Dartmouth raises the Queen's standard at Royal Ascot

Dartmouth raises the Queen's standard at Royal Ascot

ASCOT (UNITED KINGDOM) - Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the final day of Royal Ascot in dream style as Dartmouth took the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes and gave her a belated 90th birthday present in her favoured sport.

The five-day meeting at Royal Ascot in west London is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar

The monarch -- for whom Dartmouth was the final chance of a win as her other runners in the most prestigious race meeting in England had failed to find royal favour -- made the last of her previous 22 visits as a winning owner when Estimate won an epic Ascot Gold Cup in 2013.

She greeted the victory with a grin of delight alongside her racing manager John Warren in the Royal Box but then had to survive a stewards enquiry for possible interference with Irish raider Highland Reel.

However, Dartmouth's French jockey Olivier Peslier -- who had pinned the Queen's silks together at the neck with his trademark lucky butterfly brooch -- persuaded the stewards there was no case to disqualify him.

"This is the Olympics to even have a horse run here let alone win is fantastic," said Warren, after the Queen had stepped up to receive the trophy from her granddaughter Princess Beatrice.

"This means a lot to the Queen. Halfway through the race the Queen turned to me and said 'things are going well' although that final furlong was a tough one to endure!" he added.

For Michael Stoute it was also a landmark victory as not only was it his 10th win in the race -- seventh in the last 11 renewals -- but he equalled his late great rival Henry Cecil's modern day post World War II record of 75 winners at the Royal meeting.

The 70-year-old Barbados-born handler -- who had paid handsome tribute to Cecil when he pulled to within one of him on Friday -- took it all in his stride.

"That's great well I hope I don't stop there," he said.

Do you like the content of this article?

Myanmar junta blames internet blackouts on anti-coup fighters

Myanmar's junta has denied suspending the internet in conflict-wracked regions, blaming a recent spate of data blackouts on anti-coup protesters who had destroyed military-owned communications towers.


Patients evacuated after floods ravage Chaiyaphum hospital

Rescuers worked feverishly to evacuate forty patients as Bamnet Narong Hospital in Chaiyaphum was flooded on Sunday morning, seriously damaging the facility.


China's Xi warns of 'grim' Taiwan situation in letter to opposition

TAIPEI: The situation in the Taiwan Strait is "complex and grim", Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote in a congratulatory letter on Sunday to the newly elected leader of Taiwan's main opposition party, who has pledged to renew talks with Beijing.