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Stradivarius and Dee Ex Bee dominated the betting for the 2019 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and duly fought out the finish.
Right on their heels, though, beaten a length and a nose, was the unconsidered Master Of Reality.
Sent off at 66/1, Joseph O’Brien’s four-year-old gelding hit the front two furlongs out and went down on his sword.
Wayne Lordan, who rode the son of Frankel, said: “He’s a lovely horse, he likes a bit of juice in the ground, he won a Group 3 at Navan earlier in the year, then found the ground a bit quick for him at Leopardstown, but he has come here and run an outstanding race.
“He is quite a big horse so time on his side over the next few years, and if everything stays sound, he is an improving type. Delighted.”
O’Brien: “It is a great run, it was a great ride, he likes a bit of juice in the ground.”
He was having his tenth run at Ascot, having won three of his previous nine races. He had never previously run in a Group 1 race.
Master Of Reality confirmed himself as one of the best stayers in the world when finishing runner-up in the Melbourne Cup under Frankie Dettori.
The combination were overhauled in the closing stages but subsequently demoted to fourth for causing some interference.