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Live Reporting

Adam Whitty, Frank Keogh, Tim Dellor and John Hudson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Hats off to the royal meeting

    It has been a week that has made us shout, scream, jump, laugh and for some, cry a little.

    The celebration of British finery is over for another year, and it has been a classic.

    Put that top hat somewhere safe though - we will be back in 2019.

    Final pic
  2. The joys of travelling home from Royal Ascot

    A story of getting home from Ascot in eight acts.

    (It is worth clicking on the tweet to get the full story.)

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  3. Pallasator triumphs despite mid-race wander

    Pallasator finishes Royal Ascot with a dominant victory, winning by half a length despite moving all over the course in the final furlong.

    He had strong competition from Renneti and Strong Octave, both of whom looked like they would catch the Gordon Elliott-trained horse.

    Another exciting race to round off another quality week of racing.

  4. BreakingPallasator wins the Queen Alexandra Stakes

    17:35 result

    1. Pallasator 11/2

    2. Renneti 40/1

    3. Count Octave 4/1

    16 ran

  5. And now, the end is near...

    Queen Alexandra Stakes, 17:35

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Ascot

    After five days we come to the 30th, and final, race of the 2018 Royal Ascot meeting – the Queen Alexandra Stakes (17:35).

    Willie Mullins, the champion Irish jumps trainer, will be looking for another victory at the big flat racing fixture.

    Thomas Hobson leads the challenge for Mullins, who had the first, third, fourth and fifth led by Lagostovegas in the Ascot Stakes earlier in the week.

  6. 'I liken photography to being a fisherman'

    Many media organisations need hat pictures, horse pictures and some more hat pictures from Royal Ascot. There is a huge market for Royal Ascot pictures and there is an army of snappers waiting for the perfect shot.

    One of them is Matthew Webb, a freelance photographer: "I send pictures to all manner of different markets. There are a lot of people doing exactly the same, so it is very competitive.

    Matthew Webb
    Image caption: Matthew is primed and ready to snap

    "The competitive element means that there can be feast or famine element to it, particularly when doing the job all year.

    "I liken my job to a fisherman," he said. "Sometimes you go out and get very little, but other times the net is full and you get loads of good stuff.

    "The contrast to many days like this is when I do jump racing in the winter, when it is peeing with rain and it is freezing cold. On the whole it is amazing, but this is the best of the year".

  7. The owner told me not to back Bacchus

    Ady Williams

    Sport presenter, BBC Radio Berkshire

    We were yards away from trainer Brian Meehan in the paddock and it all went off, it was like a party.

    Remarkably, I sat and had dinner with one of the owners yesterday, and he told me that he would be happy if it came in the top ten of the Wokingham Stakes.

    I grabbed him in the parade ring, and he said: "What a wonderful run by Jim [Crowley], but we didn't fancy him, but he's clearly got a bit of talent.

    "Never a dull week here", he finished off by saying. Quite.

  8. The people who go to Ascot for free

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

    In a place of fabulous fashion, finery and financial extravagance, what a surprise to see people in flip-flops, and, having paid nothing (some people pay thousands to come here).

    Ginny Jackson is here with her family in the resident's enclosure, where the fine people of Ascot are based.

    Ginny Jackson and family

    "If you have a utility bill with a local address on it, you can turn up and sit here", she said.

    "As far as I understand it, for a couple of hundred years it has been a protected right for the commoners (her words, not mine) to have access to Ascot racing".

    Lucky then, but bravo to the course, and indeed the punters for taking advantage of it.

  9. Bacchus stuns the favourite

    Adam Whitty

    BBC Berkshire sport

    Long odds for the winner, with Bacchus (33/1) storming home to win the Wokingham Stakes in exciting fashion.

    The winning connections went wild after seeing the result, they have picked up just over £100,000 having hunted down the favourite Dreamfield to take the crown.

    A wonderful result for Jim Crowley and Brian Meehan.

  10. BreakingBacchus wins the Wokingham Stakes

    17:00 result

    1. Bacchus 33/1

    2. Dreamfield 2/1 fav

    3. Major Jumbo 22/1

    4. Tis Marvellous 20/1

    28 ran

  11. Dreamfield in dreamland?

    Wokingham Stakes, 17:00

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Ascot

    Onto the Wokingham Stakes (17:00) – one of the week’s big betting races.

    It is big-field handicap, with the runners allocated different weights according to their ability.

