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wo Group 1 races provide the headline acts on the penultimate day of Royal Ascot. The first of those is a relatively new addition to the programme, the Commonwealth Cup. Introduced at Group 1 level in 2015, this six furlong three-year-old only race was part of a wider initiative designed to enhance the sprinting programme in Europe. In that short period it has had some excellent winners including champion sprinter Muhaarar and Advertise who won the 2019 renewal which was the joint highest rated threeyear-old race in the world that year. The Coronation Stakes is the other Group 1 race on the card which brings together the form lines from the British, Irish and French 1,000 Guineas. Indeed, French trained horses have an excellent record in the race, winning three of the last

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six renewals. The most recent filly to follow up from one of the Guineas is the brilliant Alpha Centauri who broke the track record when winning in 2018. Before the top-level action though is the Group 3 Albany Stakes for two-year-old fillies over six furlongs and the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes, still colloquially known as the Ascot Derby and often featuring horses that have run well in the Epsom Classic just two weeks earlier. Friday’s racing will involve a poignant moment as the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes is run for the first time since the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh earlier in the year. There are many happy memories of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at Ascot where he accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on so many occasions and shared in her successes.

One of the most memorable moments was in 2012 when His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh presented Her Majesty The Queen with the Queen’s Vase after Estimate’s victory. The race itself was renamed in honour of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in 1999 and is a handicap run over a mile and a half. Last year it provided Hollie Doyle with her first Royal Ascot winner when she partnered Scarlet Dragon to victory. The concluding Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes was new to the programme last year and is retained in the permanently extended programme. It is a five furlong sprint handicap for three-year-olds and the winner last year, Art Power, went on to Group level success.

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features

Eve Johnson Houghton Harrogate Spring Water Through The Lens Celebrating 10 Years of Style Sir Mark Todd A History Of Ascot Celebrating the Success of Prince Khalid Abdullah Ode to the stable staff Chef? Celebrating the Success of Sheikh Hamdan Where are they now? Pyledriver Welcome To Our Heroes Your Royal Ascot Race Guide The Ascot Enquiry

contributors Camilla Swift writer of Eve Johnson Houghton piece Flora Watkins writer of RoR

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Celebrating 10 years of sponsorship and racing greats

Thank you to QIPCO for their generous sponsorship of both British Champions Series and British Champions Day over the last 10 years.

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A family affair

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For trainer Eve Johnson Houghton, racing is very much a family affair. Based at Woodway stables on the Berkshire downs where she grew up, her grandfather trained out this same yard; but only for five or so years. “My grandparents bought this place in 1945 or so, just after the war”, explains Eve. But in 1952 her father’s father, Gordon Johnson Houghton, died in a hunting accident. Her grandmother, Helen, took over the running of the yard – but in the 1950s, women were not allowed to take out a trainers licence.

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heir attempt to get round this involved employing a male assistant to work at the yard, and running the horses in his name. The Jockey Club weren’t keen on the idea. The family still have some of the letters from the Jockey Club from that time. They are ”really vitriolic”, says Eve. “Saying how can you have him as a trainer, it’s in name only – we know he won’t be training the horses, and you’re a mere woman and you shouldn’t be allowed to do it. It was unbelievable language.” Fortunately, the Johnson Houghtons had support from within. “Luckily one of the senior stewards at the Jockey Club happened to be an owner and he sorted them out and they let her train” explains Eve. “So Fortunately, the she trained until my dad Johnson Houghtons had support from within. took over, under various people’s names”. One of these people was Charles Jerdein, and in 1956 their horse Gilles de Retz won the 2,000 guineas. Although the horse ran in his name, it is widely accepted

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that Helen Johnson Houghton was the first woman to train a classic winner.

when he won the King George in 1978. In 2018, Eve caused a similar Royal Ascot upset when her horse Accidental Agent won the Queen Anne Stakes off a starting price of 33-1. That made Eve the fourth woman to train a domestic Group One winner – or the fifth, if you include her grandmother Helen.

In 1961 Eve’s father, Fulke Johnson Houghton (named after his uncle, Fulke Walwyn – Helen’s twin brother, and a hugely successful National Hunt trainer in his own right) took over the running of the stable. “Dad had about twelve Royal Ascot To add to the family winners; he did very well relevance, Accidental at Ascot”, says Eve. Those Agent is named after Eve’s included Rose Bowl, who maternal grandfather; twice won the Queen John Goldsmith. A Elizabeth II Stakes – in 1975 and 76 and “Dad had about twelve Ile de Bourbon, who Royal Ascot winners; caused an upset he did very well at Ascot”

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racehorse trainer himself, in 1942 he was recruited to the Special Operations Executive, where his exploits included escaping from the Gestapo in Paris, where he had been locked in a hotel room. He was awarded the DSO, the Military Cross, Croix de Guerre and the Legion d’Honneur for his work, and after the war, returned to racehorse training. His own account of his time with the SOE was titled ‘Accidental Agent’ – hence the horse’s name. On a sunny morning on the chalk downs where Eve grew up and now

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“Even since I’ve had a licence, thing have changed so much” trains, it’s hard to imagine a more bucolic scene. “These gallops have never been ploughed”, she explains. “It’s only in the last thirty or forty years that they’ve actually been able to use downland for farming because it’s very poor soil – so all this beautiful downland has never been ploughed up at all.” Her father’s family have trained here since just after the second world war, while John Goldsmith (the Accidental Agent himself) trained “just over there’, says Eve, pointing. “But”, she adds, “he would have used these gallops.” The downs may have changed over the last century; now in addition to the 250 acres of grass 14

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gallops, there is also a seven-furlong all weather. But at the turn of the century, this area was being used for cavalry drills; “I’ve seen a painting of it, and you can see the cavalry going from that wood there down into the valley”.

could count on one hand how many female trainers there were. But it’s becoming more and more acceptable, a bit like girl jockeys becoming more and more acceptable. It’s not a strange thing to have a woman as a trainers; it’s the norm – which is good!”

That isn’t the only thing that has changed in the last century. While Eve’s grandmother had a huge fight on her hands to be able to train racehorses – even without putting her name to them – things have changed enormously. “Even since I’ve had a licence, thing have changed so much”, says Eve. I took my licence out in 2007, and I was still very much a lone female. You

Her assistant trainer – Georgina Scott – is also female, and Eve rides out when she can. “It’s normally in the winter – not because I like riding in the winter, but that tends to be when we’re shorthanded, and I tend to be more busy in the summer. But it’s difficult to both ride out and watch them; you can’t do it all. But I love riding out – and of course I think I can do it

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better than anyone else!” Accidental Agent is the stable entry that everyone will be talking about and, says Eve, “he loves Ascot. He loves a straight, galloping stiff mile. And he runs his best races there, so why not take him back?”. The stable also have another Royal Ascot entry by the name of Jumby – who is due to run in the Commonwealth Cup. “He’s lovely”, she exclaims. “He won at Ascot first time out as a 2 year old, so we know he likes the track

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I don’t send them there unless I think they’re going to run really well – I don’t send them for a day out.”

– and he’s back on flying form now.” In May Jumby raced at Newmarket and, as predicted, showed himself to be on top form, winning under William Buick. Could he be another one to look out for at the Royal Ascot meeting? As Eve says herself, “I’m lucky at Ascot – it is quite a lucky track for me. But

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Of course, the Covid pandemic has affected all racegoers and trainers, and continues to do so. For the horses as well, this has been a funny old year. “I think there’s a lot of horses that still don’t know what they’re doing due to Covid; a lot that are very green”, says Eve. “It’ll be interesting when the crowds come back because many of the younger horses have

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“But they love coming up here and seeing what happens; how the staff go about things and what life in racing is about.” never raced in front of crowds at all. So when they first see a wall of people, it’ll be interesting who takes and who doesn’t. I mean it may have no effect whatsoever – we simply don’t know.” Eve also trains the 16

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lockdown has meant this couldn’t happen. “Hopefully now we can get a few dates in and get the kids back”, says Eve. “They love it, and they love coming here. It’s brilliant because they have an interest in a horse

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and something to follow. You never know, they might then go on to have a share of a horse later, or work in the industry. But they love coming up here and seeing what happens; how the staff go about things and what life in

For now though, all eyes are on the Royal Meeting. “I love Ascot”, says Eve. “It’s one of my favourite tracks and I’m very lucky there. But Royal Ascot is the pinnacle. Everybody wants to have a RA

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winner; whether they’re trainer, the jockey, the owner – simply everybody. It’s the pinnacle of where we want to be and what we want to do.”

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his year, alongside our usual champagne, fine wine and cocktails, you can enjoy Royal Ascot’s first ever Mindful Cocktail the ‘Royal Rose’. This alcohol-free mindful cocktail was created to celebrate the return of Royal Ascot and to provide a unique serve for those who’d like to explore a more mindful approach to drinking.

We caught up with Harrogate Spring’s mindful drinking ambassador Camille Vidal, Founder of La Maison Wellness, to talk about her bespoke mindful cocktail for Royal Ascot

and her tips for starting your mindful drinking journey! Camille, please tell us about yourself! I’m Camille Vidal, the creator of Mindful Cocktails™ and founder of La Maison Wellness a Mindful Drinking platform and world’s largest No & Low recipe resource. I help people drink well and celebrate like healthy hedonists so we can all make the most out of life in a way that feels good now and tomorrow. What is mindful drinking? Mindful drinking isn’t about drinking alcohol or abstaining, it’s about becoming aware of our

drinking habits and finding the balance that works best for ourselves; for some that means sobriety and for others moderation, but it always means drinking better and more mindfully with better ingredients, less alcohol and more awareness! The pandemic has enlightened many of us to the importance of selfcare and its effect on our wellbeing. How do you see the mindful drinking movement evolving over the next year? Some people think mindful drinking is a trend, but I believe mindful drinking is a way of life. You can drink well with delicious cocktails that allow you to celebrate the moment, remember your nights (and days!) and feel good the day after! You’ve partnered with Harrogate Spring Water to become their Mindful Drinking Ambassador. Tell us more! Yes, I was delighted to partner with Harrogate Spring Water as their Mindful Drinking ambassador! Hydration is KEY for Mindful Drinking. Having a glass of water before ordering a drink

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gives you the time to figure out if you want to go alcohol free or have something alcoholic. Make sure you have water next to your alcoholic drink and have one glass between each order. I always place a bottle of water on my bed to remember to hydrate before I go to sleep after a night out! You created Royal Ascot’s first ever Mindful Cocktail, ‘The Royal Rose’ Tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind the recipe? I love long refreshing drinks and Harrogate Spring Water has a crisp, refreshing taste perfect for cocktail creations! For the cocktail I created for Royal Ascot, I wanted something light, refreshing and elegant to celebrate an event like no other and enable guests to have a good time and not only celebrate, but to remember the day! I’ve combined Ceder’s alcohol free spirit with rose water, pink grapefruit juice, rapberry syrup and lengthened with a refreshing top up of Harrogate’s Sparkling Water. It looks great and taste delicious! the Royal Ascot Insider

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What top tips would you give to people who are curious about mindful drinking? Become aware of your drinking habits Awareness is key. Often drinking alcohol is a default and we don’t pay attention to our drinking habits. By bringing awareness and starting to understand why we drink, we can make positive change, but also appreciate more when we do decide to drink (if we do decide to drink!) Question the drinking culture Alcohol is so embedded in society but it’s time we question, and, dare I say it challenge that.

We don’t have to imbibe alcohol to have a good time, to be social or to bring connection. We can if we want too, but it doesn’t always have to be part of the equation and definitely not in excess! Know your limit Knowing your limit is repecting yourself and ensuring a good night stays a good night. Become aware of the signs, slow down and drink more water! Introduce Alcohol free and low alcohol to your repertoire! Discover the declious

and exciting world of No & Low! You don’t have to miss out or compromise on flavours and it will also allow you to find your balance and respect your limit. You can alternate between alcohol and alcohol free, or switch to alcohol free when you reach your limit! Find your balance There is no one size fits all and I actually encourage and empower people to find their unit balance, it may be removing alcohol, replacing alchol or reducing alcohol; I want to give you the tools to be able to make your unique recipe and find your own balance. Enjoy the hangover free life! I’m not talking about sobriety here, I’m talking about never going over your limit, being empowered and in control so you never have to pay the price for your celebrations the day after! You can find the ‘Royal Rose’ at Bit and Bridle and the Juniper Gin Terrace, plus all the Fine Dining Restaurants.

