LORD GLITTERS bagged North Yorkshire trainer David O'Meara a stunning winner in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot yesterday.

Second to Accidental Agent in the straight-mile contest in 2018, the son of Whipper went one better in the Group 1 contest this time around, in the opening race of the world-famous festival.

The 14-1 shot produced a game performance under stable jockey Danny Tudhope to defeat the Andrew Balding-trained Beat The Bank (20-1) and win the £600,000 event by a neck in a cracking opening to the world-famous festival in Berkshire.

The favourite, Newmarket-based Charlie Appleby's Barney Roy, finished eighth at 5-1 in the first race of the day.

Tudhope went on to complete an opening-day double aboard Addeybb in the closing race, the Wolferton Stakes.

Upper Helmsley-based O'Meara, registering his fourth and biggest winner at Royal Ascot, said: "Lord Glitters always run well here as he loves the track.

"He is not that easy a horse, he can be quite strong and keen. That's what happened in the Lockinge, when he over-raced with no cover. Today, as soon as jumped, Danny got him across and got cover. From there on, it all looked like it went pretty well."

"I thought Danny gave him a lovely ride this afternoon and it was brilliant from the word go.

"Watching the race, it was one of the easiest Royal Ascot runners we've had to watch as he never looked in trouble.

"My assistant Jason Kelly bought this horse and he deserves a mention too.

"We will follow a pretty similar path with him to last year and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood is probably next up.

"It's super for the yard, not just me. I am just a small cog in what I do - I haven't even ridden out for the last six or seven weeks. The lads have done a great job and it has all come together nicely today."

Immediately after the race, rider Tudhope added of the six-year-old grey gelding, who came second-last at Newbury a month ago: "Forget about his last race. We know he's better than that.

"He came second here last year and he deserves a big one like this.

"He's a super horse on his day.

"He got a good lovely split and and the race panned out absolutely perfectly for him."

In the other big race of the day, the St James's Palace Stakes, Circus Maximus came home at 10-1 for Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien to net the £300,000 jackpot.

He led over a furlong out, holding off two John Gosden offerings in King Of Comedy and 2-1 favourite Too Darn Hot.

In the final race of the day, Adeybb ridden by Ryedale-based Scotsman Tudhope went clear in the final furlong, with the Mark Johnston-trained Elarqam - who had seemed to be in contention - finishing third behind Magic Wand in a tight finish for second, third and fourth.