Subjectivist wins Gold Cup at Royal Ascot as Stradivarius runs into trouble

By: Greg Wood at Ascot Friday 18 June 2021
  • Joe Fanning steals race on home turn getting first run
  • Favourite only fourth after getting blocked in run

The welcoming party that spilled out of the weighing room to applaud Joe Fanning and Subjectivist as they returned after winning the Gold Cup here on Thursday was a perfect testament to the veteran rider’s popularity with his colleagues, and also to the typically no-nonsense way in which the 51-year-old secured the biggest win of his long career.

This was textbook Fanning from start to finish, even allowing for the fact that Frankie Dettori, on the hot favourite Stradivarius, endured a four-and-a-half minutes around his favourite track that he will want to forget. He has long been renowned for his peerless judgment of pace and flawless execution of front-running rides, and while Fanning did not seize the lead from the off he did the next best thing and settled Subjectivist just behind the 40-1 outsider Amhran Na Bhfiann with the remaining 10 runners strung out behind them.

Related: Royal Ascot: Subjectivist wins the Gold Cup on Ladies’ Day – live!

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