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Loving Dream causes upset in Ribblesdale winning from 18-1

Loving Dream caused an 18-1 upset for John and Thady Gosden and jockey Robert Havlin in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The apparent second-string from the Gosden yard given Frankie Dettori was on Gloria Mundi, the daughter of Gleneagles took a huge step forward from her fifth place in the Lingfield Oaks Trial.

Running in the famous pink colours of Lordship Stud, she hit the front a long way out and there were plenty of challengers queueing up behind her.

Deep inside the final furlong it was Roger Varian’s previously unbeaten Eshaada who broke free of the pack deep inside the final furlong to throw down the biggest challenge.

However, to Loving Dream’s credit she found more for pressure and held on to win by three-quarters of a length.

Aidan O’Brien’s pair of Nicest and Divinely were third and fourth while Noon Star, who beat the winner at Wetherby earlier in the season, was forced wide into the straight and finished unplaced.

It was just a second win at the meeting for Havlin after Ardad’s victory in the Windsor Castle in 2016.

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