Duntle notched up his second consecutive win at Royal Ascot as the David Wachman-trained raider who won the Sandringham Handicap 12 months ago went on to land a cracking renewal of the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes in which punters were treated to a superb finish.
Wayne Lordan had kicked the 10/3 shot to a narrow half-a-length lead, but Paul Hanagan was always on his tail on board Ladys First, whilst Dank and Beatrice Aurore produced some great late pace to get involved in the finish, but it was the Irish raider that prevailed with 25/1 outsider Ladys First finishing second and Dank completed the one-two-three.
15:05 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Fillies' Group 2) (Str) (Class 1, 1m)
1. Duntle - W Lordan - D Wachman 10/3
2. Ladys First - P Hanagan - R Fahey 25/1
3. Dank - R Moore - Sir M Stoute 7/2
The Duke Of Cambridge Stakes is a Group Two race run at Royal Ascot over one mile for fillies and mares aged four years or older.
Established in 2004, this race one of many set up around Europe that offered the fillies and mares the chance for Group victory after their Classic season had passed an it tried to keep more older fillies and mares in training and this contest has certainly attracted some stellar line ups.
Taken place on day two of the Royal meeting, it can sometimes be aimed at by fillies that ran in the 1000 Guineas the previous year and some notable names have won this contest.
Multiple Group winner Soviet Song was victorious in the 2006 renewal for James Fanshawe and the Elite Racing Club, whilst John Gosden's Nannina was another classy winner in the early years of this contest.
However, one trainer dominated the early exchanges and Sir Michael Stoute was certainly the man to watch as he trained the first two winners of the race with Favourable Terms winning the inaugural event in 2004, whilst Peeress retained the title for the Freemasons Lodge handler to cement his place in the roll of honour.
In 2010, Stoute then saddled Strawberrydaiquiri to victory and racked up his third win in the race, so he will always be a trainer to watch out for as the race continues to gain stature in the Royal Ascot calendar and becomes one of the leading events of the five-day extravaganza.