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Thursday 20th June – 4:20 – Royal Ascot – 2m 4f (2m 3f 210y) Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (4yo+)

The Gold Cup was established in 1807 and was originally open to horses aged three and over. The Gold Cup is the first leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown which includes the Goodwood Cup and the Doncaster Cup. All three races were last won in the same season by Double Trigger in 1995. The most successful horse in the history of the race is Yeats who won he race on four occasions between 2006 and 2009.

Over the last 25 years four year olds have been the most successful with 12 wins, five year olds have won four times, six year olds seven times and seven and eight year olds have won on three occasions. The last 12 renewals have been won by horses aged four to six on 11 occasions.

The betting has been a better guide recently with 10 of the last 12 winners starting at prices no bigger than 6/1. Favourites have fared very well recently with eight of the last 12 winners going off as favourite.

Previous winning form in the current season is a factor worth noting as 19 of the last 24 winners had won earlier in the season and nine of the last 12 winners won on their last run before the Gold Cup. Previous winning course form should also be considered with eight of the last 12 winners having previously won at the course.

British trained horses who ran in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown earlier in the season have a good recent record in the Gold Cup as seven of the last 10 British trained horses who ran in the race went on to win the Gold Cup.

Irish trained horses have a very good recent record in the race with seven of the last 12 Gold Cup victories going to Irish trained runners.

An Official Rating of 107 has been necessary to win the race nine times in the last 12 seasons and 10 of the last 12 winners had previously won in Groups 1 to 3.

The John Gosden-trained Stradivarius has good claims on current form. The five year old Chestnut Colt was impressive on his seasonal reappearance at York where he won the Yorkshire Cup by ¾ lengths from the Aiden O’Brien-trained Southern France. Stradivarius also won the same race last year before winning the Ascot Gold Cup. Six of the last 22 Gold Cup winners contested the Group 2 race.

He was unbeaten in 2018, winning two Group 1’s and three Group 2 races. He runs off an Official Rating of 120 today. He is proven in the ground and has won three of his four starts at Ascot. He has the assistance of Frankie Dettori who has ridden him on five of his last six runs. His success in the Yorkshire Cup last month suggests that he is as good as ever and he could prove very hard to beat today.

 

 

 

 

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The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) star, James Lock is excited at the prospect of fulfilling a boyhood dream and becoming a Royal Ascot winning owner this Saturday 22nd June.

Lock also known as ‘Lockie’, is part of syndicate which owns the racehorse, Keystroke, who is heading to the final day of one of the global sporting events of the year and hoping for success in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes – a race which forms part of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series.

Keystroke, who is trained by Stuart Williams, is coming off the back of an amazing shock win in the Group 3 Abernat Stakes at Newmarket back in April, where he stormed to victory at the huge price of 66/1.

On the prospect of winning at Royal Ascot, James Lock said: “It will be a dream come true! I grew up watching horse racing as a little boy, but never once thought I’d end up owning a horse that could end up winning a big race at Royal Ascot.

“I love everything about Royal Ascot, it’s a great day out where everyone dresses up and enjoys the racing. I can’t wait to be there on Saturday to cheer on Keystroke.”

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is part of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series, which showcases the finest Flat racing, and is the most valuable sprint race at Royal Ascot, worth a total prize money of £600,000.

Lock was speaking at an exclusive visit to Stuart Williams’ yard in Newmarket to check in on Keystroke’s final preparations ahead of the big race on Saturday.

Discussing Keystroke’s preparation, trainer Stuart Williams said: “I’m very happy with him. We’ve had a very good preparation and we’ve got Adam Kirby on board again. I’m very hopeful Ascot will suit him. It’s great to be going to Royal Ascot with a horse like Keystroke, in a race against some of the best sprinters in the world. It’s a tough task but he’s very well in himself and we’re all very much looking forward to it.”

