The Thursday of Royal Ascot is officially Gold Cup Day – but for thousands of racing fashionistas it is unofficially known as ‘Ladies’ Day’. As it is not an official Ladies’ Day, there are no Best Dressed or Best Hat competitions – instead, racegoers vie to capture the attention of press photographers, fellow racegoers and simply take the opportunity to wear the hat and outfit of a lifetime! All of that adds up to fabulous outfits, amazing hats and, most of all, the most fantastic fun. HATS! Please click on images for full size pictures. THE ROYAL PROCESSION Each...Read More
Author: Rachel Groom
The highlight of the whole Royal Meeting 2017 was undoubtedly the staying championship of the week, Thursday’s G1 Gold Cup. The race was widely expected beforehand to be won by Aidan O’Brien’s 2016 winner Order Of St George, but the popular jet-setter Big Orange, trained by Michael Bell, produced the performance of his career to win the feature race at 5/1. Jockey James Doyle, on board the son of Duke Of Marmalade for the first time, set superb fractions in a top class front-running performance and sent his mount two lengths clear a furlong from home. Ryan Moore gave chase...Read More
Joseph O’Brien rode six Royal Ascot winners as a jockey, three of them Group Ones (So You Think, 2012 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Declaration Of War, 2013 Queen Anne Stakes, Leading Light, 2014 Gold Cup). His first Royal Ascot runner as a trainer, Now You’re Talking, finished fourth in Wednesday’s Queen Mary Stakes and he had another chance with True Blue Moon in the Norfolk Stakes, ridden by his brother Donnacha (pictured top with Joseph O’Brien). However, victory went to his father Aidan O’Brien, as Sioux Nation ridden by Ryan Moore scooped the race by half a length. Saeed bin...Read More
Friday’s six-furlong G1 Commonwealth Cup for three-year-olds was hailed exceptional with three brilliant colts – Caravaggio, Harry Angel and Blue Point – producing world-class sprinting speed. The Aidan O’Brien-trained and well-backed 5/6 favourite Caravaggio produced a spellbinding performance comprising speed and stamina, under jockey Ryan Moore, to land the third running of the race at Royal Ascot. The race winner Caravaggio, ridden by Ryan Moore and owned by the Ballydoyle team of Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, took his unbeaten record to six. After sitting in mid-field off the fast pace set by Harry Angel, Moore for the first...Read More
The battle for Royal Ascot’s inaugural Leading Owner Award was set for a thrilling conclusion coming into the fifth and final day of Royal Ascot. At the start of the day, Godolphin held the advantage with six winners while Coolmore had a tally of four. Godolphin’s royal blue silks were to be carried in every race on this day with a total of 11 challengers across the card, while Coolmore had four chances for a return visit to the winner’s enclosure. The QIPCO Leading Jockey Award was also in close contention, with Ryan Moore (pictured top) and William Buick leading the way with...Read More
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