Newmarket trainer Ed Dunlop followed in his father’s footsteps to win the famous Gold Cup race with runner Trip To Paris at Royal Ascot.
The Graham Lee-ridden horse was a 12/1 outsider ahead of the Group One flat race, but was victorious by one and a quarter lengths to claim the £229,854 prize.
And after emulating his father John, who won the Gold Cup back in 1974 as a trainer with Ragstone, Dunlop ranked his success with Trip To Paris as a ‘dream come true.’
“It’s an incredible day, and one of my greatest days as a trainer,” the 46-year-old said. “My father and mother had the Gold Cup on their dining table, so to actually win it is a dream come true.
“I was always brought up to regard the Gold Cup as the highlight of this meeting.
“It’s been a difficult season for my staff, so to win this turns it all around.”
After Trip to Paris was supplemented into the British Champions Series race by owners La Grange Partnership, Dunlop’s runner saw off tough competition from Aiden O’Brien’s Kingfisher and Dermot Weld’s 5/2 favourite Forgotten Rules.
“It’s a helluva story and credit must go to the owners,” the Newmarket trainer said.
“Those who know me know I’m not the most adventurous when it comes to stumping up £35,000, particularly when I own a bit of the horse.
“He’s made phenomenal progress this season - he was on a mark of 88 at the start of the season and ran in last year’s Shergar Cup, where the jockey was run away with and made the running.
“Then he was a bit disappointing and we gelded him and put him away. He’s won four of six this year and is one of the most improved horses in training.”
Elsewhere, Newmarket-based jockey Ryan Moore broke a post-war record of winners in a single meeting, as he rode nine horses to victory at Royal Ascot.
Newmarket trainers Sir Michael Stoute, John Gosden and David Simcock also enjoyed success at the five-day racing festival.
Stoute’s runner Snow Sky won the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes on Saturday ahead of Gosden’s Eagle Top and Luca Cumani’s Postponed.
The previous day saw Simcock claim his first-ever win at Royal Ascot, after Balios rode to victory in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes
While Gosden followed up his Royal Hunt Cup success when Mahsoob won Saturday’s Wolferton Handicap.