Frankie Dettori: A Royal Ascot Icon

Frankie Dettori is without a doubt one of the most prolific and successful jockeys to ride at Royal Ascot. Throughout his career which spans over thirty years, Dettori has ridden well over five hundred winners and has managed to attain the much coveted Champion Jockey title on three separate occasions. Today, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest jockeys riding, with many of his notable wins occurring at the renowned Ascot Racecourse.

Frankie Dettori’s Road to Success

It all started at the age of thirteen, when a young Dettori left school to pursue a career as an apprentice jockey and stable boy. After spending a year working at this, the young Italian went on to Great Britain which allowed him to apprentice with well known trainer Luca Cumani at Newmarket in 1985. Shortly after this, he became a stable jockey.

As a mere teenager, he quickly established himself as a notable and upcoming jockey. His first win came at the age of 16 in Turin in November 1986, while his first victory in Britain was the next June. In 1990, the young Frankie Dettori became the first teenager since Lester Piggott to ride 100 winners in one season. Dettori was on a sure road to greatness. Indeed, by the end of the 2017 season, he had ridden more than 3,000 winners in Great Britain, over 750 more than the next currently active jockey.

Further success continued to follow, with numerous winners in Group 1 races. To date, he is well known for his distinctive “flying dismounts.”

Dettori’s Magnificent Seven at Ascot

On 28 September 1996 Frankie Dettori achieved the immense success of winning all seven races on a single day at Ascot Racecourse’s British Champions’ Day. This is widely regarded as his most celebrated achievement to date.

Winning all seven races on the card was a near-impossible feat that Frankie managed to attain. This included the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

The collective odds of these wins was 25,051-1, which earned one lucky racegoer an incredible £500,000 when Dettori completed his ‘Magnificent Seven’.

This was certainly a landmark day for British horseracing, and made a hero of Dettori. Though he was already a well-known jockey prior to this, the achievement made him a household name. Below are the prominent and Magnificent Seven.

Wall Street at 2/1 Odds

Frankie Dettori’s first winning horse was called Wall Street, an incredibly fitting name since he single-handedly cost the betting industry more than £30 million. Frankie guided the three-year-old colt home over the mile and a half course to claim his first victory of the afternoon in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes.

At 2/1 odds, this was not the most surprising of Dettori’s winners of the day, but it set him up for a day of victory.

Diffident at 12/1 Odds

Diffident had a history of disappointing results, and it was thought that Frankie Dettori had little chance of victory on the 12/1 shot. Nonetheless, the Diadem Stakes was run fairly slowly, and this went in Diffident’s favour to result in win number two of the day for Frankie.

This was also the standout run of Diffident’s seven career wins.

Mark of Esteem at 100/30 Odds

This intense race came down to a two-way battle between Mark of Esteem and Henry Cecil’s competitive filly Bosra Sham. Dettori asked the horse for maximum effort and went on to claim his third victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. This win rendered him the best in Europe that year.

Decorated Hero at 7/1 Odds

Another rightly named horse allowed Dettori his fourth win in the Tote Festival Handicap. The race had 26 runners, and Decorated Hero carried the top weight of 9st13lb. With this in mind, Dettori’s chances of winning looked slim, however, his luck continued to increase as he pulled off a three-and-a-half length victory.

Fatefully at 7/4 Odds

Although narrow, this was still a great victory for Dettori in the Rosemary Stakes. Rival Ray Cochrane aboard Abeyr recalls the moment saying:

“As we pulled up, the horses were very close. I said, ‘Is anyone else getting a chance today?’”

Lochangel at 5/4 Odds

Triumph on Lochangel in the Blue Seal Stakes continued an astounding run for Dettori as he returned to the winners’ enclosure for the sixth time.

Fujiyama Crest at 2/1 Odds

This race attracted much media attention with the BBC interrupting its traditional Grandstand coverage to broadcast the live action from Ascot. The bookies slashed the odds for Dettori’s final mount, Fujiyama Crest. Initially set off as 12/1 favourite for the Gordon Carter Handicap, the odds were then 2/1. Many didn’t think the horse would win, however, he defeated Northern Fleet to seal Dettori’s place in the history books. A satisfying and magnificent finish.

Dettori’s Notable Ascot Wins

Frankie Dettori’s success story didn’t end there, since 1996 he has and continues to win a number of notable races at Ascot racecourse.

