Royal Winners at Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot exudes the utmost splendour and elegance! It’s no surprise then, that the prestigious meeting at Ascot Racecourse attracts a large host of Royal attendees including Her Majesty the Queen. Indeed, the Queen is a loyal supporter of the event, having attended every Royal Ascot meeting since her teens.
Each day at Royal Ascot commences with the momentous Royal Procession, as The Queen and various other members of Royal Family arrive in horse-drawn landaus, setting in action a thrilling day of horse racing. Not only is the Queen an owner and breeder of many horses, but she has also enjoyed a number of phenomenal wins throughout the years!
Below is our summary of five of her most iconic Royal Winners at Royal Ascot.
1. Choir Boy in 1953
The Queen enjoyed her first ever win as a reigning monarch in 1953 with her horse Choir Boy. This first Royal Ascot success took place merely a few weeks after the Queen’s coronation, which would’ve certainly been an enjoyable gift for the monarch.
The Doug Smith ridden horse won the Royal Hunt Cup in superb style, pulling away from the field and coming first past the post!
2. Estimate in 2013
This is widely regarded at the most famous Royal Ascot win for the Queen in that Estimate was the first horse in history to allow a reigning monarch to win the coveted Gold Cup.
Despite the intensely close finish, the Ryan Moore ridden horse showed remarkable stamina and fought off the other contenders, quickly becoming one of Royal Ascot’s most famous wins.
3. Free Agent in 2008
What’s special about Free Agent’s win in 2008, is that he ended a lengthy ten years without any winners for the Queen, dating back to 1999.
The Queen’s racing manager, John Warren noted after the race:
“The Queen was absolutely thrilled and after they passed the post she said ‘I’ve done it!’ which was great.”
Despite this only being his second career start, The Chesham Stakes winner enjoyed a magnificent victory at Ascot.
4. Aureole in 1954
This win allowed Her Majesty to enjoy two winners in a row, very early into her reign. A year after Choir Boy’s victory, Aureole went on the win the Hardwicke Stakes in thrilling fashion.
The horse swiftly became a favourite of the Queen, having also finished second in other premium races including the Derby and the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
After Aureole’s final victory in the 1954 King George, it was widely reported that the win was ‘one of the most popular victories in British turf history.’
5. Aiming High in 1961
Ridden by the iconic Lester Piggott, Aiming High sustained victory in a small field in the 1961 Coronation Stakes.
The race, which was run on the second day of the meeting that year, was a Group 1 for fillies and allowed the Queen to attain one of her most prestigious Royal Ascot wins.
With many wins already to here name, we’re eager to see the Queen achieve even more winners in the Royal Ascot meetings to come.
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