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Summary

  1. Coverage of day three at Royal Ascot
  2. Big Orange wins epic Gold Cup (16:20)
  3. Coronet claims Ribblesdale Stakes (15:40)
  4. Benbatl wins Hampton Court Stakes (15:05)
  5. Sioux Nation secures Norfolk Stakes (14:30)

Live Reporting

By Frank Keogh and John Hudson

All times stated are UK

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Big Orange beats Order Of St George

Big Orange pips last year's victor Order Of St George in a pulsating finish to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

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That's it for Day Three

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It's a wrap. Thank you for your time today. We'll be back with you tomorrow at 09:00 BST.

Frankel son wins at Ascot

There was a first Royal Ascot triumph for an offspring of the legendary racehorse Frankel as Atty Persse won the King George V Stakes .

Atty Persse (7-1), named after a former British champion trainer, was ridden superbly by young jockey Kieran Shoemark for trainer Roger Charlton.

It was a fifth win of the week for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team who enjoyed a 1-2 in this race, with First Nation finishing second.

Frankel triumphed in all 14 of his races during a stellar career, including two victories at Royal Ascot.

He won his final contest at the Berkshire course in October 2012 before being retired for a breeding career.

Kietran Shoemark celebrates after winning on Atty Persse
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Atty Persse wins King George V Stakes

17:35 result

1 Atty Persse 7-1

2 First Nation 8-1

3 Bear Valley 20-1

4 Drochaid 14-1

18 ran

Also: 4-1 Fav Master Singer

Who wins the last?

Plenty look to have chances in the final race on Ladies Day - the King George V Stakes (17:35 BST).

Atty Persse, trained by Roger Charlton, and the John Gosden pair of Master Singer and Tartini are among leading hopes, while Majoris - a son of Frankel - runs for Hugo Palmer.

Mark Johnston has three contenders - Sofia's Rock, Mister Manduro and Bear Valley,

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

And the winner is...

We'll let you decide.

In our eyes, they are all worthy of a prize - even the ones which actually look like prizes.

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Spencer swoops at Ascot

Jockey Jamie Spencer secured his second win of Royal Ascot 2017 as he won the Britannia Stakes on 25-1 chance Bless Him.

Bless Him, trained by David Simcock, beat runner-up Ronald R whose trainer Michael Bell had earlier won the Gold Cup with Big Orange.

Bless Him wins Britannia Stakes

17:00 result

1 Bless Him 25-1

2 Ronald R 16-1

3 Tricorn 14-1

4 Indian Dandy 25-1

29 Ran.

Also: 11-2 Fav Son Of The Stars

Queen seeks Ascot win

The Queen, who has enjoyed 23 Royal Ascot winners as a racehorse owner, has her first runner of the week on Ladies Day.

Maths Prize, trained by Roger Charlton, represents Her Majesty in the Britannia Stakes (17:00 BST).

A 14-1 chance, the Queen may have better chances later in the meeting, with Dartmouth bidding to win the Hardwicke Stakes for the second year running on Saturday.

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The Queen did a quick change of outfit - from blue to yellow - before heading to Royal Ascot after the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday

Big Orange wins epic Gold Cup at Ascot

Big Orange pipped last year's victor Order of St George in an epic finish to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

The 5-1 winner, ridden by James Doyle for trainer Michael Bell, held on for a memorable triumph after a gripping battle in the final furlong.

Order Of St George, under Ryan Moore, kept on closing but the 5-6 favourite just failed to give trainer Aidan O'Brien an eighth win in the race.

The 33-1 chance Harbour Law was back in third.

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Big Orange wins Gold Cup at Ascot

16:20 result

1 Big Orange 5-1

2 Order Of St George 5-6 Fav

3 Harbour Law 33-1

14 ran

Also: 50-1 She Is No Lady 4th

Royal Ascot - Gold Cup countdown

16:20 BST - Commentary, BBC Radio 5 live

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent at Ascot

Now that the Aidan O'Brien Royal Ascot 2017 bandwagon is rolling, there will be a groundswell of support around Order Of St George, to be ridden by Ryan Moore, in the Gold Cup (16:20 BST).

Like so many horses trained by O'Brien for the Coolmore operation, this is a son of super stallion Galileo and really impressed this day 12 months ago.

However, he also came to Ascot last autumn and finished fourth. All three horses in front of him that day are due here this afternoon as is the redoubtable stayer Big Orange, plus Torcedor who defeated Big Orange at home in Ireland in April.

You can check out the card for the big race on the BBC Sport website, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

Chillin' at Royal Ascot

While some of us are hard at work, others are enjoying a lazy afternoon on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot..

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Royal Ascot flyover

The Gold Cup at 16:20 is the big race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot and you can get a bird's eye view of the course by clicking on the link below.