A few of his many wins include the Ascot Gold Cup in 1992, 1993, 1998, 2004, 2012 and 2018. In 2016 he won the British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes and the Champion Stakes twice in a row in 2017 and 2018.

He triumphed in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 1995, and again twenty years later in 2015.

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is another race that granted Dettori five victories in 1995, 1998, 1999, 2004 and the famous victory in 2017 with Enable.

The highly coveted Queen Anne Stakes was won by Dettorri an impressive six times in 1990, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2007. Likewise, the champion jockey took victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes six times in 1990, 1996, 1999, 2007, 2010 and 2017.

What’s Next for Frankie?

In 2018’s Royal Ascot meeting Frankie Dettori once again stole the limelight on the opening day with a commendable three wins for John Gosden. He now stands as Royal Ascot’s third most successful jockey of all time, with only Lester Piggott and the late Pat Eddery above him.

It certainly doesn’t look as though the champion will be retiring anytime soon. The world’s best jockey (2017) noted on his plans to continue racing stating:

“I’ll carry on as long as I can. If I can get five years out of it, great. […] I’m 48. I get to 50 in 23 months’ time. I’m sure I can get to it. Hopefully I can ride his [Cracksman’s] progeny.”

With that said, we are sure Mr Dettori has many more wins to come and only time will tell what Royal Ascot 2019 and beyond have in store for this renowned victor.

 

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Royal Ascot’s Potential International Runners

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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Royal Ascot’s Most Iconic Horses

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 2019 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 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.

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.

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 in 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.

Who Will Make History at Royal Ascot 2019?

As we pay tribute to these glorious horses, room must be made for the next generation of iconic runners.

With Royal Ascot 2019 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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Royal Ascot: Your Guide to Ladies Day

With Royal Ascot just a few weeks away, here is your one stop shop for all you need to know about one of British sport’s most glamorous events.

When is Ascot Ladies Day?

Ladies Day is always on the Thursday of Royal Ascot, which this year falls on the 21st June.

What is Ascot Ladies Day?

Ladies Day is a perennial favourite of racing festivals all across the world, but Royal Ascot takes the tradition to new heights of elegance and glamour. Guests, ladies in particular, are encouraged to come dressed to the nines and enjoy a day of racing in style. The practice is thought to have come from Ascot itself originally, either from Queen Anne herself, who founded the racecourse, or from an anonymous poet, who described the Thursday of the Royal Meeting as ‘when the women, like angels, look sweetly divine.’ in 1823.

Whatever the story, the tradition continues and 2018 look just to be just as glamorous as ever.

Royal Ascot Ladies Day Guests at Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea on the Queen Anne Lawns – Royal Ascot

What is the Ascot dress code?

Although other racing events encourage a refined sense of style, Ascot is renowned for the strictness of its dress code. Woven into the fabric of the event, Regency fashion arbiter Beau Brummel dictated the dress code for men in the 19th Century, and the formal tradition continues to this day.

Royal Enclosure

The most prestigious enclosure at Ascot demands a dress code to match. Women are required to wear dresses of modest lengths with straps of one inch or greater. Jumpsuits and trouser suits are welcome, but must be of a matching colour. Hats or larger headpieces are also a requirement. Men must be in black or grey morning dress, with a top hat.

Queen Anne Enclosure

Named for the events founder, steeped in pedigree and featuring such luxurious facilities as the Royal Ascot Pavilion, this enclosure’s dress code follows in a similar vein. Women are required to wear formal dress, with strapless and off the shoulder dresses not permitted. Rules on head-wear are relaxed however, with guests allowed to express themselves with all manner of hats, headpieces and fascinators. Men must wear a full length suit with a tie at all times.

Windsor Enclosure

A more casual experience, but no less befitting of the style and elegance Ascot is known for, the Windsor Enclosure requires women to wear formal dress, but gives more opportunity for guests to express themselves with different cuts and headwear. Men may also forgo a suit and tie, with a jacket, shirt and long trousers being the only necessities.

Where is Ascot?

Ascot Racecourse is located in beautiful Berkshire, less than an hours drive or train journey from London. Visitors coming from further afield will find it convenient from the M3, M4, M40 & M25 motorways as well as London Heathrow, ensuring you can make the most of your day at this remarkable event.

