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So You Think cuts down Carlton House

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Joseph O'Brien drives So You Think past Carlton House © PA Photos
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So You Think showed star quality with a brilliant win in the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien's globetrotting superstar gave first run to The Queen's Carlton House, but produced a telling burst at the furlong pole to run out a two-and-a-quarter-length winner of the Group One heat.

So You Think broke well in the ten-furlong event and Joseph O'Brien took up a position in third behind his pacemaker, Robin Hood.

Carlton House was viewed as the only real danger to 4/5 favourite So You Think and Ryan Moore tracked his big rival for much of the race, before setting his mount alight turning for home. Carlton House responded superbly by bursting through a gap and hitting the front.

The burst of acceleration prompted O'Brien into action and he asked So You Think for maximum effort. The response was not immediate, but he hit top gear with a furlong to run and powered away in the final 100 yards, as Carlton House held off Farhh for second.

Aidan O'Brien's brilliant run in the top races in England continued as Ishvana stuck on gamely to land the spoils in the Jersey Stakes.

O'Brien has mopped up all four Classics to date and the hot streak shows no signs of abating as Ishvana claimed the opening race on day two of Royal Ascot.

Sentaril and Aljamaheer were all the rage for the Group Three contest, but they were forced to settle for second and third respectively as Ishvana got first run in the hands of Seamus Heffernan on the far side group and it proved decisive.

Joviality repelled the late thrust of Chachamaidee to land the Windsor Forest Stakes for trainer John Gosden and jockey William Buick.

Chachamaidee, a stablemate of the mighty Frankel, came with what appeared a telling run but the exertions of gifting her rivals five lengths at the start possibly proved decisive as she was run out of the prize close home by Joviality.

Chachamaidee gifted ground at the start, but she made up the lost lengths with ease and hit the front deep inside the final furlong. But Joviality is proven over further and rallied to grab the race in the dying strides.

Prince Of Johanne showed his liking for the cut and thrust of a big-field handicap as he stuck on dourly to land the Royal Hunt Cup.

Drawn in stall 33, John Fahy brought last year's Cambridgeshire winner with a telling run to score from Excellent Guest, Don't Call Me and Field of Dream to hand himself and trainer Tom Tate a first Royal Ascot winner.

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