By James Toney at Ascot
Sir Michael Stoute knows how to write the perfect Royal Ascot script, delivering storied tales at this place for four decades and counting.
Sprinter Dream of Dreams lost the Diamond Jubilee Stakes by a head in 2019 and 2020 but this year got his moment, as jockey Ryan Moore held off Holly Doyle on Glen Shiel in a pulsating finish.
Moore is a man of few words but you only had to read his face to see the relief.
The story of this week has been the fifty something jockeys, Frankie Dettori, Kevin Manning and Joe Fanning, all proving that age hasn't wearied them.
#RoyalAscot's most successful current trainer Sir Michael Stoute wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes with Dream Of Dreams!
Only the second seven-year-old to win the race in 50 years earns a place at November's @BreedersCup. pic.twitter.com/tPmP0h6EYF
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) June 19, 2021
Jim Bolger, six months from his 80th birthday, added another group one to his training resume and Stoute, the most successful handler in Royal Ascot history, finally got in on the act on Saturday.
At Ascot this year, old guys rule.
It's been two years since Stoute's last winner here and this was success number 82, 41 years after his first triumph, a career of unrivalled longevity.
"It's never been easy winning these group ones but it's probably a little harder now," said Stoute, 75.
"Training has become tougher, experience often gets beaten by these young pups.
"He's a top class sprinter and the previously two years he's just needed another stride to win. I'm just so happy we've done it today.
"I was pretty hopeful from two furlongs out because he finishes his races so well.
"It was very frustrating to see him keep being beaten so nearly, so I'm just delighted. He's a good racehorse and he's relaxed and got better the older and more mature he's become.
"The team have done a great job with him. He's not run too many below par races in his career, he probably should have a lot more group one wins."