Royal Ascot 2024 Day One

Royal Ascot 2024: Day One Review

Here we take a look back at the action from the opening day, whilst also looking ahead to what is to come on the second day at Ascot.

The 2024 renewal of the highly prestigious Royal Ascot is now very much finally underway at the equally historic and iconic Ascot Racecourse. Here, we will review the action from all seven races that took place across the first day before then taking a look ahead at the enthralling action to come on the second day of action on Wednesday 19th June 2024.

Ahead of the racing action finally getting underway, a fantastic Royal Procession took place which delighted all those in attendance.

The seven races that took place on the inaugural day of this race meeting are as follows: The Queen Anne Stakes, the Coventry Stakes, the King Charles III Stakes, the St. James’s Palace Stakes, the Ascot Stakes, the Wolfreton Stakes, and finally the Copper Horse Handicap, which rounded off the action taking place on the opening day of Royal Ascot 2024.

Interestingly, only one of the races that took place on Tuesday saw the pre-race favourite come out on top in the end. In the other six, there was a surprise winner, which has ensured that this year’s Royal Ascot has got off to an enthralling start.

It was the first race of the day, the Queen Anne Stakes, that saw the only pre-race favourite win across the line. It was Charyn, ridden by Jockey Silvestre De Sousa and trained by Roger Varian who won the opening race of this year’s meeting. Charyn fended off competition from the likes of Docklands and Maljoom in second and third place respectively.

It was to be the 2024 edition of the Coventry Stakes that came next, and it was Billy Loughnane, riding Rashabar, who won this race ahead of stern competition from the likes of runner-up Electrolyte and Columnist in third place. The pre-race favourite, Ryan Moore’s Camille Pissarro, came in 11th place in the end.

It was the King Charles III Stakes that came next, and the winner was Asfoora, who was guided to victory in this race by jockey Oisin Murphy, with Callum Rodriguez’s Regional coming in second place. Pre-race favourite Big Evs had to settle for a third place finish in this race.

Then came the St. James’s Palace Stakes, where it was to be Sean Levey and Rosallion who emerged victorious, fending off some stern competition from the likes of Ryan Moore’s Henry Longfellow and Alexis Pouchin’s Metropolitan, who, in the end, had to settle for a second and third place finish respectively overall. Pre-race favourite Notable Speech, ridden by Jockey William Buick, came in seventh place.

Race Five on Tuesday was to be the highly coveted Ascot Stakes. This year’s edition of this race was won by Luke Morris, who rode Pledgeofallegiance to the win in first place, followed by Divine Comedy, Kyle Of Lochalsh, and Get Shirty, who all filled in the final three places in that race’s top four. Pre-race favourite, William Buick’s Zanndabad, ended up with a 6th place finish in the end.

The 2024 Wolfreton Stakes then followed as the sixth and penultimate race of the opening day of Royal Ascot 2024. Jim Crowley’s Israr came out on top in the end, with Christophe Soumilllion’s Haunted Dream and James Doyle’s Torito coming in second and third place respectively. Pre-race favourite Botanical, ridden by William Buick, came in 15th place.

Finally, it was to be the Copper Horse Handicap that was the seventh and final race of the opening day of Royal Ascot 2024. Once again the pre-race favourite did not win, instead, it was William Buick onboard Belloccio who came away victorious ahead of competition coming from Lmay, My Mate Mozzie, and Alsakib, who occupied second to fourth place in the end. Pre-race favourite, Dylan Browne McMonagle’s A Piece Of Heaven, came in 7th place overall.

Moving on to day two of action at Royal Ascot 2024 on Tuesday 19th June, here are the seven races that are set to take to the track at Ascot Racecourse across the afternoon: The Queen Mary Stakes (14:30), the Queen’s Vase (15:05), the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (15:45), the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (16:25), the Royal Hunt Cup (17:05), the Kensington Palace Stakes (17:40) and finally the Windsor Castle Stakes (18:15) to round off the second day of action.

With several more days of the 2024 renewal of the iconic and illustrious Royal Ascot to come at Ascot Racecourse, excitement, and anticipation are certainly on the rise amongst horse racing fans.

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