Fab Five Secures Crown For Fortune

Jimmy Fortune was crowned leading jockey at Royal Ascot for the first time and walked away with the London Clubs International Trophy following five victories at the meeting.

Jimmy Fortune was crowned leading jockey at Royal Ascot for the first time and walked away with the London Clubs International Trophy following five victories at the meeting.

The Duke of Devonshire presented Fortune with his prize prior to the final race, which failed to end his week in a blaze of glory after his mount Secret Ploy finished out of the frame.

Full House got the ball rolling for Fortune on Tuesday and victories aboard Tariq, Nannina, Royal Oath and Winker Watson ensured the crown went his way.

"I was hopeful at the start of the week because I had a full book of mounts, but Mick Kinane looked to have the cream of the rides," said Fortune.

"It's very special to ride one winner here and to partner five is fabulous.

"Peter Chapple-Hyam's two-year-old (Winker Watson) was my banker and near enough everything went my way.

"I was particularly happy to have two winners for the boss (John Gosden) and I was thrilled to win on Nannina, who is a special filly."

Fortune finished the week clear of Kinane, Jamie Spencer and Johnny Murtagh, who were the next best with three wins apiece.

Earlier in the day the Queen presented Aidan O'Brien with the London Clubs International Trophy for leading trainer after his four successes (Henrythenavigator, Excellent Art, Yeats and Mahler).

Punters looking for financial respite on the final day of Royal Ascot were left hugely disappointed as the layers sung loud and proud of another resounding success.

All week long bookies have held sway over the betting public and their advantage was further increased through the final two days with several big-priced winners.

The opening race on day five saw another favourite sunk as several large four-figure bets went astray on 15-8 shot Feared In Flight, who did no better than third in the Chesham.

Scorpion was another losing market leader when going down by half-a-length in the Hardwicke Stakes.

The 4-5 favourite had been heavily backed, with one bet of £50,000-£50,000 reported.

Golden Jubilee hotpot Miss Andretti - on whom a bet of £20,000-£10,000 was struck in the ring - finished well down the field and the winner Soldier's Tale inflicted little damage with his 9-1 victory.

The Wokingham was also kind to the layers, with Dark Missile (22-1) scoring and well-backed 4-1 favourite Zidane out of the frame.

Pevensey (8-1) and Enjoy The Moment (6-1) ensured punters left the track licking their wounds, and Coral's David Stevens summed up things for the old enemy.

He said: "Friday could not have been better and we could not have scripted the results.

"Today was not as good but it was still excellent with Zidane and Miss Andretti the big two results for us, and overall it has been a convincing victory for the layers."

Totesport's Damian Walker concurred, adding: "It has been a winning day for the layers, in fact the layers have won every day!"

Ben Clarke of William Hill also reported a successful week for his firm.

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