Royal Ascot is an unrivalled event. The five days alone attracts well over 300,000 racegoers who enjoy everything this splendid meeting has to offer. From a multitude of Group One races to the statement fashion choices displayed and luxurious hospitality options – Royal Ascot has much to adore.
As the excitement for Royal Ascot 2020 continues to build, we’ve put together five of the most iconic horses to run in Royal Ascot history. Perfect for fuelling your desire for next year’s event!
A History of Great Runners at Royal Ascot
Brown Jack (1924–1948)
A horse of many talents – Brown Jack was a thoroughbred racehorse that raced both on hurdles and on flat. He specialised in longer races and throughout his career won in many prominent races including: Cheltenham’s Champion Hurdle and the Queen Alexandra Stakes.
During the years of 1929 and 1934, Brown Jack achieved a victory which is highly unlikely to be repeated again. The runner won the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot for six years in a row – an achievement like no other!
The fact that Brown Jack started his career as hurdler is a unique trait. As a four-year-old, he attained glory at Cheltenham Festival before he switched to flat racing in the same year. Demonstrating his talent in different forms.
Brown Jack also won the Ascot Stakes title in 1928, his trainer Ivor Antony saw him win a further ten titles over the next six years.
In honour of the prolific winner, Ascot holds a spectacular bronze statue of the horse.
Attraction (foaled 2001)
Attraction will be remembered as a Royal Ascot icon following her run in the 2003 edition fo the G2 Queen Mary Stakes. At just two-years-old, the unstylish pedigree, having been born with two crooked legs took the Royal Ascot race by storm.
Unbeaten in seven races, the Mark Johnston-trained horse returned a year later to record an eighth consecutive win in the Grade 1 Coronation Stakes. Despite having abnormal legs, the mare had great success and Johnston is regarded as a phenomenal trainer.
After winning on her racing debut she went on to win four more successive races before going lame for a year. She was the first filly to win both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and during her career, won 10 of her 15 races – a truly remarkable horse.
Yeats (foaled 2001)
Another phenomenal racer – Yeats is an Irish thoroughbred racehorse who has seven Group One victories to his name. He is also the only horse to win Ascot’s Gold Cup four times successively.
Yeats’ four successive Gold Cup triumphs during 2006 and 2009 ensures he goes down in history as one of the greatest horses ever to grace the Royal Ascot turf. Much to the glory of trainer Aiden O’Brien.
His wins in the Coronation and Goodwood Cups helped in setting a great platform for his future successes.
The runner’s dominant displays in the Gold Cup earned him the honour of European Champion Stayer four years in a row.
Shortly after his retirement, Royal Ascot paid tribute to the four-time champion. In 2011, a statue within the Parade Ring was established, forever commemorating Yeats’ extraordinary accomplishments.
Black Caviar (foaled 2006)
The international superstar that is Black Caviar. The Australian thoroughbred racehorse was undefeated in twenty-five races, including fifteen Group One victories.
In 2012, Australia’s most celebrated horse ran the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, establishing a commanding lead to triumph in the final furlong.
Black Caviar retired as one of the most famous horses around the world. With the privilege of ending her career with a flawless record of twenty five consecutive victories. Nonetheless, her stunning performances at Royal Ascot shines brightest.
Frankel (foaled 2008)
The best horse ever seen. Frankel is British Thoroughbred racehorse who managed to remain unbeaten in his fourteen-race career and was the highest-rated racehorse in the world from May 2011.
His trainer, the late and great Sir Henry Cecil described him as “the best horse I have ever seen” – a grand title to bear, to say the least.
Frankel’s 2011 performance in the 2011 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes certainly contributed to establishing his formidable reputation as one of the greatest.
His commanding display in the 2000 Guineas was one that cemented his legacy. The other competitors knew they were in the presence of significant greatness as Tom Queally drove his mount clear of all his Royal Ascot pursuers with incredible ease.
After the Queen Anne Stakes on Champions Day, Frankel was awarded a rating of 147 – the highest rating to ever be bestowed on a racer. Undoubtedly cementing his name as one of the greatest of all time.
Estimate (foaled 2009)
The Irish-bred horse Estimate is a thoroughbred racehorse who has won many major titles. A notable victory was the Queen’s Vase that she won at Royal Ascot when she was a three-year-old. The runner continued to attain success, winning the Sagaro Stakes and the Gold Cup.
The superstar filly is owned by Queen Elizabeth II and trained by Sir Michael Stoute.
Indeed, the Royal family have always been closely allied with Royal Ascot and a victory for a horse, such as Estimate, bearing The Queen’s colours is celebrated and cherished more than any other winner.
In 2012, Sir Michael Stoute trained Estimate who carried the Queen’s silks into the Royal Ascot winners’ enclosure, after taking the Queen’s Vase title with Ryan Moore.
The next year, the four-year-old filly entered into grade one racing for the first time when she ran in the Ascot Gold Cup. Ryan Moore timed his late charge to complete perfection and Estimate was able to make history and claim Gold Cup glory for the Royal Family for the first time.
Who Will Make History at Royal Ascot 2020?
As we pay tribute to these glorious horses, room must be made for the next generation of Royal Ascot iconic runners.
With Royal Ascot 2020 speedily coming upon us, it will be interesting to see which horses will make history at one of Britain’s most prized horse racing events. You do not want to miss out!
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