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Dramatic win for Coronet at Ascot

Coronet swooped late under Olivier Peslier to win the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer John Gosden.

The Sky Is Blazing had blazed a trail, opening a big lead early in the race, but his rivals pounced in the closing stages.

Hertford Dancer, who finished third, mounted a challenge before favourite Mori looked set to be the first offspring of legendary racehorse Frankel to win at the meeting

But he came second after being overhauled by the grey Coronet (9-1).

The grey Coronet wins at Ascot
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The Gold Cup, prepped and polished

Coronet wins at Royal Ascot

Ribblesdale Stakes

15:40 result

1 Coronet 9-1

2 Mori 2-1 Fav

3 Hertford Dancer 16-1

12 ran

Also: 40-1 Rich Legacy 4th

O'Brien again at Ascot?

Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien won the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot with Even Song last year and bids to follow up with Alluringly this time (15:40 BST).

Mori, a son of the legendary racehorse Frankel, represents Sir Michael Stoute who needs one more winner to become the meeting's all-time leading trainer.

You can check out the racecard on the BBC Sport website, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

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It's certainly not pointless

The winner of the 17:00 Britannia Handicap will get the glory, the prize money and a handshake from Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong.

He is one of the celebrities giving prizes on the podium today.

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The presenter will be giving out prizes that are far from pointless today.

Also awarding the winners today are Olympian Greg Rutherford; comedian Miranda; and of course Her Majesty the Queen, who will be congratulating the winner of the Gold Cup.

Greg Rutherford awards prize for Norfolk Stakes
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Greg Rutherford awards the prize for the Norfolk Stakes

Ascot - Benbatl wins for Godolphin

Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team celebrated a fourth Royal Ascot win of the week as 9-2 chance Benbatl took the Hampton Court Stakes.

After his first victory at the Royal meeting, delighted jockey Oisin Murphy punched the air and said afterwards: "This means the world to me."

Godolphin had an opening day treble but it was a first win of the 2017 fixture for their trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Runner-up Orderofthegarter and third-placed Mirage Dancer also ran well behind the victor, who was fifth earlier this month in the Derby at Epsom won by Wings of Eagles.

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Benbatl wins at Royal Ascot

Hampton Court Stakes

15:05 result

1 Benbatl 9-2

2 Orderofthegarter 10-3 Fav

3 Mirage Dancer 7-1

13 ran

Also: 8-1 Taj Mahal 4th

Frankel son runs at Ascot

Mirage Dancer, a son of Frankel, will bid to give the legendary racehorse his first Royal Ascot winner as a stallion in the Hampton Court Stakes (15:05 BST).

Andrea Atzeni takes the mount for Sir Michael Stoute, who needs one more winner to become the meeting's all-time leading trainer.

Frankel triumphed in all 14 of his races during a stellar career, including two at Royal Ascot. He won his final contest at the Berkshire course in October 2012 before being retired for a breeding career.

You can check out the racecard and latest results on the BBC Sport website with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

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Frankel was unbeaten in a 14-race career

Ladies excelling on Ladies Day

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Moore and O'Brien land Ascot win

Winners for the prolific pair of trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore rarely go off at big prices but 14-1 chance Sioux Nation obliged for the duo in the opening Norfolk Stakes on day three of Royal Ascot.

Horses drawn high appeared to be favoured earlier in the week but Moore's mount powered clear from stall two in the five-furlong dash.

Sioux Nation dug deep as 13-2 favourite Santry - on the other side of the track - finished fast and held on by half a length.

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Sioux Nation wins Norfolk Stakes

Royal Ascot

14:30 result

1 Sioux Nation 14-1

2 Santry 13-2

3 Cardsharp 8-1

17 ran

Also: Jt Fav Mcerin, 9-1 Frozen Angel 4th

Royal Ascot ready for action

Ladies Day

Will it be another victory for the United States on the third day of Royal Ascot?

Trainer Wesley Ward, already successful this week with Lady Aurelia and Con Te Partiro, saddles Mcerin in the opening Norfolk Stakes (14:30 BST).

The Group Two race for sprinters also includes the likes of Santry, Havana Grey and Frozen Angel.

You can check out the racecard on the BBC Sport website with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

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Best backed-horses

Order, order...two Aidan O'Brien runners are very much the order of the day with punters - both Orderofthegarter and Order Of St George are being well backed. Here's some of the market movers on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot:

15:05: Hampton Court Stakes - Orderofthegarter (5-1 from 8-1), Tamleek (7-1 from 9-1) William Hill) and Mucho Applause (25-1 from 40-1)

15:40 Ribblesdale Stakes - Mori (7-4 from 3-1)

16:20 Gold Cup - Order Of St George (5-6 from evens)

17:00: Britannia Handicap - Colibri (12-1 from 20-1 Betfair), Keyser Soze (9-1 from 14-1) and Horroob (14-1 from 18-1)

17:35 King George V Handicap - Master Singer (13-2 from 9-1)

The Queen has arrived

The Duke of Edinburgh has skipped Ascot for a second day, following a brief stay in hospital, but the Queen has kept up her 100% attendance.

