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Both Kingsclere-based Andrew Balding and Lambourn-based Charlie Hills have trained winners at Royal Ascot this week.

Balding's Coltrane won the Ascot Stakes ahead of 3/1 favourite Bring On The Night on Tuesday, June 14.

Coltrane, who went off at 14/1, was in touch with the leaders and then kicked on inside the final furlong to win by three-quarters-of-a-length.

Andrew Balding at Newbury Racecourse
Andrew Balding at Newbury Racecourse

It was the five-year-old's first win for almost two years – his last win came at York in August 2020.

The Mastercraftsman sire is scheduled to run again in a little over a week's time in the William Hill Northumberland Plate Handicap at Newcastle on June 25.

Meanwhile, the Charlie Hills-trained Dark Shift won the Royal Hunt Cup on Wednesday, June 15.

Charlie Hills at Newbury Racecourse
Charlie Hills at Newbury Racecourse

The dam of Mosuo won from 40/1 shot Intellogent in second and Tempus, who was ridden by Hollie Doyle, in third.

The colt was first in a field of 29 – the 7/2 favourite, Legend of Dubai, was 20th.

Sandrine runs for Andrew Balding in the 4.20 Coronation Stakes this afternoon.

Priced at 9/1, she might attract some interest with punters – she won the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot last year, and has won twice since.

Tamarama goes for Charlie Hills in 5.00 Sandringham Stakes.

She's won on both of her previous two starts but this is her first time stepping up to Grade 2 – she's priced at 22/1.

Both trainers have entries in the afternoon's final race, the Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes.

Balding's Nymphadora has run respectably in a number of Group 1 races in the last 12 months, and ran well to finish second in a Group 2 at Chester last month.

The No Nay Never sire is a relative outsider at 22/1.

Hills' Love Me Likearock has steadily improved since her debut at Windsor in August last year and has finished second and fourth on two creditable runs at Newmarket so far in 2022.

Royal Ascot comes to an end tomorrow with an exciting seven race card – it's been a week full of sunshine, speed and, most importantly, superb racing.

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