TWE RIDE OF THE WEEK is back for its fourth week and with Royal Ascot hosting a super week of racing it was very difficult to decide who was worthy of being granted the ride of the week.
The Tuesday and the first day of the Royal meeting threw out some superb horsemanship by jockeys, with some perfectly timed runs to see some horses fly home late in the day and take the spoils.
One of these was Arizona for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore and they are very unlucky to miss out with this horse as it was one of the rides of the day.
Another one on the shortlist was back to back Gold Cup winner Stradivarius for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. This five year old managed to do what only a handful of horses have done by landing the Group in consecutive years.
But the ride he received from Frankie was patient and timed to perfection having been boxed in by two horses, but the Italian waited for his gap and used the stayers pace to land the contest.
However, we could be here all day summarising runs that were brilliant and equally deserving of being this weeks winner of ride of the week but after looking at all of the evidence we have finally decided.
The winner of TWE Ride Of The Week for week four goes to Ryan Moore and Japan in the Group 2 King Edwards VII Stakes.
On the penultimate day of the meeting Japan, who was bought for 1.3 million Guineas, was one of the stronger favourites on the day after heading into this race finishing third last time out in the Epsom Derby.
The three year old was a very expensive recruit for the Ballydoyle yard being a son of Galileo but has now started to show why.
In the Group 2 and second contest of the day at Royal Ascot on Friday the colt went on the outside of the field and showed electric pace to dominate the contest and show how special a horse he is becoming.
This run has now set the standard of what he needs to produce in the future with the only route this horse should take form now on is being in Group 1 company.
This topped a superb week for Aidan O'Brien who landed five winners over the festival and picking up his 10th trainers championship. He was also the only Irish trainer to win a race at the meeting and this is the first time t has happened since 2009.
Japan this week is a worthy winner of the prize under a superb ride by Ryan Moore, who has had his critics this year but at Royal Ascot was superb.
The future is very bright for this expensive colt.
Credit - At The Races