There's simply no stopping Ryan "the greatest" Moore as he equalled the modern-day record of eight wins during Royal Ascot held by Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery when producing War Envoy late to nab Udododontu who had burst clear with what looked a winning run.
After 17 races of the 2015 royal meeting, Moore had won eight of them to reach the mark set by Piggott in 1965 and 1975 and Eddery in 1989.
"Ryan was superb, he's a marvellous jockey, the greatest I've ever seen", said winning trainer Aidan O'Brien.
Moore remains some way behind Fred Archer's all-time record of 23 wins, which he achieved at Royal Ascot in 1878.
On that occasion, he rode five in one day and six in succession.
For most of the Britannia a win for War Envoy looked unlikely, especially when Jason Hart drove Udododontu to the front inside the final furlong.
It had all the hallmarks of a race-winning manoeuvre. Yet, as Hart gave it everything he had, Moore was enjoying a surge from War Envoy and he got up to land odds of 10-1, with Udododontu second at 14-1 from Sacrificial (28-1) and Carry On Deryck (33-1) in a field of 28.
War Envoy became a fourth winner of the meeting for O'Brien and yet another for the Coolmore team who were celebrating earlier in the day after Waterloo Bridge won the Norfolk Stakes and Curvy captured the Ribblesdale Stakes.
O'Brien added: "What can I say, Ryan is a marvellous jockey. A total professional and an absolute gentleman to work with."
The Ascot stewards looked into the apparent improvement in form of War Envoy, compared to its run at Chantilly on May 31, when he was last of 14 beaten 52,5 lengths.
They noted O'Brien's explanation that the colt was suited by a drop in trip and faster ground. He further added that War Envoy was suited to the fast pace by being produced late; the reapplication of a tongue strap also assisted.
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