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I come from a background of being in the creative industries for 30+ years. I started at The Sunday Times, moving on to coown and build a design agency in London called Deep, in 2010 I went full time as a commercial photographer creating visual imagery for brands and events all around the World.

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n January 2020, just before the pandemic started, my wife, Anna Kerr, and I moved to Newmarket for work. It was a logical move to be in the HQ of English racing. 28

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I got in touch with The Jockey Club Estates to ask if I could access the gallops to which they kindly obliged Within a couple of weeks of being out on the gallops, I was being asked for pictures by riders and trainers covering the behind the scenes work that goes into preparing the horses in training for racing. I decided to get organised and set up an Instagram account called @ horsesintraining to post my favourite image from each session out on the gallops and try and reach a larger audience that was in love with horse racing. And a route through to the galleries on my website where all can see the images from a session (now over 450 since starting). Little did I or the rest of the World know what would come next. I was supposed to be photographing polo in Thailand and had to return quickly on the 21st of March due to the virus escalating in China.

The more I get to learn, the more it has become a passion. Learning to understand the nuances of conformation, sex, age, pedigree and how every trainer has their unique methods. On the 23rd of March, the first lockdown was announced, I lost all my client work planned and booked in - sports, hotels, behind-the-scenes, people, all cancelled! A total nightmare for a freelance creator. The only work I could do was go out onto the gallops as this complied with the government rules. The more I get to learn, the more it has become a passion. Learning to understand the nuances of 30

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conformation, sex, age, pedigree and how every trainer has their unique methods. Most people never get to see the first staff turning up at 03:30, prepping the yard ready for the staff and riders to take the horses out at first lot. 05:40 seems to be the time right now, where the trainer along with his whole team of support staff, the rider’s and the professional jockeys you see on TV all turn up to ride work or exercise.

who gave me access to the gallops. The exercise riders, the jockeys, the trainers, all allowing me to observe and document the training. The support I've received from industry bodies and brands. The owners wanting to see pictures of their horses, especially as they couldn't leave their homes to come and visit during the lockdowns. It is a real privilege to be able to do this and share what goes on behind the scenes.

I'm quite often done taking my images by 09:30. These guys continue exercising all morning. I go back to my studio and start processing the photography. This can easily take all day and I try to get the new galleries live for early evening. When I post a new image to the Instagram account I can see 3,000+ people visiting the website over a 3-4 hour period. I'm truly amazed so many people enjoy seeing this work.

I see the expressions in horses faces and bodies when they train and I see the love given daily by the riders, the people who spend the most time with them. I'm proud to be associated with the sport. I intend to keep on showcasing how amazing these beautiful animals are and the work that goes into preparing them for racing.

None of this would have happened if it wasn't for the encouragement and support of my family, my father-in-law Bert Kerr, a bloodstock agent with a reputation for finding some of the best horses. Of The Jockey Club Estates

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This year, being asked by Ascot Racecourse to photograph horses in training ready for Royal Ascot is exactly what I'd hoped I could do with this body of work. I appreciate the recognition and hope you all enjoy the imagery. lnk.bio/horses-in-training www.instagram.com/horsesintraining/

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“What a smashing, positively dashing spectacle: the Ascot op’ning day,” trilled the well-heeled lords and ladies sat amongst Cecil Beaton’s iconic rendering of the world’s greatest race in 1964’s My Fair Lady.

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nd it’s that sense of dazzlement, of finery on parade, and of British tradition at its best, that has helped turn Ascot into a byword of formality and splendour. To think of Ascot – and its series of races and the different dress rules that apply to each enclosure – is to conjure images of morning suits in all their immaculate glory, of glossy top hats glinting in the summer sun and a studious respect for Dress Codes which is so lacking in other facets of society today. Even Henry Higgins fell somewhat short; “you’re not even dressed for Ascot” chides his mother. “I changed my shirt,” is his response. “I very much enjoy Royal Ascot’s Dress Codes,” says Ed Chamberlin of ITV’s racing coverage team. “It’s traditional and quintessentially British, but it has also moved with the times. Ascot prides

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itself on having something for everyone so if you don’t fancy dressing up, there are still plenty of options available” says Chamberlin. Of course, talking ‘dressing up’ has a

“Ascot prides itself on having something for everyone so if you don’t fancy dressing up, there are still plenty of options available” great deal more resonance today. With the world on hold these past 18 months thanks to the pandemic, the social events that once governed ‘the English season’ were non-existent, and with no offices or formal functions to attend, the rigours around gentlemanly dress have waned somewhat, understandably. Savile Row has reported huge losses, and some devastating closures, as our demand and need for suits became obsolete. However, with a slated return to offices from the 21st June in Britain, and Royal Ascot going ahead in physical form, it’s never been more pertinent for men to enjoy the ceremony of dressing up once more. And never has that been more in evidence throughout history than at Royal Ascot. Because men’s attire has always been a crucial ingredient in making Royal Ascot such a show of sartorial force. It was actually Beau Brummel, the original dandy who defined flamboyant, peacocking dress in the 19th century - and who is so synonymous with sartorialism that his statue stands on Jermyn St today - that was integral in setting up its gentlemanly Dress Codes, working with the then Prince Regent to decree that black coats and white cravats with pantaloons should be worn to the

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Royal Meeting. This, for the uninitiated, is the most formal and swaggering of all the different races. There are various enclosures within the racecourse, but the Royal Enclosure is, as one might expect, the most august and primly upright in its formality; full morning suit with a waistcoat is a must, with a black or grey top hat. Black shoes only, if you please - never brown, which denotes country pursuits instead of more decorous occasions - and in 2018 a rule was announced to counteract the rise of the ‘mankle’; bare ankles on men were deemed inappropriate. There has been little altering to the mores of the Dress Code for men in the Royal Enclosure over the centuries, but minor adjustments and nods to the prevailing winds of trends have occasionally been permitted.

“Similarly, more ‘playful’ elements are allowed – for example printed or patterned ties and pocket squares or eyecatching cufflinks – providing they are not novelty. ” It was in 2018, for example, that it became acceptable to remove their coats and hats in searing temperatures – only when authorised by the racecourse. Otherwise, top hats must remain firmly in situ bar while dining, in a Private Box or an enclosed terrace. This year, headlines were made when the Dress Code allowed for navy to join the standard black and grey shades of morning suits, an acknowledgement of a more corporate, City-centric form of tailoring that modern men have become accustomed to. Similarly, more ‘playful’ elements are allowed – for example printed or patterned ties and pocket

squares or eye-catching cufflinks – providing they are not novelty. What icons of Royal Ascot past might have thought are anyone’s guess; archive photography of the Royal Family in attendance show the Duke of York, who would become King George in 1907, stately in black, a bustle of Edwardian ladies in full plumage alongside him. In the 1930s, the Duke of Windsor attended alongside Wallis Simpson looking pinsharp in a steely grey top hat. Images of the recently departed Duke of Edinburgh show him in grey morning dress and hat, with little more than a striped club tie as decoration, while Prince Charles throughout his Royal Ascot attendance has stuck to sombre black in his early years, segueing into light grey with complementing lilacs and blues accessories later in life.

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All of which begs the question; how should you dress for this most proper of occasions? Oliver Spencer, founder of Ascot’s official morning suit outfitters Favourbrook, has some words of advice. “We’ve all adapted to the online world,” says Spencer. “But in this instance, it’s really crucial that it’s physically fitted properly in store. It’s not just about the body but the mind too; it helps to talk details of fit and size over with a professional.” Of course, for the uninitiated, a morning suit can seem like an imposing proposition, quite unlike other, more familiar forms of tailoring. In this respect, navy can be an ‘in’; “for the man who might feel a black coat and striped trousers are too traditional, it’s a great stepping stone,” says the designer. And don’t be afraid to play around; try out waistcoat colours of pale pastels, for example, to fine tune what works for you. When it comes to holding your head high as you sweep into the Royal Enclosure, it certainly helps to have the right top hat too. Fortunately, Oliver Brown proprietor Kristian Robson has some insights; “first of all, it’s important to wear it correctly,” says Robson, who oversees the historic house and official top hat supplier of the event. “It must be flat on the head, an inch above the ears, never tilted backwards or forwards.” Similarly, it’s important not to turn the hat upside down if taken off - it can damage the crown. The shape, says Robson, should be tall rather than short, and the best fabric in most circumstances is silk. “It just has such a lovely lustre and when polished the shine really reflects the light, it’s very elegant to see,” says the owner. He also 42

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advises polished wools as an alternative, and notes that in other areas of the uniform, one’s waistcoat must never be shorter than the length of the shirt, and it should be neatly tidy – don’t over accessorise it and certainly don’t fill the waistcoat pockets, if it has them. His most essential pearl of style wisdom is, however, about confidence rather than the granular details. “Ascot is to be enjoyed, so really take pleasure in dressing up. We haven’t been able to relish events like this for so long, so the most important element in having a spring in your step is that sense of joy.” After centuries of Royal Ascot, 2021’s might just be the most poignant yet. Stephen Doig, Men's Style Editor and Assistant Luxury Editor, The Telegraph

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– from Olympic gold medalist to Group 1 winning trainer?

He may be the new trainer on the block but as Sir Mark Todd prepares to run his first Royal Ascot entry he will be bringing with him an equestrian career that has spanned over 40 years.

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rriving at of 16 I suddenly grew very always herald him as one Badgerstown, his tall and my hopes of being of the best of all time Wiltshire base, you a jockey disappeared.” and it was a surprise to cannot help but notice With a college diploma some when in 2000 he the cross country fences in agriculture, he was set announced his retirement still in the paddocks and to follow in his families from the sport and the show jumps used for farming footsteps and returned to New Zealand schooling in the arena he fitted farming around to start his training career. which is a small reminder riding and producing With several wins to of his past career, but horses. his credit, including the we are not here for an Wellington Cup and eventing masterclass, the New Zealand “Luckily I had held my we are here to meet Oaks, Mark was still New Zealand license Tasman Bay, Sir involved in eventing within the time frame that Peter Vela’s beautiful I could renew it quickly and through his role as 3-year-old colt who is I managed to get his entry into coach to the New entered in the King the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill, Zealand team when Sydney, Australia Edward Vll stakes. in 2008 he came

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Todd’s eventing career earned him five Olympic medals, four Badminton wins and five Burghley wins but the New Zealand native actually started out with a hope to become a jockey. “As a child I was actually quite short but at the age

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Mark found himself with leading international runner, Eminent, in his care through his longterm association with the horse’s owner Sir Peter Vela. “Luckily, I had held my New Zealand license within the time frame that I could renew it quickly and I managed to get his entry into the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill, Sydney, Australia just in time.” Eminent came 2nd on that occasion before lining up for two more city races in Sydney then retiring to stud.

Tasman Bay pulls out of his stable in the most glorious condition, his coat looked like silk, his eye intelligent and wise and his shoulder exuded the power needed to be a key contender at the highest level. He is an exceptional stamp of a thoroughbred, his walk would be the envy of any event horse and he floated around the yard with a presence that would make any racing

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“He is just beginning to realise he is a man” shares Toddy as Harvey prowls around the yard in front of the cameras. Mark’s string may not equal those of some long-term trainers in numbers, but he certainly has a roster of owners that will ensure this is just the first of many group level entries. Asking how the two disciplines compare Mark says, “it has taken a while for me to adjust from training event horses to racehorses, to work out how best to use my gallops, to not overwork the horses but I still

That was 2 years ago and Mark has since begun to grow his string and one of those privileged residents now marks Mark’s first entry to Royal Ascot.

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“it has taken a while for me to adjust from training event horses to racehorses, to work out how best to use my gallops" expect the racehorses to work in an outline and even Tasman Bay has been in the school and had the occasional pop over poles.” Whilst Mark may have changed career he certainly has not given up riding “I ride every day, it is what I love the most.”

histories of any other that might appear at the Royal meeting. “I purchased my top hat in the 80s to wear to the Seoul Olympics and it has been to every Olympics with me since.”

Although it has been refurbished, on a number of occasions, only time will tell if it witnesses another winning moment at Royal Ascot.

