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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.

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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.

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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 on the Radar for Jack Hobbs

Jack Hobbs, who returned to action with an impressive victory in the Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup Night, could be targeted at Royal Ascot according to his trainer John Gosden.

The five-year-old missed the majority of the 2016 campaign with a stress fracture, made an eye-catching return to the track as he defeated two of the leading middle distance horses in the world; Postponed and Highland Reel.

Now the Godolphin star has an array of targets moving forward including Royal Ascot, the Coronation Cup and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Jock Hobbs ran just twice last season pulling up sharply on his first start at Newmarket on 2000 Guineas Day, before returning at QIPCO Champions Day to finish third in the Champion Stakes behind Almanzor and Found.

Gosden said of his Dubai winner: “Jack Hobbs had a wonderful 2015, winning the Irish Derby, finishing second in the Derby and Dante, and probably hit the front way too soon in the Champion Stakes.

“We had the whole year trying to get him right again, which we did. I thought he ran a great race behind Almanzor and Arc winner Found. Again he was a bit dreamy in the race, came wide and late, which was why we would put something [blinkers] on to focus the horse because he’s inclined to look at everything.

“He travelled beautifully through the race at Meydan. He settled after three furlongs and travelled best of all then. Rather as with Dar Re Mi William didn’t hit the button as soon as they straightened, he waited to the two marker and away he went. It was very fulfilling.”

The top races over ten and twelve furlongs will be the aim all season, in a division that looks ferociously competitive with the likes of Almanzor and Postponed sure to be involved in all the big events.

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Altior entered for Clarence House Chase at Ascot

Racing Post Arkle favourite Altior could step out of novice company after receiving an entry for the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 21st January 2017.

The Nicky Henderson star scored at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016 when he stormed to a seven-length victory in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The seven-year-old has a made a perfect start to life over fences this season with three exceptional performances including victory in the Grade 1 Racing Post Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown.

These performances have prompted bookmakers to cut Altior into even-money for the Arkle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival 2017 – but like Thistlecrack over Christmas Altior could step out of novice company into open company for ahead of Cheltenham.

Un De Sceaux who was an impressive winner of the Clarence House 12-months ago made a brilliant return to action when taking the Tingle Creek at Sandown, and the Willie Mullins star is set to defend his crown at the Berkshire track in two-week’s time.

Another challenger from across the Irish Sea could be Desert Orchid winner Special Tiara for the Henry De Bromhead stable – in what would be the 10-year-old’s first run at Ascot.

Dodging Bullets claimed the Clarence House on his way to victory in the Champion Chase at The Festival in 2016 and he could drop back to two-miles for Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls, after running over two-and-a-half-miles this season.

Gary Moore could be double-handed in one of the season’s premier events with former winner Sire De Grugy and Ar Mad both entered.

The pair contested the Tingle Creek, with Ar Mad in particular is expected to come on for his run in that race and pose a serious threat to the market leaders.

But if he lines-up all eyes will definitely be on Altior, who could follow in the footsteps of Thistlecrack and Coneygree by landing a major Grade 1 prize as a novice.

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