There’s Only One Frankie Dettori

Winners

14:30   A’Ali 5/1

15:05   Sangarius 13/2

15:40   Star Catcher 4/1

16:20   Stradivarius 1/1

17:00   Biometric 28/1

17:35   South Pacific 22/1

Ladies Day brought racegoers into Royal Ascot with bright, bold, statement pieces, nothing less than what you could’ve imagined for Ladies Day. The sun was shining or at least trying to, being one of the better days of the previous two over at Ascot.

The man of the moment Frankie Dettori had a terrific start to the day yesterday placing first in four of the first races, with a seventh Gold Cup victory. But that’s where it stopped for Dettori as after his fourth win his luck soon faded. After the great performance from yesterday Dettori is now in first place for the leading jockey of Royal Ascot 2019. With two days until the final day of Royal Ascot can he hold onto that title at  he continues to play at the Frankie playground.

Dettori kicked off his four consecutive wins in the Norfolk Stakes on A’Ali. The horse was the first Maiden to win this race in 30 years. A close call at the finishing post as A’Ali and Ventura Rebel paced over the finish with mini seconds apart. While Dettori’s second win was just the opposite of that with a clear length ahead of the others over the finishing post.

Star Catcher defiently caught up with the other runners in the Ribblesdale Stakes, leading two furlongs out. Making it a third win of the day for the legend of the day.

The awaited Gold Cup race saw Dettori take his fourth and last win of the day. The leading jockey achieved a record breaking seventh win of the Gold Cup. Stradivarius being the bookies favourite and delivered what Royal Ascot racegoers wanted, with the horse retaining a second Gold Cup. Taking Ladies Day by storm Dettori also made trainer Gosden day as he brought home two wins for the trainer on Star Catcher and Stradivarius.

Young jockey Harry Bentley has a taste of victory with his first win at Royal Ascot stopping Frankie Dettori in his tracks from getting an all clear 5/5 wins at Royal Ascot. The young jockey rode Biometric out pacing Dettori’s horse Turgenev who lead the race until the final moments when it really counted.

South Pacific gave jockey Seamie his first win at Royal Ascot 2019, taking the last win of Ladies Day. Trainer Aiden O’Brien also taking his fourth win at Ascot this week.

Royal Ascot Day Two Review

WINNERS

14:30 – Raffle Prize 18/1

15:05 – Dashing Willoughby 6/1

15:40 – Crystal Ocean 3/1

16:20 – Move Swiftly 9/1

17:00 – Afaak 20/1

17:35 – Southern Hills 7/1

We began the second day of Royal Ascot yesterday, again it didn’t disappoint. The weather wasn’t on everybody’s side but that doesn’t stop the horse racing and celebrations down at Ascot.

Frankie Dettori was off to a good start on the second day of Royal Ascot winning the Queen Mary Stakes, riding Raffle Prize. Dettori not being a big fan of the wet weather didn’t seem to be bothered by this after taking the win. The race saw Kimari lead until the final furlongs when Raffle Prize paced to the finishing post. An overall good performance from Kimari who had only had one previous entry before coming to Ascot.

It all came down to the last few strides as Dashing Willoughby, Barbados and Nayef Road race it out to be the first over the finishing line in the Queen Vase race yesterday afternoon. Dashing Willoughby was the first to hit the finishing line with Barbados coming in second place and Nayef Road in third. A very tight finish from the three horses, but a great finish for jockey Oisin Murphy who had a fantastic start to his come back after missing Salisbury earlier this month.

And Frankie Dettori strikes again for a second time as he takes first place with Crystal Ocean in the Prince Of Walesʼs Stakes, leaving behind Magical just a few strides from the finishing post. Dettori will be back for the Gold Cup at Ladies Day riding Stradivarius. Can the horse win the anticipated Gold Cup for a second time.

Daniel Tudhope leads Move Swiftly into first place in the fillies group 2 race. He now becomes one of the leading jockeys at Royal Ascot in the short two day period with 3 wins, also helping trainer William Haggas achieve a third win at Royal Ascot. Move Swiftly took first place over Rawdaa who was ridden by third place leading jockey Frankie Dettori, who definitely don’t believe third time lucky as he was defeated for his third win of the day.

A photo finish needed for the Royal Hunt Cup as Afaak takes the win after 260 days off, coming back with a massive win. Clon Coulis finishing second place but favourite New Graduate was nowhere to be seen near the finish, leaving Dettori with 2 wins at Ascot on the second day of Royal Ascot.

Show Me Show Me wanted it’s time to shine in the last race at Ascot yesterday after breaking out of the stalls to run the track solo. The lively filly became inpatient while waiting for the other horses to get into their stalls but later was withdrawn from the race. Southern Hills took the win home for jockey Ryan Moore after beating Platinum Star to the finishing post, giving Moore his third win at Ascot this week equalising with Danny Tudhope for the leading jockey.

