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Undrafted hands Ward surprise at Ascot

There is no keeping Frankie Dettori out of the headlines at the moment and he lit up the final day of Royal Ascot by winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on American trainer Wesley Ward's sprinter Undrafted.

Fourth in the July Cup on his only run in England last year, he was sent off a relatively unconsidered 14-1 chance in the six-furlong highlight.

The Australian-trained favourite Brazen Beau ploughed a lone furrow up the near side and appeared to have pulled off a great win, but Dettori flew down the opposite side of the track to win by half a length.

Ward is known a a trainer of precocious juveniles and despite being no stranger to success at the meeting in recent years, this was his first win with an older horse.

However, his presence on the final day was in some doubt at one stage due to an alarming night at hospital with his daughter.

"We had a rough night, my poor daughter (Denae) got a touch of the Bell's palsy so we were in hospital all night. She's all right now and here with us," said Ward.

"Thankfully Derrick Smith (of Coolmore) got us fixed up with a great doctor and she was determined to be here today.

"This is unreal - it's really special for my little girl.

"This is the biggest race I've ever won, including Breeders' Cups and everything.

"He's been training great, he really has, and Frankie just has the magic touch. He's a magical guy, a real go-getter as we'd say.

"It would have been easy to have been closer to the pace but he came with a real late run.

"I don't know about the July Cup, we'll have a think about everything."

Dettori was riding his third winner of the meeting and said: "When I saw this horse on Tuesday, he was twice the size he was when I rode him in last year's July Cup.

"He's a bad traveller but had put the weight back on.

"I won the race (on So Factual in 1995) when it was a Group Three, so to win the Diamond Jubilee is another piece of my jigsaw and it is great. It's been a great week."

Snow Sky put a smile back on Michael Stoute's face when making every yard of the running to win the Hardwicke Stakes.

The Newmarket handler has suffered more than his share of ill fortune with three of his horses being pulled up this week, with one of those, Stravagante, unfortunately having to be put down.

He saddled three in a field of seven for the Group Two, in which he has such a tremendous record, but many expected last year's winner Telescope to come out on top. However, it was his lesser-fancied stablemate who was given a masterful front-running ride from Pat Smullen to steal the show and prevail at 12-1.

"We were thinking of the Melbourne Cup, but we might have to rethink the plan," said Stoute.

"I didn't put him in the King George but we'll have to see. It's too early to talk about the Arc.

"Today is by far his best race."

Mahsoob has some lofty targets on his agenda after maintaining his unbeaten record in the Wolferton Handicap.

needed to win

Three from three coming into the race, he needed to win to show that his entries in races such as the Coral-Eclipse and King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes were not pie in the sky.

His trainer John Gosden is not known for calling his geese as swans, though, and the four-year-old yet again showed a smart change of gear to beat Sennockian Star by half a length as the 7-4 favourite, with Fire Fighting third.

Gosden said: "It is a short straight here and he's still inexperienced, it wasn't long ago he was winning his maiden at Wolverhampton as he was a late three-year-old.

"This was a Listed Handicap so we'll have to step up into Group company now."

Interception ame from way off the pace to justify market support and win the Wokingham Stakes.

The five-year-old was sent off a 10-1 chance and benefited from a hugely confident ride from George Baker.

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