Royal Ascot 2018 - Aljazzi

Aljazzi Gunning for Royal Ascot in 2018

Marco Botti is eyeing a second shot in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes for 5-year-old, Aljazzi, at this year’s Royal Ascot. The impressive mare could be looking to go one better in the mile contest on Wednesday 20th June, having finished recently finished third on her return to the track at Sandown.

The Italian trainer appeared happy with her recent performance, saying, “The ground was not ideal, as the rain made it soft ground before the race, but we took the chance and I think she ran really well.”

Botti believes that Aljazzi won’t have too many runs this year, and is instead targetting a direct route to Royal Ascot.

On last year’s Royal Meeting, he added, “That was her best run last season and going straight to Ascot gives her time to recover.” Following a trip to Ascot, Botti posits that a place in the Falmouth Stakes could be next on the agenda. The 5-year-old is certainly worth keeping tabs on this year.

Wednesday 20th June could also see Newmarket trainer, James Tate, in action this year at Ascot with Invincible Army. The 3-year-old colt made a winning comeback in the Pavilion Stakes at the track on Wednesday – the 11/8 favourite, ridden by Ryan Moore, stretched clear for a length and a half to overcome rival Eqtidaar.

Speaking of his victory on Wednesday, Tate said, “I’m chuffed to bits with that. We knew he had trained on, it’s just a question of how far we can go, I guess.”

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Tepin ready to thrill the crowds at Royal Ascot

Breeders’ Cup Mile superstar Tepin is all set to thrill the crowds at Royal Ascot 2016 after coming through her prep run in fine style.

The biggest meeting of the flat racing season is now just two weeks away, with the world’s best horses preparing for five unrivalled days of action at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.

The supreme mare is one of the world’s leading horses and is a four-time Group 1 winner; she took a five-furlong contest at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning and owner Robert Masterson has confirmed its all systems go for Royal Ascot.

The five-year-old is the 9-2 ante-post favourite for the Queen Anne Stakes the opening race of Royal Ascot 2016, a race won by the likes of Frankel, Canford Cliffs and Goldikova in recent years.

Masterson said: “We are planning to take the filly to Royal Ascot and run in the Queen Anne.  Right now, all systems are go and everybody is on board.

“She obviously has some things to overcome that are different than the way she is running here, but we would like to go and try it and see how she does.”

Manatee is a Ascot Gold Cup possible after solid run in France

French training legend Andre Fabre could send Manatee to the Ascot Gold Cup on Royal Ascot Ladies Day after a solid run in Sunday’s Prix Vicomtesse Vigier.

The Godolphin owned five-year-old was a Group 2 winner in 2015 when scoring over a a-mile-and-a-quarter, now he could step up massively in trip for one of the biggest races in the world.

On Sunday he moved up to a trip around two-miles and thrilled his connections by finishing third, just a couple of months after finishing sixth in the Dubai Gold Cup.

Godolphin’s French representative Lisa-Jane Graffard said: “We were delighted with Manatee’s run. It was a semi-comeback and he really needed the outing.

“At the moment, the trainer is strongly considering running Manatee in the Gold Cup, but we will see how the horse is after this performance and consult.”

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2000 Guineas stars set for Royal Ascot decider

Galileo Gold and Awtaad will meet at Royal Ascot in a battle of the British 2000 Guineas winner and the Irish 2000 Guineas winner.

The Hugo Palmer trained Galileo Gold was looking for British and Irish Guineas double on Saturday at the Curragh, but was beaten by the Kevin Prendergast star Awtaad, who made it four wins from five starts in the Group 1 event.

Under Frankie Dettori, Galileo Gold, was sent off as the 5-4 favourite and looked to have a good position on inside of the field throughout the race. But Chris Haynes and Awtaad were travelling powerfully and took up the running two furlongs out; an electric burst pushed him clear of the field.

Dettori and his mount were unable to match the speed of the winner but finished well clear of the rest in second.

Now the pair look set for a deciding clash on the opening day of Royal Ascot in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

The Epsom Derby had been mooted as a potential race for Galileo Gold, but the world’s most famous flat race is not an option and Palmer is keen to take on Awtaad once again.

He said:  “The St James’s Palace is meant to be the championship decider between the two Guineas winners and if The Gurkha comes as well what a race we have to savour – better than the Derby.

“I’m not afraid to take on the Curragh winner again on better ground. It’s a very exciting prospect that I’d relish and would be fantastic for racing.”

