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Highland Reel secured a sixth Group One triumph in a decorated career when he won the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the feature race on day two of Royal Ascot.

Jean Claude Rouget's smart filly Qemah won the Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes to record her second win in as many visits, having won the Group One Coronation Stakes a year ago.

Jean-Claude Rouget's filly hit the mark in the Coronation Stakes at this meeting previous year before going on to add the Prix Rothschild to her CV.

"From that day, we have moved forward and we are really enjoying it.
"In life there is no winning post".

Horse racing season in the United Kingdom is in full, erm, gallop, and for Dubai's royals, it's a good chance to catch up with some of their British counterparts.

Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey John Velazquez took Dettori's mount on Lady Aurelia and came home a three-length victor from Profitable for American trainer Wesley Ward in the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes.

O'Brien chipped in: "An incredible horse".

The opposition includes Highland Reel and Ulysses, a fluent victor on his return at Sandown, but Jack Hobbs should bat them to one side if he is in the same kind of form as last time.

Last year's G1 Coronation Stakes victor, Qemah (2-1 US, 5-2 GB), came back as a four-year-old to win the Duke of Cambridge for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget.

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There was a French flavour to the winners' enclosure on two occasions.

"She is a good filly and can go anywhere".

Meanwhile the Queen, who is known to love watching horse-racing, looked thrilled to be there.

I was on board Acapulco when she won this race in 2015 - and obviously Wesley also took this with Lady Aurelia previous year - and you get the same vibes around this filly.

I do think that Ulysses has a massive chance, though, and I think he is the one we all have to beat.

On a Royal Ascot Day 2 where South African horseracing played second fiddle to a powerful French attack, 2016 Met victor Smart Call was far from disgraced when determinedly hanging on for fourth in the Gr2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

Stephanie del Valle, the current Miss World, said in her homeland of Puerto Rico she was a big fan of the sport of kings.

Marco Botti, trainer of Aljazzi: "I am delighted". A 20-1 shot in a field of 24, Con Te Partiro finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of the O'Brien-trained Rain Goddess.

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