James Lock added: “Owning a racehorse is brilliant. It takes you to places you could only imagine of going and adds to the excitement of what is already a great day out. Especially being in a syndicate with my mates, it’s a special feeling when your horse wins. I would encourage anyone to get into ownership, if I can do it, anyone can!”

Lock is one of eight involved in the syndicate, which is managed by GG Thoroughbreds. George Gill, who manages the syndicate, said: “Syndicates allow people to get into racing at an affordable amount of money. You get more action, more excitement and more days out at the racing. That’s what syndicates allow you to do, get involved in the sport at a fraction of the cost.”

TOWIE's James Lock on his syndicate horse Keystroke - YouTube

Video courtesy of Great British Racing and www.inthepaddock.co.uk

In the Paddock is a unique platform from Great British Racing that offers visitors the chance to search and compare shared racehorse ownership organisations based in the UK.

Shared ownership provides an accessible and affordable route into owning a racehorse by splitting the costs with like-minded people, whether that’s together with friends or creating new ones through a shared love of racing.

For more information, please visit: www.inthepaddock.co.uk

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Her Majesty the Queen and the Directors of Ascot Racecourse celebrated the second day of Royal Ascot in style (despite the weather!) – on Wednesday 19th June 2019.

Personalities who attended the second day of Royal Ascot 2019 included: Rosie Tapner; Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey; Debbie McGee; Sasha Wilkins; and William Chambers.

Photos by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse.

Nazer Bullen; Guest in AWON Golding Hat.

Rosie Tapner; Guest.

Looking lovely!

Lisa Tan (Milliner); Sasha Wilkins.

Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey.

Mathias Le Fevre; Mathias Le Fevre and Ciinderella Balthazar.

Guest & William Chambers (milliner).

Seriously stunning!

Amazing!

Debbie McGee.

Fabulous fashionista!

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Her Majesty the Queen and the Directors of Ascot Racecourse celebrated the first day of Royal Ascot in style on Tuesday 18th June 2019.

Royal Ascot is one of the pinnacle events of the summer social season and fashion plays a huge part with racegoers and famous personalities on Day 1 of Royal Ascot 2019 included: the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge; Lady Kitty Spencer; Charlotte Hawkins; Francesca Cumani; Jodie Kidd; Kate Silverton and Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo.

Photos by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge on Day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.

(L–R) Laura Whitmore, Natalie Rushdie, Emma Weymouth and Lady Kitty Spencer.

Laura Whitmore; Laura Whitmore and Imelda May.

Prue White, Style Director of The Times and Leigh Johnson, Milliner.

Flora Johnson, Junior Fashion Editor of The Financial Times and guest.

Virginia Chadwyck-Healey; Rosie Tapner wearing Suzannah.

Jodie Kidd; Charlotte Hawkins.

Nazer Bullen; Kara Goodley.

Fabulous fashionistas!

Chris Hughes (R) and Francesca Cumani with guests.

Seriously stylish!

Katie Silverton wearing Beulah.

Siana Yewdall, milliner and guest.

Simply stunning!

Francesca Cumani; Emma Weymouth.

Lady Kitty Spencer.

Celebrity Stylist Gayle Rinkoff; Prue White, Style Director of The Times.

Chrissie Reeves and Rosie Nixon, Editor-in-chief of Hello! Magazine.

Camilla Ridley-Day; Guest.

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Wednesday 19th June – 3:40pm – Royal Ascot – 1m 2f (1m 1f 212y) Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (4yo+)

The Prince of Wales Stakes was established in 1862 and named after the Prince of Wales at the time, the future King Edward VII and was originally contested over 1 mile 5 furlongs. The race is open to horses aged four years old or older. The race was discontinued after World War II as there was no Price of Wales, and was reinstated in 1968, a year before the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. In its new format the race distance was changed to its current format of 1 mile 2 furlongs and the age requirement was lowered to allow three year olds to compete. In 1971 when the current grading system was introduced the race was classified as a Group 2 event and was elevated to Group 1 status in 2000 when the minimum age was raised to four again.

