Thursday's sectional times
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Longines Timing System – Royal Ascot day three highlights
Stradivarius calls the tune again for third Gold Cup
The numbers backed up the pictures from Stradivarius’ visually stunning performance to land a third consecutive Gold Cup. Showing his customary acceleration despite the slow ground, Stradivarius closed out the marathon trip in 39.93s across the final three furlongs with a top speed of 35.3mph in the final furlong. By contrast, the next best Nayef Road was 42.50s through the last three furlongs hitting the line at 30.8mph.
Straight lines help Molatham
Molatham, part of a treble on the card for Roger Varian, was another horse to show the benefits of running in a straight line as he got the better of Monarch Of Egypt in the Jersey Stakes. Aidan O’Brien’s runner looked to have claimed the race late but hung to the far side and covered 1413.1m in total while the winner travelled just 1410.9m which was a crucial difference.
Khaloosy a class above
Khaloosy put in a smooth performance to turn the normally competitive Britannia Stakes into a procession as he clocked some impressive closing sectionals. His final four furlongs were all faster than anything else in the field and the final three furlong time of 37.89s was over a second quicker than any other horse.