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Gerald Mosse celebrates winning the Coronation Stakes on Immortal Verse on day four of the Royal Ascot

Gerald Mosse celebrates winning the Coronation Stakes on Immortal Verse on day four of the Royal Ascot

David Davies

Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England.

Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England.

Dan Kitwood

Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England.

Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England.

Dan Kitwood

Female racegoers on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Female racegoers on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

Racegoers pick their horses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Racegoers pick their horses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

Racegoers share a moment on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Racegoers share a moment on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

Racegoers pick their horses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Racegoers pick their horses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

A Racegoer wears a hat made of balloons on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

A Racegoer wears a hat made of balloons on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

A racegoer with an umbrella covered in roses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

A racegoer with an umbrella covered in roses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

Racegoers shelter under umbrellas on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Racegoers shelter under umbrellas on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

Racegoers shelter under umbrellas on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Racegoers shelter under umbrellas on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Elizabeth Hurley in the parade ring as she watches her horse compete on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Elizabeth Hurley in the parade ring as she watches her horse compete on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

Elizabeth Hurley on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Elizabeth Hurley on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

Carole Middleton on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Carole Middleton on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

Racegoers leave the course at the end of the afternoon on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Racegoers leave the course at the end of the afternoon on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

Liz Hurley on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Liz Hurley on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

A Racegoer is caught in a downpour of rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

A Racegoer is caught in a downpour of rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

A Female racegoer wears an English tea party hat on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

A Female racegoer wears an English tea party hat on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

Racegoers shelter from the rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Racegoers shelter from the rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

A female racegoer shelters from the rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

A female racegoer shelters from the rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

David Davies

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers gather around the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on ladies day at Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers gather around the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on ladies day at Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Young racegoers revel after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Young racegoers revel after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers relax after racing on ladies day at Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers relax after racing on ladies day at Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Queen Elizabeth II in the winners enclosure on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Queen Elizabeth II in the winners enclosure on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

The Princess Royal talks to trainer Aidan O'Brien (left) on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

The Princess Royal talks to trainer Aidan O'Brien (left) on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

Jockey Hayley Turner before racing in the Gold Cup on The Betchworth Kid on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Jockey Hayley Turner before racing in the Gold Cup on The Betchworth Kid on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

Racegoers watch the action on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Racegoers watch the action on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

Elizabeth Hurley (left) on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Elizabeth Hurley (left) on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Elizabeth Hurley smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Elizabeth Hurley smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers arrive in the rain on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers arrive in the rain on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers walk by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers walk by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers during Ladies Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers during Ladies Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

Alan Crowhurst

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Young racegoers revel after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Young racegoers revel after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Young racegoers revel with other older racegoers after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Young racegoers revel with other older racegoers after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Race goers laugh as they arrive by train at Royal Acot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Race goers laugh as they arrive by train at Royal Acot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Peter Macdiarmid

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A race goer adjusts her shoe as she waits for a train to Acsot at Waterloo Station on June 16, 2011 in London, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A race goer adjusts her shoe as she waits for a train to Acsot at Waterloo Station on June 16, 2011 in London, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Peter Macdiarmid

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Race goers wait to board a train to Acsot at Waterloo Station on June 16, 2011 in London, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Race goers wait to board a train to Acsot at Waterloo Station on June 16, 2011 in London, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Peter Macdiarmid

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Carole Middleton (r) and Mrs Jim Hay (l) arrive in an open carriage on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Carole Middleton (r) and Mrs Jim Hay (l) arrive in an open carriage on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers scream after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers scream after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A woman watches the first race through binoculars on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A woman watches the first race through binoculars on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A woman watches the first race through binoculars on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A woman watches the first race through binoculars on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A woman laughs after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A woman laughs after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Two women hold pints of lager on ladies day on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Two women hold pints of lager on ladies day on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Bruce Forsyth and Wilnelia Forsyth arrive on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Bruce Forsyth and Wilnelia Forsyth arrive on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Escort Helen Wood arrives on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Escort Helen Wood arrives on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A racegoer stands by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A racegoer stands by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers watch the final race on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers watch the final race on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers wait for the final race on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers wait for the final race on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A racegoer poses for a photograph on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A racegoer poses for a photograph on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

A racegoer wears a hat made of balloons on day three of Royal Ascot

A racegoer wears a hat made of balloons on day three of Royal Ascot

David Davies

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers walk by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers walk by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers scream after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers scream after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A lady in a hat poses for a photograph on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A lady in a hat poses for a photograph on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

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Gerald Mosse celebrates winning the Coronation Stakes on Immortal Verse on day four of the Royal Ascot

Well, at least the weather was authentically British. Otherwise, the way things are going, the Queen might begin to wonder whether the most precious turf in all her kingdom has been annexed by the Fourth Republic.