The betting is a very good guide to the winner of The Prince of Wales Stakes as in all of the last 12 renewals the winner has come from the first three in the betting but only five favourites winning over the same period. In fact only once in the last 32 renewals of the race has the winner come from outside the first four in the betting.

The last 26 renewals of the race have seen four year olds and five years old win on 22 occasions with six year old horses only being successful twice over the period.

Previous form over the race distance of 1 mile 2 furlongs should be noted as 10 of the last 12 winners had winning form over the distance and 10 of the last 12 winners had won at least four times over differing distances. It is also worth noting horses who ran in the race 12 months ago, as six of the last 15 winners ran in the race the previous season.

Current form is a good guide as 15 of the last 22 winners won on their previous start and 11 of the last 12 winners had run at least once earlier in the season. Winners of the current season’s Tattersalls Gold Cup which is run at The Curragh should be noted as the last eight winners running in The Prince of Wales Stakes have won four times. Winners of the Prix Ganay are also worthy of note as of the last five winners who have contested the race, two have won.

French trained horses should also be noted as they have won the race three times in the last 12 years.

An Official Rating of 119 or higher has been required to win the race on nine of the last 12 occasions and previous Group 1 winning form should be noted as eight of the last 12 winners had won previously at the highest level, whilst all 12 had won at Group level earlier in their careers.

The winners of both the Tattersalls Gold Cup and The Prix Ganay are represented in the race today. The winner of the aforementioned race Magical will be a short priced favourite. The four year old Ballydoyle bay filly is a high class performer who won twice in 2018, including the Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot. She has won on all three of her starts this season and is a strong favourite.

Prix Ganay winner Waldgeist, who is trained in France by Andre Fabre should offer some value in the betting ring. The five year old chestnut horse is also a high class performer and improved in 2018, winning four times including the Group 1 Grand Prix Saint-Cloud before finishing fourth in the prix D’Arc de Triomphe. He certainly brought his 2018 form into the new season by winning the Prix Ganay by 4½ lengths and should give the favourite something to think about.

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Tuesday 19th June – 4:20 – Royal Ascot – 1m (7f 213y) (Rnd) St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Colts) (Class 1) (3yo)

The St James’s Palace Stakes was established in 1834 and is named after St James’s Palace which was a Royal residence during the Tudor period. The race is open to three year old colts and generally attracts horses who have previously run in the 2,000 Guineas, the Irish 2,000 Guineas or the French equivalent, the Poule d’Essai des Poulains.

When the current grading system was introduced in 1971 the race had Group 2 status and was elevated to Group 1 level in 1988.

This is a good race for horses at the top of the betting as in 11 of the last 12 renewals a horse in the first three in the betting has won the race. In fact eight of the last 12 winners have been sent off as favourite or joint favourite.

Winning form over 1 mile is important with 11 of the last 12 winners having won at least once over the distance, while 11 of the last 12 winners had won at least twice and nine had won at least three times on the Flat although not necessarily over 1 mile. Recent winning form is also a good pointer with 10 of the last 12 winners having won previously earlier in the season.

Horses who ran in the 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas have a good recent record in the race with 18 and 15 of the last 25 winners respectively. Horses who ran in both events have won 14 of the last 24 renewals of the St James’s Palace Stakes. Since 1998 only one horse who contested the British, Irish or French versions of the 2,000 Guineas and finished outside of the first four places has gone on to win here and 12 of the last 19 winners had won one of the European Classics.

An Official Rating of at least 109 has been required to win the race nine times in the last 12 renewals and horses with at least one previous win at Group 1 level have won eight of the last 12 renewals.

Phoenix Of Spain won the Irish 2,000 Guineas on his last start at the end of May, beating Too Darn Hot by 3 lengths, who re-opposes today. The three year old grey colt was sent off as a relatively unfancied 16/1 shot at The Curragh but showed his superiority in the race, as although he did enjoy the run of the race to some extent, he finished strongly and was well on top by the finish. He has any amount of potential and deserves to be favourite for today’s race.