Eventmasters is delighted to be providing Royal Ascot hospitality. However, if you want to secure your place, there is limited availability remaining at Ladies Day 2018.

The Ascot Pavilion

With a private balcony overlooking the gorgeous Plaza Lawns, the Royal Ascot Pavilion packages provide your esteemed clientele with a delicious three course lunch, complimentary bar and afternoon tea, before sauntering down to the Grandstand and Parade Ring to watch the thrilling action unfold.

Treat yourself, your employees or your important clients to this magnificent sporting and social occasion with our Royal Ascot Pavilion hospitality packages. In this glorious setting, tradition, pageantry and style intertwine to create a truly unforgettable experience.

The Gallery Restaurant

This brand new facility, with a superb second floor suite being introduced above The Lawn Club, provides guests with a fabulous corporate hospitality option, taking the place of the original Sandringham Restaurant. A splendid benefit of this new and delightful location is its situation relative to the racecourse; from its prime viewing position, attendants can enjoy the thrilling racing action like never before. The Royal Procession will also pass directly in front of the facility.

 

Royal Ascot: Your Need to Know Essentials

Ascot Racecourse: home to the some of the season’s finest flat racing fixtures. Races at Ascot are renowned for attracting a cast of thousands every year with the annual showcase, Royal Ascot, triumphing over all.

The prestigious Royal Meeting boasts 8 fascinating Group 1 races, ranging in distance from the 5f King’s Stand Stakes to the 2 and a half mile Gold Cup. Five days of top-class racing at Ascot is the perfect tonic for those looking combine pulsating action with a tremendous social occasion.

Royal Ascot 2018 Dates

Proceedings get underway at the prestigious Royal Meeting on Tuesday 19th June in 2018. The event lasts five days and reaches its climax on Saturday 23rd June. A day to look out for is certainly Ascot Ladies Day, which this year is scheduled for Thursday 21th June.

Royal Ascot Racing Action

Royal Ascot combines a fabulous racing spectacle with unrivalled style and sophistication.

Ascot Dress Code

Synonymous with style, elegance and unrivalled sophistication – values which are upheld by the meeting’s impeccable dress code – Royal Ascot represents one of the world’s most popular social events in the summer calendar. The luxury and finery of this splendid social occasion is unrivalled by most and for good reason. The dress codes for two of the venue’s popular enclosures can be found below:

Royal Enclosure

Gentlemen are required to wear either grey or black morning dress inside the Royal Enclosure, this must include:

  • Waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
  • Black or grey top hat
  • Black shoes

Ladies are required to wear formal daywear when inside the Royal Enclosure and this is defined below:

  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length, falling just above the knee
  • Tops and dresses should have straps of one inch or greater
  • Jackets and pashminas are permitted but must be worn over dresses and tops
  • Trouser suits are allowed but should be of full length and matching colour
  • Hats should be worn
  • A headpiece with a base of 4 inches or greater in diameter is also acceptable

Queen Anne Enclosure

Gentlemen with Queen Anne Enclosure Admission must wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

Ladies with admission to the Grandstand are encouraged to dress for a formal occasion and should adhere to the following:

  • A hat, fascinator or headpiece should be worn at all times
  • Strapless/sheer strap top or dresses are not permitted
  • Trousers must be full length and comply with the above guidelines
  • Midriffs should be covered
  • Shorts are not permitted

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Royal Ascot 2018: An Occasion to Treasure

Ascot Racecourse: home to one of England’s most anticipated occasions of the summer sporting calendar; it is the defining stage upon which elegance and charm flourishes amongst a cast of thousands.

Three hundred years in the making, Royal Ascot is certainly an occasion to be cherished – the pageantry and the majesty; the passionate roar of the expectant crowd; the colour and sartorial elegance, the phenomenal feast and the astonishing glory makes this remarkable event like nothing else in the world.

The luxury and finery of this splendid social occasion is matched only by the delightful confines of the racecourse’s signature hospitality facilities, for which we will be officially supplying in 2018.

These will include Private Boxes within the main Grandstand, exclusive options for the Royal Enclosure and fine dining restaurants from the area immediately to the right of the Grandstand. Themed and party-style packages will also be available in the Village, which is located in the centre of the Racecourse.