Less than a fortnight after the top hats of Epsom were doffed at Andre Fabre, at the incidental expense of one of her colts, the French yesterday became the toast of her own racecourse.

At least the monarch could be comforted that their success in a race honouring her own investiture had upheld the principle of inheritance.

Immortal Verse, brilliant winner of the Coronation Stakes, is trained by Robert Collet; and the runner-up, Nova Hawk, by his son, Rod. Here was the chance for the French to see how it feels for an entire nation to be represented by one family.

A contemporary of Fabre, Collet Sr is another veteran achiever of the Parisian Turf. Twenty-five years ago, he saddled Last Tycoon to win the King's Stand Stakes here, over five furlongs.

That same autumn, he pulled off a flamboyant coup by saddling the same colt to win over a mile at the third Breeders' Cup.

The cosmopolitan composition of this field was reflected by a reverse journey for More Than Ready, who had last been seen winning at the 27th Breeders' Cup.

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In the event, however, she completed a rather humbling week for the Americans, tailing off on the rain-soaked ground.

Instead it was the French who would reward those punters prepared to look beyond the familiar, in a race that had seemed to lack genuine star quality.

All that changed when Gerald Mosse produced Immortal Verse from last place to burst a couple of lengths clear in a matter of strides.

The fact that Nova Hawk followed her through, also from the rear, suggested that they had gone off pretty hard in the conditions.

Best of the home team was Barefoot Lady, who showed characteristic honesty in third, just ahead of I Love Me and Together.

Immortal Verse had been withdrawn at the start in the 1,000 Guineas, before an anonymous run in the French version, but had since impressed at another racecourse with a royal history,

Chantilly. “This filly is the best I have trained,” Collet said.

“At Newmarket she had a blind on to go into the stalls, but there was a lot of wind and it irritated her. Things didn't go to plan at Longchamp, so we forgot about that. You have to be really stubborn to come back and prove that you have a Group One filly.”

She will be kept on home soil for her next start, in the Prix d'Astarte at Deauville in August.

But the fact that Mosse was wearing the same Robert Strauss silks as Cash Asmussen on Last Ty

coon, all those years ago, gave extra resonance to Collet's restoration on the international stage.

His son was suitably moved, proud of both his family and his own filly.

“I am very happy for my father,” Collet Jr said. “My filly just needs to be a bit more relaxed, so we may drop her to seven furlongs now.”

Fabre, meanwhile, may well be asking himself whether he would still be awaiting that first Derby winner had the British summer begun to live down to its reputation rather sooner. John Gosden had withdrawn Nathaniel from Epsom after deciding that the ground would be too fast, and then watched Treasury Beach — who had beaten Nathaniel in a photo at Chester — caught only on the line by Pour Moi.

Nathaniel would certainly have been involved, granted suitable conditions, judging on the way he surged five lengths clear of what looked a strong field for the King Edward VII Stakes. But his Classic fulfillment may only have been delayed, as he is now 3-1 favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger.

“I ran his brother Percussionist in the Derby, but he couldn't come down the hill because the ground had dried up,” Gosden said.

“So we learned from that and didn't run Nathaniel at Epsom.”

Gosden stressed that the owners first had to be consulted over the colt's future, but we were reminded at Doncaster last year

that he knows a Leger colt when he sees one.

There is now a possibility that two Classic winners were divided by just half a length on their debut at Newmarket last summer, Nathaniel having bumped into no less a colt than Frankel.

You can set your clock by Gosden at this meeting and he promptly completed a double with Beachfire, while Mark Johnston saddled his sixth winner in 11 runnings of the Queen’s Vase when Namibian rallied to thwart Solar Sky.


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