Royal Ascot could once again host some of the global stars of horse racing after receiving a record number of international entries for the biggest meeting of the flat racing season; Tuesday 14th – Saturday 18th June 2016.
The eight Group One contests have received 394 entries from eight different countries, with 164 entries overseas entries, with a further 35 entries coming from outside of Europe.
The breakdown of entries by country is displayed below.
International stars could clash in the opening race of Royal Ascot 2016
Superstar mare Tepin could bid to give the USA the perfect start to Royal Ascot, if she lines up in the opening race of the week, The Queen Anne Stakes, worth around £600,000. Last year the classy five-year-old comfortably saw off all the European challengers in the Breeders’ Cup Mile; now she is looking for the same performance at Royal Ascot.
Her trainer Mark Casse said: “All is good with Tepin. The plan is to run her around the first Saturday in May here in America and then we will make a decision about Royal Ascot after that. We feel that is good timing with Ascot in mind. She continues to amaze me.”
Tepin could potentially meet last season Queen Anne winner Solow, in a truly mouth-watering clash. The dashing grey was one of the stars of the Royal Meeting in 2015 and will be looking to make it back-to-back wins for Freddy Head.
Top sprinters in line for Diamond Jubilee Stakes and King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is one of the most exciting races of the week and forms part of the Global Sprint Challenge. It is no surprise that some of the world’s top sprinters have been entered for this massive race.
Undrafted will be looking to make it back-to-back Royal Ascot wins after tasting success in the same race in 2015, he could once again represent the popular Wesley Ward. The American trainer could hold a strong hand in the race with Green Mask, Hootenanny and The Great War also entered.
Chautauqua won the opening leg of the Global Sprint Challenge (Lightning Stakes – Melbourne) and could be in line for a $1million bonus if he can win three-legs of the challenge.
Other international entries for the race include Australia’s The Quarterback and Singapore representative Spalato.
The King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot has also attracted some top international stars. Chris Waller’s Group One winner Japonisme heads the entries from Australia; while Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mongolian Saturday could represent Enebish Ganbat and the USA.
Prince of Wales’s Stakes attracts Japan’s top-miler
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is one of the most popular races of the week and could be headlined by the appearance of Japanese superstar A Shin Hikari. The five-year-old burst onto the international racing scene with a breathtaking display from the front in the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin in December.
Aidan O’Brien could have a strong challenge in the race with his star mare and Breeders’ Cup Turf heroine Found among the entries. New Bay the French Derby winner could run in the famous Frankel colours of Khalid Abdullah.
Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Communications at Ascot, said: “It is gratifying to see numbers up generally and record international entries, but what really counts in the later respect is quality and spread.
“To have one of Japan’s leading middle-distance horses in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes once again is tremendous; Chautauqua is most people’s idea of the world’s top sprinter and headlines several high profile Australian entries.
“Tepin’s record speaks for itself and she is really picking up the public’s attention home and abroad; Wesley Ward has many more Group One entries than before including in the Commonwealth Cup, which was such a welcome addition to the card last year.”
These are just some of the big international names that could showcase their talents at Ascot Racecourse for the 2016 Royal Meeting.
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