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Illinois leads home Ballydoyle one-two in Queen’s Vase

Illinois justified favouritism to give Ryan Moore an 80th Royal Ascot winner in the Queen’s Vase.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Galileo colt sat in second behind long-time leader Mr Hampstead before Moore pushed him to the front two furlongs out.

Stablemate Highbury was the first to give chase but Moore had enough in the tank to bring his mount home by a length and a quarter at 7-4.

Highbury stayed on to give Ballydoyle a one-two, with Jessica Harrington’s Birdman completing a clean sweep of the places for Ireland.

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