Royal Ascot 2019: Afaak goes one better than last year in Royal Hunt Cup thriller
AFAAK (20-1) had unfinished business with the Royal Hunt Cup and duly went one better than last year, seeing off Clon Coulis (16-1) in the tightest of finishes.
Jim Crowley made no mistake on board the five-year-old, pushing him into a clear lead before punching him out to win by a nose.
The stewards had to be called to split them, but in the end the margin was enough for the son of Oasis Dream to be called the winner.
Without a win since June 2017, the gritty five-year-old was all power on the line to hold on from Jamie Spencer and the fast-finishing Clon Coulis.
The well-punted Raising Sand (8-1) finished well for third, with Stylehunter (22-1) back in fourth and Kynren (11-2f) in fifth.
Joint-favourite New Graduate could never get competitive under treble-seeking Frankie Dettori.
Winning jockey Jim Crowley said: "Charlie (Hills) has done a brilliant job with him.
"This was his target but we weren't confident when the rain came. He hasn't come in his coat yet and he'll come on again.
"It's a great training performance. He doesn't like to get overcrowded so it worked out beautifully."
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