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Summary

  1. Coverage from day two of Royal Ascot
  2. Highland Reel wins (16:20) Prince of Wales's Stakes
  3. Qemah lands (15:40) Duke of Cambridge Stakes
  4. Heartache wins (15:05) Queen Mary Stakes
  5. Le Brivido takes (14:30) Jersey Stakes

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By Adam Whitty, John Hudson, Frank Keogh and Dan Kerins

All times stated are UK

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Adam Whitty

BBC South

It's been a boiling, but brilliant day of racing this afternoon.

Highland Reel took the glory in the feature, the Prince of Wales' Stakes, and there was also a marvellous win for Clive Cox, who had anything but Heartbreak with his victory in the Queen Mary Stakes.

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Highland Reel stormed home to win the feature, ridden by jockey Ryan Moore.

The Queen also won her own race, making it from the Houses of Parliament to Berkshire in seemingly record time.

We'll get back on our horse tomorrow for some more action wonderful Royal Ascot action. See you then.

Get me the official Royal Ascot fan...

Another for Ward at Ascot

American trainer Wesley Ward celebrated a second win of the 2017 Royal Ascot meeting as Con Te Partiro caused an upset.

The 20-1 chance, given a typically patient ride by Irish jockey Jamie Spencer, came home ahead of the Ryan Moore-ridden Rain Goddess in the concluding Sandringham Handicap.

Con Te Partiro wins Sandringham Handicap

17:35 result

1 Con Te Partiro 20-1

2 Rain Goddess 7-1

3 Paco's Angel 33-1

4 Queen of Time 8-1

24 ran Also: 6-1 Fav Gymnaste

Some feature length interviews with the stars

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Well, not really.

More realistically they're a tad awkward.

They come from our resident reporter Tim Dellor, who has had his previous run in with celebrities (for example, Niall Horan).

First, there was the former head of Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone.

Then, there was Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson, who received the most attention from the paparazzi lens this afternoon.

The full interviews are great listens, and luckily, they don't take up too much of your time.

Hats of the day... so far

Feathered hat
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It matches her eyes, which seem to be replicated in the hat
Pink hat with butterflies
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Look again, it's not pie and mash, it's butterflies
Lace umberella
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This is how to deal with the sunshine, Ascot style

Reflections on the big race

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent at Ascot

I won’t be the only person kicking myself for not having a few quid on Highland Reel.

Not only were there doubts over the good to firm going and the mile and a quarter distance for Jack Hobbs, but Highland Reel is almost always simply magnificent.

Whatever the continent – he’s won in the US and Hong Kong too – and whatever the drama (he arrived at Epsom with just minutes to spare before taking the Coronation Cup), this horse can be relied upon practically always to perform.

That’s nearly £6m in prize money, thus making him Aidan O’Brien’s biggest earner.

Time for the closing race

Could it be a win in the last for female jockey Josephine Gordon?

She bids to become only the second woman to ride a winner at Royal Ascot, after Gay Kelleway 30 years ago, aboard Gymnaste in the Sandringham Handicap (17:35 BST).

You can check out the Ascot racecards and results on the BBC Sport website.

Highland Reel wins the feature

Front-running win for Dwyer

Jockey Martin Dwyer was jubilant after guiding 25-1 chance Zhui Feng to a front-running victory in the Royal Hunt Cup.

The four-year-old colt gave trainer Amanda Perrett her first Royal Ascot victory for 17 years.

After beating runner-up Blair House by half a length, Dwyer said: "It's been unusual this year that in all the big one-mile handicaps there's been no front-runners and this lad gallops for fun.

"When they gave me an uncontested lead I could save him up and then go again."

Zhui Feng wins at Royal Ascot
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Zhui Feng wins Royal Hunt Cup

17:00 result

1 Zhui Feng 25-1

2 Blair House 16-1

3 Tashweeq 66-1

4 Ballet Concerto 20-1

29 ran

Also: 13-2 Fav Abe Lincoln

Anyone's guess at Ascot

Next up is the Royal Hunt Cup (17:00 BST) - a cavalry charge with 30 horses tanking down the straight mile at Ascot.

El Vip, Banksea and Abe Lincoln are among the contenders, but it's a fiendishly tricky puzzle to solve.

You can check out the Ascot racecards and results on the BBC Sport website.