    And Dreamfield, to be ridden by James Doyle for trainer John Gosden, has been the ante-post favourite, although Growl, Mr Lupton and Undrafted are among the leading rivals.

  12. Jockey bears and Ascot towels

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Ascot

    Fancy a souvenir from your day at Royal Ascot?

    There are shops dotted around the racecourse selling all manner of branded items.

    Weighing in at a relatively inexpensive £12 each are jockey bears. I'm told they have the nickname 'Tic-Tac'.

    If you don't know what Tic-Tac is, you can delve into our archive here.

    Jockey bears

    If you need something for the bathroom, there are branded Ascot towels. They will set you back £25.

    Ascot towels

    On the more expensive side are silk waistcoats.

    Pick your colour carefully, as you'll need to shell out £250.

  13. Do you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the sun?

    The winning post garden is a remarkable place, where you can get some of the best views of the racing.

    A party is going on down here, with the celebrations in full swing - and standing out are Maisy, Katie, Olivia, Matt, Lisa and Ella, all from the same work group.

    Ascot group.

    All the gentlemen are wearing fruity ties (literally), because, as Matt explains, their company "provided 2000 pineapples for the pina colada bar" just a few hundred metres down the race track.

    For many, it is their first time, but others are regular and are helping them out.

    "Great company, great weather and hopefully some winners" said Ella, who is preparing to "roll home later".

  14. Harry Angel stumbles out of the blocks

    Adam Whitty

    BBC Berkshire sport

    There was a horrible moment at the start of the race, when the hotly-tipped Harry Angel reared up inside the stalls, just before the gates opened.

    As the race got under way, he also slipped at the start.

    The horse, ridden by Adam Kirby, was able to finish the race and appears to be fine, but it was not a nice sight.

  15. Double for Moore

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Ascot

    Jockey Ryan Moore sealed a Saturday double at Royal Ascot as Merchant Navy just won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes after the earlier victory of Crystal Ocean.

    Merchant Navy, trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien, beat French challenger City Light, with the American hope Bound For Nowhere in third.

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  16. BreakingMerchant Navy wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes

    16:20 result

    1. Merchant Navy 4/1

    2. City Light 12/1

    3. Bound For Nowhere 16/1

    12 ran

    Also ran: Harry Angel 5/2 fav (11th)

    Ryan Moore
  17. Aussies seeks Ascot win

    Diamond Jubilee Stakes, 16:20

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Ascot

    Coming up is the last Group One race of the week – for top sprinters in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (16:20) over six furlongs.

    The classy Harry Angel, trained by Clive Cox, is a leading contender despite not winning in four attempts at Ascot.

    In contrast The Tin Man has won two Group One races over this course and distance, while there is an Australian-trained challenger in Redkirk Warrior, the mount of Frankie Dettori.

  18. 'A lot of talent'

    Ady Williams

    BBC Radio Berkshire at Royal Ascot

    An hour ago I had a long chat with Archie Watson, but how things change, suddenly everyone wants to speak to him.

    I've just grabbed a few seconds with the man of the moment here in the parade ring, straight after his first Ascot win.

    As you can imagine he told me he is delighted, giving praise to "a very quick horse," explaining that "he's got a lot of talent".

    Watson added his thanks to the owners, saying they "have sent us these horses, and I'm very glad we can repay them with a big winner".

  19. Best of Royal Ascot: Black Caviar wins despite bizarre finish

    All week, we have been looking at the best moments in Royal Ascot's recent history.

    Among them certainly was Black Caviar's victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012, thought of as one of the most dramatic races in Royal Ascot history.

    The Australian horse arrived with plenty of hype, having been unbeaten in 21 races.

    Black caviar
    Image caption: Black Caviar just nicked victory by a short head on the line, after nearly throwing it away

    But jockey Luke Nolen appeared to relax in the lead on the favourite in the closing stages and narrowly held on from Moonlight Cloud - with some suggesting the horse finished early.

    "It was an epic race", says BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght. "She had a huge Aussie base, it felt like being in Melbourne."

    "But the race really lived up to the vast interest there was in it."

  20. Elementary for Watson

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Ascot

    Soldier’s Call (12-1) took the Windsor Castle Stakes under Daniel Tudhope, seeing off Sabre and Dom Carlos to give trainer Archie Watson his first Royal Ascot winner.

    Watson saddled Nate The Great, beaten just a neck by Arthur Kitt in the opening Chesham Stakes.

    Archie Watson