Japan storms the finish to claim the Royal Ascot King Edward VII Stakes

Lift off for Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien as Japan wins the King Edward VII Stakes

apan did what was expected of him in running out a dominant winner of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Having finished with a flourish to place a close-up third in the Investec Derby at Epsom a little under three weeks ago, Aidan O'Brien's charge was unsurprisingly a warm order as the 6-4 favourite in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Settled towards the rear for much of the mile-and-a-half contest, Japan made his move before the home turn - albeit a little wider than ideal.

Epsom disappointment Bangkok bounced back to form and got a dream run up the rail, but Japan had far too many guns in the closing stages and was good value for the winning margin of four and a half lengths.

Bangkok boxed on to fill the runner-up spot, ahead of Eagles By Day in third.