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Summary

  1. Coverage of day four at Royal Ascot
  2. Different League wins (14:30) Albany Stakes
  3. Permian wins (15:05) at Royal Ascot
  4. Caravaggio wins (15:40) Commonwealth Cup
  5. Winter wins (16:20) Coronation Stakes

Live Reporting

By Adam Whitty, Frank Keogh and John Hudson

All times stated are UK

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That's all for now

Adam Whitty

BBC South

We had a wonderful burst of Winter in mid-June this afternoon.

It capped another marvellous day at Royal Ascot, and there is only one more left.

We will be back in the saddle for a final day of coverage from 10:00 BST tomorrow.

Who knows, we could even have a Royal winner?

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The Queen: 60 years at Ascot as Monarch

Adam Whitty

BBC South

This year's Royal Ascot is the 65th since The Queen became Monarch, and she has attended the event over 300 times over those seven decades.

She attended her first just months after her accession to the throne in 1952.

Have a look at this wonderful footage from that day.

The Queen attended her first Royal Ascot as monarch months after her accession in 1952.

'Now we can party'

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield presented the trophy for the King Edward IV Stakes race earlier.

The 'This Morning' presenters had to be well behaved for that, but you feel they may get on the orange juices after that.

Rare Rhythm strikes for Godolphin

Rare Rhythm won the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes to give Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team their sixth win of the 2017 Royal Ascot meeting.

The five-year-old gelding (20-1), trained by Charlie Appleby, gave jockey William Buick his fourth victory of the week.

Rare Rhythm had not competed since finishing eighth after a troubled run in this race a year ago, and had warmed up with some training runs at Chelmsford Racecourse.

Rare Rhythm wins at Royal Ascot

Duke of Edinburgh Stakes

17:35 result

1 Rare Rhythm 20-1

2 Appeared 13-2

3 Star Storm 14-1

4 Top Tug 8-1

19 ran

Also: 4-1 Fav Wadigor

Punter's £1m bet fails in final furlong

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The punter placed seven bets in an accumulator for the races at Ascot

The £40 accumulator was placed earlier in the week at Ladbrokes in Dunstable.

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Punter's £1m bet falls on final furlong

The £40 accumulator was placed earlier in the week at Ladbrokes in Dunstable.

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A Royal win at Royal Ascot?

Will the Queen be celebrating her 24th Royal Ascot winner as a racehorse owner? We'll find out soon.

Her Majesty has one of the favourites - Mainstream, trained by Sir Michael Stoute - in the final race of the day, the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (17:35 BST).

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

Stradivarius stars for Gosden

Trainer John Gosden could have a Classic contender on his hands after Stradivarius hit the right note to win the Queen's Vase from runner-up Count Octave.

Gosden punched the air after victory and for the son of 2009 Derby winner Sea The Stars, who is now as low as 8-1 for the St Leger at Doncaster in September.

Stradivarius wins at Ascot
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Winter triumphs in another star performance

Stradivarius wins Queen's Vase

17:00 result

1 Stradivarius 11-2

2 Count Octave 8-1

3 Secret Advisor 10-1

13 ran

Also: 5-1 Fav Belgravia 4th

Queen's Vase coming up

There's a change this year for the next race, the Queen's Vase (17:00 BST), and it means the runners and riders are competing over a shorter trip.

Down to one mile and six furlongs (or 2,800 metres) from two miles, the leading contenders include Time To Study and Desert Skyline.

Aidan O'Brien, who trained last year's winner Sword Fighter, runs Belgravia and Wisconsin while the shrewd Dermot Weld has his only Ascot entry of the week - Haripour.

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

Winter completes O'Brien double

The English and Irish 1000 Guineas winner Winter (4-9 favourite) took victory in the Coronation Stakes to complete a big-race double for jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Winter passed the post with two and a quarter lengths in hand over Roly Poly, while Hydrangea was third to give trainer O'Brien a one-two-three, and a second victory on the day after Caravaggio in the preceding Commonwealth Cup.

Winter wins at Royal Ascot

Coronation Stakes

16:20 result

1 Winter 4-9 Fav

2 Roly Poly 12-1

7 ran

3 Hydrangea 16-1

Also: 13-2 Dabyah 4th

Winter wins Coronation Stakes
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Winter winner at Ascot?

Fillies take centre stage next at Royal Ascot meeting with the Coronation Stakes (16:20 BST).

Winter, winner of the English and Irish 1000 Guineas, is set to start odds-on favourite for Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, who won the Commonwealth Cup earlier with Caravaggio.

He also saddles Roly Poly and Hydrangea, who were second and third behind Winter in the Irish Guineas at the Curragh last month.

The home team is headed by by the John Gosden-trained Dabya, while Mark Casse's American challenger La Coronel and Fabrice Chappet's shock French 1000 Guineas winner Precieuse add an international flavour.

Winter wins the Irish 1000 Guineas
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Royal Ascot 2017 - The official poem?

Royal Ascot 2017 has its own poem, it turns out.

Written by Henry Birtles, an official racing poet, it's rather stirring stuff.

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Spinning on its own Axis, where seas of silk lap graceful shores,

A world like nowhere else exists.

