Derby duo hit Ascot target

Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning hit the target as Cuis Ghaire came home best of all to justify 8-11 favouritism in the Albany Stakes, the opening event on day four of Royal Ascot.

Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning hit the target as Cuis Ghaire came home best of all to justify 8-11 favouritism in the Albany Stakes, the opening event on day four of Royal Ascot.

Her supporters were made to suffer as the odds-on shot looked in trouble with two furlongs to run as Penny’s Gift and Ares Choix both seemed to be going better.

However, Manning did not panic and coaxed a strong finish from his mount, who responded for pressure to get on top inside the distance and provide the Derby-winning jockey with his first winner at the meeting.

Penny’s Gift was a length and three-quarters away in second, while 25-1 chance Danidh Dubai had to settle for third.

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