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Caribbean Monarch made it third time lucky today to keep up a fantastic start to Royal Ascot for Sir Michael Stoute and Kieren Fallon.

The 11-2 shot atoned for his failures when favourite for the Victoria Cup at Ascot and a Listed handicap at York with a narrow victory in the Royal Hunt Cup.

His neck success from John Ferneley in the 32-runner cavalry charge gave Stoute and Fallon a table-topping third winner apiece at this year's Royal meeting.

But Stoute, saddling his first winner of the £120,000 one-mile handicap, admitted: 'The Victoria Cup was the plan - when that didn't work we just kept trying!

'Big handicaps are difficult to win and Caribbean Monarch isn't easy to ride as if you go too early he pulls up - Kieren thought for a minute today he had gone too soon.

'I am thrilled to win this as his breeder Winfield Scott, who died last year, was my very first owner when I started training.'

Runner-up John Ferneley, running for the first time since his win in the Lincoln at Doncaster in March, will bid to get back on the winning trail in the William Hill Mile at Goodwood.

His jockey Kevin Darley had earlier completed a 31{ double on Romantic Myth and Observatory to move temporarily alongside Fallon at the top of the London Clubs Charity Trophy table with two winners.

Romantic Myth rewarded the hard work of Tim Easterby to give her trainer victory in the Queen Mary Stakes, albeit two years late.

Her handler produced the unbeaten filly in prime condition despite a fitness scare after her win at Chester last month.

And Darley did not have to get at all serious in the saddle on board the 4-1 favourite who coasted to a two-and-a-half-length victory over Al Ihsas.

'Pipalong was very good as a two-year-old and when she got beat in this race two years ago I couldn't believe it,' recalled Easterby, whose only previous Royal Ascot win came with Flanders in the 1998 Windsor Castle Stakes.

'Romantic Myth is absolutely brilliant but it has been a bit of a battle - I thought I wouldn't get her here.

'But she is just so good and so natural that she doesn't take a lot of work. When you get a good horse you know straight away as they are so natural.

'She is very, very good and she has got a lot of size and scope - she won't just be a flying two-year-old who won't train on. She is a star.'

Darley, whose only Royal Ascot win prior to today came on Emerging Market in the 1996 Wokingham, added: 'Romantic Myth is an exceptional filly.

'The big plus is her temperament - she is so laid back in everything she does and she's so willing.

'She is a pleasure to ride. She's won without me having to raise the whip and she is still improving.'

Darley had earlier teamed up with Al Ihsas's trainer John Gosden to lift the Jersey Stakes with Observatory (11-2).

The winner saw off a back-to-form Umistim by a length and a half.

And Gosden, who won the seven-furlong race with Satin Flower nine years ago, said: 'He is a still a bit immature mentally but he is going the right way and he might well go up in trip to a mile quite soon. I think that would suit him.'