Highland Reel and Ryan Moore stick close to the rail in the King GeorgePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Moore masterclass as Highland Reel makes all
Report: Ascot, Saturday
King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo+
BRITAIN'S summer showpiece got a masterful ride from Ryan Moore, who did everything right to land the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Highland Reel.
With no obvious pace-maker in the seven-runner field, he had the 13-8 favourite in front from the off, setting no more than a steady pace in the early stages.
Moore gradually wound things up and threatened to slip the field before giving his mount a breather around halfway then kicking on again in the straight, keeping enough in reserve to hold Wings Of Desire off by a length and a quarter at the line.
"He's very professional," Moore said of the Aidan O'Brien-trained winner. "He knows how to race. He's a very good horse. He has won in America and Hong Kong. It is a major achievement for Aidan to get him back to the shape to win this race."
More to follow . . .