Moore off mark aboard Hobson

Thomas Hobson and Ryan Moore are clear of their rivals

Thomas Hobson bolted up in the Ascot Stakes for the formidable combination of trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ryan Moore.

The pair had teamed up to land the prize with Simenon (2012) and Clondaw Warrior (2015) in recent years and Thomas Hobson was the 4-1 favourite to follow suit.

Moore was ultra-confident aboard the seven-year-old and remained nearer last than first turning for home.

But he arrived on the scene still full of running with two furlongs to run and once given his head he extended clear for an impressive success.

Endless Acres was best of the rest in second, ahead of Alan King's pair of Who Dares Wins and Rainbow Dreamer in third and fourth respectively.

Mullins said: "Ryan was just super on him, wasn't he? He obviously had a clock working in his head today. It's fantastic.

"I think we'd like to go to Melbourne (Cup) with him, that's the end game. To have a winner at a Festival like this is magic, as good as Cheltenham any day of the week."

Moore said: "They went a strong pace and I just let him warm into it. I was always confident I was going to pick them up and through Swinley Bottom I could see them slowing down and I just wanted a clear run.

"He's won very easily, like all Willie's horses when they come here and you know they are going to stay."

Sound And Silence wins finale

The Godolphin team enjoyed their third winner of the day in the Windsor Castle Stakes as Sound And Silence (16-1) led home stablemate Roussel.

The Charlie Appleby-trained pair traded blows all the way to the line and it was Sound And Silence who gained victory by a neck in the hands of William Buick.

Buick was completing a double following his earlier victory on Ribchester in the Queen Anne Stakes.

He said: "That was a great result. Charlie and myself have always held him in high regard and he showed up really early as a natural. He won very well at Newmarket and we were scratching our head after Sandown (fourth in National Stakes).

"Charlie nursed him back, he's been working nicely and I thought he was really good there. Charlie's got the one-two and they are two nice horses. He's a real speedster, I don't think he wants six furlongs yet.

"The horses have been in great nick all year and they've had a great preparation. Royal Ascot is very important, but you've got to do the same as you do every day.

Appleby said: "Coming into today we always knew the two-year-olds were in great order and the team had done a fantastic job. We've been very lucky the way the horses have come into the meeting.

"I was disappointed with him in the National Stakes as he just emptied out, but when we scoped him afterwards he had a dirty scope so we put a line through that.

"We put cheekpieces on as it was a big day and I didn't want to take chances. William said they couldn't go quick enough and he had to take him back, but he galloped out strongly.

"He'll stay at five (furlongs) and go to Goodwood next for the Molecomb. I'm also pleased with the other lad as that was just his second start since coming from the breeze-ups. We eased off him after winning Leicester and let him come to himself."


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