Ladies Day commences today and we are looking forward to seeing some of the great races Royal Ascot has to offer, and of course not forgetting the great outfits. For more updates on Royal Ascot head over to our Twitter @EventmastersUK.

Royal Ascot Day One Review

WINNERS

14:00 – Lord Glitters

15:05 – Arizona

15:40 – Blue Point

16:20 – Circus Maximus

17:00 – The Grand Visir

17:35 – Addeybb

What a great start to Royal Ascot we saw yesterday, at the opening day of the 5 day celebrations. A fantastic entrance by the Queen and the royals who where brought into Ascot on a horse and carriage. The Queen wearing a stunning baby blue ensemble, which seemed to be the choice of colour for most ladies at Ascot yesterday.

The first race saw favourite and last year’s winner Accidental Agent left in the starting stall, allowing Lord Glitters to take 1st place at Ascot.

Back to back Champion jockey Silva De Sousa was given a 7 day ban and fined £1050 after using his whip above the permitted level on horse Beat The Bank, who came second in The Queen Anne race leaving peoples favourite Arizona to finish in 1st place. Still only a young horse Arizona is one to watch in the future after the brilliant win at Ascot.

What a replay from last year did we get from Blue Point and Battaash with both horses going head to head again at the final furlong, Blue Point taking 1st place. Battaash wasn’t looking strong at the beginning with the horse staying behind, but that changed heading into the final furlongs.

A fantastic start to Royal Ascot for jockey Ryan Moore who had a double win with Circus Maximus in The St James’s Palace Stakes and Arizona in the Kings Stand Stakes. Moore is set to ride the Queens horse Seniority in today’s Royal Hunt Cup.

The Grand Visir takes 1st place in The Ascot Stakes after a good run from Jukebox who lead the race until half way around the track. That was until The Grand Visir and Buildmeupbuttercup took the lead heading into the final stride, The Grand Visir taking 1st place leaving Buildmeupbuttercup in second place.

The final race of the day saw trainer William Haggas take home his 1st win at Royal Ascot 2019 with horse Addeybb. It became a one horse race at the final furlong when Addeybb took the lead being lengths in front of the pack.

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Royal Ascot

Around 10am today is the start of Royal Ascot for many race goers visiting Ascot for the Royal five days of celebrations. Royal Ascot sees 300,000 race goers across the five days of celebrations, and a huge 509 horses running to get that top spot.

The five day royal celebrations begin today with The Queen Anne Stakes group one race at 14:30 starting off Royal Ascot 2019. This will be a one mile race with horses being four plus years old. Last year saw Accidental Agent take first place with Lord Glitters behind at second. Both horses are back this year in The Queen Ann Stakes, but Mustashry ridden by jockey Jim Crowley is the people’s favourite. Could the first race of Royal Ascot give jockey Jim Crowley his first win of the five day event at Ascot, which sees him ride in five of the races this week.

The Coventry Stakes is a big race for trainer Aidan O’Brien who has four of his horses running in the 15:05 race this afternoon. One of these being favourite Arizona, who won his last race at Curragh in May this year. Potentially one of O’Brien’s strongest contenders in the race.

The third race of the day is another group one race with a distance of five furlongs. Last year’s winner of the Kings Stand Stakes was Blue Point who is back to secure 2 consecutive wins in this race, but can second place Battaash take this year’s top spot, after being beaten last year near the finishing post. Now back for a second year Battaash is the favourite in the 15:40 race.

Too Darn Hot is making a start at the 16:20 The St James’s Palace Stakes this afternoon, with an impressive start within the first year of racing, Too Darn Hot is coming into the top two of all races. Last months ride at Curragh saw the horse in second place with first place Phoenix Of Spain starting in todays 16:20 race. Is Too Darn Hot ready to lead the pack in todays race or will it be a repeat of Curragh for both horses.

Coeur de Lion is back for The Ascot Stakes, running at 17:00. Last year saw the horse reach sixth place, but is the potential weather forecast at Ascot the winning strike here for Coeur de Lion whose better going is heavy to soft. Not ruling out Macini ridden by jockey Sousa, a back to back winner of Britain’s champion jockey. This horse tends to be a leader of the track and has the potential to take the lead at Ascot today. Not one of the favourites today at Ascot but the horse could be a potential game changer.

The Wolferton Rated Stakes begin at 17:35 ending the first day at Royal Ascot 2019. Definitely one to watch in this race would be Mountain Angel whose last win at Ascot in May 2018 saw a clear final furlong, finishing in top spot. Also taking a double win at Epsom last month. Can the weather be onside for Mountain Angel and secure a win with a soft going.