While connections of Awtaad have also ruled out a tilt at the Derby with Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum saying: “I think it would be hard to give up the chance of the St James’s Palace Stakes by jumping him up half-a-mile.

“He beat the English Guineas winner and the other top milers at the Curragh and would be a wonderful stallion prospect if he won the St James’s Palace against the best ones around.”

O’Brien could hold trump card in St James’s Palace Stakes with The Gurkha

Despite the race featuring two classic winners, the favourite is currently the Aidan O’Brien colt The Gurkha.

The three-year-old is unbeaten in all three starts of 2016 and was ultra-impressive when destroying his rivals in the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Deauville.

He too holds an entry for The Derby but is also a best price of 7-4 for the St James’s Palace Stakes. Where will O’Brien send this potential superstar for his next race?

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2000 Guineas Third In Line For Royal Ascot

Ribchester, who ran an impressive race to finish third in the 2000 Guineas on Saturday is set to run at Royal Ascot 2016, with the St James’s Palace Stakes on the opening day the main aim.

There is just over a month to go until the biggest event in flat racing returns to Ascot Racecourse, the Richard Fahey trained colt will prepared for one of the biggest races of the week which has been won by the likes of Frankel, Kingman and Gleneagles in recent years.

In his two-year-old season the Godolphin owned runner claimed victory in the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes and he continued his progressive form with a huge run at Newmarket in the first classic of the season at the weekend.

Just three-and-a-half lengths separated the fast finishing Ribchester from winner Galileo Gold and now Fahey is looking forward to the Royal Meeting, saying: “He’ll have a bit of a break now and go straight to Royal Ascot for the St James’s Palace Stakes.

“He’s still a weak horse and is still maturing. I think it was greenness and rawness when he veered off a straight line in France – the run certainly improved him. I think he’s just going to get better and better as he gets older.”

Ribchester could face Galileo Gold in St James’s Palace Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot 2016

Ribchester will be looking to reverse the form with Guineas hero Galileo Gold, if Hugo Palmers star colt runs at Royal Ascot instead of the Epsom Derby.

Under a masterful ride from Frankie Dettori, Galileo Gold produced a stunning performance to give Palmer the biggest day of his young training career. But connections of the three-year-old are weighing up whether to tackle the world’s most famous flat race, The Epsom Derby.

Harry Herbert, who manages the interests of Galileo Gold’s owner Sheik Joaan Al Thaani, said: “Everyone wants to win a Derby but we want to do what is right for the horse. At the moment it is 50-50 either way. We have to debate it through.

“He is 10-1 for the (mile-and-a-half) Derby, where there are question marks about the trip, and warm favourite for the (one mile) St James’s Place Stakes.

“He will certainly stay a mile and a quarter but we haven’t a clue whether he will stay further than that.”

But it would be a brilliant site to see the 2000 Guineas winner flying up the Ascot straight at the Royal Meeting.

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Moore Looking Forward to Royal Ascot Return

Ryan Moore is relishing a return to Royal Ascot in two-months, after his record breaking week in 2015. The meeting is the biggest event of the flat racing season with the world’s finest horses and trainers coming to Ascot Racecourse for five days of action.

Moore is widely regarded as the world’s leading flat jockey and his barnstorming performances saw him ride nine winners; a modern day record eclipsed only by the great Fred Archer who rode 12 winners at the Royal Meeting in 1878.

Now the superstar jockey is excited about the prospect of returning in 2016, saying: “It is a massive week in the calendar; as far as English racing is concerned it is the main week of the year.

“We have the highest quality horses and now have horses coming from all over the world. The prestige and tradition to it makes it different to any other meeting in the world.

“I always said to myself ‘if I am going to ride I need to do it at the top level’. It is a tough game so it is hard to get there. It has always been about riding the best horses at the highest level in the big races.”

Below we take a look back at Royal Ascot 2015 where one man stole the show.

Ryan Moore’s record breaking Royal Ascot

His week got off to the perfect start as star colt Gleneagles romped to victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes. That victory set the tone for the week, where the potent combination of Moore and Irish-trainer Aidan O’Brien would dominate.

On the victory Moore said: “Gleneagles was always the most important last year. He was very impressive in the St James’s Palace. It was great to get him home on the first day. He would be the biggest memory of last year.”

