With the calibre of runners at Royal Ascot increasing each year, racegoers can anticipate some of the biggest names in horse racing to attend this prestigious five day event. Indeed, with a total of eight Group One races throughout the five days, the Royal Meeting demands excellence! And so, excellent horses travel from far and wide every year to contest on the renowned Ascot Racecourse track.
The increase of international participation at Royal Ascot has allowed the meeting to gain added levels of admiration globally. With horses from Australia, America and even Japan contesting right here in England.
As the excitement for Royal Ascot continues to build, we’ve put together our pick of the top five international horses we’d love to see run at Royal Ascot in 2019!
Newspaperofrecord in the Coronation Stakes
Newspaperofrecord is an Irish-bred and American-trained thoroughbred racehorse. The three year old filly has an amazing record to date and despite having run in only eight races, she remains unbeaten.
Newspaperofrecord produced a notable performance at the Breeders’ Cup in 2018, going on to win the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Many claim she would’ve had a significant chance of also attaining victory in the the 1,000 Guineas if given the change to run.
Following her immense success at Churchill Downs, a trip to Royal Ascot in summer looks like a strong possibility for the rising star. The Coronation Stakes, Royal Ascot’s Group One flat race that is open to three-year-old fillies, seems like the perfect entry for Newspaperofrecord.
Almond Eye in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes
Almond Eye is a Japanese thoroughbred racehorse. In 2018 she went on to win the Oka Sho, Yushun Himba and Shuka Sho, completing the Japanese Fillies’ Triple Crown. This is considered as one of the greatest accomplishments in Thoroughbred racing for three year old horses. In November 2018, she ended an unbeaten season with a record-breaking win of the the Japan Cup. An outstanding victory for an outstanding runner.
According to reports, she is set to target The Dubai Turf and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Nonetheless, running in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes would be a fantastic opportunity for the horse, another Group One flat race open to horses aged four and older.
Beauty Generation in the Queen Anne Stakes
Beauty Generation is a six year old gelding bred in New Zealand. Throughout his racing career, the horse has acquired a total of thirty three wins. It seems as though owner Patrick Kwok and his team have are determined to make Beauty Generation one of the highest-earning horses in Hong Kong history.
Although the Yasuda Kinen in Japan is reportedly the most prominent overseas target for the six-year-old, the thought of such a superstar lining up for the very first race of the Royal Meeting is an exciting prospect.
The Mackem Bullet in the Commonwealth Cup
The Mackem Bullet is an Irish-bred three year old filly. Recently the horse was transferred from training under Brian Ellison to the hands of Wesley Ward – a firm Royal Ascot lover. As a trainer, his exploits at the meeting are well known, and he’s brought over an increasing number of older and more experienced horses to supplement his agile younger horses.
The Mackem Bullet ended 2018 exceptionally with a wide margin win at Turfway Park at the end of December. This victory followed her superb win at Carlisle in June, making an impressive juvenile season for the filly!
The Commonwealth Cup would be a suitable entry for the horse, open to three-year-olds. The race is the only Group One flat race in Great Britain exclusively for three-year-olds that also allows geldings to compete.
The Autumn Sun in the Diamond Jubilee or Queen Anne
The Autumn Sun is a thoroughbred racehorse trained and bred in Australia. To date, he has won a total of three Group One races and a further Group One victory could be on the cards if he heads to Royal Ascot in the summer.
After making an eye catching and victorious debut at Royal Randwick in April 2018, the leading horse then went on to win his second race at Randwick just a few months later. Many praised the horse claiming ‘the further the race went the more decisive and dominant he became.’
It’s reported that trainer Chris Waller acknowledges that a trip to Ascot would be seriously discussed with the horse’s owners, with the largest issue merely being which specific race he enters.
Royal Ascot’s Previous International Runners
The prospect of seeing these runners at Royal Ascot 2019 is a thrilling one considering how international horses have fared in recent years. In 2017, a record number of fourteen US horses contested on the tuft at Ascot. Australian runners have also proved victorious, with Choisir and Black Caviar paving the way for many more Australian horses.
American thoroughbred Lady Aurelia won the Group 2 Queen Mary stakes in 2016 and followed that up with a remarkable victory in the 2017 Kings Stand Stakes. Nonetheless, her 2016 Queen Mary victory remains one of the most exceptional performances in recent Royal Ascot history.
In 2018’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes, international horse dominated the track at Ascot Racecourse. Australia’s Merchant Navy went on to win the race with France’s City Light coming in second, and America’s Bound For Nowhere coming in third.
With a total of eighty five international runners at last years Royal Ascot, racegoers can certainly look forward to an increased number of the world’s greatest race horses competing at the Royal Meeting. Thus, 2019 is sure to be another record breaking year for international talent.
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