Royal Ascot Hospitality UK

Royal Ascot runners – latest update

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Brown Panther has been robbed of his chance to compete in one of Royal Ascot’s most prestigious races, the Gold Cup on Thursday 18th June. The popular stayer was set to be one of the star attractions for Royal Ascot Ladies Day hospitality guests.

Tom Dascombe’s charge finished third in the 2014 renewal and was expected to go close this season, but injury has ruled him out of the race. Owner and breeder Michael Owen tweeted: “Absolutely gutted to announce that Brown Panther injured his near-fore leg this morning and is out of the Ascot Gold Cup.” It is a shame that Royal Ascot Ladies Day hospitality guests won’t get to see this star in action, but the race still has plenty of quality and the market is headed by Irish star Forgotten Rules.

Godolphin’s exciting new prospect for Royal Ascot

Godolphin have made another exciting addition to their team ahead of Royal Ascot with the purchase of Buratino who runs in the Coventry Stakes on the opening day of the meeting Tuesday 16th June. It will be the owner’s first runner for the powerful Mark Johnston team and the two-year-old’s trainer said “It’s quite exciting to have a runner in Godolphin blue and I think it’s a first for me, definitely in this country.”

Richard Hannon believes his best chance of tasting Royal Ascot success will be in the opening race on the second day of the meeting – Wednesday 17th June as Ivawood goes for the Group 3 Jersey Stakes. Champion jockey Richard Hughes rode the three-year-old in the both the British and Irish 2,000 Guineas, where he finished third on each occasion.

Hughes said in Saturday’s Racing Post column “I’d say he’s the horse to beat in the Jersey. He’s in great form, moving great, looks great, coming back to seven furlongs has to be ideal for him, and he’d be my tip of the week.” The Hannon/Hughes combination will be desperate to get on the board in front of the Royal Ascot hospitality guests.

Ascot clerk of the course Chris Stickels resumed watering on the track over the weekend, after the forecast thunderstorms failed to arrive on Thursday and Friday. “The ground is good, good to firm in places (watering) and we are going to water the round course tonight and the straight course in the morning” Stickels said on Saturday afternoon.

Horse racing’s most prestigious meeting is now just one day away. With superstars from around the world set to compete over five days of glorious action, Royal Ascot 2015 could be one the best in history.

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International aces ready for Royal Ascot

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Able Friend and California Chrome were among the international stars warming up on the Newmarket gallops ahead of Royal Ascot which starts on Tuesday 16th June. The meeting is the highlight of the flat season and Royal Ascot hospitality guests will have the opportunity to see the best horse’s from around the world.

Able Friend will be looking to get the international contingent off to a flying start in the opening race of the meeting the Group 1, Queen Anne Stakes.

Hong Kong’s best ever horse will clash with French superstar Solow in a mouth-watering encounter for Royal Ascot hospitality guests.

The five-year-old has a lot of confidence behind him and trainer John Moore’s son George described him as “a monster of a horse.”

2014 US Horse of the Year, California Chrome, completed his preparations for the Prince of Wales Stakes, the feature race on day two – Wednesday 17th June. Never in his career has Art Sherman’s runner been as big as 10/1 for a race like he is for next week’s contest.

Sherman said “Looking at the field it’s very competitive and every time he’s run previously he’s been 8-5 or even money and now he’s 10-1.”

Despite his price and the fact he has never raced clockwise before, there is no doubt the 2014 Kentucky Derby winner has the class to win this prestigious race.

His army of fans including the Queen are known as “Chromies” and they will be cheering this globetrotting star home in what promises to be a fabulous contest for Royal Ascot hospitality guests.

Leading Australian sprinter Brazen Beau, who is heads the market at 11/4 for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot – Saturday 20th June also stretched his legs in front of the media. Trainer Chris Waller has the option of running his stable star in the Kings Stand Stakes, but the Diamond Jubilee is the likely option.  Fellow Australian speedsters Shamal Wind and Wandjina were also in action at Newmarket.

Other horses who completed their preparations on Thursday were Japanese superstars Super Moon and Spielberg, who will head for the Hardwicke Stakes and Prince of Wales Stakes respectively.

The international team for Royal Ascot 2015 is possibly the best in history, with the top three rated turf horses in the world; Solow, Able Friend and Brazen Beau all ready to strut their stuff in front of the Royal Ascot hospitality guests.

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Moore sticks with The Grey Gatsby for Royal Ascot

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Ryan Moore looks set to continue his profitable partnership with The Grey Gatsby in The Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot next week. The Group 1 race is the feature event on day two of Royal Ascot – Wednesday 17th June and will be a wonderful spectacle for guests enjoying the luxurious Royal Ascot hospitality facilities.

The three-time champion jockey has ridden the four-year-old in six of his last seven races, including his two major Group 1 wins in last season’s Prix du Jockey Club and Irish Champion Stakes. Kevin Ryan’s charge is a general 7/1 second-favourite for the race despite the fact he has failed to reach the heights of last season.