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Over three centuries Ascot has both set and raised the standard for racecourses. It has evolved from the far-sighted vision of a Queen from a distant era into a byword for horse racing of the highest quality. The palpable sense of glamour, pageantry and history, underpinned by Ascot’s outstanding modern facilities, offers an experience like no other. 52

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t all began more than 300 years ago, in 1711, when the first horse races were staged on a piece of heathland that Queen Anne had identified as a suitable place to run horses. On Saturday 11th August of that year, seven horses lined up to compete for the inaugural ‘Her Majesty’s Plate’.

That piece of heathland has evolved into one of the world’s most iconic sporting theatres. Ascot’s first four-day event, from which the formal ‘Royal’ Ascot meeting would eventually spring, took place in 1768. In 1825, King George IV suggested that the reigning monarch could travel in a horse-drawn carriage from the racecourse’s Golden Gates, and down the Straight Mile, to open Royal Ascot each day. And so the Royal Procession – one of Royal Ascot’s most famous and beloved traditions – was born. 1910’s Royal Meeting, which came a few weeks after the death of King Edward VII, became known as ‘Black Ascot’. Racegoers attended in mourning attire as a mark of respect to the late monarch, who occupies a place in Ascot’s history as one of its most passionate supporters.

middle-distance races in Europe, and since 2011 Ascot has hosted QIPCO British Champions Day – the starstudded championship finale to the Flat season. The Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees have all been celebrated at Royal Ascot. In 2006, Her Majesty opened a new Grandstand, heralding a new era for the racecourse and consolidating its position as one of the finest racing venues in the world. From Frankel to Black Caviar and from Yeats to Brigadier Gerard, Ascot has crowned so many champions across so many eras. It’s been some story so far, and we can’t wait to find out what the next chapters hold. A History Of Ascot

In 1939, the first racing fixture staged separately from the Royal Meeting took place at Ascot. 1951 saw the launch of The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which is staged every July and is one of the most prestigious the Roayl Royal Ascot Insider

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Celebrating the success of

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Legendary ownerbreeder Prince Khalid Abdullah died aged 83 at the beginning of this year. His legacy in the sport stretches far and wide with his famous green, white and pink silks carried to victory by so many of the sport’s great horses.

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what would become an international breeding operation. The Royal Ascot winners flowed fairly regularly from the early 1980s, including a remarkable six at the 1989 Royal Meeting. They included several of the highest profile races with Warning in the Queen Anne Stakes, Two Timing in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Danehill in the then Cork and Orrery Stakes (now the Diamond Jubilee Stakes).

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Frankel

Those three races were not run at Group 1 level at the time though and his first top-level success at Royal Ascot came in 2001 when Banks Hill, trained by Andre Fabre, won the Coronation Stakes. Fabre was also responsible for Byword, who won the 2010 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, leading home a memorable 1-2 in the Group 1 feature race on the Wednesday for Prince Khalid with Twice Over second. In 2011 he was Champion Owner for the third and final time helped of course by Frankel in his threeyear-old career under the guidance of Sir Henry Cecil. Having blown the field away in the 2,000 Guineas he arrived at Royal Ascot for the St James’s Palace Stakes as a red-hot favourite to extend his unbeaten run to a perfect seven. All seemed to be going to plan as Tom Queally sent him to the front and he was six lengths clear with two furlongs to run. It turned out to be a dramatic finish though as Zoffany stayed on strongly and got to within three parts of a length of Frankel who just held on.

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He returned a year later as a four-year-old to contest the Queen Anne Stakes and produced one of the most jaw-dropping performances ever seen at Royal Ascot. Positioned perfectly behind his pace maker, Bullet Train, Queally edged Frankel to the front from the halfway point before he opened up in stunning style to produce a brilliant 11 length victory. Frankel continues to have an impact on the sport through his progeny and he recorded a first Royal Ascot winner as a sire when Without Parole won the St James’s Palace Stakes in 2018

James Doyle. Retired at three, Kingman has since produced three Royal Ascot winners himself in Palace Pier as well as Sangarius and Calyx in the Juddmonte colours, so his legacy lives on and will continue to grow.

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while Monarchs Glen won the Wolferton Stakes that same year in Prince Khalid’s silks. Just two years after Frankel, Prince Khalid had another star on his hands in Kingman. Agonisingly beaten in the 2,000 Guineas, he set the record straight at Royal Ascot when winning the St James’s Palace Stakes in devastating fashion under

In total, Prince Khalid recorded more than 500 Group level victories around the world, including 118 at Group 1 level with five of those coming at Royal Ascot. His colours continue to be carried under the Juddmonte name and no doubt there will be many more Royal Ascot victories to celebrate.

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Ode to

the stable staff Robynne Watton Robynne Watton has been a dedicated member of Mark Johnston’s team for 31 years now and travels the length of the country, and worldwide when regulations allow. The hours are long and the work is very hard, what keeps you in the industry? The satisfaction I get travelling the horses to races, especially when they win. Do you have a favourite horse? My favourite horse would have to be Attraction If you had not of worked in racing, what other job do you think you would have done? How long have you been in the industry? I have been in the industry for 31 years

It would have been something else with horses, either eventing or showjumping.

How did you get into racing? My brother worked for Mark and when Mark heard I could ride he invited me for an interview and I have been here ever since. Your favourite Royal Ascot memory? I have two when both Double Trigger and Attraction won. Your favourite moment in your career? Travelling Fruits of Love to Dubai when she went onto win the Sheema Classic 62

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Embraer Praetor 600 Combines Technology, Efficiency and Performance

The new Embraer Praetor 600 doesn’t just raise the bar for performance in the super-midsize class of private aircraft, it redefines what a super-midsize aircraft should be.

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rom its intercontinental range and smooth fly-by-wire controls to its ergonomic seating and ultra-quiet environment, the Praetor 600 provides passengers with the comforts of a large cabin aircraft in a more agile package. This agility is a key differentiator for the Praetor 600. While the aircraft is equipped with the same Honeywell HTF7500E engines as its predecessor, the Legacy 500, Embraer added a software update to the Praetor 600 that boosts thrust by nearly 500 pounds. The Praetor 600 also features a new winglet design that increases wingspan and improves airflow. When combined with advancements in the cockpit, these power and structural upgrades give the Praetor 600 exceptional short-field performance. That means it can go to places other super-midsize aircraft can’t go to, including some of the world’s most challenging airports in city centers and mountainous regions such as London City or La Mole in South of France. This ultimately puts passengers closer to their destinations and substantially reduces transit time. No matter where they are flying, Praetor 600 passengers benefit from Embraer’s Active Turbulence Reduction, the first system of its kind ever fitted to a super-midsize aircraft. Active Turbulence Reduction is made possible because of the Praetor 600’s full fly-by-wire controls. It automatically senses and dampens the effects of turbulence, providing a smoother ride that is more conducive to relaxing or working. The Active Turbulence Reduction system also helps make the Praetor 600 the most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class. The Praetor 600 is so efficient that it can

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fly nonstop from London to Muscat or New York to Geneva on one tank of fuel, something that cannot be done in other super-midsize aircraft like the Bombardier Challenger 350. This fuel efficiency also allows passengers to fly knowing they have chosen an industry leader in sustainability for their travel needs. In fact, Embraer designed the Praetor 600 using its DIPAS (Integrated Development of Environmentally Sustainable Products) methodology, which evaluates a product’s sustainability for its entire lifecycle. Under this programme, technologies that reduce fuel consumption, carbon dioxide emissions and noise are favoured for further development. In the cabin, the Praetor 600 is equipped with class-exclusive Viasat Kaband and Gogo AVANCE L5 high-speed Wi-Fi to keep passengers connected to the world below them. Also, classexclusive in the Praetor 600 is Embraer’s touchscreen Upper Tech Panel that displays flight information and cabin management controls in an elegant, unobtrusive manner. Flexjet clients who fly on the new Praetor 600 can relax in a custom Red Label by Flexjet cabin knowing that an additional HEPA filter removes 99.97 percent of all particles in the air, including bacteria, viruses and fungi. These exceptional features and capabilities make the Praetor 600 a truly unique, groundbreaking aircraft. It rises above everything else in the traditional super-midsize category, while also offering better short field performance than large cabin aircraft. That’s why Flexjet is proud to make this aircraft available as part of our European fleet.

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Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum passed away in March of this year aged 75. He was one of the most influential figures in British racing through the ownership of thousands of horses as well as supporting the sport in this country through sponsorship and owning equine property and bloodstock through the Shadwell breeding enterprises. 68

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n 2020 he was crowned leading owner at Royal Ascot for the first time with six individual winners, all partnered by his retained jockey Jim Crowley. His final winner at the Royal Meeting was Khaloosy, trained by Roger Varian, which took is total number of Royal Ascot winners to 46. The first of those came in 1985 when Al Bahathri won the Coronation Stakes. Sent off the 4/6 favourite she stumbled on the turn for home but jockey Tony Murray managed to get her balanced again and she won by a length for trainer Henry Thomson Jones. His most memorable Royal Ascot winner for many will be Dayjur, the quite brilliant sprinter who lit up the Royal Meeting when winning the King’s the Royal Ascot Insider

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Also in 1990 he won the Gold Cup for the only time with Ashal who sprung a minor shock under Richard Hills in rain-softened ground. It was a first Group 1 success for Hills and the pair never looked in danger having entered the final straight with a clear lead. He won all eight Group 1 contests at Royal Ascot, 70

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although some were not at Group 1 level at the time and in total he claimed 18 of the 22 Pattern and Listed races now on the racing programme. Muhtarram won back-toback renewals of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes in 1994 and 1995 while Nayef also won the race for him in 2003 at Group 1 level. @ascotracecourse |

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Ghanaati

Ghanaati is no doubt one of the most talented horses to carry the famous blue and white silks and she followed up her 1,000 Guineas victory by winning the Coronation Stakes in 2009. One of her progeny, Afaak, won the Royal Hunt Cup ten years later in 2019.

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than six of the Royal Ascot contests and with his horses now running under the Shadwell Estate Company banner there will no doubt be many more Royal Ascot winners carrying those distinguished silks.

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Retraining of Racehorses

Where are they now? - Quadrille

Quadrille may have been beaten by a short-head at Royal Ascot in 2010 in front of his owner and breeder, HM The Queen - but in his second career he leaves the rest of the field behind.

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he 14-year-old gelding, by Danehill Dancer, was trained by Richard Hannon Senior and, following a career-ending injury, went to Louise Robson at the age of five. Louise specialises in retraining retired racehorses and runs Thoroughbred Dressage in Buckinghamshire. She was invited to Windsor Castle to try “Quad” and initially felt that he would only be a “low-level dressage horse as his movement was not anything exciting”. However, as she has joked, “I couldn’t say “no” to The Queen!” - and the horse has gone on to confound her expectations.

“I couldn’t say “no” to The Queen!” - and the horse has gone on to confound her expectations. “Quad” is currently the highestperforming former racehorse on the UK dressage circuit and was crowned the ROR Horse of the Year 2019. Under Louise’s patient and knowledgeable training, he has enjoyed success at the National Championships and mastered the movements of canter pirouette, piaffe (where the horse trots on the spot) and passage; an elevated, exaggeratedly slow trot. “Our partnership has definitely exceeded all expectations,” Louise

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that Thoroughbreds can thrive in completely different new lives.

The key to this blossoming is, she believes, “patience and time”.

Louise adores his “zest for life”, submerging his whole head in a bucket of water and enjoying his favourite snack of cow parsley. She reveals that “Quad” is also known as “Peter Pan, as he is the

horse that never grew up”. The word “bouncy” doesn’t do him justice, she jokes, adding that she always uses a neck strap when they go hacking,

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Pyledriver

A Welsh stable to the Royal Ascot winners’ enclosure: A royally good rags to riches story The story of Pyledriver, victorious in last year’s Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes, is what ignites a thousand racing dreams and keeps them burning during long days and dark nights.

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colt who did not merit a second glance at the sales, the first foal of a mare whose maternal instinct was not immediately apparent after his birth and the first horse ever bred by his owners Guy and Huw Leach and Roger Devlin, defied the odds to win at the most famous Flat meeting in the world.

