Royal Ascot punters in hysterics at horse names including Fully Wet

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Royal Ascot punters were left in hysterics on Friday after a number of X-rated horse names were included in the Albany Stakes field – the opening race on day four. Those dolled up for the Friday meet were treated to soaring temperatures whilst enjoying themselves at the famous track.

And one thing that caught the eye of many were the peculiar horse names included in the opening race of the day. Fully Wet was the first that raised eyebrows, as well as Lady Bullet and Beautiful Eyes.

Arguably the most apt name of the race was Jim Crowley’s She’s Hot, as the Ascot crowd watched in heat that reached 31C.

A number of racing fans were quick to point out the interesting field on social media, with @_iHateFeds tweeting: “That Albany line up has a lot of dubious names.” Meanwhile one other fan – @Toonsta69 – added: “Lady Bullet and Fully Wet both running in the 14:30 at Ascot today… Wish I was the commentator!!”

Away from the big debate surrounding names, there was of course still a race to be run, as Ryan Moore continued his good form for the week with an impressive victory on Meditate. The comically supported Fully Wet struggled, and finished near the back of the pack with veteran rider Frankie Dettori on board.

What was your favourite name from the Albany Stakes line-up? Let us know in the comments section.

The under-par performance continued the difficult work for Dettori, who endured a tough day on Thursday after guiding fan favourite Stradivarius to a underwhelming third place finish in the Gold Cup, before disappointing on the well-backed market leader Reach For The Moon in the Hampton Court Stakes.

Just two hours after his struggles on Fully Wet though, the Italian veteran finally had a win to his name thanks to an expert ride on 15-8 favourite Inspiral in the marquee race of the day, the Coronation Stakes. In Typical Dettori fashion, he put his recent struggles behind him to land a comfortable victory by four and ¾ lengths ahead of Spendarella ridden by William Buick.

After his victory he told ITV Sport: “She fell out of the stalls and I thought 'here we go again. I just took a chance and got the splits but you need the horse to do that and she took off to the point where I was able to enjoy the last 50 yards. She's put some good fillies to bed in great style. Very exciting."

Discussing his turn in fortunes, Dettori added: “I woke up this morning and took a bit of a while to warm up. Then I buried my head into today's races and I thought 'well I've still got a couple of chances and not all is lost yet. It is hard to do but you have to think out of the box, pull yourself together and concentrate'."

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