Day Two of the meeting was run in glorious sunshine and the ground was getting faster and faster one jockey in the racing post saying "it was like a road".
The highlight of day two was the Prince of Wales Stakes won over the years by horses such as Bosra Sham and the scintillating Dubai Millenium.
This seasons renewal had a solid line up with The Grey Gatsby leading the home defence against Free Eagle from Ireland and Spielberg from Japan.
2.30pm Jersey Stakes
(Group 3 - 7f - Gd to Fm)
Ivawood was sent of favourite for the opener on day two despite having to concede weight to his rivals. He had finished placed in both the English and Irish Guineas and the drop in trip was fully expected to suit the son of Zebedee.
The race was run at a good gallop with the US trained Luck of the Kitten going off infront as many of his compatriots have this week with Ivawood tracking in behind. With two furlongs to run it was anyones race with the main challengers coming up the stands side.
Dutch Connection struck the front inside the final furlong for Charlie Hills with his fathers Fadhayyil chasing hard, but Dutch Connection had done enough to give Jim Crowley his first winner of the week.
The notable horse in the race was Sir Isaac Newton, buried at the back of the pack he was still being extricated from pockets with 100 yds to run and ironically for Royal Ascot he was simply "all dressed up with nowhere to go". But he remains a horse of considerable potential.
3.05 Queen Mary Stakes
(Group 2 - 5f - Gd to Fm)
The field split into two groups for this charge to the line and for a change the US raider Acapulco didnt go scorching off infront. Probably because this time Ryan Moore was in the plate.
This time the power was used more efficiently and how !!
Hitting the front just over two furlongs out she poured it on, stringing some useful fillies out like yesterdays washing. They were coming home at intervals more akin to a staying race not a five furlong sprint prompting Ryan Moore to tell the racing post "she's very special"
Easton Angel trained by Michael Dods ran most creditably and 9/10 years would probably have been an impressive winner of the race but she just bumped into one here.
3.40pm Duke of Cambridge Stakes
(Group 2 - 1m - Gd to Fm)
With Ryan Moore scorching clear at the top of the leaderborad this was expected to be another for him with Integral being backed like defeat was out of the question.
She had reappeared in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury where she had run respectably and this appeared to be a more straightforward assignment.
The field were taken along by Integral's stablemte Bragging under Pat Smullen who although he wasnt going slow didnt appear to be pulling up many trees out on the sharp end. She was quickly headed two furlongs out by Rizeeena and for a moment it looked like she would get her hattrick of Royal Ascot victories. There was however one more card to be played. Amazing Maria had been steadied at the start by James Doyle and played fast and late she tore down the stands side to win by 2 lengths careering away at the line.
A fantastic training performance by David O'Meara to get this classy two year old back to her best.
4.20pm Prince of Wales's Stakes
(Group 1 - 1m2f - Gd to Fm)
A small but select field for the feature on day two saw a horse with a lofty reputation sent off as favourite. Free Eagle had not been seen on the track since Champions Day at the end of last season where he finished third behind top class pairing Al Kazeem and Noble Mission on ground that did not suit.
He was opposed by Elle Lellouche trained Ectot and The Grey Gatsby as well as the in form Western Hymn.
The field were taken along by Gailo Chop who stacked them up leading into the straight. Pat Smullen sat perfectly placed on his outside getting a wonderful tow into the race. Two furlongs out thoough he found himself in front and he had to go, kicking a couple clear of the chasers in the process.... then it came, the realisation this was a Group 1 race and he had not been seen for 240 days, would he hold on.
The Grey Gatsby was being held in, buying Smullen and Free Eagle a bit more time to get away, a furlong out and Jamie Spencer had muscled his way past the fading Western Hymn and Frankie Dettori and was out after glory. Half a furlong left the lead, a rapidly diminishing length. Free Eagle sticking his neck out, giving generously. Smullen in the drive the two flashed past the line together... Photograph Photograph
Free Eagle had held on vindicating Smullen and Weld's faith in him. They had been saying for a long time he was special but after all his injuries and colds and after being favourite for the Derby at one time he had come good on racing's premier stage. A special training performance and a great ride.
5.00pm Royal Hunt Cup
(Class 2 Handicap - 1m straight - Gd to Fm)
The commentator should not call "And Theyre off" for this it should be "CHARGE".
Spread right across the track it is always a race where the draw and pace bias is keenly debated. This occasion it was well and truly favourable to be on the far side with the luckless Balty Boys streeting them on the stands side to finish fourth overall.
Out on the far side two out it appeared that Frankie was going to get his 50th Royal Ascot winner of favourtie Ayaar as he sauntered up to the leaders, that was only fleeting though as jocks in form Ryan Moore and James Doyle came thundering through on GM HOPKINS and TEMPTRESS. Heads down to the line he had done it again, the alarm clock had gone off and he had judged it to perfection holding on by a neck with the placed again Chil the Kite back in third.
5.35pm Sandringham Handicap
(Listed Race - 1m Straight - Gd to Fm)
50 UP FOR FRANKIE !!!!
Joining such names as Lester Piggot, Pat Eddery and Willie Carson He had done it .. Osaila had not run much of a race in the Guineas but she had come back to form here in no uncertain terms.
Always Smile for Dettori's old boss Godolphin had been sent off favourite and just over a furlong out had given Frankie a bit of a headache as she wandered around infront of him leaving him short of room to challenge.
But once in the clear Osaila knucked down admirable clawing her way back to the seemingly inexperienced Always Smile, split almost by the width of the track Frankie threw his mount at the line wnning by the minimum !!!