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Leading Light wins Gold Cup at Royal Ascot

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Joseph O'Brien delivered a record sixth triumph for his father © Getty Images
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Favourite Leading Light won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot after beating the Queen's horse Estimate in a thrilling finish.

The winner provided Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien with a record sixth Gold Cup triumph, as the Queen was denied her second straight victory in the race after Estimate lost out by a neck.

"When you win it is always a good ride, there's no such thing as a bad winning ride. I kept a straight line, Ryan (Moore, on Estimate) was looking for a bit of room but I was entitled to keep a straight line," winning jockey Joseph O'Brien, the son of Aidan, said.

"He had a little look when he got to the front and then went a bit to his left, he's a big, lazy horse but I think he's better at a mile and six.

"I was rowing away on him but I had loads left, I was trying to hold off asking for everything for as long as I could. Ryan gave me a bit of help by coming up my inside as he pushed me along a bit - this fellow is as tough as nails."

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