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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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Royal Ascot Hospitality 2016

Vancouver to be aimed at Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Champion Australian two-year-old Vancouver is most likely to run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot 2016 according to his new trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Winner of the prestigious Golden Slipper, the Australian powerhouse has been at O’Brien’s Ballydoyle yard for roughly seven weeks, but he will have to go into quarantine ahead of his return Down Under, the day after the July Cup. But O’Brien is hopeful that he will be able to get three runs into the superstar while he is in Europe.

The four-year-old holds a host of entries for Royal Ascot at a wide range of distances from five furlong sprints up to one-mile-and-a-quarter.

But the Ballydoyle legend has indicated that the six furlong Group 1 Diamond Jubilee is the target, saying: “He’s very exciting, very quick and the Diamond Jubilee is his most likely race at Ascot.

“He’s only really ready for a racecourse gallop, but he has to have a race so that we can learn about him.

“If he doesn’t have a race before Ascot we won’t know how we should ride him. Everyone has to be prepared for him to get beat there. What we’re asking of him is next to impossible. But maybe he’s good enough.”

O’Brien offers update on Ascot Gold Cup favourite Order Of St George

At his stable tour O’Brien also provided news of his other Royal Ascot runners including Gold Cup favourite Order Of St George.

The four-year-old finished off last season with three superb victories including an 11-length romp in the Group 1 Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Since that win he has been well backed for the Gold Cup on Royal Ascot Ladies Day and is as short as 9/4 for the feature event.

O’Brien said: “Order Of St George is on the way back and he will hopefully go to Navan for a racecourse gallop, then we will see after that.

“If that went well, he might go to the Saval Beg and if that went well, he might go to Royal Ascot.

“He has done very well but is carrying a little bit of weight. As he had a little setback, I don’t want to risk injuring him.”

O’Brien will hoping for another successful trip to Royal Ascot and with a typically powerful string of horses you can expect to see him in the winners’ enclosure on a regular basis.

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