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Surefire picks up poignant win in the King George V Stakes

The famous Juddmonte silks were carried to a poignant victory by Ralph Beckett’s Surefire (5-1) in the King George V Stakes.

It was a first Royal Ascot success for jockey Hector Crouch and possibly a final one celebrated by Teddy Grimthorpe, who steps down from his long-standing role as racing manager to the late Khalid Abdullah on Saturday.

A winner at Leicester 10 days ago, for which he picked up a penalty, the Fastneck Rock colt came with a run down the outside and held off the strong late challenge of Ryan Moore on Sir Lamorak to win by a neck.

Crouch said: “I wanted to get him rolling and to the outside and I knew he would be hard to stop.

“It’s such a privilege to ride in the Juddmonte silks – it’s my second winner for them and the first was only last week at Leicester.”

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