Ryan Moore chalks up 50th Royal Ascot victory aboard Hunting Horn

Aidan O’Brien-trained runner impresses with clear-cut Hampton Court win

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Ryan Moore rode his 50th winner at Royal Ascot as Hunting Horn dominated his rivals in the Hampton Court Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt was a 5-1 shot for this Group Three assignment, coming down in class after finishing a respectable sixth in the French Derby on his latest appearance.

Moore settled Hunting Horn in midfield for much of the 10-furlong journey before making his move rounding the home turn and the son of Camelot fairly sprinted up the straight to score by four and a half lengths.

Crossed Baton was best of the rest in second ahead of Zaaki in third.

Moore told ITV Racing: “He ran a really good race in the French Derby and he has progressed with every start this year.

“The race went smoothly for him. He got there and had a look around, he wasn’t doing much in the last furlong. He’s a progressive horse but obviously that was a big jump forward from anything he’d done before.

“Having 51 winners would mean a lot more.”

O’Brien said: “He deserved that. He had a few lovely runs. He ran well in the French Derby and I’m delighted with him.

“He can have a rest, he can go to France for the mile and a half. He can go to the Eclipse. He ran very well in Sandown in the Trial. He has a lot of options.”

Co-owner Derrick Smith added: “He’s done it well. He ran well in France when he got impeded. It’s great that Camelot is the sire, so it’s a double whammy. It’s very good.

“In France they bunch up and he got into trouble but it’s worked out today.”

John Gosden was satisfied with the performance of Crossed Baton and said: “It was a lovely run and a great ride from Rab (Havlin) from the outside.

“He gave him every chance and I thought the winner was too good myself. We would have been beaten from any draw by the winner. The winner has won very well and we are thrilled to be second.”

Sir Michael Stoute said of third-placed Zaaki: “He was just a little slow into his stride and as a result he just gave himself too much to do but it was a good performance.

“He had good form last year and he came to me rated 100. The trip is spot on for him.”

Ryan Moore chalks up 50th Royal Ascot victory aboard Hunting Horn
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