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“Racing is a game for dreamers and occasionally dreams come true”’. Pyledriver is the living embodiment of that dream. He went into the race known as the Ascot Derby as a relatively unconsidered 18-1 shot in 2020, but nobody who watched the son of Harbour Watch take control inside the last two furlongs would ever under-estimate the bay colt again. The cheers of his owners and breeders could be heard all the way from their Welsh garden to the Royal Enclosure, watching footage of the horse that nobody wanted thumb his nose at the odds and the pundits’ predictions to gallop into Royal Ascot glory. As Guy Leach, who bred and owns Pyledriver with his brother Huw and their friend Devlin, remarked: ‘If there is one thing the story demonstrates, it is that there are always chances. We had a mare who we were told was of little value, with a foal who nobody wanted. As Johnny Murtagh said recently on ITV Racing, the Royal Ascot Insider

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a first Classic runner for his owners and breeders when third in last season’s Group 1 St Leger and, even more spectacularly, a first Group 1 success for them and his trainers William Muir and Chris Grassick in the Coronation Cup at Epsom’s Derby meeting earlier this month.

‘It was an incredible thrill, fantastic for everybody involved with Pyledriver, and we are all delighted. It’s this wonderful journey Pyledriver has taken us on right from the beginning,’ ‘It was an incredible thrill, fantastic for everybody involved with Pyledriver, and we are all delighted. It’s this wonderful journey Pyledriver has taken us on right from the beginning,’ explains Leach. ‘When he was born, La Pyle wouldn’t allow him to suckle for the first few days and everyone was very worried about him. He was a very weak foal, and you never, ever believe that this could possible happen. You’re just hopeful that you can

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get to the track and get a winner, but for Pyledriver to be a Royal Ascot and a Group 1 winner is beyond what we could have hoped for.’ This wonderful success is bittersweet for all those involved, tinged with poignancy at the absence of Kevin Mercer, the man who encouraged the Leach brothers and Devlin to breed from La Pyle when her racing career failed to pan out as an anticipated. Mercer, who owned Usk Valley Stud with his wife Susan, took a look at her pedigree and suggested rather than selling the mare, they retain La Pyle as a broodmare. Mercer also suggested they take a chance on Harbour Watch at Tweenhills Farm and Stud as the first stallion to breed La Pyle to, and when La Pyle foaled her colt and was unsure what her new role as a mother entailed, Mercer was on hand to guide the care of the first-time mother and her newborn foal,

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but sadly died when Pyledriver was just three months old. That enquiry from Mercer over lunch set in train a glorious journey that has taken Pyledriver and his connections to places never imagined, and Leach is quick to acknowledge how the fates have smiled favourably on them.

‘Pyledriver is a lovely character as well and he continues to surprise us.’ ‘We are just the luckiest people in racing,’ he exclaims. ‘One mare, first foal; we just keep rolling the dice and we keep throwing a pair of sixes. There has been so much luck involved all the way along the line. A couple of months after La Pyle was covered by Harbour Watch her half-brother Mont Ormel won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris and Kevin said to me at the time that we had won the breeding jackpot with our first throw of the dice.’

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La Pyle remains the only broodmare owned by the trio and as Leach points out, ‘Why go looking for more mares when you have such a special one already? ‘She is the real star,’ he says of the ten-yearold mare. ‘Pyledriver is a lovely character as well and he continues to surprise us.’ Pyledriver will not be returning to Royal Ascot this year for the Hardwicke Stakes, the race coming too soon after his tenacious triumph in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes earlier this month, but the plan is for Pyledriver to take on the Derby winner in Ascot’s midsummer jewel, the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes next month. From a Welsh stable to the Royal Ascot winners’ enclosure, Pyledriver has been turning dreams into reality for his entire racing career and providing inspiration to the sport of dreamers.

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Welcome to our Heroes SUPPORTING EVERY MEMBER OF THE MILITARY FAMILY

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scot Racecourse Supports’ official nominated charity beneficiaries throughout Royal Ascot are the three principal single Service Armed Forces charities, comprising the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The charities have traditionally been supported and promoted on the Friday of Royal Ascot, and this year we have given them an extended presence across the five days of Royal Ascot to help them raise much needed funds which have been impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Charity works tirelessly to suppport military personnel, past and present, and their families in times of need with a wide range of practical, emotional and financial support. They would not, however, be able to provide this vital level of care without the public’s support .

Click here to donate: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RoyalAscotCharities We thank you wholeheartedly for your support.

Whilst all donations made via the hyperlink above will be accredited to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, once Royal Ascot is over the total amount raised, including Gift Aid, will be divided equally between the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

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Rick’s Story Rick served in the Duke of Lancaster’s’ Regiment for 16 years, until an operational injury ended his Army career.

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ick joined the Army just before his 17th birthday. He served for 16 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant and travelling all over the world, including operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. On 27th May 2010, Rick was a month into his first tour of Afghanistan as a newly promoted Infantry Platoon Sergeant when he stepped on a Taliban IED. He lost his legs and much of his right arm in the blast. Rick praised the rescue team who took just nine minutes to reach him in a helicopter from Camp Bastion, saying: “I owe them my life”. Three weeks later, he woke up in hospital in Birmingham to discover the damage the blast had caused. “It wasn’t until I woke up that I realised the extent of my injuries. It wasn’t just the physical injuries. I was stuck in a hospital bed for four months which is just boredom and you start thinking things.” We were able to support Rick with a grant towards a specialist wheelchair and a corner bath, and he is now an ambassador for our charity. He says: “The 86

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Boosting Morale

of serving sailors and marines during COVID-19 During the pandemic, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity have vowed to provide additional support.

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2.30 First Race

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The Albany Stakes 1

(Group 3)

Six Furlongs (6f ) (1,200 metres) For Two Yrs Old Fillies

Stalls - Centre

(Class 1) Total race value £65000 (FOR CONDITIONS OF THIS RACE SEE PAGE 86)

Owners Prize Money. Winner £30316; Second £12389; Third £6195; Fourth £3101. (Penalty Value £38480) A SS

Form

Owner

1 ANADORA (GB) (34)

13

Trainer

B f Havana Gold (IRE) - Keladora (USA) (Crafty Prospector (USA)) CHH RACING KEVIN RYAN, Hambleton

Groom - Charlotte Allday

st lb

(lbs)

9 0 (126) Adam Kirby

(Breeder - Mrs J. E. Laws)

Draw

7

BEIGE, MAROON striped sleeves.

Foaled 8.3.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Won only narrowly at Newcastle (AW; 13-2) so it was no surprise to see her come up short under a penalty in the stronger company at Newmarket (good), won by the impressive Cachet; a good bit of imagination is needed to envisage her reversing those placings, even on 6lb better terms with the winner. Official BHA Rating -

2 CACHET (IRE) (34) 1

B f Aclaim (IRE) - Poyle Sophie (Teofilo (IRE)) HIGHCLERE T’BRED RACING - WILD FLOWER GEORGE BOUGHEY, Newmarket

Groom - Antonia Peck D

9 0 (126) Nicola Currie

(Breeder - Hyde Park Stud)

Draw

8

LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE armlets, DARK BLUE cap.

Foaled 21.3.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Bought for 60,000gns at the breeze-ups and was tuned into the job in hand when coming home just over 5l to the good at Newmarket a month ago (6f, good; 4-1); hard to fault a debut performance like that and she’s strongly considered for a most progressive trainer who runs three; sire won a Group 1 on soft ground. Official BHA Rating -

3 ELLIPTIC (IRE) (16)

12

B f Caravaggio (USA) - Aqua de Vida (IRE) (Fastnet Rock (AUS)) MRS A. M. O’BRIEN DONNACHA AIDAN O’BRIEN, Ireland

9 0 (126) Gavin Ryan

Groom - Christopher Brabston (Breeder - Whisperview Trading Ltd)

Draw

3

ORANGE, ROYAL BLUE hoop and armlets.

Foaled 24.4.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Beat Wednesday’s Queen Mary winner Quick Suzy to score on debut at Tipperary (5f, yielding) and she probably bumped into one at The Curragh (6f, yielding) in a well-backed newcomer (unraced since) from a top yard; however, she had no excuses and RPR of 87 wasn’t much of a step up on her initial figure. Official BHA Rating -

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Form

Owner

4 EL MAGA (IRE) (17) 1

Trainer

B f Mehmas (IRE) - Bougainvilia (IRE) (Bahamian Bounty) SYPS (UK) LTD PHILLIP MAKIN, Easingwold

st lb

9 0 (126) Rowan Scott

(Breeder - Tally-Ho Stud)

D

(lbs)

Draw

10

ROYAL BLUE, DARK BLUE Cross of Lorraine and sleeves.

Foaled 24.1.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Has a Queen Mary winner in the family; didn’t go unbacked when a narrow winner at Redcar (6f, good; 17-2) but she has a lot to find on the figures here. Official BHA Rating -

5 EVE LODGE (GB) (27)

31

B f Ardad (IRE) - Sandy Times (IRE) (Footstepsinthesand) MATHIS STABLES LLC CHARLIE FELLOWES, Newmarket

Groom - Alexandra Green

9 0 (126) Jamie Spencer

(Breeder - Corps Commerce Ltd)

Draw

SILVER, BLACK panel, BLACK stripes on sleeves, 13 BLACK cap Foaled 18.4.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Withdrawn from Wednesday’s Queen Mary on account of fast ground so any rain would be welcomed; the ground was soft when she made light work of four rivals at Lingfield (5f ) a month ago and, while this represents a far sterner assignment over an additional furlong, if it did get wet her proven ability to handle Official BHA Rating conditions could count for plenty.

6 FLOTUS (IRE) (27) 1

Groom - Jaun Sanchez D

9 0 (126)

B f Starspangledbanner (AUS) - Floriade (IRE) (Invincible Spirit (IRE)) Frankie Dettori J-E DUBOIS, B KWOK, E BABINGTON ET AL SIMON & ED CRISFORD, Newmarket (Breeder - Newtown Stud and T. J. Pabst)

Draw

5

ROYAL BLUE, ROYAL BLUE and YELLOW quartered cap.

Foaled 25.2.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH 125,000gns yearling; 7-4 favourite at Goodwood (6f, soft) and, after a slow start, she warmed to her task and came home very easily in the end, scoring by a little under 5l; co-trainer Ed Crisford was very complimentary afterwards and immediately nominated this as a likely target, also stressing that she might be even better on a quicker surface; very interesting under Frankie Dettori, who has ridden a Royal Ascot 2yo winner for this yard. Official BHA Rating -

7 GYPSY LADY (GB) (15)

031

Ch f Mayson - Reveille (Sakhee’s Secret) MR JIM SMITH GAY KELLEWAY, Newmarket

9 0 (126) Hollie Doyle

Groom - Tracey Wilcocks (Breeder - Parry, Stratton, Steele-Mortimer) D

Draw

15

YELLOW, GREY braces.

Foaled 27.3.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW H Took three goes to get off the mark and it wasn’t a strong maiden she won at Chelmsford (6f AW) in the first-time cheekpieces; looks to up against it here despite the addition of blinkers; appeared to cope okay with soft ground on her second run. Official BHA Rating -

8 HELLOMYDARLIN (IRE) (7) 1

9 0 (126)

B f Galileo Gold - Speed Freak (Fastnet Rock (AUS)) NICK BRADLEY RACING 48 Daniel Tudhope GEORGE BOUGHEY, Newmarket

Groom - Rachel Kelly

(Breeder - Tally-Ho Stud)

D

Draw

WHITE, BLACK seams, WHITE sleeves, BLACK stars, 9 RED cap. Foaled 3.2.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Left it late to book her ticket as she made her debut only last week at Goodwood (6f, good to firm; 7-1), where she narrowly prevailed in a sustained dual with the second (fellow newcomer); not easy to evaluate what she achieved but Topspeed/RPR figures bode fairly well and her trainer’s 2yos have been on fire all season; stable runs three. Official BHA Rating -

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The Albany Stakes (Group 3) - continued

Form

Owner

9 HELLO YOU (IRE) (25) 1

1

B f Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Lucrece (Pivotal) AMO RACING LIMITED RALPH BECKETT, Kimpton Down

Groom - Demi Turford-Jordan D

Trainer

st lb

(lbs)

9 0 (126) James Doyle

(Breeder - Serge Boucheron)

Draw

6

VIOLET, WHITE quartered cap.

