Royal Ascot once again provided the finest racing, hospitality and fashion in 2016. There were winners from all over the world and despite less than ideal weather conditions the action on display was still of the highest calibre.
Here is our full review of all the big race action at Royal Ascot 2016.
Tepin shines on day one with Queen Anne Stakes victory; while Galileo Gold proves to be the best of the Guineas winners
The opening day of Royal Ascot began with a typically glorious Royal Procession and while the weather was gloomy, the crowd was quickly set alight by the electrifying superstar US mare Tepin.
That’s it for the racing on Day One
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) 14 June 2016
Many worried before the race that the ground would go against the five-year-old who stormed to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in October; but as the race began to develop those fears were quickly put to bed.
Jockey Julien Leparoux kept his mount close to the pace throughout and entering the final furlong-and-a-half he pushed Tepin to take the lead. The mare responded in great style and entered a brilliant battle with favourite Belardo, but in true champion style Tepin ground her rival down and took the victory by half-a-length.
After the race owner Robert Masterson said, “She is the best thing in the world. It’s all her, we just represent her. She is fantastic and she did a fantastic job again today.”
What a thrilling start.
In the battle of the British, Irish and French 2000 Guineas winners it was Galileo Gold who came out on top in the St James’s Palace Stakes. The winner of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket showed another devastating turn of foot under a typically brilliant Frankie Dettori ride.
With Awtaad (Irish 2000 Guineas winner) and The Gurkha (French 2000 Guineas winner) in the field the race was always going to be one of the best of the entire week and it certainly lived up to the hype.
Galileo Gold took up a good position throughout and didn’t want to be caught out like he was in the Irish Guineas. He quickened up well inside the two-furlong marker and quickly had daylight between himself and his rivals.
And under the master of Ascot Dettori he was always doing enough to beat The Gurkha by a length-and-a-quarter.
Lady Aurelia produces a dazzling display on day two of Royal Ascot
The second day of Royal Ascot 2016 was dominated by one horse as Lady Aurelia produced one of the most stunning displays Ascot Racecourse has ever seen.
“I’ve never seen anything like it”
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) 15 June 2016
The Wesley Ward-trained two-year-old was sent off as the 2-1 favourite for the Queen Mary Stakes despite conditions being softer than ideal. Once again that man Frankie Dettori was in the saddle, quickly sending his mount into the lead.
The furious pace set by the filly was too much for her rivals to handle and as quickened further clear in the final furlong nothing was able to match the devastating power. She crossed the line as a seven-length victor, a truly astonishing performance.
Dettori said: “That was breathtaking from the top. To win by seven lengths at Royal Ascot was sensational and I’ve never seen or experienced anything like it especially for a two-year-old.”
In the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes there was a major shock as Japanese superstar and odds-on favourite A Shin Hikari finished last in the six-runner field as My Dream Boat took the prestigious prize for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby.
Order Of St George is the star of Royal Ascot Ladies Day with superb performance in the Ascot Gold Cup; Quiet Reflection storms to victory in Friday’s Commonwealth Cup
The 2016 running of the prestigious Ascot Gold Cup attracted a post-war record field of 18-runners but there was only one superstar among them as Order Of St George gave Aidan O’Brien his seventh win in the race.
Despite a troubled passage throughout the race, Ryan Moore always looked confident that his mount had plenty in the tank. The odds-on favourite wasn’t a confirmed stayer before the race but he made light work of the marathon trip.
Entering the final quarter-of-a-mile the four-year-old quickened very well but three-lengths between himself and the field and scoring in comfortable fashion.
After the race Ryan Moore said: “He has lots of class and it was a very messy race with 18 runners in there. He’s just a class animal.” That win made it a double on the day for Moore and O’Brien who took the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes with the exciting Even Song (O’Brien’s 50th Royal Ascot winner).
On Friday afternoon all-eyes were on the exciting Quiet Reflection who was bidding to six wins from seven starts in the Commonwealth Cup and Karl Burke’s three-year-old didn’t disappoint.
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) 17 June 2016
As Dougie Costello held the filly up in the middle of the pack she always looked to be travelling strongly. Inside the final-furlong she was asked for extra-effort and duly responded and took the race in striking fashion, running on all the way to the line.
Queen celebrates 90th birthday with Dartmouth’s Hardwicke Stakes win; with Twilight Son taking the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot 2016
Her Majesty The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday in fantastic style as Dartmouth took the Hardwicke Stakes, her first winner since Estimate’s Gold Cup success in 2013.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute the four-year-old was travelling powerfully under French jockey Olivier Peslier. Entering the final furlong he entered a ding-dong duel with Highland Reel, but he was always doing enough and ran on strongly to take the race by a head.
The victory drew huge cheers from the capacity crowd and despite a Stewards Enquiry the placings were unaltered. It was thrilling sight to see The Queen in the winners’ enclosure.
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) 19 June 2016
There was a further connection to Eventmasters in the final big race of the week as the winner Twilight Son’s dam Twilight Mistress was previously owned by company managing director Denise Sheasby (The Twilight Team) who came out on top in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, in arguably the best race of the week. The exhilarating six-furlong contest is always run at a furious pace and this was no different.
As the field entered the final strides only a length separated Twilight Son from Gold-Fun, Signs Of Blessing and Magical Memory. But under the masterful Ryan Moore the Henry Candy star was able to hold on for the biggest win of his career.
Royal Ascot 2016 Hospitality Review
Eventmasters were once again delighted to provide the finest hospitality for Royal Ascot 2016, with guests enjoying VIP treatment across all five days.
Alongside our flagship Sandringham Restaurant we were also thrilled to be able to provide the finest hospitality inside Carriages Restaurant; The Royal Ascot Village; The Ascot Pavilion and a brand new facility in 2016 The Lawn Club – which provided stunning views of all the action.
Below we have posted a video of the superb views of the action from the Lawn Club as Churchill took the Chesham Stakes on Saturday.
With sumptuous food, luxurious settings and VIP treatment the hospitality on offer at Royal Ascot 2016 was some of the finest at any event in the country. Perfectly complimenting the thrilling action on the track.
For more information or to register your interest please see our Royal Ascot 2017 hospitality packages page.