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Remote Royal Ascot 20.6.13

Remote striding clear for William Buick in the Tercentenary

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Remote sweeps to Tercentenary win

Report: Royal Ascot, Thursday

Tercentenary Stakes (Group 3) 1m2f, 3yo

THE rapidly improving Remote continued his progress with a stylish performance, making it three wins on the spin and giving John Gosden and William Buick their first winners of the week.

A heavily-backed 9-4 favourite, the three-year-old handled a step up from handicap company effortlessly, coming from off the pace with a sustained run to beat French raider Shikarpour.

It was a second winner of the afternoon for Khalid Abudllah, following Riposte's emotional win in the Ribblesdale. Buick settled the colt in fifth against the rail with Van Der Neer and Elkaayed at the front of the race.

With just over a furlong left, Elkaayed weakend out of things, with Windhoek challenging Van Der Neer.

However, Remote kept finding for Buick and got on top to score by three parts of a length. Shikarpour followed the winner through to take second at 7-1, with Van Der Neer a 14-1 third.

William Buick said: "Coming to a meeting like this it's hard to win races and he's done it really well. It was a tricky race and I found myself behind. He won very well from where he came.

"It was a pretty good performance stepping up to Group level and I'm sure he can progress further."

Roca Tumu - Royal Ascot 20/06/2013

Roca Tumu (green cap) hanging on to win the Britannia

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Also on Thursday:

Royal Ascot: Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 1m, 3yo colts and geldings

ROCA TUMU gave trainer Joanna Morgan and jockey Billy Lee their first Royal Ascot winner, with a battling performance at odds of 20-1.

It was the seventh Irish-trained winner of the week, the colt winning for the third time on only his fifth start. Jockeys took the view the far side was the place to be following Wednesday's Royal Hunt Cup, with all the action unfolding on the far side and down the centre.

It was the Mark Johnston-trained pair of Maputo and Shebebi who cut out the running, with Roca Tumu taking up the running with two furlongs left.

Challengers emerged either side, with Tarikhi and Queensberry Rules both trying to overhaul the leader, but Lee's mount held on by a neck. Tarikhi took second at 33-1, with Queensberry Rules third at 16-1. The 7-2 favourite Wentworth was staying on but could claim only fourth.

Morgan said: "I can retire now - I'm delighted. It can only go downhill from here! He nearly didn't make it here - some of the owners wanted to sell, some didn't and thankfully they didn't. He's a talented horse, but the closer the race got the more butterflies I had."

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