Ryan said “We’re nearly sure that Ryan is going to ride him, which is a big bonus. He’s in great order and we are where we want to be with him.”

Godolphin snaps up Pleascach

Godolphin have snapped up exciting 1,000 Irish Guineas winner Pleascach, who will step up to one-and-a-half-miles in the Ribblesdale Stakes on the third day of Royal Ascot – Thursday 18th June. The Group 2 will be a high-class event for the guests inside the enjoying the magnificent Royal Ascot Ladies Day hospitality facilities.

Jim Bolger’s charge was very impressive when winning the Group 1 at the Curragh and carry the famous blue silks next week. It continues the association between Bolger’s stable and Godolphin, who also own Bolger’s Round Two, who is favourite for the Coventry Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot – Tuesday 16th June.

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Al Shaqab snap up Royal Ascot favourite

Royal Ascot - King of RooksAl Shaqab racing have strengthened their substantial Royal Ascot team with the purchase of Norfolk Stakes favourite King of Rooks.

The Group 2 contest is the opening race of the third day of Royal Ascot – Thursday 18th June and will kick start a fantastic day of action for Royal Ascot Ladies Day hospitality guests.

Richard Hannon’s juvenile handed out a five-length beating to subsequent Investec Woodcote Stakes winner Buratino in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown at the end of May.

Now a best price of 5/4 for the Norfolk Stakes, Hannon’s charge was purchased by Sheikh Joaan and looks to be his strongest chance for Royal Ascot success.

The powerful owners are responsible for another leading fancy in the shape of Royal Hunt Cup joint-favourite Ayaar. While Ectot, is a general third favourite for the Prince Of Wales Stakes. Al Naamah, Eltezam and Osaila are also due to run during the week.

Like Al Shaqab, Hannon is assembling a strong team for the five-day Royal Ascot bonanza which begins on Tuesday 16th June.

Lockinge one-two Night of Thunder and Toormore will looking to get the week off to a flying start in the opening race of the meeting the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. The pair look set to clash with the magnificent Solow who heads the market at 6/4 after two ultra-impressive wins this season.

Ivawood who finished third in the both the British and Irish 2,000 Guineas will drop back to seven furlongs for the Jersey Stakes, the opening race on the second day of Royal Ascot – Wednesday 17th June. While Log Out Island and Eltezam are both due to take their chance in the Coventry Stakes on day one of the meeting.

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Spielberg set for starring role at Royal Ascot

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Japan enter next week’s Royal Ascot meeting still searching for a winner at the flagship event of European racing. With several Group 1 races taking place over the five days, guests enjoying the fabulous Royal Ascot hospitality facilities will see some high-class action involving the world’s premier horses.

Trainer and Owner backing Spielberg at Royal Ascot

Trainer Kazuo Fujisawa and owner Hidetoshi Yamamoto are confident of ending the losing streak with Spielberg in the Prince of Wales Stakes on the second day of Royal Ascot – Wednesday 17th June.

Spielberg is one of the best rated horses in Japan and finished third in the 2014 Japan Cup but connections believe he will be better at the shorter trip in the Prince of Wales Stakes. Racing manager Nobutaka Tada said “He likes to come from behind and we hope he can be competitive in what looks a strong race. We have booked Christophe Soumillon, who is a top-class jockey.”

The six-year-old is one of several international contenders for the Group 1 prize with the likes of 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome also set to feature. Fujisawa’s charge can be backed at a best price of 16/1 while Irish star Free Eagle heads the market at 7/2.

The dry conditions over the past week have seen the ground at Ascot changed to good, good to firm in places. With the exception of showers on Thursday and Friday the forecast is largely dry and fast conditions should be expected for the opening day of the meeting – Tuesday 16th June.

Time is running out to book your Royal Ascot hospitality packages including Royal Ascot Ladies Day hospitality, don’t miss your chance to experience horse racing’s biggest event.

Picture credit (Racing Post – Masakazu Takahashi)

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Windshear stepping up for Gold Cup bid

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Richard Hannon is preparing Windshear for a step up in trip and a crack at the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday 18th June. The race is the one of the highlights of week and will be a fantastic contest for Royal Ascot Ladies Day hospitality guests to enjoy from the luxurious facilities.

Fresh from saddling the yard’s first winner over further than one mile in 22 years on Saturday with Pether’s Moon, Hannon is now preparing to send his four-year-old to one of the most historic and prestigious races in the calendar, which is run over two-miles-four-furlongs.

After finishing fourth in the 2014 St. Leger at Doncaster, connections are confident that the 25/1 shot can handle the dramatic step up in distance.

Hannon, who saddled two Royal Ascot winners last year, said on Monday: “There is a good chance Windshear will go for the Gold Cup.

He has had a break, I think he will definitely stay and he could hopefully run well.”

Top-class colt Brazen Beau is likely to run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot – Saturday 20th June. The Australian star also has the option of running in the Kings Stand Stakes on the opening day of the meeting, but trainer Chris Waller is leaning towards the final day contest if the glorious weather continues.

