Brazilian De Sousa in dreamland after Fox Hunt’s Royal Ascot win

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Mark Johnston and Silvestre de Sousa secured their second Royal Ascot winner of the week when Fox Hunt emerged triumphant in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes on Saturday.

The 12-1 chance arrived off the back of a handicap success at Epsom on Derby day and rounded the turn for home widest of all in the hands of his talented Brazilian rider.

The four-year-old chestnut soon had Blissful Moment in his sight and quickened two and a quarter lengths clear.

Averroes was third, while Rock A Doodle Doo completed the minor placings.

Johnston and De Sousa were also successful with Namibian in Friday’s Queen’s Vase.

The handler said: “It was a long week up until Friday, but it’s fantastic to get two winners.

“This has been a difficult horse and he’s had a few changes of headgear. A few times he has really disappointed us, and he was in the sales at one stage, but he’s getting better and better.

“He looked a lot better today and he looked as though he’d even come on since Epsom.

“I’m not surprised he’s won – although I’m surprised he managed to overcome that wide draw.

“Silvestre said he was never where he wanted to be but at the same time the horse was always travelling very well for him.”

De Sousa added: “The horse travelled like a dream. I was happy with where I was but, at the same time, I was giving away a lot of ground.

“But the horse battled well and he was the best horse in the race.

“It’s unbelievable to ride winners here. When you look at my background, you would never think I would ride a winner in Royal Ascot.

“I got my licence over here just to have a spin and see how it went, but the way it is going is unbelievable.”

A blistering final afternoon at Royal Ascot saw Ryan Moore retain the title for the meeting’s leading jockey.

Moore secured four winners in 2010, but could manage only three this time, all of which came for Aidan O’Brien rather than his boss, Sir Michael Stoute.

Saturday’s success on Maybe in the Chesham Stakes and Await The Dawn in the Hardwicke added to Tuesday’s Coventry Stakes victory with Power.

His greater amount of placed finishes saw him swipe the prize from under Richard Hughes’s nose.

“I haven’t won it really – me and Hughsie have finished level,” said Moore.

“It’s nice to have three winners, but I thought I’d have four.

“I didn’t have any for Sir Michael, but I think I only had five rides for him.

“Fiorente ran very well in the King Edward, just greeness cost him. Modun unfortunately didn’t handle the soft ground in the Duke of Edinburgh.

“They were the only two really that we thought could win.

“It’s just the way it panned out, but he’ll get them ready for a big day somewhere else.

“It’s nice to have winners, but you always wish you’d done a little bit better.”

O’Brien was the leading trainer as he also secured the Gold Cup through Fame And Glory and Jamie Spencer.