Fanning the flaming heat

Adam Whitty

BBC South

The official Ascot fan is getting good use in today's blistering temperatures.

Don't get too vigorous though people, as you can actually end up making yourself hotter.

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Ascot Fan
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Ascot Fan
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The reel deal at Ascot

Highland Reel showed his class to win the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The 9-4 shot, ridden by Ryan Moore, fought past runner-up Decorated Knight, with Ulysses in third.

Winning 19 days after his Coronation Cup victory at Epsom, it was O'Brien's first success of the 2017 meeting.

Highland Reel wins Prince of Wales's Stakes

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16:20 result

1 Highland Reel 9-4

2 Decorated Knight 10-1

3 Ulysses 9-2

8 ran

Also: 2-1 Fav Jack Hobbs, 16-1 Queen's Trust 4th

The reel deal at Ascot?

Highland Reel has been popular with punters and heads the runners in Wednesday's feature race at Royal Ascot - the Prince of Wales's Stakes (16:20 BST).

The five-year-old, who will be ridden by Ryan Moore for trainer Aidan O'Brien, bids to follow up his triumph in the Coronation Cup at Epsom earlier this month.

Highland Reel renews rivalry with Jack Hobbs, having finished last behind the John Gosden runner in unsuitably rain-softened conditions in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March.

You can check out the Ascot racecards and results on the BBC Sport website.

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Excuse me... Can I just squeeze... Let me just get through there...

The heavy favourite comfortably triumphs

Meet the Royal Ascot muscle

Adam Whitty

BBC South

You can't fail to spot the famous Royal Ascot greencoats.

Their history at the racecourse goes back to 1774, when they were known as the The Yeoman Prickers.

The volunteers, who comprise of ex-military personnel, now perform the ceremonial guard for The Queen, and protect The Royal Family.

We caught up with John, who is the longest-serving greencoat.

French flying at Royal Ascot

Qemah ran out a second French winner of the day when landing the Duke of Cambridge Stakes following the earlier success of Le Brivido.

The 5-2 favourite, ridden by Gregory Benoist for Jean-Claude Rouget, held off the fast-finishing outsider Aljazz by three quarters of a length.

It was a second Royal Ascot win for the four-year-old Qemah, owned by Al Shaqab Racing, after victory in the Coronation Stakes last year.

Compatriot Usherette, successful in 2016, struggled for room before closing to finish another neck away.

Qemah wins at Ascot
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Qemah wins Duke of Cambridge Stakes

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15:40 result

1 Qemah 5-2 fav

2 Aljazzi 40-1

3 Usherette 11-4

14 ran

Also: 9-2 Smart Call 4th

Heartache triumphs in the Queen Mary Stakes

Frency fancy at Ascot

With Laugh Aloud a non-runner, the French filly Qemah is clear favourite for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (15:40 BST).

The four-year-old, who will be ridden by Gregory Benoist for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, won the Coronation Stakes at the meeting last year.

You can check out the Ascot racecards and results on the BBC Sport website.

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Ascot joy for Heartache

American challenger Happy Like A Fool, the odds-on favourite, had to settle for second as Heartache won the Queen Mary Stakes.

Winning trainer Clive Cox once again showed his aptitude for handling sprinters, with jockey Adam Kirby making use of his mount's high draw.

There were jubilant scenes in the winner's enclosure for owners, the Hot To Trot Syndicate which boasts 75 members.

Some well-known faces at Royal Ascot this year

Eleanor Tomlinson
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Eleanor Tomlinson of Poladark fame looked stunning in white.
Mariano Di Vaio
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Instagram star and designer Mariano Di Vaio
Chris Eubank
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Former boxer Chris Eubank is known for his dapper dress sense
Alan Pardew
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Former Reading, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Newcastle football manager Alan Pardew

Heartache wins Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot

15:05 result

1 Heartache 5-1

2 Happy Like A Fool 10-11 Fav

3 Out Of The Flames 14-1

23 ran

Also: 66-1 Now You're Talking 4th

Heartache winning
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Only fools and horses

Happy Like A Fool heads the betting for the second race at Ascot, the Queen Mary Stakes (15:05 BST).

The American challenger represents trainer Wesley Ward, who has won this race three times, including the last two runnings.

Ryan Moore takes the ride for Ward, who landed the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday with Lady Aurelia.

