Chiberta King (far) and Shahwardi slug it out in the last race of the meetingPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Dettori denied as King reigns supreme
Royal Ascot: Report, Saturday
Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) 2m5½f
FRANKIE DETTORI was denied a last-gasp Royal Ascot victory on Shahwardi as Jimmy Fortune got a fine tune out of Chiberta King in the meeting finale.
With Dettori on the 3-1 favourite, hopes were high that the jockey could break his duck for the week and that possibility increased as he loomed up alongside Chiberta King a furlong out.
The front two became embroiled in a fight to the line but it was Chiberta King who came through unscathed to give trainer Andrew Balding his second Royal Ascot winner.
Balding said: "We might try and come back next year, we bought him as a yearling and he's been such a good servant.
"He'll go back hurdling. He's a horse who can mix it doing both and stays well, but has got to go right-handed."
For a second successive year Shahwardi had to settle for second, a length and half ahead of Seaside Sizzler in third.
The longest race of the meeting was not short on incident as Mad Moose and Cosimo De Medici, positioned in the stall next to the temperamental character, both blew the start and were well detached from the field from the off.
Junior, racing in the same Middleham Park colours as Mad Moose, appeared reluctant from an early stage after failing to get his prefered prominent position, while the long absent Ocean's Minstrel was pulled up before the turn for home as the fast early pace took its toll.
Fortune added: "Ironically he normally makes the running but they went off very quick and it probably won him the race as I had to drop in."