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Royal Ascot 2018: Dettori goes for win number three at the Diamond Jubilee

Australia’s form horse, and one of the sport’s greatest jockeys – it’s potentially a winning combination. This year will see the return of the veteran Frankie Dettori to Ascot after last years absence, and once more he will strive for victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. To do so again would be his third win there, add this to 5 gold cup wins, and his unprecedented 7 winners on champions day in 1996, and its not hard to see why Frankie can’t stay away from Royal Ascot.

It is a race steeped in history; the legendary Lester Piggot holds a record haul of 10 Diamond wins, and Dettori now has a chance to get his first win since 2015.

The horse he has been tasked with leading to victory is the Australian sprinter Redkirk Warrior, who of late is almost unbeatable at domestic level. As a three-year-old he began his racing career in the UK, winning twice over 10 furlongs back in 2014.

Ascot however, will be a different kettle of fish, hence trainer David Hayes’ desire to recruit an experienced rider for the upcoming flat race. Hayes stated that it wasn’t an easy choice to make but that “no one currently riding has more winners at Royal Ascot than Frankie Dettori”. Clearly the hope is that some of that Italian magic can seal the win.

As ever in racing, it’s no forgone conclusion. On the contrary, Redkirk isn’t even the favourite, that right goes to Harry Angel at 3-1, with Australia’s finest coming in next at 6s. It looks unlikely that this year’s stake will be won again by last year’s victor – Tim man, who is back at 12/1. Dettori riding Redkirk Warrior doesn’t guarantee success, but but it is an added bonus in a sport of fine margins.

The Italian jockey, now 47, has over 500 career wins to this point, including multiple group 1 wins in the 1000 guineas, Ascot gold Cup and the illustrious Dubai World Cup. It’s undoubtable that he will go down as one of the greatest jockeys the sport has seen, so says even the legendary Lester Piggot, who called him the best rider still in activity. This years Royal Ascot meet gives him another opportunity to add to the story, and it is certainly set up to be a wonderful finale to the week.

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Gold Cup winner just misses out

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Royal Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris narrowly missed out in his bid to win one of the world’s most prestigious races, The Melbourne Cup at Flemington in the early hours of Tuesday morning. His win on Ladies Day was one of the highlights of the week for VIP Royal Ascot hospitality guests in 2015.

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Ed Dunlop’s four-year-old has been one of the most progressive horses in training over the past 12 months, winning the Chester Cup in fine style before following up in the showpiece event of Royal Ascot Hospitality – Ladies Day. His victory in the Gold Cup was one of the weeks finest performances as jockey Graham Lee guided his mount to a-length-and-a-quarter victory and announced his status as Britain’s premier stayer.

His prep run in the Caufield Cup over an inadequate trip gave connections great confidence that he was ready for the Melbourne Cup. Under experienced jockey Tommy Berry, Trip To Paris broke well from his wide-draw and made smooth progress through the race.

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Entering the final two furlongs he just got caught for pace by a couple of his rivals. Despite running on at the end he was unable to get to the winner and finished a gallant fourth, beaten just two-lengths.

After the race Berry said “The pace was just too slow in the middle stages. He didn’t show the same turn of foot over the 3,200 metres but he went super and was unbelievable for the connections who couldn’t have dreamed of having a runner. Just an end-to-end gallop would have suited.”

The race was a historic event as Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the illustrious race as she guided 100/1 shot Pirates Of Penzance to victory.


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Chautauqua heading for Royal Ascot

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VIP Royal Ascot hospitality guests could be in for a treat in 2016 after Australian star Chautauqua laid down a marker for the most glamourous meeting in the world of horse racing. Our Royal Ascot hospitality packages provide you with the ultimate experience at this truly historic event.

The five-year-old produced a blistering performance coming from last to first to win the Group 1 William Hill Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. The race is one of the southern hemispheres premier sprint races and now connections are eager to take on the world’s best horses.

Jockey Tommy Berry held his mount in last place around the tight turns and bends, but he rapidly made headway inside the final furlong and blasted past his opponents. Berry even had time to celebrate before the line such was the ease with which the grey won.

“Ascot has always been in the back of our mind” – Wayne Hawkes

Asked if Royal Ascot could feature in next year’s plans, trainer Wayne Hawkes said: “Definitely. We’ll go to Hong Kong first to see how he travels but Ascot has always been in the back of our mind for the last 12 months. We’ll see how he handles the Hong Kong trip first.

“It was a super effort and Tommy was cool, calm and collected. When he came to them at the corner it was a fantastic feeling. He’s the best I’ve ever touched, that’s for sure.

“He’ll go to Flemington next for the Darley Classic and who knows? He might go and meet the Queen. He’s had a ripper of preparation but the difference is he’s fully matured now.”

The prospect of another top Australian sprinter coming to the meeting is an exciting one for Royal Ascot hospitality guests in 2016.

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Stars head for Breeders Cup

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Royal Ascot hospitality guests who enjoyed our outstanding facilities in 2015, will be keeping a keen eye on action ‘across the pond’ as some of the big race winners head for the Breeders Cup World Championships at Keeneland.

