THERE were plenty of thrills and spills on day two of Royal Ascot.

And our photographer, Sue Orpwood, was trackside to capture the very best moments on a sweltering day at the Berkshire venue.

2/1 favourite Le Brivido captured the opening race, the G3 Jersey Stakes, by a neck from 66/1 shot Spirit Of Valor.

The three-year-old Siyouni colt was a ninth Royal Ascot winner for trainer Andre Fabre, a first for jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot - and a first French success of the week.

"He looked beaten with a furlong to go and showed his class and courage to come back and beat the other horse," said Fabre, who has been France's champion trainer on multiple occasions.

A classic example of racehorse syndication at its best was epitomised by the victory of Heartache for West Berks trainer Clive Cox in the G2 Queen Mary Stakes over five furlongs.

The two-year-old Kyllachy filly, who was ridden by Adam Kirby, is owned and was bred by the Harper family at their Whitsbury Manor Stud in Hampshire, but leased to The Hot To Trot Syndicate, which was set up by Sam Hoskins and Luke Lillingston.

The current roster involves seven horses, all two-year-olds, and with 75 members who all paid a one-off fee of £2,000 to gain shares in the septet.

Heartache, 5/1, beat the 10/11 favourite Happy Like A Fool from Wesley Ward's stable by two and a half lengths, with Out Of The Flames, 14/1, half a length back in third.

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The Clive Cox-trained Heartache hits the front at Royal Ascot.

Cox said: "She's very special - she did it very well at Bath [on her racing debut], and I couldn't believe the time of that race. She's no different from the rest of mine in that she has improved for a bit of racing and she's lovely to deal with."

The Jean Claude-Rouget-trained Qemah (5/2 favourite) registered consecutive victories at Royal Ascot with a game success in the G2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

Winner of the G1 Coronation Stakes at last year's Royal Meeting, the four-year-old daughter of Danehill Dancer travelled beautifully throughout the mile event and quickened up nicely under Gregory Benoist to register a three-quarter length success from 40/1 shot, Aljazzi, trained by Marco Botti, in second.

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Qemah takes the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

Globetrotting superstar Highland Reel (9/4) stamped his class on the G1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes with a game performance to provide Ballydoyle handler Aidan O'Brien with his 56th victory at the Royal Meeting and his first success of the week at the Berkshire venue.

Highland Reel took his career earnings to £5.97 million with the win, whilst for the master of Ballydoyle, this victory is deemed to be his 300th Group or Grade success on the flat and jumps.

O'Brien beamed: "He is an incredible horse. Pace, courage, tactical speed, he has everything."

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Highland Reel passes the post en route to victory.

Seventeen years after training her first Royal Ascot winner, Amanda Perrett came up with her second thanks to Zhui Feng in the Royal Hunt Cup.

Owned by John Connolly and Odile Griffith, and ridden by Martin Harley, Zhui Feng (25/1) and most of the field came up the stands' side before he clinched victory by half a length from Godolphin's Blair House (16/1). In third, beaten a further neck, was Tashweeq (66/1), while Ballet Concerto (20/1) took fourth.

Jamie Spencer and Wesley Ward teamed up with Con Te Partiro, to take the closing race, the Listed Sandringham Handicap, from Ryan Moore and Rain Goddess, who were a length-and-a-quarter second.