Supplementing the racecourse’s superb collection this year are notable additions, The Gallery and Furlong Club.

Situated in a second-floor suite above the Lawn Club, The Gallery combines a prime viewing position with an exquisite Prosecco Jeio reception, three-course luncheon, complimentary bar and more. What better way to impress your esteemed guests?

The Furlong Club is equally alluring. With splendid panoramic views of the racing action, it is the idyllic setting for any avid racegoer. The facility offers guests a wonderfully private and spacious environment close to the Bandstand and Parade Ring, and includes an impeccable table service which is on offer throughout the day.

The Furlong Club at Royal Ascot

The Furlong Club provides racegoers with some of the finest track views on offer.

The Village, a long-established client favourite, will also be introducing its own exciting array of changes. In 2018 it will pioneer ‘Around the World in 80 Days Tea’, an immersive new party-theme to rival the immensely successful Mad Hatters Tea Service.

Beautiful table decorations and settings welcome diners to their places as they sit down to enjoy afternoon tea flavours served from giant wicker hot air balloon baskets. Dancers and performers join the party, performing traditional Indian dance in beautiful colourful costumes. An experience set to stay long in the minds of the Village Restaurant customers.

2018 will also mark the 3rd anniversary of the immensely popular Villiers Club. Acting as one of the venue’s leading social spots, the plush facility offers guests not only a wonderful and informal atmosphere to savour, but also a delightful tapas-style lunch and evening BBQ. To add to the splendid occasion, live music will also feature after the last race until 9 pm.

The Villiers Club at Royal Ascot

The splendid Villiers Club celebrates its 3rd year at Ascot in 2018.

It is also worth noting that the Sandringham Restaurant will be excluded from proceedings this year. Standing in its place is the equally enticing Balmoral Restaurant. Situated adjacent to the Royal Enclosure Gardens, this superb, novel hospitality option will be sure to entertain guests with its stunning views, fine foods and first-class personal service.

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Royal Ascot 2017: The Races to Remember (Day One and Day Two)

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Ascot Racecourse is home to one of England’s most anticipated occasions of the summer sporting calendar; it is the defining stage upon which elegance and charm flourishes amongst a cast of thousands. Three hundred years in the making, Royal Ascot is certainly an occasion to be cherished – the pageantry and the majesty; the passionate roar of the expectant crowd; the colour, the phenomenal feast and the astonishing glory makes this remarkable event like nothing else in the world.

Britain’s most prestigious race meeting sees a sumptuous array of the world’s top-class horses compete for a staggering £6.5 million in prize money in front of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth along with other esteemed Royal Family members. The glorious five-day gathering, from 20th – 24th June will include eight Group One races, with the coveted feature races starting at 16:20 BST each day.Royal Ascot Hospitality - ascot racecourse

The prestigious meeting got off to a fabulous start with a Royal Flush heralded by the arrival at the beginning of this year’s sun-splashed event with the traditional Royal Procession bearing several senior members of the Royal Family. Accompanying H M Queen was the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex along with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

Royal Ascot Day One (Tuesday 20th June): Racing Highlights

Racing Schedule & Results:

14:30 – (Group 1) Queen Anne Stakes – Winner: Ribchester
15:05 – (Group 2) Coventry Stakes – Winner: Rajasinghe
15:40 – (Group 1) King’s Stand Stakes – Winner: Lady Aurelia
16:20 – (Group 1) St James’s Palace Stakes – Winner: Barney Roy
17:00 – (Handicap) Ascot Stakes – Winner: Thomas Hobson
17:35 – Windsor Castle Stakes – Winner: Sound and Silence

Three Group One encounters on the opening day guaranteed that flat racing’s signature meeting was launched in terrific style. The Queen Anne and King’s Stand Stakes provided more than enough to whet the appetite of avid onlookers. In the Queen Anne Stakes it was the firm favourite Ribchester, ridden by William Buick, who gave owners, Godolphin, a superb opening win at the 2017 Royal meeting. The British-trained Thoroughbred produced a course record for the straight mile – a splendid way for Sheikh Mohammed to celebrate his 40 year anniversary as Godolphin chief. In the King’s Stand Stakes, flying filly Lady Aurelia emerged as the victor for the second successive year despite the absence of Frankie Dettori. The decorated Italian jockey picked up an injury on the eve of the royal meeting, but his capable deputy, John Velazquez, proved his mettle with a terrific victory in his stead.

