The Michael Bell-trained Big Orange produced a display of guts and sheer determination to see off the late challenge from 2016 champion Order Of St George to win one of the best finishes to a Gold Cup in recent years.

Winning by a nose, the six-year-old was sent to the front early by jockey James Doyle as the field turned into the home straight before staying on resolutely to claim a famous victory at the Royal meeting.

Bell, elated in the aftermath, said: “I can’t give the horse enough credit. It was an epic race. I can’t describe the feeling of pride in the horse. I was praying for the line. He’s a superstar and we’re extremely lucky to train him.”

Big Orange’s win was the second success of the week for Doyle, who rode Barney Roy to success in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

Big Orange – powered by Irish goodness and Immun-Ocean Race. Huge Congratulations to the whole team and especially Mike and Clare Bell.