Foaled 1.3.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHHH Cost €350,000 as a yearling and she could not have impressed more when making a successful start at Wolverhampton (6f, AW) last month; holes can be picked in what she beat but the time was good and she looks potentially high class; sire gets winners on all ground and she’s out of a Pivotal mare, so hopes are high that she would handle softish ground if the rain has come. Official BHA Rating -

10 LADY AYRESOME (IRE) (20) 511

B f Kodi Bear (IRE) - Omanome (IRE) (Acclamation) RIVERSIDE RACING SYNDICATE KEVIN RYAN, Hambleton

Groom - Louise Akehurst

9 0 (126) Tom Eaves

(Breeder - John Halton & Partners)

Draw

4

RED, WHITE hoop, WHITE sleeves, RED armlets.

Foaled 13.2.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH It was not the strongest Hilary Needler she won at Beverley (5f, soft) but her heart is in the right place and, having opened her account on good to firm, she’s versatile ground-wise; no great surprise should she outrun her odds with improvement likely over this extra furlong. Official BHA Rating -

11 OSCULA (IRE) (14) 311

B f Galileo Gold - Bisous Y Besos (IRE) (Big Bad Bob (IRE)) NICK BRADLEY RACING 20 GEORGE BOUGHEY, Newmarket

Groom - Kira Griffin

9 0 (126) Mark Crehan

(Breeder - Mr Padraig Williams)

Draw

D

WHITE, BLACK seams, WHITE sleeves, BLACK stars, 12 WHITE cap, BLACK star. Foaled 15.4.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Behind Sandrine on AW debut but has won both her starts since and she was particularly impressive (again ridden prominently) in the Woodcote at Epsom (6f, good) two weeks ago; armed with more experience than some of the shorter-priced fillies and Mark Crehan retains the ride; early indications suggest her rookie sire will produce soft-ground winners; one to consider. Official BHA Rating -

12 PRETTIEST (USA) (19) 1

Ch f Dubawi (IRE) - Alice Springs (IRE) (Galileo (IRE)) M TABOR/D SMITH/MRS J MAGNIER/WESTERBERG AIDAN O’BRIEN, Ireland

Groom - Keith Griffin D

9 0 (126) Ryan Moore

(Breeder - Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt)

Draw

11

ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, striped sleeves and cap.

Foaled 1.2.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH First foal out of three-time Group 1 winner Alice Springs; made all to beat two fillies who had the benefit of experience in a maiden over slightly shorter at Navan (yielding), and winning newcomers from this yard usually turn out to be decidedly smart; her dam did have a marked preference for fast ground, which adds a note of caution with thunderstorms about; much respected otherwise. Official BHA Rating -

13 SANDRINE (GB) (30) 1

B f Bobby’s Kitten (USA) - Seychelloise (Pivotal) MISS K. RAUSING ANDREW BALDING, Kingsclere

Groom - Kathleen Maher

9 0 (126) David Probert

(Breeder - Miss K. Rausing)

D

Draw

WHITE, EMERALD GREEN hoops, 2 WHITE sleeves and cap. Foaled 24.2.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Will stay further than this and it was her stamina that won the day over this trip when getting up in the closing stages at Kempton (AW), where dual subsequent winner Oscula was back in third; this stiffer track should play to her strengths and stablemate Berkshire Shadow won Tuesday’s Coventry after the solitary debut win; pedigree bodes well should the ground soften. Official BHA Rating -

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Form

Trainer

Owner

14 SOWS (IRE) (16) 1

B f Kodiac - Zvarkhova (FR) (Makfi) MR MARTIN HUGHES RICHARD HANNON, Marlborough

Groom - Bhanwar Singh Rathore

st lb

(lbs)

9 0 (126) Sean Levey

(Breeder - Loughtown Stud)

Draw

1

PURPLE and WHITE diamonds, PURPLE sleeves.

Foaled 9.2.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH £100,000 yearling; took a walk in the betting (16-1) at Nottingham but she was never far off the pace and quickened up well to assert in the closing stages on good to firm; there could be any amount of Official BHA Rating improvement lurking but she’ll need some.

15 SUNSTRIKE (IRE) (16) 41

B f Dark Angel (IRE) - Extricate (IRE) (Exceed And Excel (AUS)) QATAR RACING LIMITED JOHN & THADY GOSDEN, Newmarket

Groom - Leah Mapston

9 0 (126) Oisin Murphy

(Breeder - Yeomanstown Stud)

Draw

D

CLARET, GOLD braid, CLARET sleeves, 14 CLARET cap, GOLD tassel. Foaled 16.2.2019. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH 390,000gns yearling; did well to overcome a slow start and get up in the nick of time at Kempton (6f, AW) but it won’t be easy reversing debut Wolverhampton placings with impressive winner Hello You. Official BHA Rating -

Result: 1st

2nd

3rd

Distances: 1-2

2-3

Time:Min

4th .

Secs.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 15 Blinkers worn first time by No. 7. Standard Time: Median Time: 1 min 13.70 secs Record Time: 1 min 12.39 secs by Rajasinghe age 2 wt 9-1 good to firm, 20/06/17 2020: DANDALLA (IRE) 2 9 0 Ben Curtis 13-2 (K R Burke) 13 ran

Race Summary: This has the makings of a hot Albany with an array of unexposed winners locking horns, but the debut win of HELLO YOU takes some beating. It may have been only Wolverhampton but that venue has produced many a budding star down the years and she fairly whistled home in a good time. Prettiest wasn’t half as impressive at Navan but winning debutantes from her yard usually turn out to be smart and she’s bred to be something special. Flotus looked a prospect in turning some heads at Goodwood and Frankie rode a Norfolk winner for the yard two seasons ago, while Cachet and Sandrine can give their supporters some excitement. Race Predictor: HELLO YOU CACHET FLOTUS

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Forecast: 3-1 Flotus (IRE), 4-1 Hello You (IRE), 5-1 Prettiest (USA), 7-1 Cachet (IRE), 8-1 Oscula (IRE), 14-1 Sandrine (GB), 16-1 Elliptic (IRE), Eve Lodge (GB), Hellomydarlin (IRE), 20-1 Lady Ayresome (IRE), Sunstrike (IRE), 25-1 Sows (IRE), 50-1 Anadora (GB), El Maga (IRE), 66-1 Gypsy Lady (GB)

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3.05 Second Race

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The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)

One Mile About Four Furlongs (2,300 metres) SWINLEY (11f abt 211yds) For Three Yrs Old Colts And Geldings

Stalls - ›ns&*e

(Class 1) Total race value £173400 (FOR CONDITIONS OF THIS RACE SEE PAGE 86)

2

Owners Prize Money. Winner £77267; Second £31715; Third £15866; Fourth £7924; Fifth £3971; Sixth £1977. (Penalty Value £98335.14) A SS Form

Owner

1 GEAR UP (IRE) (13)

1141-50

Trainer

B c Teofilo (IRE) - Gearanai (USA) (Toccet (USA)) TEME VALLEY MARK JOHNSTON, Middleham

Groom - Ratan Singh

st lb

(lbs)

9 3 (129) James Doyle

(Breeder - J. S. Bolger)

Draw

MAROON, YELLOW hoops, MAROON sleeves, 1 YELLOW cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Carries 3lb penalty and has something to prove on this year’s evidence, finishing midfield in the Dante then well beaten in the Derby; however, his trainer’s horses are capable of making a swift return to form and he’s not written off given last year’s wins in the Acomb (7f, good) and Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud (1m2f, heavy); may also enjoy the run of the race in front. Official BHA Rating 111

2 ALENQUER (FR) (56)

12-1

9 0 (126)

B c Adlerflug (GER) - Wild Blossom (GER) (Areion (GER)) M M STABLES Tom Marquand WILLIAM HAGGAS, Newmarket (Breeder - Gestut Romerhof )

Draw

LIGHT BLUE, LIGHT BLUE and BLACK diabolo on sleeves, 3 LIGHT BLUE cap, BLACK star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Plenty of promise on both 2yo starts (soft) and built on those when winning the Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown (1m2f, good) in April; the form received a major boost when the half-length runner-up Adayar won the Derby and, while that Epsom performance represented major improvement, this fellow is also open to further progress Official BHA Rating 108 on just his fourth start and has strong claims.

3 BELLOCCIO (FR) (36)

11-50

9 0 (126)

Ro c Belardo (IRE) - Three Cards (Mastercraftsman (IRE)) Silvestre De Sousa ALL FOR ONE RACING DAVID MENUISIER, Pulborough

Groom - Philippe Mercier

(Breeder - Vasby Distribution AB)

Draw

ROYAL BLUE, BEIGE Cross of Lorraine, 2 striped sleeves and cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHHH Soundly beaten behind Alenquer and Yibir in the Sandown Classic Trial (1m2f, good) then down the field in the Dante (1m2f, good); has to prove whether he’s up to his level but was 2-2 in his juvenile campaign, on soft/good to soft ground including a French Listed win, and the forecast rain could help him tap back into that potential; highly regarded, and interesting today. Official BHA Rating 100

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The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) - continued Form

Trainer

Owner

4 GLOUCESTERSHIRE (USA) (186) 1-

B or Br c Flintshire - Ballade’s Girl (USA) (Saint Ballado (CAN)) TEAM VALOR & MANTON PARK MARTYN MEADE, Manton

Groom - Richard Simpson

st lb

(lbs)

9 0 (126) Oisin Murphy

(Breeder - SF Bloodstock LLC)

Draw

5

EMERALD GREEN, MAROON chevron, MAROON cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH 22-1, won by about 1l on debut in Kempton maiden (1m3f, AW) last December and off since; takes a big step up in grade and has a lot to find with today’s rivals, but he’s well bred and his trainer knows what it takes in Group races, as 31% of his runners in such contests in the last five years in Britain or Ireland have finished first or second (17-55). Official BHA Rating -

5 TASMAN BAY (FR) (34)

6-132

B c Le Havre (IRE) - Purely Priceless (IRE) (Galileo (IRE)) SIR PETER VELA SIR MARK TODD, Swindon

9 0 (126) David Probert

Grooms - Barry Thomason & Ryan Hawkins (Breeder - SARL de Chambure Haras D’Etreham et al)

Draw

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoops, GREY sleeves, 8 ROYAL BLUE and WHITE quartered cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Kept on for third in hot conditions stakes at Newbury (1m2f, good) in April, behind subsequent Dante winner Hurricane Lane and Tuesday’s St James’s Palace fourth Maximal; bumped into another classy prospect in John Leeper (who didn’t shown his true form in the Derby) when Listed runner-up next time (1m2f, good); shapes as though this step up in trip will suit and he’s one to consider; hint of promise on heavy on debut (sole run on slow ground). Official BHA Rating 102

6 THE MEDITERRANEAN (IRE) (15)

0-12

Ch c Galileo (IRE) - Flashy Wings (Zafonic (USA)) MR D. SMITH, MRS J. MAGNIER, MR M. TABOR AIDAN O’BRIEN, Ireland

9 0 (126) Ryan Moore

Groom - Sumith Pathrannelage (Breeder - Lynch Bages Ltd & Rhinestone B/Stock) D BF

Draw

7

PURPLE, WHITE seams, striped sleeves, PURPLE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH 7f inadequate on sole 2yo start (heavy) and won Leopardstown maiden (1m4f, good) on return last month; went close in Listed race over that C&D (good) recently and, having been supplemented for this, is the sole representative for his top connections; could have more to offer; respected. Official BHA Rating 105

7 TITLE (IRE) (21)

2-21

B c Camelot - Danehill’s Dream (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) HIGHCLERE TBRED RACING-CHARLES CHURCH ROGER VARIAN, Newmarket

Groom - Ben Haigh

9 0 (126) David Egan

(Breeder - Llang Bloodstock)

Draw

4

LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE armlets, DARK BLUE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Went very close on first two starts (1m/1m3f, heavy/good) then won Yarmouth maiden (11.4f, good) three weeks ago; vastly tougher test today and others have much stronger form, but the front two were clear at Yarmouth and the runner-up had previously occupied the same position in a Listed race; connections are bypassing a potentially lenient handicap mark and he’s not ruled out. Official BHA Rating 92

8 YIBIR (GB) (28)

511-342

Ch g Dubawi (IRE) - Rumh (GER) (Monsun (GER)) GODOLPHIN CHARLIE APPLEBY, Newmarket

Groom - Kalu Ram

9 0 (126) William Buick

(Breeder - Godolphin)

Draw

6

ROYAL BLUE.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Reappeared with close third to Alenquer in Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown (1m2f, good), with Derby winner Adayar (who has improved since) in second; not quite at the same level at Chester (good to soft) or Goodwood (soft) the next twice, with those tricky courses seemingly not ideal; gelded since; could rediscover his earlier promise now back on a conventional track and he might not be far away. Official BHA Rating 105

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The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) - continued Result: 1st

2nd

3rd

Distances: 1-2

2-3

Time:Min

4th .