Moore didn’t have to wait long for his next victory as he guided the Willie Mullins-trained Clondaw Warrior to a half-length victory in the Ascot Stakes. Moore then finished the opening day with his third winner as Washington DC won the Windsor Castle Stakes, once again for Aidan O’Brien.

Day two saw a further two winners for the great jockey with victories aboard Wesley Ward’s Acapulco in the Queen Mary Stakes and GM Hopkins in the Royal Hunt Cup.

Three winners arrived on Royal Ascot Ladies Day. The opening race of the day went to Moore and O’Brien as Waterloo Bridge won the Norfolk Stakes. The next came as Curvy won the Ribblesdale Stakes for David Wachman. Moore and O’Brien were at it again in the Britannia Stakes as War Enovy just got up on the line to win by a neck.

The Friday didn’t see Moore enter the Winners’ Enclosure until the final race when Aloft won the Queen’s Vase. Despite not riding a winner on the final day of Royal Ascot, Moore’s record breaking week grabbed all the headlines, a truly remarkable feat.

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Royal Ascot 2016 Receives Record Number of Overseas Entries

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.

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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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Manhattan Dan aiming for Royal Ascot glory in 2016

Royal Ascot is the main target for American sprinter Manhattan Dan according to his trainer Gary Contessa.

The star colt has been in superb form this season and after his impressive victory in Gulfstream’s Fisher Island Handicap, Manhattan Dan will make his first trip to Europe for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

The six-furlong contest is the newest Group One contest at the Royal Meeting and looks to be attracting a high-quality field for its second running in 2016.

Contessa is confident of Manhattan Dan’s chances at Royal Ascot and said: “We know what he is and we know what his limitations are, and let’s try to make him the best sprinter out there.

“So that’s the road we’ve taken this year, and so far we’re 100 per cent right. I know you get to England and it’s a whole different ball game, but it’s hard to imagine anyone being able to beat him going six furlongs. That’ll be his next start, we do want to try Royal Ascot. That’s the game plan for him.”

With just one week to go until entries for the eight Group One contests at Royal Ascot close, the biggest international stars are nominating their targets for the big races.

Undrafted will return to defend his Royal Ascot crown

Another American star who will be one of the headline attractions of Royal Ascot 2016 is Undrafted who will return to defend his Diamond Jubilee Stakes title.

The six-year-old is owned by former NFL star Wes Welker and under a masterful Frankie Dettori ride he just got the better of Australia’s Brazen Beau in one of the best races at the 2015 meeting.

His trainer Wesley Ward has confirmed that he will attempt to win the Group One contest for a second time in June. Ward has a sensational record at Royal Ascot and his horses are always well supported by the fans.

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Time Test to return at Royal Ascot in 2016

Time Test, the electrifying winner of Royal Ascot’s Tercentenary Stakes last season, will be aimed at The Prince of Wales’s Stakes in 2016 according to his trainer Roger Charlton.

The four-year-old enjoyed a fantastic 2015, which included a Group 2 win at Newmarket and of course his finest hour when blazing to victory under Frankie Dettori at Royal Ascot.

That performance was one of the finest of the week and proved just how important fast ground over a mile and a quarter is to the Khalid Abdullah owned star.

Charlton said, “He’s basically a mile-and-a-quarter horse, which we saw at Ascot, and he wants fast ground.

“We really haven’t had that. We certainly didn’t have it in the Breeders’ Cup, the ground was horrible, and we had a wide draw.

“York was a messy race as we all know. Newmarket in the Joel Stakes he did well, but he really wants a mile and a half on fast ground.

“We will take our time and make a decision where he runs nearer the time, but he’s in good form, so we’re happy.”

Royal Ascot winner Time Test could return at Newbury or Curragh

Ahead of his return Charlton has given his charge two fascinating entries in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury (Saturday 14th May) and the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Sunday 22nd May) at Ireland’s famous Curragh track.

Charlton went on to say, “I think you have to enter up and see. See what shows up and what you want to do nearer the time.

“I guess the Prince of Wales’s Stakes would hopefully be a race that will suit him. The owner Khalid Abdullah has other good horses, so we’ll see.”

The 2015 renewal of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes was a typically dramatic event with Dermot Weld’s Free Eagle getting a clean run and holding off the late surge of The Grey Gatsby, who met a lot of trouble in running.

But having tasted success in the race in 2013 with the popular Al Kazeem, Charlton will be hoping that Time Test can follow in his footsteps.

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