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.