Waller said “I’m still a few days off making a final decision because I want to see what the weather forecast is like. If it is OK then the Diamond Jubilee is the race we’ll more than likely run him in.”

2014 Stewards Cup winner Intrinsic could return to action in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot next Saturday. Robert Cowell’s charge has been out of action since sustaining an injury in January and a gallop at Kempton on Thursday will determine the five-year-old’s participation.

Cowell said “The aim now is to go for the Wokingham where he definitely has a chance. He will have a racecourse gallop at Kempton on Thursday before Royal Ascot and that will tell me whether he’s ready.”

With just seven days to go until the start of Royal Ascot, time is running out to book your official hospitality packages for horse racing’s biggest and most stylish meeting.

Picture Credit (Racing Post – Mark Cranham)

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Buick booked for California Chrome Ride

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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.

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Al Kazeem ruled out of Royal Ascot

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Former Royal Ascot winner Al Kazeem has been ruled out of the Prince of Wales Stakes, on the second day of the Royal Meeting – Wednesday 17th June. The Group 1 contest will be one of the highlights of the meeting for guests enjoying the luxurious Royal Ascot hospitality facilities.

Roger Charlton’s charge won the 2013 Prince of Wales Stakes and was retired at the end of that season, but after an unsuccessful spell at stud he returned to training in 2014.

The seven-year-old looked back to his best when winning the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup for a second time in May.

Speaking on his website, Charlton said: “Al Kazeem returned from Ireland with an injury to his foreleg which will rule out the Prince of Wales’s at Royal Ascot, but it is hoped that he will return for an autumn campaign.”

Free Eagle heads the market at 7/2 for the Prince of Wales Stakes, which has attracted a stellar field of international stars including California Chrome.

We now only have limited Royal Ascot hospitality packages available for the most glamorous event in horse racing.

(Picture credit: Racing Post – Caroline Norris)

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Anthem Alexander back to winning ways

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Anthem Alexander winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot 2014 made a winning return on Monday. The fillies return to form comes just at the right time, with the biggest meeting in horse racing just 13 days away.

She could be one of many stars to entertain Eventmasters guests enjoying the outstanding Royal Ascot hospitality facilities.

After the race trainer Eddie Lynam outlined the targets for the three-year-old including Royal Ascot’s newest Group 1 contest, the Commonwealth Cup which will be run on Friday 19th June. Lynam commented “If I have my way she’ll run in the Commonwealth.”

The Irish trainer also said The Kings Stand Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot – Tuesday 16th June could be a possibility.

Elsewhere jockey Danny Tudhope has resigned himself to missing out on Royal Ascot due to a broken thumb. The 29-year-old has enjoyed a successful partnership with trainer David O’Meara in recent years and was due to ride Group 1 winner G-Force, who holds an entry for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot – Saturday 20th June.

(Picture credit: Racing Post – Caroline Norris)

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Royal Ascot News Update

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There were several pointers for Britain’s Royal Ascot challenge at the most valuable evening meeting on the calendar at Sandown last night. All of the winners are set to entertain Eventmasters Royal Ascot hospitality guests between Tuesday 16th and Saturday 20th June 2015.

Vent De Force was given a superb front running ride from Champion Jockey Richard Hughes in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes and in doing so enhanced his claims for the Ascot Gold Cup, the feature race at Royal Ascot on Ladies Day – Thursday June 18th. The win moved Hughie Morrison’s runner into 12/1; Irish challenger Forgotten Rules remains the 9/4 favourite for what is shaping up into a potential thrilling encounter for Royal Ascot Ladies Day hospitality guests who will enjoy the contest from the outstanding facilities of the Ascot Sandringham Restaurant.

Morrison said “The race will put him spot
on for Royal Ascot”

The win completed a quick-fire double for Hughes who guided King of Rooks to victory in the Listed National Stakes. The Richard Hannon stable have dominated this contest in recent years winning six renewals since 2007. The two-year-old romped to a five-length win and moved to the top of the betting for the Coventry Stakes on the opening day of the meeting – Tuesday 16th June.

In the other Group 3 contest Western Hymn produced a thunderous finish to deny Arab Spring a second group win of the season. Ryan Moore tried to make all on Sir Michael Stoute’s runner, but was unable to hold off the late challenge of James Doyle’s mount, who got the verdict in a photo-finish. After the race John Gosden confirmed Western Hymn will head for the Prince of Wales Stakes on Wednesday 17th June, a potential clash with USA Horse of the Year California Chrome awaits. The race is shaping up to be one of the best of the week and will be a fabulous spectacle for Royal Ascot hospitality guests.

Pamona will bypass The Oaks this Friday in favour of heading straight for Royal Ascot. Luca Cumani’s filly will head for the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes instead of running at Epsom. Owners Highclere Racing will be hoping she can produce a good effort in front of the packed Ascot stands.