Favourite Free too fast for rivals in Britannia
Report: Royal Ascot, Thursday
Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 3yo colts and geldings
WELL-BACKED 6-1 favourite Fast Or Free powered up the far rail to give trainer William Haggas Royal Ascot glory by a length and a quarter from the fast-finishing Mister Music.
With Mister Music chasing him home at 50-1 and 40-1 chance Compton finishing fourth, third Bronze Angel was the only horse in the first four to have come from a stall numbered greater than ten. A complete contrast to the preceding handicap results this week.
Fast Or Free bounced out of stall six, having been backed into 6-1 from 8-1 and held on gamely with little company under Ryan Moore to take his winning run to three in the colours of Christine and Ian Beard.
Haggas said: "He was tailor made for the race if he got in, and he just did. Ryan thought after his last run that he'd get a mile and a quarter, but I think a mile on soft ground is good for him. He's enjoyed the ground."
Regarding his future, he added: "He's come along way with three races in quick succession so we'll have to sit back and see where we go from here."
The win was Moore's second of the week and he was cut to 4-5 favourite (from 15-8) to be leading rider of the week with Joseph O'Brien 5-2 and William Buick 11-2.
The Ger Lyons-trained Piri Wango finished fifth at 14-1 from stall eight.