Secs.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 8 Running for the first time since Gelding No. 8. Standard Time: 2 mins 32.60 secs Record Time: 2 mins 24.60 secs by Novellist age 4 wt 9-7 good to firm, 27/07/13 2020: PYLEDRIVER 3 9 0 Martin Dwyer 18-1 (William Muir) 6 ran

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Race Summary: The forecast rain is a major positive for BELLOCCIO, who beat a subsequent Group 1 runner-up when winning a Listed race on soft ground in France last November and hasn’t had his ideal conditions in the Sandown Classic Trial or the Dante on his two runs this season. He is held in extremely high regard by David Menuisier, who saddled Wonderful Tonight to win a Group 1 here last October. If the ground isn’t on the slow side of good then Tasman Bay could be the one to be on, as he’s bumped into some classy types over 1m2f this year and promises to be suited by the step up to 1m4f. Alenquer beat the subsequent Derby winner Adayar at Sandown and is a strong contender, despite the runner-up finding a leap of improvement at Epsom, and the supplemented Ballydoyle runner The Mediterranean is also respected. Race Predictor: THE MEDITERRANEAN ALENQUER YIBIR

Forecast: 2-1 Alenquer (FR), 9-2 The Mediterranean (IRE), 5-1 Title (IRE), 11-2 Yibir (GB), 8-1 Gear Up (IRE), 10-1 Tasman Bay (FR), 16-1 Belloccio (FR), Gloucestershire (USA)

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3.40 Third Race

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The Commonwealth Cup

(Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Stalls - Centre

Six Furlongs (6f ) (1,200 metres) For Three Yrs Old Colts And Fillies (Class 1) Total race value £350000 (FOR CONDITIONS OF THIS RACE SEE PAGE 86)

Owners Prize Money. Winner £155960; Second £64015; Third £32025; Fourth £15995; Fifth £8015; Sixth £3990. (Penalty Value £198485) A SS Form

3

Owner

1 A CASE OF YOU (IRE) (33)

311-101

B c Hot Streak (IRE) - Karjera (IRE) (Key of Luck (USA)) GARY DEVLIN ADRIAN MCGUINNESS, Ireland

Groom - Ian Brennen D

Trainer

st lb

(lbs)

9 0 (126) R. P. Whelan

(Breeder - Limestone and Tara Studs)

Draw

15

GREY, ORANGE disc.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Bounced back from a disappointing effort to win Group 3 at Naas (6f, soft) last time, taking overall record to 4-6 and record for new stable to 2-3; furthermore, he’s 3-3 at about 6f and may have more to offer. Official BHA Rating 108

2 DILIGENT HARRY (GB) (77)

1121

B c Due Diligence (USA) - Harryana To (Compton Place) THE DILINQUENTS CLIVE COX, Hungerford

Groom - Curtis Doyle D

9 0 (126) Hector Crouch

(Breeder - Whitsbury Manor Stud)

Draw

6

RED, EMERALD GREEN stars, sleeves and star on cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Unraced at two; very progressive on AW this year, most recently winning at Lingfield (6f ) on AWC Finals Day and taking record to 3-4; Group horse in the making and brings an attractive profile to this turf debut. Official BHA Rating 105

3 DRAGON SYMBOL (GB) (27)

11112

Gr c Cable Bay (IRE) - Arcamist (Arcano (IRE)) MR YOSHIRO KUBOTA ARCHIE WATSON, Upper Lambourn

Groom - Lauren Smith

9 0 (126) Oisin Murphy

(Breeder - Whitsbury Manor Stud)

Draw

TURQUOISE, YELLOW sharks tooth shoulders, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, 18 TURQUOISE & ROYAL BLUE segmented cap, YELLOW star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Unraced at two; fast-improving sprinter (on AW/grass) this year, winning four times in great style then going very close in Group 2 at Haydock (6f, heavy); won on fast ground on turf debut; remains of great interest Official BHA Rating 111 despite losing his unbeaten record last time. D BF

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The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) - continued Form

Owner

2120-

B c Frankel - Promised Money (IRE) (Dark Angel (IRE)) Silvestre De Sousa KING POWER RACING CO LTD ANDREW BALDING, Kingsclere

Trainer

4 FIVETHOUSANDTOONE (IRE) (251)

Groom - Dwayne Pettitt

st lb

(lbs)

9 0 (126)

(Breeder - Yeomanstown Stud)

Draw

D

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoop, striped sleeves, 2 WHITE cap, ROYAL BLUE star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Easy AW winner on second 2yo start then ran well (clear second) in the Mill Reef on good ground; Official BHA Rating 110 outstayed over 7f in the Dewhurst when last seen, though wasn’t disgraced; possibilities back at 6f.

5 JUMBY (IRE) (34)

143-31

Groom - Stephanie Blackett CD

9 0 (126)

B c New Bay - Sound of Guns (Acclamation) ANTHONY PYE-JEARY AND DAVID IAN Charles Bishop EVE JOHNSON HOUGHTON, Blewbury (Breeder - Ballylinch Stud)

Draw

11

MAROON, LIGHT BLUE chevron.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Has proved suited by the drop to 6f in useful 3yo handicaps at Newmarket (good/ good to firm) this season and the form is working out very well; justified favouritism last time and looks open to further improvement. Official BHA Rating 104

6 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) (33)

1403-54

B c Power - Sampers (IRE) (Exceed And Excel (AUS)) MISS C R HOLMES K. J. CONDON, Ireland

Groom - Mark Bourke

9 0 (126) Chris Hayes

(Breeder - N. Hartery)

Draw

D

WHITE, EMERALD GREEN epaulets and armlets, 13 EMERALD GREEN and WHITE striped cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH No fluke about his 66-1 success in Curragh Group 2 last July as he has confirmed the form since, close fourth to A Case Of You at Naas (soft) most recently; however, more is needed in first-time tongue-tie. Official BHA Rating 107

7 LIPIZZANER (USA) (33)

6214-36

B c Uncle Mo (USA) - Irish Lights (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS)) MR M. TABOR, D. SMITH & MRS JOHN MAGNIER AIDAN O’BRIEN, Ireland

Groom - Matthew Gleeson D BF

9 0 (126) Ryan Moore

(Breeder - Irish Lights Syndicate)

Draw

12

ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, striped sleeves and cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Sole runner for Ballydoyle but he doesn’t have as high a profile as Caravaggio, who won this for the yard in 2017; beaten favourite in races won by Measure Of Magic and A Case Of You this term; first-time blinkers need to make a difference. Official BHA Rating 103

8 METHOD (IRE) (27)

1102-5

Groom - Clive Davis D

9 0 (126)

Ch c Mehmas (IRE) - Darsan (IRE) (Iffraaj) MANTON PARK RACING Richard Kingscote MARTYN MEADE, Manton (Breeder - M. Phelan)

Draw

17

WHITE, BLACK disc, BLACK cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Impressive on first two juvenile starts then had excuses (pulled hard, saddle slipped) in the Middle Park; no further progress the last twice but soft/heavy ground possibly wasn’t ideal; may yet build on his early promise. Official BHA Rating 106

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Trainer

9 MIGHTY GURKHA (IRE) (51)

002-124

B c Sepoy (AUS) - Royal Debt (Royal Applause) MR MOHAMMED RASHID ARCHIE WATSON, Upper Lambourn

Groom - Colm Hynes

st lb

(lbs)

9 0 (126) Hollie Doyle

(Breeder - Rabbah Bloodstock Limited)

Draw

D

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE disc, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, 9 WHITE spots. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW H Record of 3-5 on AW (notably Group 3 success) compared to 0-6 on turf; respectable fourth in Commonwealth Cup Trial over C&D in April but needs improvement to reach a similar position. Official BHA Rating 101

10 SAINT LAWRENCE (IRE) (27)

163-220

B c Al Kazeem - Affluent (Oasis Dream) MR D. J. DEER ROGER VARIAN, Newmarket G

9 0 (126)

R

E NN

U (Breeder - D. J. and Mrs Deer)) (

-R ON

N

Draw

ROYAL BLUE and WHITE diamonds, d d WHITE sleeves, l ROYAL BLUE armlets, q p l , quartered d cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW W NON-RUNNER

11 SUPREMACY (IRE) (51)

3

6111-0

Official BHA Rating 103

B c Mehmas (IRE) - Triggers Broom (IRE) (Arcano (IRE)) MR J GODDARD CLIVE COX, Hungerford

Groom - Fairooz Pasha D BF

4

9 0 (126) Adam Kirby

(Breeder - Kangyu International Racing)

Draw

19

WHITE, PURPLE hoop, armlets and cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Has raced only on good/firmer; flopped in the Commonwealth Cup Trial but it’s far too soon to write him off; now blinkered; leading player on his highly progressive 2yo form which included all-the-way wins in the Richmond and the Middle Park. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 28/4/2021 it was reported that the trainer could not explain the poor run. Official BHA Rating 118

12 THE LIR JET (IRE) (27)

2250-30

B c Prince of Lir (IRE) - Paper Dreams (IRE) (Green Desert (USA)) QATAR RACING LTD & RACEHORSECLUB.COM MICHAEL BELL, Newmarket

Groom - Asif Khan

9 0 (126) Cieren Fallon

(Breeder - Mr Donal Boylan)

Draw

C BF

NAVY, YELLOW & MAROON geometric shapes, 5 ORANGE collar & cuffs. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Unsuitedby heavyground atHaydock(behindsomeof theserivals)lastmonth;wontheNorfolkhere (good to soft) last year but needs a personal best to land this prize; tongue-tie and visor enlisted. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run Official BHA Rating 108 on 22/5/2021 it was reported that the horse would prefer a sounder surface.

13 CAMPANELLE (IRE) (224)

1114-

8 11 (123)

B f Kodiac - Janina (Namid) STONESTREET STABLES LLC Frankie Dettori WESLEY A. WARD, USA

Groom - Jose Reveles

(Breeder - Tally-Ho Stud)

CD

Draw

YELLOW, MAROON chevron, 14 YELLOW sleeves, MAROON seams. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHHH Outstayed over 1m at the Breeders’ Cup when last seen; 3-3 over sprint trips otherwise as a 2yo, including wins in the Queen Mary here (good) and the Prix Morny (soft); talented filly who still has more to offer and commands major respect back down in distance. Official BHA Rating 113

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Trainer

14 DANDALLA (IRE) (28)

1115-06

B f Dandy Man (IRE) - Chellalla (Elnadim (USA)) NICK BRADLEY RACING 28 & E BURKE K. R. BURKE, Leyburn

Groom - Mark Simms

st lb

(lbs)

8 11 (123) Ben Curtis

(Breeder - Mr Robert Norton)

Draw

CD

WHITE, BLACK seams, WHITE sleeves, BLACK stars, 21 WHITE cap, BLACK star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Won the Albany over C&D last year (good to soft) then followed up in Group 2 at Newmarket (soft); below that form in three runs since, markedly so at Haydock (heavy) latest; needs to turn things around. Official BHA Rating 102

15 HAPPY ROMANCE (IRE) (34)

114-015

B f Dandy Man (IRE) - Rugged Up (IRE) (Marju (IRE)) THE MCMURRAY FAMILY RICHARD HANNON, Marlborough

Groom - Victoria Kent

8 11 (123) Sean Levey

(Breeder - Redpender Stud Ltd)

Draw

D

DARK BLUE, RED braces, 7 DARK BLUE and WHITE striped sleeves. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW H Completed a notable hat-trick during 2yo season, winning two sales races and a Group 3 event (all on good or good to soft); Listed scorer on AW two outings ago; useful filly but this looks a stiff assignment for her. Official BHA Rating 105

16 ISABELLA GILES (IRE) (27)

110-636

B f Belardo (IRE) - Majestic Dubawi (Dubawi (IRE)) PAUL & CLARE ROONEY CLIVE COX, Hungerford

Groom - Tracy Ferneyhough D

8 11 (123) James Doyle

(Breeder - Ballylinch Stud)

Draw

10

DARK BLUE and YELLOW (quartered), striped sleeves.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Juvenile campaign included 7f wins in the Prestige Stakes (soft) and the Rockfel (good); no further improvement since and the drop back to 6f had no effect last time; the least appealing of the three Clive Cox runners. Official BHA Rating 107

17 MEASURE OF MAGIC (IRE) (42)

3033-11

B f Kodi Bear (IRE) - Lilly Be (IRE) (Titus Livius (FR)) J. P. MURTAGH RACING J. P. MURTAGH, Ireland

Groom - Jamie Powell

8 11 (123) Ben Coen

(Breeder - Mr & Mrs Reddy Coffey)

Draw

D

DARK GREEN, BEIGE seams, striped sleeves, 16 DARK GREEN cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Has made a bright start to her 2021 season with two Listed wins, both over an extended 5f on good ground; strode clear in emphatic style at Cork on latest occasion; likely to prove effective back over 6f, at least on a sound surface; arrives in great form. Official BHA Rating 106

18 MISS AMULET (IRE) (26)

21123-0

Gr or Ro f Sir Prancealot (IRE) - Shena’s Dream (IRE) (Oasis Dream) MRS DOREEN TABOR K. J. CONDON, Ireland

Groom - Sean Mooney D

8 11 (123)

(Breeder - Ringfort Stud)

BLACK, WHITE disc, striped sleeves and cap.