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Tuesday 19th June – 2:30 – Royal Ascot – 1m (Str) Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (4yo+)

The Queen Anne Stakes was first run in 1840 and for the early part of its history it was known as the Trial Stakes and was open to horses ages three and older. Its name was changed in 1930 to its current title in honour of Queen Anne who was the founder of Ascot racecourse. The race achieved Group 3 status in 1971 and was elevated to Group 2 in 1894. In 2003 it was given Group 1 status at which point the minimum age for participating horses was raised to four. It is now the first race on the opening day of Royal Ascot.

The Queen Anne Stakes is a very strong race from a statistical perspective. Since the race was promoted to Group 1 status in 2003 the 15 renewals have been won by four and five year old horses exclusively. Four year olds having won 12 times with five year olds winning on five occasions.

The betting has been a significant factor in recent renewals of the race, as since 1995 only two winners have started outside of the top four in the betting and won, including Accidental Agent who won the race last year.

A recent run is another key attribute for winning the Queen Anne Stakes as only one of the last 12 winners were making their seasonal reappearance (Tornado in 2012). Six of the 12 also won on their previous start and 10 of the 12 winners ran within 31 days of the race, with eight of the last 12 winners previously winning earlier in the season. A previous run at Ascot is useful as five of the last 12 winners had previously run at the course. Interestingly all four had won at the track.

Previous winning form is a very important factor as 11 of the last 12 winners had previously won over 1 mile and 11 of the last 12 winners had won at least four times previously, although not necessarily over 1 mile.

An Official Rating of at least 112 has been required to win the race on nine of the last 12 occasions. Previous Group 1 winning form is a very important factor, as since the race was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2003, 13 of the 16 winners had won at Group 1 level earlier in their careers.

Godolphin have won the race the race on eight occasions between 1996 and 2017 and Charlie Appleby saddles Barney Roy in the race today. The five year old bay gelding won the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last year and has won three times over today’s race distance of 1 mile. He has also won in the going and his trainer is in very good form at the moment. He also has the assistance of James Doyle in the saddle who has ridden Barney Roy on seven of his nine starts including three of his four wins.

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Tuesday 19th June – 3:40pm – Royal Ascot – 5f King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (3yo+)

The King’s Stand Stakes is now the premier 5 furlong race at the Royal Meeting and is open to horses aged three years old and upwards. However, the event was born out of a set of very strange circumstances. At the Royal meeting in 1860 heavy rain had made it impossible to run the Royal Stand Plate over its normal distance of 2 miles, so it was shortened to 5 furlongs to take advantage of the only raceable part of the course. This amended version of the race was called the Queen’s Stand Plate. For a while it was open to all age groups and its name was changed to the present King’s Stand Stakes following the accession of King Edward VII in 1901.

When the current system of race grading was introduced in 1971 the race was granted Group 1 status but was downgraded to Group 2 level in 1988. The race became part of the Global Sprint Challenge in 2005 and consequently attracted high class sprinters from around the globe and its status was therefore raised to Group 1 again in 2008.

It is very difficult to pick an age trend for the race as in the last 25 renewals three year olds have won five times, four year olds five times, five year olds five times, six year olds eight times and seven year olds three times. However, in the last 12 renewals the race has been won by five to seven year olds seven times.

The draw has not been a significant factor and as it is the first sprint of the week there is not any current draw bias to be considered.

The betting is a reasonable guide to finding the winner as eight of the last 12 winners have come from the first three in the betting but just two favourites have won over the same period.

Winning form earlier in the season needs to be taken into consideration as eight of the last 12 winners had won earlier in the season and 11 of the last 12 winners finished in the first two on their last starts. Overall form over the 5 furlong trip is a reasonable pointer with seven of the last 12 winners having at least four wins over the trip and eight of the last 12 winning at least twice over 5 furlongs. Previous course form is a ‘good to have’ as six winners had previously won at least once over the course and seven winners had previously run at least twice at Ascot.

