Kirby and Cox in Royal Ascot dreamland


My Dream Boat pulled off a shock to win the Prince Of Wales's Stakes as Japanese superstar A Shin Hikari flopped in the big race on day two at Royal Ascot.

A Shin Hikari was the odds-on favourite to land the lucrative Group One race on Wednesday, but finished last and it was 16-1 shot My Dream Boat who bolted up to give jockey Adam Kirby and trainer Clive Cox another day to remember.

Masanori Sakaguchi's raider A Shin Hikari romped to victory in the Prix d'Ispahan at Chantilly last month, but the Prix d'Ispahan winner was outpaced in the final furlong by outsider My Dream Boat and Found.

With Ryan Moore aboard Found on the rail and My Dream Boat on the stand-side, Kirby steered his mount to another famous victory at the world famous meeting a day after his girlfriend Megan gave birth to son Charlie just a couple of hours before he rode Profitable to victory in the Group One King's Stand Stakes.

My Dream Boat's triumph also gave owners Paul and Clare Rooney a maiden Group One victory on the flat.

"I was pretty confident he'd be in the first three," said Kirby. "The race went perfect.

"He gave me a real good feel when he won two starts ago but he was bit free last time and didn't get home. Full credit to the horse, he stayed at it. It was a very gutsy performance."

Favourite Usherette, trained by Andre Fabre, cruised to victory for Godolphin in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, storming clear of the pack under Mickael Barzalona.

Earlier in the day, the well fancied Ribchester won the Jersey Stakes at 7-1, the first winner of the week for Godolphin, by surging home ahead of Thikriyaat in the hands of William Buick.

The most impressive performance of the day came from two-year-old filly Lady Aurelia in the Queen Mary Stakes, the 2-1 favourite powering home in emphatic fashion for the first of two wins on the day for Frankie Dettori.

"It was breathtaking from the top," said Dettori, who also won aboard Galileo Gold in the St James's Palace Stakes on Tuesday. 

"To win a sprint by seven lengths at Royal Ascot, I've never seen anything like that - especially from a two-year-old. I was completely shocked."

Godolphin's third winner of the day came in when Portage emerged from a big field to take the Royal Hunt Cup, before Dettori rode favourite Persuasive to victory at 11/4 in the last race of the day, for trainer John Godsen, to complete his double.