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Dreamfield, who was sent off the 2/1 favourite for the race, looked to be justifying his heavy support when picking up the lead inside the final furlong, but he was closed down by 50/1 outsider Bacchus, who got up in the final strides to cause an upset under Jim Crowley.
The win was Meehan's first at the meeting in six years, and the trainer is already mapping out plans for the remainder of the season. He said: "I said to the boys that we'd head straight to the Wokingham with him. We were talking about races like this and the Ayr Gold Cup as he's tailor made for the job.
"He's handicapped right at the moment but we will see what the handicapper does after this.
"He's just a lovely horse who ran some lovely races last year and I'm just delighted with him today.
"The owners have supported me so well, so to have a Royal Ascot winner for them is just off the charts. It's just wonderful."
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Winning jockey Jim Crowley, who was recording his second victory of the meeting having partnered Eqtidaar to success in the Commonwealth Cup on Friday, was delighted with the result. He said: It's been a great week and it just got better.
"Fair play to Brian Meehan, as Bacchus has been off the track for 260 days.
"To come back and win the Wokingham is some training performance - he is a top horse.
"The race panned out perfectly. Brian said to me that Bacchus didn't want to be in front too soon.
"When I saw Dreamfield carry me along like that, I rode him to beat Dreamfield then and it worked out great."
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