A new champion emerged from the staying division at Royal Ascot this afternoon, as Stradivarius’ date with destiny wasn’t to be in the Gold Cup.
Mark Johnston’s Subjectivist was the standout performer in the 2m4f contest in Berkshire, as he travelled strongly throughout and pushed his way in front with four furlongs remaining.
The son of Teofilo cleared away from his rival with relative ease down the home straight, with Joe Fanning pushing his mount out with two furlongs left.
He continued to plow forward and kept on strongly to register a five-length success.
Princess Zoe caught the eye with a late pursuit to take second for Anthony Mullins, while Andrew Balding’s Spanish Mission worked hard to claim third.
Stradivarius couldn’t keep tabs on the leading trio in the closing stages and he plugged on to claim fourth for John & Thady Gosden.
The father-son partnership did land a winner earlier on the card, as Loving Dream caused an upset in the Ribblesdale Stakes.
The filly, who finished fifth in the Lingfield Oaks Trial last month, bounced back with a brave performance in Berkshire.
She pushed in front of Dubai Fountain on the home turn and didn’t look back, staying on well to win by three-quarters of a length.
Roger Varian’s Eshaada made eye-catching late headway to finish second, while Nicest outrun her odds of 28/1 to claim third for Donnacha O’Brien.
Perfect Power continued to make rapid progress under Richard Fahey, as the two-year-old snatched victory in the final stride of the Norfolk Stakes.Racing toward the near side, the colt showed plenty of speed and he managed to snatch the lead from Go Bears Go on the far side at the line.
Mohaafeth had to work hard to claim success in the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes for William Haggas, while Marcus Tregoning’s Perotto defied a penalty to win the Britannia Stakes.
Jockey Hector Crouch landed his first Royal Ascot winner onboard Ralph Beckett’s Surefire in the King George V Stakes, while Highfield Princess landed the Buckingham Palace Stakes for John Quinn.