You can check out the Ascot racecards and results on the BBC Sport website.

Trainer Wesley Ward at Ascot
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Queen's hat change stumps punters

Toby Wadey

BBC South

The Queen's quick outfit change has left many punters stumped and bookmakers smiling.

Her Majesty wore blue at the State Opening of Parliament but by the time she arived at Royal Ascot, she had changed into yellow.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said his betting firm had taken just 13 bets on yellow.

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He added: "After seeing the Queen wear a blue hat for her speech in parliament, many punters expected her to remain in her clothing for Royal Ascot.

"However, they were left disappointed when she was seen in her procession in a yellow hat, the second favourite in our betting."

The mercury is rising, the fans are out and the jackets are coming off .. it's hot!

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French victory in first at Ascot

French colt Le Brivido won the opening Jersey Stakes on day two of the 2017 Royal Ascot meeting.

The 2-1 favourite, trained by Andre Fabre, held on under Pierre-Charles Boudot to deny Aidan O'Brien's 66-1 outsider Spirit Of Valor.

Josephine Gordon had hoped to become only the second female jockey to ride a winner at the meeting, but Dream Castle finished fifth. She rides Gymnaste in the Sandringham Handicap at 17:35 BST.

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Le Brivido wins Jersey Stakes at Ascot

14:30 result

1 Le Brivido 2-1 Fav

2 Spirit Of Valor 66-1

3 Mubtasim 20-1

20 ran

Also: 25-1 Parfait 4th

Le Brivido
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The Queen leads the Royal Procession

Girl power at Ascot?

The action kicks off on day two of Royal Ascot with the Jersey Stakes (14:30 BST) and it could prove a significant race.

Josephine Gordon bids to become only the second female jockey to have a winner at the meeting - 30 years after Gay Kelleway.

The 24-year-old rides Dream Castle, a leading contender for Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Surror. Rivals include the French colt Le Brivido, and Daban for John Gosden.

You can check out the full line-up on the BBC Sport website.

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It's getting toasty at Ascot...

Richard Conway reporting from Ascot on day two

The Queen arrives at Royal Ascot

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Sound the klaxon, we have a yellow hat ladies and gentlemen.

She has changed since opening Parliament, from blue to yellow.

Stand by for a red suit this evening to complete the primary colour triad.

The Queen
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Ascot - best-backed horses

Highland Reel is proving popular with punters ahead of Wednesday's feature race at Royal Ascot - the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

Here are other market movers with the bookmakers:

15:05 Queen Mary Stakes - Happy Like A Fool (Evens from 5-4)

15:40 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes - Smart Call (4/1 from 13-2)

16:20 Prince Of Wales's Stakes- Highland Reel (9-4 from 3-1)

17:00 Royal Hunt Cup- El Vip (8-1 from 12-1) and Hors De Combat (18-1 from 28-1)

17:35 Sandringham Handicap- Gymnaste (5-1 from 7-1) and Tisbutadream (14-1 from 25-1)

Staff preparing the ground at Ascot Racecourse
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Staff preparing the ground at Ascot Racecourse

The carriage procession awaits

At just after 14:00 BST, the Queen, fresh from opening one of the most famous democratic institutions in the world, will come to Royal Ascot.

She will be joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, but not Prince Philip, who has been taken to hospital as a "precaution".

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Carriage one: The Queen, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and The Lord Fellowes.

Carriage two: The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Carriage three: Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, Mr James Swartz, Mr and Mrs James Tollemache.

Carriage four: Lord and Lady Vestey and Mr and Mrs Jake Warren.

Gosden goes for glory at Ascot

Despite Laugh Aloud being a non-runner in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (15:40 BST) trainer John Gosden could still be the man to follow.

He has several runners, including three leading contenders:

14:30 Daban (7-1) Jersey Stakes

16:20 Jack Hobbs (7-2) Prince of Wales's Stakes

17:35 Gymnaste (11-2) Sandringham Handicap

You can check out all the racecards on the BBC Sport website.

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It's car boot picnic o'clock

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Royal Ascot: the most fun you can have with your car boot.

Car boot 1
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If there were some people queuing in this picture, it would perfectly sum up Britain
Car boot 1
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Casual wine drinking next to your vintage car
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The riff raff hang out just infront of the entrance to the Royal Enclosure