The meeting in the USA features some of the world’s biggest races and attracts stars from all over the globe. In 2015 Europe will once again be strongly represented with several Royal Ascot winners looking to finish their season on a high note.

Irish supremo Aidan O’Brien will send St James’s Palace Stakes winner Gleneagles to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, where he could face American Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh in a mouth-watering clash.

The star colt has enjoyed a wonderful season and surged to victory at Royal Ascot in the feature race on day one, using his devastating turn of foot to win by two-and-a-half-lengths. The performance was one of the highlights of the week for Royal Ascot hospitality guests. That victory added to his wins in the British and Irish 2,000 Guineas earlier in the season.

While the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharaoh has enjoyed a fairytale season and became the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown, with three truly outstanding performances.

But both horses suffered shock defeats last time out and will be looking to use the $5 million Grade 1 contest to end the season.

O’Brien will also be looking for War Envoy to bounce back from a disappointing loss at the Curragh. At Royal Ascot in June, the three-year-old was guided to victory in the Britannia Stakes by the imperious Ryan Moore. He holds entries in both the Dirt Mile and Mile contests.

Waterloo Bridge who was a good winner of the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes will also head for Keeneland, has been entered in the in the Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Dirt.

Another star of Royal Ascot 2015 who will be heading Stateside is Time Test.

The Roger Charlton-trained star produced an electrifying performance for guest enjoying Royal Ascot hospitality packages when he romped to victory in the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes.

Charlton said: “I am very excited to have another Breeders’ Cup runner with a lively chance, and if he gets a good draw I think that he is capable of running very well.”

While Golden Horn, the best colt of his generation, heads for The Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. John Gosden’s superstar arrives in the States off the back of a brilliant performance in the Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe. That added to his victories in The Dante Stakes, The Epsom Derby, The Coral Eclipse and the Irish Champion Stakes.

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Stars Return for Champions Day

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Some of the stars of Royal Ascot 2015 will return to the course for the final meeting of the flat season, Champions Day. Gleneagles, Solow and Muhaarar all produced stunning performances for Royal Ascot hospitality guests inside our fantastic Sandringham Restaurant.

Solow tasted victory in the opening race of Royal Ascot 2015, the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. The French superstar has been in unbelievable form over the past 18 months and his victory at Royal Ascot proved he is one of the best horses in training.

Later on in the day the Aidan O’Brien-trained Gleneagles produced his devastating turn of foot when blowing the field away in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes, thrilling Royal Ascot hospitality guests. This cemented his place as one of the best three-year-olds of his generation after his wins in the British and Irish 2,000 Guineas.

The two now head for a clash in the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes one of the most prestigious races of the season. There had been uncertainty about the participation of Aidan O’Brien’s colt due to the soft ground, but with no rain forecast he will take his chance with Ryan Moore in the saddle. If both run up to their best form it could be one of the greatest races of the modern-era.

Muhaarar continued his meteoric rise through the sprinting ranks with a victory in Royal Ascot’s newest Group 1 contest the Commonwealth Cup. Charlie Hills colt has been in fine form ever since winning two further Group 1’s at Newmarket and Deauville. The three-year-old now heads the market for the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes, which will no doubt be run at a ferocious speed.

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Goldream takes Abbaye

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Royal Ascot winner Goldream capped of his superb season with a stunning victory in the Group One Qatar Prix De L’Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday. Guests enjoying our fantastic Royal Ascot hospitality packages saw the six-year-old win the King’s Stand Stakes 2015, and this latest win marks him out as one of Europe’s leading sprinters.

Having secured a good draw, Robert Cowell’s star was given a wonderful ride by Martin Harley. From the outset there was a furious pace set by the British-trained trio of Caspian Prince, Stepper Point and Take Cover. Entering the final furlong the French-trained Rangali stormed through to lead. But Harley timed his move to perfection and run down his opponent in the shadow of the post.

It was the second Group One career of Goldream’s career after his success in-front of guests enjoying the Royal Ascot hospitality packages earlier this year.

After the race Cowell said “It’s a big achievement to win two Group 1s in a year with a sprinter as nothing normally goes right. But well done to Martin Harley, who got the horse on the line when it needed to be.”

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It was a day that was dominated by the British and Irish trained horses. Epsom Derby hero Golden Horn cemented his place as one the best three-year-old’s of all-time as he won the days feature race the Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe. Frankie Detorri produced a majestic ride on John Gosden’s stable star as he blew the field away with an electric turn of foot.

After the race Gosden said  “When you’re drawn wide like we were, we had to stay wide and run our own race before slotting into the field.

“The plan was to do that to get him in a prominent position and it worked perfectly in the end. Frankie has given him a great ride – he rides this track quite beautifully.”

While Dettori said the colt was “the best horse I’ve ridden.”

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Free Eagle heads for The Arc

Free Eagle, who produced one of the best performances of Royal Ascot 2015, will take his chance in Sunday’s Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp. Royal Ascot hospitality guests saw the four-year-old claim victory in the Group One Prince of Wales’s Stakes and will know he has the class to take a race of this nature.