An Official Rating of at least 111 has been required to win the race in nine of the last 12 renewals, and horses with at least one win at Group 1 level have won six of the last 12 times, while on 10 of the last 12 occasions horses with winning form in Groups 1 to 3 have prevailed 10 times.

Blue Point running for Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby won the race last year and comes into this year’s renewal on the back of wins in one of his last three starts in Dubai. The five year old bay horse has plenty of winning form in the going and has won two of his four starts over 5 furlongs. He is also a course specialist having won on three of his four runs at Ascot and has the stamina to get home up the stiff uphill climb. It would be no great surprise to see him add his name to the list of dual winners of the race.

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Ascot Racecourse is setting itself the ambitious target of washing over 500,000 plastic glasses of all kinds during the five-day Royal Meeting this week – champagne, beer, wine, everything….
Working with the game-changing operation, ‘Re-Cup’, some 350 dedicated staff will be engaged to keep as many items as possible within the circle. Racegoers will be able to place their used cups into one of over 200 dedicated bins around site to be washed and re-used.
 
Jonathan Parker, Director of Food & Beverage at Ascot, said: “This is a very exciting moment in our sustainability journey. We are asking our customers to return their Re-Cup glasses to any bar when they have finished or to put them into the dedicated, clearly branded 200+ bins across the site.
 
“We will also have people scouring the site to collect from tables, picnic areas and such like. The glasses then get separated at six Re-Cup compounds and taken to the washing facility at Tilbury Docks, and then they come back to us. Each cup has an approximate 100 servings life.”
 
Collections from the racecourse will leave the site between midnight and 2am every night and the facility can wash 150,000 Re-Cups in a 24-hour cycle. Any broken cups will be sent directly to be recycled.
 
Jonathan Parker added: “No deposit is required from customers as we don’t want to inconvenience anyone. All we ask is that our visitors join us in committing to making a significant difference by reducing plastic waste.
 
“Re-Cup has been in operation in the Premier League and at Lord’s but this is by far and away the biggest project they have ever worked on. The Lord’s Test is expected to see about 50,000 washes.”
 
The Re-Cup’s Journey:

In addition to the Re-Cup scheme, Ascot’s Official Water, Harrogate Spring Water, is bottled in PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic. All PET bottles collected at Ascot will be recycled and used to produce new bottles in a closed loop recycling system. Harrogate Water pioneered the ‘Incredible Shrinking Bottle Campaign’ in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy which encourages customers to ‘Twist It, Cap It, Recycle It,’ to make their bottle extremely compact and increase recycling efficiency. Dedicated PET plastic bottle bins are clearly marked on site.

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Ascot Racecourse is introducing hidden disability lanyards at the Royal Meeting next week, following the successful introduction of the concept at organisations such as Sainsbury’s, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
The sunflower is recognised as a symbol of hope in mental health and has been adopted as a way for venue representatives to identify visitors who may need assistance.
 
Joanna Wales, Head of Operations at Ascot Racecourse, said: “There has been a real drive to include those with all manner of hidden disabilities at the races of late, whether relating to social anxieties, phobias, depression, dementia or autism. This list isn’t exhaustive by any means.
 
“Looking after our all our visitors and doing whatever we can do to assist, is high on our agenda at Ascot. We have produced an Accessibility Map & Guide and are reproducing Royal Ascot race cards in large format for those who are visually impaired.”
 
Sara Marchant, Accessibility Manager from Gatwick, described the success of the project from their perspective by adding:
 
“Since we have been using the lanyards, people tell us that they feel much more confident and that they know they will get any additional help they may need.”
 
Guests at Royal Ascot can register in advance for a lanyard by visiting the accessibility page on the Ascot website – https://www.ascot.co.uk/accessibility-2019 or they can be collected at any entrance or on the mobility transport that is provided from the car parks.

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