first race as odds-on The Great War finished out of the places in the Norfolk Stakes behind 8-1 winner was Baitha Alga, the mount of Dettori.

headery in herey Normal service was swiftly resumed, however, as there was strong confidence behind Sir Michael Stoute's Cannock Chase and he duly delivered under Ryan Moore in the Tercentenary Stakes as the 7-4 favourite.

But it was another good result for the bookies in the Ribblesdale, with 10-1 chance Bracelet returning to form for Aidan O'Brien. Lustrous at 16-1 and Criteria (20-1) filled the places.

Just as it seemed the tide might finally be turning, heavily-backed Leading Light (10-11) was driven home by Joseph O'Brien to deny the Queen's Estimate in a pulsating climax to the centrepiece of the meeting.

Born In Bombay was a 14-1 winner of the Britannia, but there was a roar from the stands as Kieren Fallon found the gaps on Saeed bin Suroor's Elite Army as the 4-1 joint-favourite took the concluding King George V Handicap.

Rory Jiwani of StanJames.com said: "Aidan O'Brien won the Gold Cup four times with Yeats and in Leading Light he has a horse who could match his achievements. At four, he can only improve and he could well dominate this race for the next few years. We make him 2-1 to retain his crown in 12 months' time."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 20, 2014
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