On that day he beat multiple group winner The Grey Gatsby in a superb contest. With the ground drying out all the time, Dermot Weld has seen fit to send his stable star over to Paris for one of the worlds most famous and prestigious races.

Weld said: “It’s looking likely Free Eagle will run in the Arc. He’s very well and I’m very happy with him. We don’t have to make a final decision until early on Friday morning but it’s looking like he will run.”

The race is shaping up to be one of the best races of the last decade, with some of the worlds best horses set to compete.

Two-time Arc heroine Treve will be bidding to make history as she looks to win the race for a third time. She will be taking on Derby hero Golden Horn who has been supplemented for the race after his victory in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes.

There will be no Arc for Jack Hobbs however, with trainer John Gosden preferring to target the Irish Derby winner at the Qipco Champion Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot later this month.

He said: “Jack Hobbs worked nicely yesterday but as indicated earlier we plan is to run him in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot which is 13 days after the Arc.”

We all wait with bated breath for what should be a classic contest.


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Brown Panther suffers fatal injury

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The ultra-popular Brown Panther who won the Irish St Leger in 2014 and was third in the Royal Ascot Gold Cup was fatally injured at the Curragh on Sunday. He had missed his chance to run at Royal Ascot in 2015 due to a leg injury and was making his return to racing in Ireland.

The Classic winner was looking to defend his Irish St Leger title, but he pulled up sharply with six furlongs remaining, the seven-year-old suffered a serious hind leg injury and could not be saved.

“most brilliant horse I will ever set eyes on”
– Michael Owen

Former England striker, Michael Owen, who bred Brown Panther described him as “the toughest, most honest, most brilliant horse I will ever set eyes on” before saying the death of his favourite horse meant it was “the saddest day of my life.”

Brown Panther was without question the star of the Tom Dascombe stable, winning 11 of his 27 races collecting £1,114,425 in win and place prize-money in the process. He won multiple group races including the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan, the 2013 Group 2 Goodwood Cup, 2014 Group 3 Ormonde Stakes, 2014 Group 3 Henry II Stakes.

There is no doubt that Brown Panther was one of the most popular and talented horses in training and it is extremely sad that he will not be around in the future. He will be fondly remembered by all racing fans.

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Clive Brittain to retire

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Trainer Clive Brittain, who won six British Classics and enjoyed back-to-back Royal Ascot success with Rizeena, will retire at the end of the season. The 81-year-old has been a regular at the Royal Meeting, and guests enjoying Royal Ascot hospitality packages were thrilled on many occasions by his superstar horses.

The Newmarket trainer tasted his first piece of Classic success in 1978 when Julio Mariner won the St Leger at odds of 28-1. That win was followed by User Friendly who won the world’s oldest Classic in 1992. Brittain also won the 1,000 Guineas (twice) the 2,000 Guineas and the Epsom Oaks in an astonishing career.

Brittain’s success also stretched to overseas where he won the Breeders Cup with Pebbles in 1985 and his triumph by Jupiter Island in the Japan Cup was the first ever by a British trainer. He won Classics in Ireland and Italy, and in Hong Kong recorded back-to-back wins in the Vase with Luso in 1996 and 1997, while another horse with a special place in his affections is the versatile Warrsan, who won the Coronation Cup in 2003 and 2004, and amassed more than £1.6 million in prize-money.

On the day of his announcement Brittain also revelead that his stable star Rizeena has finished her career after 16 races.

Her two wins at Royal Ascot in the Queen Mary Stakes and the Group 1 Coronation Stakes, marked her out as one of the best of her generation.

In 2015 she just went down to Amazing Maria but her figures of 1-1-2 at Royal Ascot show her class.

Her trainer said: “This wonderfully consistent filly owes us nothing and I think the time is right for her to retire to the paddocks.”

On her position in the pantheon of great fillies to have flourished under Brittain’s care, he added: “There was Pebbles, User Friendly, Sayyedati, Crimplene, and of course Rizeena to finish my career off. She has been unlucky not to have won more, but she put me back on the Group 1-winning mark again.”

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Amazing Maria continues winning streak

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Royal Ascot winner Amazing Maria continued her fine form with a victory in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville on Sunday. The four-year-old produced one of the shocks of the week at Royal Ascot with her 25/1 success in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, a thrilling encounter for guests enjoying the superb Royal Ascot hospitality packages.

In her two subsequent David O’Meara’s filly has proved that victory was no fluke.

She followed her Royal Ascot success with a victory in the Group 1 Qipco Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

On Sunday Amazing Maria clashed with fellow Royal Ascot winner Ervedya. The star French filly was well fancied for the contest and was sent off as the odds-on favourite.

But when jockey Olivier Peslier asked the question of David O’Meara’s charge she responded in superb style, sweeping past Ervedya and recording a comfortable one and three quarter length victory.

After the race O’Meara said “She looked like she won pretty comfortably today. She is very versatile,”

“Today there was no real plan going out. Olivier knows Deauville much better than me, I’ve never had a runner here before. I just told him to go out and try and win.”