The prestigious five-day Royal Ascot meeting always produces plenty of feelgood stories and this year’s edition did not disappoint in that respect.

Many pundits felt Andrew Balding was the trainer to follow at the royal meeting after he recorded a career-high four winners last time around.

In an interview with horse racing betting site Betway before the event, the 49-year-old pinpointed several horses he thought would be competitive this year.

Unfortunately for punters Balding neglected to mention Coltrane, who ran out an impressive winner of the Ascot Stakes on the opening day.

With apprentice jockey Callum Hutchinson in the saddle, Coltrane followed up his neck second in last month’s Chester Cup to get Balding on the scoreboard for the week.

The five-pound claimer put many of his professional jockey rivals in the shade to guide Coltrane to a famous victory ahead of the well fancied Bring On The Night.

Hutchinson could not hide his delight after the race as he continued his excellent run of form for the Balding stable.

“I can’t put it into words – a big thank you to the boss and to the Mariscottis (Coltrane’s owners) for giving me such a great opportunity,” he told Racing TV.

“The boss has been a great supporter this year and I’ve ridden six winners from 17 rides for him. He’s been great to me, and I’ve been kicking on throughout the year. Hopefully this winner will give me a real kick and the season will keep on progressing.

“This horse is a big yard legend and I’ve ridden him a fair bit at home. People come in and out and he’s the one they get to sit on – he’s just a brilliant horse to have.

“My mum and my nan are here, so they’ll be delighted to see that. Obviously, my dad was a jump jockey and rode multiple Grade One winners, so that was something I wanted to do, although he never rode at Royal Ascot.”

Bookmakers were suitably impressed with Coltrane’s performance, installing the horse as the joint favourite for the upcoming Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

Hutchinson would be in pole position to keep the ride if he takes his chance in the race, although Balding may decide to wait for the Ebor Handicap at York.

His Valley Forge is also well fancied for the Northumberland Plate and Balding may opt to use Hutchinson’s claim to boost his chances.

Valley Forge enhanced his big-race credentials with a last-gasp win over Golden Flame over two miles at Haydock on his most recent run and could shine at Newcastle.

Four-year-olds have won the race on six occasions during the 21st century, and Valley Forge could be thrown in off just 8st 9lb.

With top weight Trueshan set to carry a whopping 10st 8lb in the £150,000 handicap, taking off another five pounds through Hutchinson’s claim makes plenty of sense.

Having lit up Royal Ascot with his win aboard Coltrane, it would be no surprise to see Hutchinson repeat the trick this weekend.