William Buick has been snapped up for the ride on US superstar California Chrome in the Prince of Wales Stakes on day two of Royal Ascot – Wednesday 17th June. The Group 1 contest will be one of the premier races of the week for Eventmasters guest enjoying the luxurious Royal Ascot hospitality facilities.
The 2014 Kentucky Derby winner was due to be ridden by Frankie Dettori but he is committed to ride Western Hymn for John Gosden. Art Sherman’s charge will now be ridden by Buick, who defeated the four-year-old in the Dubai World Cup on Prince Bishop.
Rae Guest, who is housing California Chrome at his Newmarket stable said, “They wanted Frankie but as he can’t ride they wanted another top European jockey. He won the Dubai World Cup and they’re very happy with him and he’ll be available, which is the main thing.”
The strong US raiding party for Royal Ascot will be supplemented by the unbeaten Cyclogenisis.
The three-year-old was a surprise addition for the Royal Ascot’s newest Group 1 race the Commonwealth Cup on Friday 19th June.
Connections have paid £35,000 to enter the colt due to the lack of suitable opportunities in the USA. Trainer George Weaver said, “He’s three-from-three, but he’s never run in a Graded race and hasn’t really been tested yet, so we’ve decided to give it a shot to see if he’s Group 1 class. I have a deep respect for the quality of horses in Europe, but we believe in our horse, and we wouldn’t bring him if we didn’t think he’d do himself justice.”
Frankie Dettori’s dream Saturday was capped with a win on Royal Ascot hopeful Hathal. After riding Golden Horn to an emphatic victory in the Epsom Derby, the Italian jockey then went to Lingfield for one ride and completed a fine double aboard the three-year-old.
William Haggas’s colt is being prepped for a tilt at the Jersey Stakes on day two of the Royal meeting. Harry Herbert, racing adviser to Hathal’s owners Al Shaqab Racing, said “I wouldn’t rule out his going to Royal Ascot. We will have a good think about it and he would be a possible for the Jersey Stakes. We will see how he comes out of the race.”
There are still limited Royal Ascot hospitality packages available for horse’s racing’s biggest meeting, which kick-offs in eight days’ time.