Let’s begin Royal Ascot with some winner!

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 to combine pulsating action with a tremendous social occasion.

Royal Ascot 2019 Dates

Proceedings get underway at the prestigious Royal Meeting on Tuesday 18th June 2019. Royal Ascot Ladies Day is on Thursday 20th June 2019 with the event coming to a close on Saturday 22nd June 2019. A day to look out for is certainly Ascot Ladies Day, which this year is scheduled for Thursday 20th 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

Enjoy this splendid social occasion in unrivalled style with Eventmasters’ Official Royal Ascot Hospitality.

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Royal Ascot: Your Guide to Ladies Day

With Royal Ascot starting tomorrow, 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 Thursday 20th 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 2019 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 2020.

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 Trials Day: What You Need To Know

Royal Ascot is without a doubt one of the finest occasions held in summer. Each year, the prized event takes place over five days in June and combines spectacular horse racing with a glamorous social atmosphere. Guests can enjoy multiple Grade One races, gorgeous fashion choices and unrivalled dining options. All taking place in the beautiful setting that is Ascot Racecourse. Now, for those of us who can’t wait until the Royal Meeting commences, we now have a dedicated ‘trials’ raceday to look towards!

Everything You Need To Know About The New Trials Day

With the jumps season in full force, flat racing fans are eagerly anticipating the return of flat racing – Royal Ascot being the renowned highlight. Racegoers can now look forward to Royal Ascot Trials Day in preparation for the big meeting! Find out everything you need to know about this raceday below!

What is the Royal Ascot Trials Day?

Royal Ascot Trials Day, previously called Sagaro Stakes Raceday, is the first Flat meeting held at Ascot racecourse. The raceday will function as a preparation for the key races at the Royal Ascot meeting.

When is Royal Ascot Trials Day?

This year, Royal Ascot Trials Day will be held for the first time on Wednesday 1st May 2019. In years to come, it should remain and take place in late April or early May.

What races will be held on Royal Ascot Trials Day?

The raceday will feature a total of seven races which will serve to prepare horses for Royal Ascot, four of which will be specific trials.

The opening race will be specifically for two year olds, named the Royal Ascot Two-Year-Old Trial, it will allow free entry for connections. The winner of this race will be granted complimentary entry to a two-year-old race at Royal Ascot.

There will also be a Merriebelle Stable Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes which will form significant preparation for the Group One Commonwealth Cup at the grand Royal Meeting. Royal Ascot’s Commonwealth Cup is one of the most thrilling races featuring some of the biggest horses such as Quiet Reflection and Sand Of Mali competing.

The Longines Sagaro Stakes will now function as a Royal Ascot Gold Cup Trial race. This race is a key contest early in the season and has been won by the likes of Estimate and Colour Vision who then went on to attain the highly coveted Gold Cup title.

Trials day racegoers will be able to find Royal Ascot clues in the Paradise Stakes, now the Queen Anne Stakes Trial. Last year the Queen Anne Stakes winner Accidental Agent finished third in the Paradise Stakes. Thus horse racing fans can keep a keen eye out on this race to see which contenders will provide a strong test for the Queen Anne Stakes.

What are the changes at Royal Ascot?

This year at Royal Ascot, there will be a few minor changes to the racing schedule to be aware of.

The Windsor Castle Stakes will be run as the sixth race on the card on Wednesday 19th June 2019. The Jersey stakes will be run as the second race on the card on Saturday 22nd June 2019. This race will then be followed by the Hardwicke Stakes. The Queen’s Vase has now been reverted to a closing race. The prize money for this race has now been increased by £25,000, making it a total of £225,000.

What can I expect at Royal Ascot?

Expect nothing but the best at this year’s Royal Ascot meeting! Flat racing fans can look forward to some of the greatest Group One races including: the Queen Anne Stakes, the King’s Stand Stakes and the St James’s Palace Stakes on the Tuesday of the meeting. The Prince of Wales’s Stakes takes place on the Wednesday and of course the riveting Gold Cup race on Ladies’ Day. Friday of Royal Ascot sees the Commonwealth Cup and the Coronation Stakes taking place. And the final day of Royal Ascot boasts The Diamond Jubilee Stakes!

With so many Group One contests held at Royal Ascot each year, racegoers are sure to witness the finest in flat racing.

What other changes are taking place this flat season?

The 2019 flat season at Ascot Racecourse sees a number of new changes this year! May Racing Weekend will see two new races, making each day a seven race card. Friday’s additional race will be a six furlong handicap held in the afternoon and worth a grand £10,000, whilst Saturday’s race will be a 1m2f handicap also worth £10,000.

 

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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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