The carriages are making their way down the racecourse, carrying with them the answer to the biggest question of the day...

...the hat is pink.

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The Queen is accompanied by the Duke of York

"Everybody wants the Queen to get a winner"

Adam Whitty

BBC South

You are probably aware that the Queen is actually a competitor at Royal Ascot.

Her Majesty is not saddling the favourite at 2:30, but she does own plenty of horses that have a chance at the Royal Meeting.

Her best chance of a winner this year appears to be the well-fancied Dartmouth running in the Hardwicke Stakes on Saturday - but Maths Prize, trained by Roger Charlton, also has a shout in the Britannia Stakes today.

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The Queen won The Gold Cup with Estimate in 2013, one of her 22 Royal Ascot winners

Andrew Balding has trained for the Queen, and says punters would relish another Royal victory, like Estimate's in the 2013 Gold Cup.

"I don't think I've ever heard a reception like it, anywhere in the world,",said Balding.

"She's a great horse racing enthusiast, everybody wants her to have a winner, and she's got a couple of chances".

Andrew Balding has been speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire

What outfits did the Village people wear again?

Adam Whitty

BBC South

We've already had a look at the Royal Enclosure, but what if I'm a commoner or a proud member of the Royal Ascot riff-raff?

Anoushka has been explaining what you must wear in the Queen Anne Enclosure, and the brand new Village Enclosure, which opens today.

Fashion reporter Anoushka Williams tells us how to dress for the Queen Anne and Village Enclosures.

Odds on for pink today

Despite the wonderful array of hats on display today, all chatter at 2 o'clock will turn to the colour of the Queen's headpiece.

Alex the bookie told us his money is on pink... well we say his money...

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Alex is clearly keeping in touch with our live reports in between taking bets

Queen set to arrive at 2pm

The Queen will arrive at the Golden Gates at 14:00, accompanied by the Duke of York.

Prince Philip was discharged from hospital earlier, but it looks unlikely he'll be making an appearance.

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Carriage one: The Queen, The Duke of York, John Warren, Edward Young

Carriage two: The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie

Carriage three: The Earl of Snowdon, The Countess of Snowdon, Captain David Bowes-Lyon, Mrs David Bowes-Lyon

Carriage four: Charles Butter, Mrs Charles Butter, The Hon Peter Stanley, The Hon Mrs Peter Stanley

Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

High fashion and high-quality racing mix at Royal Ascot, particularly on Ladies Day.

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Stuffed courgette anyone?

Gold Cup horses to take on 'stamina sapping' course

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

Mercifully it's cooler here - and it's not just the racegoers that will be grateful.

The Gold Cup horses have to take on a stamina sapping 2 miles 3 furlongs.

Aidan O'Brien is the main man when it comes to the Gold Cup. Order Of St George may well defend his crown, giving O'Brien an eighth win in 12 years.

The biggest threat to O'Brien probably comes from Big Orange.

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The small Berkshire villages of East and West Ilsley send out three runners, the best of which could be Sweet Selection from Hughie Morrison's yard.

After her mad dash from Westminster yesterday the Queen can arrive in more sedate fashion at 14:00.

She won't want to miss her horse Maths Prize running in rhe Britannia at 17:00.

What's been happening this week?

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

After two days and 12 races, Ryan Moore is the leading jockey at the 2017 Royal Ascot meeting with two winners, two seconds and two thirds.

Wesley Ward heads the trainer standings after two victories and a second.

You can check out the results and schedule for the week via this handy link.

Jockey Ryan Moore with trainer Aidan O'Brien after Highland Reel won the Prince of Wales's Stakes
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Jockey Ryan Moore with trainer Aidan O'Brien after Highland Reel won the Prince of Wales's Stakes

Here come the outfits

Get your gossip faces on.

Some of the early pictures from Ladies Day are beginning to drip through.

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These ladies garnered a lot of attention from the camera-holding hoards
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All those photographers are going to disturb the birds

Royal Ascot - Gold Cup rundown

Want to know more about the runners in today's Gold Cup at Royal Ascot (16:20 BST). Look no further...

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Now, what should I be wearing?

Adam Whitty

BBC South

On Ladies Day, fashion is all important.

I can hear you screaming at me: "What width can my shoulder straps be?"; "What length can my dress be?" and; "How high can my lovely fascinator be?"

Fashion expert Anoushka Williams explains what you can wear in the Royal Enclosure, which has a rather strict dress code.