The St James’s Palace Stake, however, certainly merited the acclaim of ‘race of the day’. The enthralling feature race saw a fiercely fought rivalry reignited when Dual 2000 Guineas winner Churchill, ridden by Ryan Moore, once again came head to head with Barney Roy, ridden by James Doyle. Back in May, Churchill had triumphed over Barney Roy by a length at Newmarket, but it was the latter who emerged victorious at Ascot Racecourse, triggering tumultuous applause from a captivated audience.

Royal Ascot Day Two (Wednesday 21st June): Racing Highlights

Racing Schedule:

14:30 – (Group 3) Jersey Stakes
15:05 – (Group 2) Queen Mary Stakes
15:40 – (Group 2) Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
16:20 – (Group 1) Prince Of Wales’s Stakes
17:00 – Royal Hunt Cup Heritage Handicap
17:35 – Sandringham Stakes

Yesterday’s iconic opening day saw an interesting change from the original status quo as esteemed racegoers, for the first time in the event’s history, were allowed to adopt a more casual dress code – by removing their plush jackets and top hats – to combat the scorching heat wave. It looks to be more of the same today for visitors, who can expect another magnificent day in the sweltering sun with highs of 32 degrees.

Day Two will also represent an extremely busy day for H M Queen, who is set to travel directly to the racecourse from the State Opening of Parliament in time to enjoy another delightful day of riveting racing.

Today’s feature race, the Prince of Wale’s Stakes (16:20 BST), will certainly be one to savour. The highly anticipated Group One race will showcase some the world’s finest middle-distance horses and should provide an enthralling spectacle for the thousands in attendance.

Highland Reel, ridden by Ryan Moore, is the competition’s firm favourite; the five year old Irish Thoroughbred will be looking to add to his recent success in the Coronation Cup at Epsom in early June. He will, however, have a number of strong competitors to contend with, not least of all Ulysses, whose resilient performance at Sandown demonstrated his terrific capabilities. The contest will also spark a renewed rivalry between Highland Reel and Jack Hobbs with the latter beating the former in the Dubai Sheema Classic back in March.

The contest promises to be a tremendous sporting occasion, and is one that certainly shouldn’t be missed.

Eventmasters’ Royal Ascot Hospitality

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Royal Ascot 2017 Style Guide & Dress Code

The Royal Meeting takes place at Ascot Racecourse every year and is synonymous with elegance, style, sophistication and world-class sport.
This meeting is the biggest of the flat racing season in the UK and hosts an astonishing eight group one contests spread across five glorious days of unrivalled action. Royal Ascot corporate hospitality packages are available for all five days of the 2017 Royal Meeting including the always popular Royal Ascot Ladies Day.

Deciding what to wear to the Royal Meeting can be a daunting task for both men and women. We have put together a style guide to try and help you decide!

Massive change at Royal Ascot 2017?

Jumpsuits have come back in fashion from catwalks to retail shops. The Royal Ascot Enclosure accepts the use of Jumpsuits to be worn for the first time in 300 years. However, they will only accept jumpsuits that are ankle length with either a light/beige colour scheme but nothing too colourful. The last time The Royal Ascot made a major change was in 1971 where the trouser suit was incorporated into the dress code. With severer rules this year, halter necks, spaghetti straps and clashing colours are definitely NOT allowed.

Ladies

• Skirts and dresses will have to be knee-length at a minimum. Anything shorter will not be accepted
• The straps of dresses or tops should be one inch or thicker.
• You are allowed to wear jackets and pashminas but it’s recommended that the dress or tops underneath should obey with the style code.
• Trouser suits and jumpsuits are acceptable but both should be full length having a suitable colour and material.
• Hats NEED to be worn with a solid base of 10cm is acceptable.

Gentlemen

• Gentlemen must remember to wear either black or grey.
• Must wear a waistcoat and tie
• Black/grey hat
• Black shoes
• Gentlemen are allowed to take their hats off when they are in a private box, a private club, a restaurant, balcony or garden.

Children

• Girls who are aged 10-17 should dress according to the ladies dress code. They may wear a headpiece or fascinator without any restrictions.
• Boys who are aged 10-17 should dress according to the gentlemen’s dress code or they can wear a dark coloured suit with a shirt.

