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  • 16:25 Royal Hunt Cup 1m

  • (Heritage Handicap) (Str) £125,000 added 3yo+ 30 ran
  • Winner £77,812 2nd £23,300 3rd £11,650 4th £5,825
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 38.24s
  • Off time: 16:27:40

Johanne up for the Cup

Tate charge does it again

Last Updated: 20/06/12 6:11pm

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Prince Of Johanne: Royal Hunt Cup winner

Prince Of Johanne: Royal Hunt Cup winner

Prince Of Johanne (16-1) won the Royal Hunt Cup for Tom Tate and John Fahy at Royal Ascot.

The six-year-old won the Cambridgeshire last season but defied his 9lb-higher mark here in fine style as he swept to the front under Fahy to win by half a length.

Excellent Guest (33-1) travelled well under Tom Queally but had to make do for second, with Don't Call Me (50-1) third and Field Of Dream (66-1) a fast-finishing fourth.

The victory was a first at Royal Ascot for both trainer and jockey - and remarkably Tate's first winner of the current Flat season.

Tate said: "I only train good horses!

"He's a grand horse and he likes the mile and fast ground. He showed a lot of speed to win the Cambridgeshire and his form is there.

"I read in the newspaper that it was 1949 the last time a horse won the Cambridgeshire and this race, so that was a bit of a dampener for our hopes!

"John rides him well and he's a very good rider."

Asked about future plans, Tate said: "Let's live for today."

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