W. J. Lee Draw

3

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Possibly unsuited by heavy in Irish 1,000 Guineas on seasonal debut; good form in two attempts over 6f, winning the Lowther (good to soft) then second in the Cheveley Park (good); this demands a personal best, however. Official BHA Rating 109

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Owner

19 MOONEISTA (IRE) (33)

31-3213

Trainer

B f Dandy Man (IRE) - Moon Unit (IRE) (Intikhab (USA)) MRS PAULA DAVISON JACK W DAVISON, Ireland

st lb

(lbs)

8 11 (123) W. M. Lordan

(Breeder - Killarkin Stud)

Draw

DARK GREEN, WHITE triple diamond, 1 diamonds on sleeves and cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Consistent filly whose last two runs came at Naas, winning a 5f Listed event on good then third (demoted from second) to A Case Of You in 6f Group 3 on soft; more needed to take a serious hand at this level. Official BHA Rating 102

20 SACRED (GB) (47)

2220-10

8 11 (123)

B f Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Sacre Caroline (USA) (Blame (USA)) CHEVELEY PARK STUD Tom Marquand WILLIAM HAGGAS, Newmarket (Breeder - Cheveley Park Stud Ltd)

Draw

20

RED, WHITE sash, ROYAL BLUE cap.

3

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Landed the 7f Nell Gwyn (good) on reappearance then failed to stay 1m in the 1000 Guineas; smart sprinting form as a 2yo, including silver medals in the Queen Mary and on good to soft in the Lowther, but will need Official BHA Rating 108 improvement for win purposes in this contest.

21 SUESA (IRE) (32)

11-11

B f Night of Thunder (IRE) - Sally Is The Boss (IRE) (Orpen (USA)) MR GEORGE STRAWBRIDGE FRANCOIS ROHAUT, France

Groom - Pascal Brejon D

8 11 (123) William Buick

(Breeder - Thomastown Farm Ltd)

Draw

8

WHITE, EMERALD GREEN hoop.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Exciting filly who is unbeaten in four races, all at Chantilly (5.5f/6f ) on ground softer than good; successful in two Group 3 contests for new trainer this term, quickening clear for an impressive performance on latest occasion; looks very classy and has to be feared. Official BHA Rating 112

Result: 1st

2nd

3rd

Distances: 1-2

2-3

Time:Min

4th .

Secs.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 21 Blinkers worn first time by No. 7, 11. Tongue Strap worn first time by No. 6. Visor, Tongue Strap worn first time by No. 12. Blinkers worn by No. 9. Tongue Strap worn by No. 7, 20. Blinkers, Tongue Strap worn by No. 13. Standard Time: 1 min 13.70 secs Record Time: 1 min 11.05 secs by Blue Point age 3 wt 9-1 good to firm, 03/05/17 2020: GOLDEN HORDE (IRE) 3 9 0 Adam Kirby 5-1 (Clive Cox) 16 ran

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Race Summary: Supremacy has a leading chance on ratings but he needs to bounce back from a disappointing effort in the Commonwealth Cup Trial. CAMPANELLE is preferred, as she remains unbeaten over sprint distances and one of her wins came at this meeting last year. She still has very low mileage and should have plenty more to offer. Exciting French challenger Suesa oozed class on her latest outing and is feared most. Dragon Symbol, Jumby, Measure Of Magic and Diligent Harry (in that order) may prove best of the remainder. Race Predictor: SUESA ISABELLA GILES DRAGON SYMBOL

3

Forecast: 9-2 Campanelle (IRE), Suesa (IRE), 7-1 Supremacy (IRE), 10-1 A Case of You (IRE), Dragon Symbol (GB), Miss Amulet (IRE), 12-1 Jumby (IRE), Measure of Magic (IRE), 14-1 Diligent Harry (GB), 16-1 Isabella Giles (IRE), Mooneista (IRE), 22-1 Lipizzaner (USA), Dandalla (IRE), 25-1 Laws of Indices (IRE), 33-1 Fivethousandtoone (IRE), The Lir Jet (IRE), Happy Romance (IRE), Sacred (GB), 40-1 Method (IRE), Mighty Gurkha (IRE)

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4.20 Fourth Race

Ascot Racecourse is giving a prize of £300 to the lad or girl responsible for the best turned out horse, and a prize of £300 to the lad or girl responsible for the winning horse.

The Coronation Stakes

(Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Stalls - ›ns&*e

Old Mile (7f abt 213yds) (1,500 metres) For Three Yrs Old Fillies (Class 1) Total race value £426875 (FOR CONDITIONS OF THIS RACE SEE PAGE 86)

Owners Prize Money. Winner £190215; Second £78075; Third £39059; Fourth £19508; Fifth £9775; Sixth £4866. (Penalty Value £242080.81) A SS Form

Owner

121-15

B f No Nay Never (USA) - Plying (USA) (Hard Spun (USA)) MR J. C. SMITH ANDREW BALDING, Kingsclere

1 ALCOHOL FREE (IRE) (47)

Groom - Cassia Cooper

4

BF

Trainer

st lb

(lbs)

9 0 (126) Oisin Murphy

(Breeder - Churchtown House Stud)

Draw

10

PURPLE, LIGHT BLUE chevron, LIGHT BLUE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Won the Cheveley Park Stakes over 6f and Fred Darling over 7f then finished 2l fifth to Mother Earth in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, showing that she stays 1m (at least on fast ground); rain would be a negative. Official BHA Rating 110

2 EMPRESS JOSEPHINE (IRE) (26)

1021

Groom - Leigh O’Brien D

9 0 (126)

B f Galileo (IRE) - Lillie Langtry (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE)) MRS JOHN MAGNIER,MR M.TABOR & MR D.SMITH Seamie Heffernan AIDAN O’BRIEN, Ireland (Breeder - Coolmore)

Draw

4

DARK BLUE.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Unraced at two; 2-4 this term, most recently getting up on the line in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at The Curragh on heavy ground; dam won this race in 2010; open to plenty more progress and warrants respect. Official BHA Rating 109

3 FEV ROVER (IRE) (26)

2114-30

B f Gutaifan (IRE) - Laurelita (IRE) (High Chaparral (IRE)) NICK BRADLEY RACING 43 & PARTNER RICHARD FAHEY, Malton

Groom - Helen Hamilton

9 0 (126) Paul Hanagan

(Breeder - Manister House Stud)

Draw

WHITE, BLACK seams, WHITE sleeves, BLACK stars, 11 WHITE cap, BLACK star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Good third to Mother Earth when beaten just over 1l in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket (good to firm) but failed to back up that effort on heavy (acts on soft) in the Irish version; chance depends on whether she can bounce back to the Newmarket form; cheekpieces (worn this year) removed. Official BHA Rating 108

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Trainer

4 FLIRTING BRIDGE (IRE) (40)

531-02

B f Camelot - Rachevie (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE)) J.HALLEY/MRS CIARA HOGAN HENRY DE BROMHEAD, Ireland

Groom - Colman Comerford

st lb

(lbs)

9 0 (126) W. M. Lordan

(Breeder - T. O’Dwyer & K. O’Brien)

Draw

D

MAROON, WHITE epaulets, chevrons on sleeves, 6 quartered cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Appeared to run extremely well in Group 3 at Leopardstown (1m, good) last month, finishing second at 50-1; faces another tough task and it remains to be seen whether she can do the same again. Official BHA Rating 101

5 LULLABY MOON (GB) (33)

01311-0

B f Belardo (IRE) - Bold Bidder (Indesatchel (IRE)) AMO RACING LIMITED & MR CHARLES OBANK RALPH BECKETT, Kimpton Down

Groom - Demi Turford-Jordan

9 0 (126) James Doyle

(Breeder - Bearstone Stud)

Draw

12

VIOLET, WHITE quartered cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Won on testing ground last October in the Two Year Old Trophy at Redcar and Group 3 at Chantilly; well behind Mother Earth in the French 1,000 Guineas on reappearance and needs to improve markedly on that effort. Official BHA Rating 104

6 MOTHER EARTH (IRE) (33)

3032-12

B f Zoffany (IRE) - Many Colours (Green Desert (USA)) MR D. SMITH, MRS J. MAGNIER, MR M. TABOR AIDAN O’BRIEN, Ireland

Groom - Trevor O’Neill D

9 0 (126) Ryan Moore

(Breeder - Grenane House Stud)

Draw

8

PURPLE, WHITE seams, striped sleeves, PURPLE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Busy 2yo campaign hasn’t left its mark, as she made a successful reappearance in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket (on good to firm; just over 1l in front of Fev Rover) then finished second in the French version at Official BHA Rating 111 Longchamp (very soft); tough filly who has major claims.

7 NOVEMBA (GER) (19)

3102-41

B f Gleneagles (IRE) - Nevada (GER) (Dubai Destination (USA)) GESTUT BRUMMERHOF P. SCHIERGEN, Germany

9 0 (126) David Egan

Grooms - Vinzenz Schiergen & Amelia Foster (Breeder - Gestut Brummerhof )

Draw

D

BLACK, YELLOW braids, YELLOW sleeves, 1 BLACK cap, YELLOW tassel. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Made all for an easy success in the German 1000 Guineas at Dusseldorf (good to soft) last month, appearing to improve plenty on her previous form; may find it harder to dominate this better field in the same manner. Official BHA Rating 115

8 OODNADATTA (IRE) (224)

1530-

B or Br f Australia - Bewitched (IRE) (Dansili) R.SCARBOROUGH/MRS.JOHN MAGNIER MRS J. HARRINGTON, Ireland

Groom - Lauren Malone

9 0 (126) Shane Foley

(Breeder - R. Scarborough & Carradale)

Draw

LIGHT GREEN, YELLOW seams, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, 3 YELLOW seams, hooped cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW H Represents a yard that has won two of the last three runnings of this race; however, needs improvement on her 2yo form (all on officially good) and she’s the only contestant who lacks a 2021 run. Official BHA Rating 107

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Trainer

9 POTAPOVA (GB) (32)

1-1

st lb

(lbs)

9 0 (126)

B f Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Safina (Pivotal) CHEVELEY PARK STUD Richard Kingscote SIR MICHAEL STOUTE, Newmarket

Groom - Katerina Sudova

(Breeder - Cheveley Park Stud Ltd)

Draw

7

RED, WHITE sash, ROYAL BLUE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Very promising filly who is 2-2, having won 7f novice events at Chelmsford (AW) and Redcar (good) by an aggregate of over 14l; granddam won this race in 2003 for same connections; highly interesting contender. Official BHA Rating 100

10 PRETTY GORGEOUS (FR) (26)

12121-0

9 0 (126)

B f Lawman (FR) - Lady Gorgeous (Compton Place) Frankie Dettori MR JOHN C. OXLEY JOSEPH PATRICK O’BRIEN, Ireland

Groom - Christina Thompson (Breeder - E.A.R.L. Ecurie Haras Du Cadran et al)

Draw

LIGHT BLUE and YELLOW check, YELLOW and WHITE 5 striped sleeves, LIGHT BLUE and YELLOW quartered cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHHH Solid 2yo campaign ended with a success in Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on soft; leading player on that form and should be sharper for her reappearance effort in the Irish 1,000 Guineas (seemed to need the run). Official BHA Rating 112 D BF

11 PRIMO BACIO (IRE) (35)

0521-41

B f Awtaad (IRE) - Suvenna (IRE) (Arcano (IRE)) DAVID WARD ED WALKER, Upper Lambourn

Groom - Matty Hicks

4

D

9 0 (126) Andrea Atzeni

(Breeder - Kildaragh Stud)

Draw

9

LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE triple diamond.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Has raced only on Polytrack/good ground; showed a smart turn of foot to win Listed event at York most recently, an impressive first attempt over 1m; exciting contestant, considering she’s so unexposed at Official BHA Rating 107 this trip.

