Bookies end battle Royal on top
Bookmakers struck back on the fifth and final day at Royal Ascot to claim an overall victory over punters during the week.
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The day started badly for punters when veteran trainer Paul Cole rolled back the years as Berkshire was an impressive winner of the Chesham Stakes at 16-1.
That was followed by Thomas Chippendale's 8-1 win in the Hardwicke Stakes in which the favourite, Ektihaam, unseated Paul Hanagan on the bend.
The Clive Cox-trained Lethal Force was an impressive 11-1 winner of the Diamond Jubilee, with 4-1 favourite Society Rock second.
York Glory hardly brought much respite for the punters in the Wokingham Stakes as he struck at odds of 11-1.
For a few fleeting strides, the Frankie Dettori-ridden Stencive looked like winning for favourite-backers in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap, but he was denied by 8-1 chance Opinion.
Dettori then nearly ended end with a win aboard 3-1 favourite Shahwardi in the concluding Queen Alexandra Stakes, but the honours went to Chiberta King (8-1).
David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "We had a superb final day.
"We went into the biggest betting day of the week on the back foot but nearly everything went our way.
"The week got off to a flyer for us on Tuesday and ended in a similar vein but the middle days went the way of the punters.
"On balance, we probably won by a short head.''
Sky Bet's Michael Shinners said: "Saturday has followed a similar pattern to Friday with the results being bookmaker friendly.
"Thursday was a disappointing day with Estimate and Remote winning, but overall results have been fairly kind to Skybet and I would say we are in profit for the meeting.''
Stan James said its gains were significantly greater.
Their representative Rory Jiwani said: "It's been a very profitable day for the bookies which puts us well on top for the week, despite heavy losses from that right Royal gamble (Estimate in the Gold Cup) on Ladies' Day.''