Zhui Feng up for the Cup

Zhui Feng and jockey Martin Dwyer after winning the Royal Hunt Cup during day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.

Amanda Perrett savoured a first Royal Ascot winner for 17 years when Zhui Feng caused a 25-1 upset in the Hunt Cup.

Drawn in stall 26, Martin Dwyer had his mount well position towards the near-side rail and made most of the running to defeat Blair House by half a length.

Tashweeq and Ballet Concerto finished third and fourth respectively in a race in which most of the alleged main players barely featured.

Perrett's last, and only other, Royal Ascot winner came in 2000 when Pat Eddery guided Give The Slip to success in the King George V Handicap.

Dwyer said: "He's a star, this fellow. He ran great here over seven furlongs last time and we knew stepping up to a mile would suit him and he was very tough.

"It's been unusual this year that in all the big one-mile handicaps there's been no front-runners and this lad gallops for fun.

"When they gave me an uncontested lead I could save him up and then go again."

Perrett said: "He was very brave from the front. He had a great draw and it was a good front-running ride. There did seem a shortage of front-runners. The ground had come right for him and we'd freshened him up nicely since the Victoria Cup.

"It was the logical place to run and it's worked out really well. He likes Goodwood so he could go there, but we'll enjoy the moment while it lasts. His owner has been patient and he really deserves this."

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