It's a certainly been a good week for France at Royal Ascot at York and it continued when Westerner landed the Gold Cup for trainer Elie Lellouche and jockey Oliver Peslier.

Thrsix-year-old travelled powerfully up the straight and was produced to perfection by a confident Olivier Peslier to beat
Distinction by a neck.

Dermot Weld's Vinnie Roe was a brave third, having just found the trip a bit too far, while the Aidan O'Brien runner Wolf Tone finished fourth under Kieren Fallon.

Johnny Murtagh struck for home on Distinction with three furlongs to run, but Peslier never panicked and made smooth progress to join issue two from home.

He looked to hold all the aces and so it proved as Westerner picked up sweetly to win a shade easier than the winning margin would suggest.

Vinnie Roe was a further five lengths away as the winner became the first to take the big prize across the Channel since Sagaro completed a hat-trick of victories in 1977.

Peslier added afterwards: "I did not plan to be too far back, but in the middle, and to stay inside. When I got my position I knew not to move.

"I waited a minute. He has a good turn of foot, but the second was doing well, too, and we had a fight with him."

Speaking through an interpreter, Elie Lellouche said: "The horse was always going very easily and in the end it was easier than the winning distance showed."

Vinnie Roe's rider Pat Smullen said:  He was travelling beautifully
throughout the race and when Johnny Murtagh sent his horse for home I was quite happy, because I was getting a good lead off him.

But to be totally honest I thought he just ran out of stamina towards the line. The winner quickened up like an exceptionally good horse.

"It will be a long time before I ride as good a stayer. This is his last year and he will be sadly missed by me when he goes.

"He's got me around the world and won five Group Ones for me -and they were all Classics. He's been a tremendously good horse.

"I'd have loved him to win this race and be a Gold Cup winner, but it wasn't to be.

Trainer Dermot Weld added: "His ideal trip is a mile and six (furlongs), that's why he has won five St Legers. It was worth a go, but Pat said he knew the horse was dying in his hands in the final four furlongs.

Kieren Fallon said of fourth home Wolf Tone: "He was staying on again at the finish and he got the trip all right. At least now we know where we are going with him."