Royal Ascot

£400k Raised During Royal Ascot at Home

A total of £400,000 was raised by frontline charities during Royal Ascot this year. Approximately £166,000 was contributed by the #StyledWithThanks programme, and Ascot Racecourse's direct fundraising benefitted The NationalEmergencies Trust Relief Fund, NH Charities Together, The Care Workers Charity and the Berkshire Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund. Prizes were awarded for Most Elegant, Most Uplifting and Most Original as judged by a panel of fashion industry experts. An online auction of rainbow-themed hats-in partnership with the British Hat Guild-generated £24,000, and the campaign was given another £30,000 boost when 2020...

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Campanelle Joins Lady Aurelia as Stonestreet Ascot Winner

No one could win from stall one. That's what Stonestreet Stables' Barbara Banke heard throughout the Royal Ascot Meeting as she prepared to watch her juvenile filly Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) make her second lifetime start in the G2 Queen Mary S. on the final day of the meet. "All during the week I kept hearing that nobody was winning from the one post position, and that we probably couldn't either," Banke said. [tdn_vimeo_embed title="Royal Ascot winner Campanelle " admp4="https://player.vimeo.com/external/418394033.sd.mp4?s=0121a3f9c4d43a70d24b60066df4ab4d2e6ba32c&profile_id=165" videomp4= "https://player.vimeo.com/external/434718483.sd.mp4?s=62363e673d01aaf9d1573e14441445f358bc854d&profile_id=165" thumbnail= ""] So from California, the top American...

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Turf Puts Focus on Best of Both Worlds

Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? That's certainly a plausible inference, looking at the latest Grade I event staged on American turf. Of the seven fillies and mares contesting the Just A Game S. at Belmont on Saturday, four were bred in Europe; and three of those also started their track careers there. Moreover the solitary American winner at Royal Ascot was actually bred and raised in Ireland, and exported only last fall from Tattersalls. It stands to reason, of course, if European blood...

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Crowley Born To Excel At Ascot

Among some memorable performances at Royal Ascot last week, two that stood out at opposite ends of the distance spectrum were provided by Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}). The sprinter and the stayer may be poles apart in some respects, but what they share is the fact that, at the age of six, they have been around long enough to be taken to the hearts of the racing public. Six also unites their respective jockeys, Jim Crowley and Frankie Dettori, as that was...

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Ward Outlines Future Plans for Ascot Runners

Wesley Ward runner Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), who won the G2 Queen Mary S. on Saturday, is being targeted at the G1 Prix Morny at Deauville in France later this summer. Ward was not on hand at Royal Ascot due to the ongoing coronavirus, but instead watched from his base at Keeneland. He said, "The Prix Morny is where we're headed [with Campanelle]. She'll come home now and have a couple of gallops on the beautiful grass here in Keeneland, and hopefully then she'll be ready to ship to Deauville....

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Pyledriver on Course for Derby

Group 2 winner Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) remains on course for the G1 Investec Derby as long as he continues to please trainer William Muir ahead of the premier Classic on July 4.The Harbour Watch colt put himself in the picture for the Epsom showpiece with a convincing victory in the King Edward VII S. at Royal Ascot. Muir reports his stable star to have taken those exertions in his stride, so far. "He's been fine since the race, he's absolutely wonderful," said the Lambourn handler. "As I've said...

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Up the Stretch Awards–‘The Stretchies!’

For the past few years, we have celebrated the highs and sometimes lows, of the Royal Ascot meet with A Tip of the Top Hat awards. Originally over these five days, we presented `The Down the Stretch' awards, but the homestretch at Ascot is a gradual uphill tussle. I think it is much harder for a thoroughbred to pull, to dig down deep on the incline in the final three furlongs. Very trying and tiring. Thus, the Up The Stretch Awards. Here are the 2020 STRECHIE winners. The winner of...

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The Weekly Wrap: By Royal Acclaim

Back in April, when major sporting events across the world were being cancelled left, right and centre, the management team at the Queen's racecourse took the decision that, if racing had resumed in time, Royal Ascot would go ahead behind closed doors. The announcement was met with incredulity in some quarters, particularly by those keen to blame the spread of coronavirus on the Cheltenham Festival, but thank goodness Ascot stuck to its resolve to go ahead, even in extraordinary circumstances. Of course the meeting lost some of its lustre, just...

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Ascot World Pool Grows Nearly 50%

The Tote's Royal Ascot World Pool, which encompassed all 36 races at the meeting and took betting from 20 nations into a single pool, grew 49% from last year with a total £137-million bet. The Tote Win price beat the Industry Starting Price (SP) on 19 occasions across the 36 races and with Tote Guarantee in place the Tote has matched SP on the remaining occasions. This resulted in a 9% higher return on the Tote based on placing a £1 bet on each winner during the week. Alex Frost,...

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It’s Kodiac Again As Hello Youmzain Prevails In the Diamond Jubilee

Coming of age when winning the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup in September, Haras d'Etreham and Cambridge Stud's Hello Youmzain (Fr) (Kodiac {GB}) sprung back into action with some gusto as he battled to victory in a thrilling G1 Diamond Jubilee S. under Kevin Stott on Royal Ascot's Saturday bonanza. Breaking rapidly before gradually making his way to the stand's side, the 4-1 second favourite had to work to subdue Sceptical (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) in the last 75 yards and found the line as the strong-closing Dream of Dreams...

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Kingman’s Palace Pier Best In the St James’s Palace

Frankie Dettori ended Royal Ascot's crowd-free week on fire as he took the final day by storm, completing a big-race treble on the TDN Rising Star Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in a pulsating renewal of the G1 St James's Palace S. Making a sizeable leap to this level with even less to justify it than stablemate Lord North (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) had on Wednesday, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's unbeaten colt of such promise proved well up to standard to provide further evidence of John Gosden's razor-sharp judgment....

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Sea the Moon’s Alpine Star Emulates Alpha Centauri In the Coronation

Emulating the emphatic G1 Coronation S. victory of her half-sister Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) two years ago, the Niarchos Family's Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea the Moon {Ger}) was also in a class of her own as Royal Ascot once again bowed to its greatest showman Frankie Dettori. Racing behind the strong tempo of the leading duo early, the 9-2 shot who was last seen winning the G2 Debutante S. at The Curragh in August forged up the rail in early straight and had command before the furlong pole. Powering...

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