As the National Hunt Racing season draws towards its conclusion attention turns towards the exhilarating flat racing season, which promises to provide plenty of memories in 2016. Royal Ascot will again be the biggest meeting of the flat season in Britain, with the best horses from around the globe descending upon Ascot Racecourse.
We have rounded up the big news from the last seven days, keeping you up-to-date with all the latest headlines ahead of the 2016 Royal Meeting at Ascot.
Royal Ascot on the horizon for French star New Bay
Prix Du Jockey Club winner New Bay could have his first ever run outside of France, with the Prince of Wales’s Stakes one of the targets for Andre Fabre’s exciting four-year-old.
The Group One victory at Chantilly was the highlight of his three-year-old campaign as he beat Highland Reel by a-length-and-a-half. He finished off his season with an excellent run in the Arc when third to Golden Horn.
Now the Khalid Abdullah owned star could be unleashed at Royal Ascot, with Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Khalid Abdullah saying: “He would have the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot as an option if we wanted to go down that route, while I would think that the Arc will be the main goal again.”
It will certainly be a thrilling sight to see the famous Frankel colours in full-flight once again at Ascot Racecourse.
The Grey Gatsby looking to go one better at Royal Ascot in 2016
The Grey Gatsby was one of the unluckiest horses at Royal Ascot in 2015, when beaten in the final strides in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, but trainer Kevin Ryan has confirmed his stable star will be looking to go one better in 2016.
The five-year-old met trouble in running all the way up the famous Ascot straight, but rallied towards the line only to be defeated by a short-head behind Free Eagle.
The former French Derby winner also holds an entry in the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes saying: “He will have two options at Ascot, the Hardwicke and the mile and quarter race (Prince of Wales’s).
“This will be his last year. He is in good form and we are looking to start him in Ireland. He didn’t go to Dubai this year, but from Ascot onwards there is a Group One every month for him.
“I would love to take him to the Breeders’ Cup at the end of the year, all being well.”
Royal Ascot trip in store for The Quarterback
Australian sprinter The Quarterback is on course to make the trip to Royal Ascot despite suffering defeat in his latest run.
The five-year-old was a surprise winner of the Group One Lexus Newmarket Handicap at Flemington. He attempted to follow his maiden victory with in the Mitchelton Wines William Reid Stakes, but could only finish fifth.
The Quarterback is trained by Robbie Griffiths and he said, “We’re really hoping he holds his form together and we’d love to take him to Royal Ascot for the King’s Stand.
“Once we get all the figures of what it’s going to cost then we’ll weigh it all up, but I think it’s one of those ventures where you don’t look at the cost factor. Just the prestige of having a runner at Royal Ascot is very exciting.”
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