Where quintessential currents run and elegance and power converge,

And tales of timeless greats are spun and showstoppers emerge.

A world for all to celebrate; light years away from ordinary.

A world which deftly radiates its realm; and bows to the extraordinary.

Where earthly rigours found outside and lived outside are left outside.

And wishes wished are realised through all the finer tastes this land will grant.

To let its spell enchant; to walk its walk once through those golden gilded gates.

To gaze at beauty styled and beauty stitched on graceful form adorned.

To know that bay imperious Horse immortalised and cast in bronze is Yeats.

That headlines here accomplished render sporting moments starred.

This Kingdom...smiling Green Coats kindly guard; this universe beyond three centuries old.

Such elements, such pieces of a jigsaw wrought to mould this multi-coloured globe.

A blazing beacon to the most majestic sport of all where heroes rise and heroes fall,

And Royal Ascot’s world stands tallest of the tall.

Caravaggio storms home to take the Commonwealth Cup

Caravaggio claims classy win

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

The unbeaten Caravaggio claimed the sixth win of his career with a brilliant turn of foot in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Jockey Ryan Moore bided his time before pushing the 5-6 favourite, trained by Aidan O'Brien, past the Godolphin pair of Harry Angel and Blue Point.

Moore said it felt like a very good race, while O'Brien believes Caravaggio may be the fastest horse he has trained.

It was a fourth victory of the 2017 meeting for super sire Scat Daddy.

Punter's £1m bet falls at the final hurdle

A horse-racing punter who placed a seven race accumulator bet at Royal Ascot has lost out on a £1m payout after his final prediction proved wrong.

The £40 bet was placed earlier this week at Ladbrokes in Dunstable.

The first six predictions all came in, leaving the £1m payout resting on an 8/1-shot in the Commonwealth Cup this afternoon.

But the punter's hopeful Bound for Nowhere came fourth, with Caravaggio winning the race.

Caravaggio wins Commonwealth Cup

Royal Ascot

15:40 result

1 Caravaggio 5-6 Fav

2 Harry Angel 11-4

3 Blue Point 9-2

12 ran

Also: 10-1 Bound For Nowhere 4th

Caravaggio wins at Royal Ascot
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Ascot set for Commonwealth Cup cracker

One of the most keenly-awaited contests of the week for racing fans is coming up next at Royal Ascot - the Commonwealth Cup (15:40 BST).

The unbeaten Caravaggio, who won the Coventry Stakes at this meeting a year ago for trainer Aidan O'Brien, is set to go off favourite.

But he faces strong opposition from the Godolphin pair of Blue Point and Harry Angel.

Throw in American challenger Bound For Nowhere, and you have a race to savour.

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

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Caravaggio winning at Royal Ascot 12 months ago

'It's still a work day'

Thousands of Armed Forces personnel have descended on the Royal Meeting today as part of Armed Forces Day.

BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Bill Buckley caught up with two of them, Signaller Elliot Smith & Warrant Officer (Class Two) Matthew Chapman of 94 Berkshire Yeomanry Signal Squadron.

Despite being in such splendid surroundings, it's not all fun and games.

Punter poised to win £1m with 'incredible' Ascot bet

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

It's going to be an anxious few hours for someone in Bedfordshire, who could become a millionaire this afternoon.

At the start of the week they placed a £40 accumulator bet on seven horses winning their races at Ascot.

The first six selections all came in and now the £1m payout rests on 8/1-shot Bound For Nowhere in today's 15:40 race.

Horses at Ascot
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The punter, at Ladbrokes in Dunstable, has already beaten these odds:

  • Lady Aurelia 7/2
  • Barney Roy 5/2
  • Qemah 5/2
  • Highland Reel 11/4
  • Coronet 7/1
  • Big Orange 8/1

Nicola McGeady, from Ladbrokes, said: "This punter has made incredible predictions already and today his hopes of becoming a millionaire all comes down to one horse, Bound To Nowhere.

"After making such amazing predictions so far, we can only wish him the best of luck."

Permian takes the King Edward VII Stakes crown

Permian bounces back from Derby defeat

Royal Ascot

Permian (6-1) returned to form after a disappointing run in the Derby to win the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Mark Johnston-trained colt won the Dante Stakes at York in May and was sent off an 8-1 chance at Epsom earlier in the month, but was 10th behind winner Wings Of Eagles.

Jockey William Buick shot to the front and stuck to the rail for his third victory of the week.

Permian wins at Royal Ascot

King Edward VII Stakes

15:05 result

1 Permian 6-1

2 Khalidi 10-1

3 Crystal Ocean 9-4 Fav

12 ran

Also: 25-1 Raheen House 4th

Permian wins at Royal Ascot
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One to watch at Ascot

John Hunt

BBC Radio 5 live horse racing commentator

Salouen (7-1), 15:05 BST, Royal Ascot

"He was going really well in the Derby earlier this month before being shuffled to the back of the field and experiencing more trouble later on.

"Salouen was 13th but could easily have finished fifth or sixth. I'd love him to run really well."

