James McDonald, the rider of Curiousity, suspended for 2 days for whip use and Colm O'Donoghue, the rider of Torcedor, also suspended for 2 days for using his whip
THURSDAY'S STEWARDS' REPORTS
2.30pm NORFOLK STAKES (Group 2)
The performance of VINTAGE BRUT, which started favourite and finished unplaced, was considered. Tim Easterby's explanation that the colt ran too free in the early stages was noted. VINTAGE BRUT was routine tested.
3.05pm HAMPTON COURT STAKES (Group 3)
Permission was given for NORDIC LIGHTS to wear a hood in the parade ring. Following the race the Veterinary Officer reported that FAJJAJ (IRE), unplaced, lost its left fore shoe and NATIONAL ARMY, unplaced, lost its right hind shoe.
3.40pm RIBBLESDALE STAKES (Group 2)
Permission was given for HIGHGARDEN and LADY OF SHALOTT to wear a hood in the parade ring.
4.20pm. GOLD CUP (Group 1)
Approximately 1½ furlongs out MOUNT MORIAH, unplaced, shifted left causing interference to SCOTLAND (GER), placed fifth, which in turn interfered with MAX DYNAMITE (FR), unplaced, but after viewing a recording of the incident, it was found that no riding offence was involved. Approximately 1 furlong out, there was interference between TORCEDOR (IRE), placed third, which shifted right at the same time as ORDER OF ST GEORGE, placed fourth, shifted left but after viewing a recording of the incident it was found that no riding offence was involved. Colm O'Donoghue, the rider of TORCEDOR (IRE), placed third was suspended for 2 days for using his whip above the permitted level from two furlongs out.
5.00pm BRITANNIA HERITAGE HANDICAP
Permission was given for OSTILIO to wear a hood in the parade ring and for MAVERICK OFFICER to go early to post.VENTURA KNIGHT wore earplugs which were removed at the start. IL PRIMO SOLE, trained by John Gosden was late in the Parade Ring, due to Frankie Dettori winning the previous race and being late to weigh out. James McDonald, the rider of CURIOSITY (IRE), was suspended for 2 days for using his whip above the permitted level from two furlongs out. Following the race David Probert reported that CRACK ON CRACK ON, unplaced, was slowly away.
5.35pm. KING GEORGE V HANDICAP
BAGHDAD (FR) wore earplugs which were removed at the start. The Veterinary Officer gave permission for DUBHE to be ridden back after being withdrawn at the start. Following the race Silvestre de Sousa reported that COMMUNIQUE (IRE), unplaced, had no more to give. COMMUNIQUE (IRE) was routine tested. David Probert reported that HE'S AMAZING (IRE), unplaced, stopped quickly.
CROWD UP FOR THIRD DAY RUNNING
Today's attendance on Gold Cup day at Royal Ascot 2018 was a tremendous 70,046, up from 68,320 on the third day in 2017.
Wednesday's attendance came to 41,495 (40,108 in 2017).
Tuesday's attendance came to 46,773 (44,285 in 2017).
DRY DAY, DRY FORECAST, SO THE SPRINKLERS ARE OUT AGAIN
Ascot Racecourse's groundstaff will be manning the sprinklers again this evening to give the track a watering ahead of tomorrow's fourth day of Royal Ascot.
Clerk of the Course Chris Stickels says he will check the track, but expects to put four millimetres of water on the course to replace that lost through evaporation during another lovely, warm and sunny day at the Royal Meeting. Today's official going was 'Good to Firm' and Stickels is working towards maintaining that description.
Looking at the weather, Stickels said: "It's been a drying day today and the breeze has probably dried the course out a bit more than yesterday. Tomorrow maybe 21 or 22 degrees, while Saturday could be a little hotter at around 23 degrees."
Another memorable running of the G1 Gold Cup, won by the John Gosden-trained Stradivarius under Frankie Dettori, was the highlight of the day for Stickels who said: "What a terrific race - they were lined up in the home straight and it produced a fantastic finish. It was great for John Gosden to win the race for the first time, and a sixth Gold Cup win for Frankie was just what the crowd wanted.
"The Gold Cup is always a marvellous race, this was no different, and I'm very pleased for the winning connections."