Overseas visitors

• They are more than allowed to wear the formal National Dress of their country or a service dress.

Serving military

• More than welcome to wear a service dress or something similar.

Banned from Ascot

• Strapless, halter neck and spaghetti straps.
• Midriffs should be covered.
• Headpieces are not allowed unless they have a solid base of 10cm/four inches.

If you have any questions on the above or would like any more dress code information please contact us on 020 7989 6500.
The Royal Meeting is now less than 40 days away, Eventmasters have limited stock remaining in exclusive areas… but the stock is running out fast! Please follow the link for more information on our Royal Ascot Hospitality Packages.

Royal Ascot 2017 – What to expect?

 

The Royal Procession at Royal Ascot

As the sun gets brighter and the days get longer, it can only mean one thing – Royal Ascot is around the corner. Get your fascinator and top hat dusted down, this year is should be amazing!

The event is “under starter orders” from Tuesday 20th June and chefs are getting ready to cook and serve the long list of VIP celebrities, guests and of course H.M. Queen and Royal family members who again will be attending this year.

Preparations are already underway:

5,000 kg of Smoked Salmon

45,000 Pastries

7,000 Punnets of Berries

35,000 Rounds of Sandwiches

51,000 Bottles of Champagne

160,000 Glasses of Pimm’s

Exciting New Village Enclosure Facility!

For the first time in over a 100 years Royal Ascot will be getting a new enclosure. The Villers Club Enclosure will be concentrated in the centre of the race course, in what will be an attempt to make a push for the younger generation.

It will include features such as live music, food stalls, DJs, cock-tail bars and much more.

This restricted area will be available for the last three days of Royal that runs over five days concluding on Saturday 24th June.

Aiden O’Brien has confirmed that he will once again be bringing his usual strong team from Ballydoyle to Royal. He has 23 entries in the Queen’s Vase alone, which will be over a new distance of 1M 6F (rather than the traditional 2M) in 2017. A race he has won 5 out of the last 10 years!

Entries for Royal Ascot Group 1 races were revealed last week.

Eventmasters are offering a number of corporate hospitality packages at Royal Ascot 2017 with many facilities already sold out please follow the link for current availability.

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Quiet Reflection Ready For Royal Ascot & QIPCO Champions Day

Quiet Reflection one of the stars of Royal Ascot in 2016, will be returning to Ascot Racecourse in 2017 with the Royal Meeting and QIPCO Champions Day both on her agenda.

Karl Burke trained the star filly to big race wins in the 32Red Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock and the Prix Sigy at Chantilly – but her finest moment was without doubt her storming success in the Group One Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

On that afternoon she justified strong support to beat Kachy with a powerful finish. Her season finished with defeat in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes on Champions Day, but her trainer is confident of another successful season in 2017.

“She is obviously the stable star of last year and she has wintered brilliantly. I am really pleased with her – she has thickened out and strengthened as a lot of those sprinting horses do,” Burke told AtTheRaces.com.

“She is fairly restricted and limited to where she can go but she will start off in a Group 2 in either the Duke of York, the Temple Stakes at Haydock the following week or a Group 2 over six furlongs at the Curragh on the same day as the Temple.

“I think She will go to one of them as a prep run for Royal Ascot and hopefully then onto the July meeting at Newmarket and then maybe onto the Nunthorpe depending on how she gets on in the Temple. She will go for the Sprint Cup at Haydock and then Champions Day at Ascot and then that will be her done.”

Almanzor On Track For Royal Ascot Appearance

French flyer Almanzor will return to the scene of his finest success with Royal Ascot one of the main targets for Jean-Claude Rouget’s stable star.

The four-year-old was the star of the show on QIPCO Champions Day in 2016 as he breezed past Found and Jack Hobbs to win the QIPCO Champion Stakes. Now the superstar will head for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on the second day of Royal Ascot, as he looks for more Group One glory at the iconic track.

“The main target for Almanzor during the first half of the year is the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and he will prep for that in the Prix d’Ispahan,” Rouget told the Racing Post.

“He has done well physically over the winter but he has done nothing yet in the way of fast work, he has just been cantering.”

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Royal Ascot will once again be the most prestigious and sought after event of the summer, don’t miss out on your chance to experience it all in VIP style with our official Royal Ascot hospitality packages!