Stoute eyes Ascot record

Sir Michael Stoute has been one win away all week from becoming Royal Ascot's leading all-time trainer but still awaits his first victory of the 2017 meeting.

The Newmarket trainer boasts a leading chance in the King Edward VII Stakes (15:05 BST) with Crystal Ocean, the mount of Andrea Atzeni.

The race features the first of two runners owned by the Queen on Friday as she also seeks her first winner of the week - Call To Mind, trained by William Haggas, is about a 16-1 shot.

Mainstream is around 5-1 in the concluding Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (17:35) for Stoute, who sits level on 75 Royal Ascot winners with the late Sir Henry Cecil.

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

Sir Michael Stoute with the Queen
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A head for heights

It's Armed Forces Day at Royal Ascot today.

The racegoers are joined by 2,500 invited members of the Armed Forces, and a few others who are getting in the spirit.

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He really is in a Different League

French success at Royal Ascot

Different League caused a 20-1 surprise when landing the Albany Stakes.

The filly, trained in France by Matthieu Palussiere, won under Antoine Hamelin from favourite Alpha Centauri.

Bought cheaply in racehorse terms for around £8,000, she was given a warm welcome by her Irish owners including Con Marnane after netting the first prize of more than £45,000.

Different League wins Albany Stakes

Royal Ascot

14:30 result

1 Different League 20-1

2 Alpha Centauri 2-1 Fav

3 Take Me With You 20-1

20 ran

Also: 66-1 Mistress Of Venice 4th

Different League wins Albany Stakes
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Harrington hopes for Ascot win

Irish trainer Jessica Harrington hopes to continue a memorable year with victory in the opening race at Royal Ascot this afternoon.

Harrington has achieved some notable wins over the jumps - including Sizing John in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Our Duke in the Irish Grand National.

Alpha Centauri, to be ridden by Colm O'Donoghue, represents her on the flat in the Albany Stakes (14:30 BST). It is her third runner of the meeting - Brother Bear finished fourth (Coventry Stakes) and Torcedor fifth (Gold Cup).

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

Jessica Harrington
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New traditions at the most traditional of events

It had been coming.

Blue had been the bookies' favourite since the very start of the week, and today, Her Majesty finally wore it.

Thousands push right up to the barriers of the racecourse to get a snap of the Queen.

Then a rousing 'hip hip hooray' comes from the crowd, a seemingly new tradition for the Royal Meeting.

Queen
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What's been happening at Royal Ascot?

After three days and 18 races, Ryan Moore (who else?) is the leading jockey at Royal Ascot 2017.

Moore, bidding to become top rider for the seventh time in eight years, has been placed in half the races run so far - with three wins, four seconds and two thirds.

He rides mainly for Aidan O'Brien, who tops the trainer standings after two victories, five runners-up and two third-placed finishes with 12 races to go.

You can check out the results and schedule for the week via this handy link, tune in for some Ascot chat right now on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and follow updates on our live page.

Ryan Moore
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Bizarre build-up for Ascot runner

Princess Peggy has been passed fit to run by the vet in today's opening Albany Stakes (14:30 BST) at Royal Ascot after an unusual injury scare.

The two-year-old filly, trained in the United States by Wesley Ward, fell after a collision with a cyclist on Wednesday.

She has recovered after suffering superficial abrasions in the incident but is rated a 33-1 outsider for the race.

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Princess Peggy (right) exercising at Ascot

The Queen finally wears blue

Adam Whitty

BBC South

A big 'ooooooooooh' fills the Parade Ring at Royal Ascot as the Queen emerges.

If I'm not mistaken, that is a baby blue outfit.

I am willing to be corrected however...

Queen
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Two runners for the Queen at Ascot

There are two runners owned by the Queen as she seeks her first winner of the week - Call To Mind, in the King Edward VII Stakes (15:05) and Mainstream in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (17:35).

Mainstream is among the favourites at about 5-1 in the final race, while Call To Mind is around a 16-1 shot.

Last year's Coventry Stakes winner Caravaggio returns in the Commonwealth Cup (15:40) for trainer Aidan O'Brien. The unbeaten colt's rivals will include the Godolphin pair of Harry Angel and Blue Point.

The Queen at Royal Ascot
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The Royal Procession cometh

The Queen will be making her way along the racecourse shortly to begin the day's racing action in earnest.

Her Majesty is the only member of her immediate family involved today.

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The penultimate Royal Procession of Royal Ascot 2017 will take place just after 14:00 BST

Carriage One: The Queen, Captain David Bowes-Lyon, Mr Erik Penser, Mr Thomas van Straubenzee.

Carriage Two: The Hon. Peter Stanley, The Hon. Mrs Stanley, Mr John Warren and The Lady Carolyn Warren.

Carriage Three: Mr John Gosden, Ms Rachel Hood and Mr and Mrs Nicholas Wingfield Diby.

Carriage Four: Wing commander Sam Fletcher, Mrs David Bowes-Lyon and Mr and Mrs Charles Butter.

Royal Ascot welcomes Armed Forces

More than 2,500 members of the Armed Forces have been invited to Royal Ascot today.

They have attracted quite a bit of attention from the photographers.

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