12 SHALE (IRE) (68)

11216-5

B f Galileo (IRE) - Homecoming Queen (IRE) (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)) MR D. SMITH, MRS J. MAGNIER, MR M. TABOR DONNACHA AIDAN O’BRIEN, Ireland

Groom - John Doab D BF

9 0 (126) Gavin Ryan

(Breeder - Coolmore)

Draw

13

PURPLE, WHITE seams, striped sleeves, WHITE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Has a scoreline of 2-2 with old rival Pretty Gorgeous, notably winning the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes (7f, good; runner-up to her on soft time before); however, form dipped sharply in the Fillies’ Mile and Leopardstown Group 3 the last twice; needs to bounce back. Official BHA Rating 112

13 SNOW LANTERN (GB) (35)

2-13

Gr f Frankel - Sky Lantern (IRE) (Red Clubs (IRE)) ROCKCLIFFE STUD RICHARD HANNON, Marlborough

Groom - Ella Smith D BF

9 0 (126) Sean Levey

(Breeder - Rockcliffe Stud)

WHITE, DARK BLUE cross belts, sleeves and cap.

Draw

2

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Unraced on softer than good; finished 5l behind Primo Bacio when favourite at York, having pulled hard; however, remains unexposed and could develop into a smart performer if she learns to settle better; dam won this race in 2013. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 14/5/2021 it was reported that the horse ran too free. Official BHA Rating 97

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2nd

3rd

Distances: 1-2

2-3

Time:Min

4th .

Secs.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 13 Standard Time: 1 min 41.60 secs Record Time: 1 min 35.89 secs by Alpha Centauri age 3 wt 9-0 good to firm, 22/06/18 2020: ALPINE STAR (IRE) 3 9 0 Frankie Dettori 9-2 (Mrs J Harrington) 7 ran

Race Summary: Fillies’ Mile winner PRETTY GORGEOUS may be the answer with her reappearance under her belt. She was a very solid performer last term and remains of strong interest. Second choice is 1000 Guineas heroine Mother Earth, another big player on form. Her stablemate Empress Josephine also warrants respect having won the Irish 1,000 Guineas, while Primo Bacio has possibilities on the back of her impressive performance at York. Potapova and Snow Lantern are well down the pack on ratings but they have major potential and apt pedigrees. Race Predictor: NOVEMBA

4

EMPRESS JOSEPHINE ALCOHOL FREE

Forecast: 9-2 Mother Earth (IRE), 11-2 Empress Josephine (IRE), Pretty Gorgeous (FR), 7-1 Alcohol Free (IRE), 8-1 Novemba (GER), Shale (IRE), 10-1 Primo Bacio (IRE), 11-1 Potapova (GB), 12-1 Snow Lantern (GB), 16-1 Flirting Bridge (IRE), 18-1 Fev Rover (IRE), Lullaby Moon (GB), 50-1 Oodnadatta (IRE)

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5.00 Fifth Race

The Sandringham Stakes (Handicap) One Mile (1,600 metres), ROYAL HUNT CUP COURSE (8f ) For Three Yrs Old Fillies

Stalls - Centre

(Class 2) Total race value £75000 (FOR CONDITIONS OF THIS RACE SEE PAGE 87)

Owners Prize Money. Winner £32003; Second £15998; Third £8003; Fourth £3998. (Penalty Value £40500) 1 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS

Form

Owner

1 FRIENDLY (IRE) (26)

305-226

Trainer

Ch f Galileo (IRE) - Massarra (Danehill (USA)) MRS JOHN MAGNIER,MR M.TABOR & MR D.SMITH AIDAN O’BRIEN, Ireland

Groom - Muhammad Yasir

st lb

(lbs)

9 7 (133) Ryan Moore

(Breeder - Coolmore)

Draw

25

DARK BLUE.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Eight-race maiden who left her previous form behind when sixth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas (1m, heavy), beaten about 3l; joint-topweight today and has to prove last time was no one-off, but it was a performance in keeping with her fine pedigree and she’s respected for the O’Brien/Moore team. Official BHA Rating 102

2 ILLYKATO (GB) (48)

1456-01

5

9 7 (133)

B f Toronado (IRE) - Key Light (IRE) (Acclamation) MR C. R. HIRST George Bass (5) MICK CHANNON, West Ilsley

Groom - Noreen Mohammad (Breeder - P. de Warren Johnson & Northmore Stud)

Draw

D

DARK BLUE, large WHITE spots, DARK BLUE and WHITE 3 chevrons on sleeves, DARK BLUE and WHITE striped cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Prevailed in bunch finish in Goodwood Listed race last month when upped to 1m (good to firm), doing well to come from the back of the field off an ordinary pace; open to further progress at the trip and could go well; ran respectably Official BHA Rating 102 on good to soft last year; non-runner due to good to soft recently.

3 MY GENERATION (USA) (40)

3100

Ch f Speightstown (USA) - Louvakhova (USA) (Maria’s Mon (USA)) MR S. HEIDER JOSEPH PATRICK O’BRIEN, Ireland

Groom - Tina Evans

9 6 (132) Adam Kirby

(Breeder - Cindy Heider & Courtney Heider)

D

Draw

MAROON and YELLOW chevrons, MAROON sleeves, 27 YELLOW cuffs, YELLOW star on cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Well beaten in Group 3s the last twice on her first two turf runs (7f/1m, good) and there was no obvious excuse last time, but she made good headway before hitting traffic two starts ago and was previously a 5l Listed winner at Dundalk (1m, AW) on just her second outing; retains potential. Official BHA Rating 101

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Trainer

Owner

4 THINKING OF YOU (USA) (26)

130-030

st lb

(lbs)

9 3 (129)

B f American Pharoah (USA) - Fabulous (IRE) (Galileo (IRE)) M.TABOR/MRS.J.MAGNIER/D.SMITH Seamie Heffernan JOSEPH PATRICK O’BRIEN, Ireland

Groom - Sean Corby

(Breeder - Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt)

Draw

8

ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, striped sleeves and cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Has an up-and-down profile and was soundly beaten in the Irish 1,000 Guineas last time, but heavy ground may not have suited and prior to that she was third to subsequent Guineas runner-up Joan Of Arc in a Group 3 at Official BHA Rating 98 Leopardstown (1m, good); significant rain would be a negative.

5 KESTENNA (GB) (35)

21125

Groom - Leah Mapston D

9 2 (128)

Ch f Pride of Dubai (AUS) - Lamyaa (Arcano (IRE)) MR M. AL-QATAMI & MR K. M. AL-MUDHAF Frankie Dettori JOHN & THADY GOSDEN, Newmarket (Breeder - The Pocock Family)

Draw

7

ROYAL BLUE, ROYAL BLUE cap, RED star.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH First four starts at about 1m on AW, yielding two commanding novice wins; represents powerful Gosden and Dettori team and it’s possible she could take big step forward at some point, but she was soundly beaten in a York Listed race (1m, good) on last month’s turf debut and needs to up her game today. Official BHA Rating 97

6 CREATE BELIEF (IRE) (27)

3-101

B f Awtaad (IRE) - Girl of The Hour (Makfi) RACEHORSECLUB J. P. MURTAGH, Ireland

Groom - Valerie Keatley D

9 2 (128) Ben Coen

(Breeder - Laurence Kennedy)

Draw

16

DARK BLUE, YELLOW and MAROON geometric shapes.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Won maiden at Gowran Park (1m, soft) in April on second start and left subsequent Listed defeat (1m2f, good) behind when winning handicap at The Curragh (1m, soft to heavy) last month; 10lb higher in this ultra-competitive race but she’s progressive and the more rain the better. Official BHA Rating 97

7 STAR OF EMARAATY (IRE) (47) 9 1 (127)

4150-50

Ch f Pride of Dubai (AUS) - La Grande Elisa (IRE) (Ad Valorem (USA)) MR TERUYA YOSHIDA JOHN & THADY GOSDEN, Newmarket

Groom - Bradley Bosley

Robert Havlin

(Breeder - Karis Bloodstock Ltd & Rathbarry Stud)

Draw

2

BLACK and YELLOW stripes, RED sleeves.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Group 3 winner at 66-1 for Kevin Ryan at Newmarket (7f, good to firm) last year; unable to reproduce that promise on her four runs since, however, including for the Gosdens the last twice; others are more compelling. Official BHA Rating 96

8 MAMBA WAMBA (IRE) (14)

434-034

9 0 (126)

B f Mehmas (IRE) - Mistress of Rome (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)) MR DAVE STONE Daniel Tudhope ADRIAN NICHOLLS, Sessay

Groom - Clare Nicholls

(Breeder - Thomas Hassett)

Draw

30

PURPLE, BEIGE striped sleeves.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Comparatively exposed and below her best on her three runs this season; however, the way she kept on when fourth of four against males at Epsom (7f, good to soft; Listed) a fortnight ago suggests she’s worth a crack at 1m, and the pick of her 2yo Group 3 and Listed form, all on softer than good, puts her in the picture. Official BHA Rating 95

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Owner

9 READY TO VENTURE (GB) (28)

21-36

st lb

(lbs)

8 13 (125)

B f Kingman - Wonderstruck (IRE) (Sea The Stars (IRE)) LAEL STABLE Tom Marquand WILLIAM HAGGAS, Newmarket (Breeder - Lael Stable)

Draw

BF

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE cross belts, 4 EMERALD GREEN sleeves and cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Disappointing in Goodwood Listed race (1m2f, soft) last month when beaten before stamina may have been an issue; however, she’s in top hands and enters calculations on April’s third in a hot fillies’ conditions stakes Official BHA Rating 94 (-1) here (1m, good to firm; round course); showed promise on soft on debut.

10 DIVINE LIGHT (IRE) (35)

1-66

B f Kingman - Blue Angel (IRE) (Oratorio (IRE)) GODOLPHIN CHARLIE APPLEBY, Newmarket

Groom - Lisa Hagan

8 13 (125) William Buick

(Breeder - Ruskerne Ltd)

Draw

31

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Won at Newmarket (7f, soft) last October on sole 2yo start; has pulled hard when mid-division in Group 3 and Listed races this year (7f/1m, good), including in this hood last time, but the expected strong pace in this big field could help her settle better; improvement is therefore possible. Official BHA Rating 94

11 PRADO (GB) (51)

126-4

B f Iffraaj - Royal Empress (IRE) (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)) MRS FITRI HAY CHARLES HILLS, Lambourn

Groom - Nataliya Gydzenko

8 12 (124) Jamie Spencer

(Breeder - Newsells Park Stud)

Draw

PINK, EMERALD GREEN chevron, halved sleeves, 21 EMERALD GREEN and PINK quartered cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Not obviously well treated for this handicap debut and could do with starting better than was the case here in April; however, in the circumstances that fourth of six was pretty encouraging and Jamie Spencer excels on hold-up horses on the straight course here; unexposed and handles various ground. Official BHA Rating 93

12 CAMDEBOO (IRE) (42)

0-14

5

B f Muhaarar - Carioca (IRE) (Rakti) CAYTON PARK STUD LIMITED JOSEPH PATRICK O’BRIEN, Ireland

8 12 (124) Ben Curtis

Groom - Tommy Beaton (Breeder - Karis Bloodstock Ltd & Rathbarry Stud)

Draw

LIGHT BLUE, WHITE square, LIGHT BLUE sleeves 19 and cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Strong at the finish when comfortable winner of Cork maiden (7f, good to firm) in April on her second start, and the drop to 5.5f may not have suited when nevertheless a fair Listed fourth there next time (good); retains potential now upped to 1m; unproven on slow ground (midfield on soft on debut). Official BHA Rating 93

13 MESSIDOR (IRE) (46)

611-303

8 12 (124)

B f Vadamos (FR) - Pyrenean Queen (IRE) (Zoffany (IRE)) BLUE DEVIL RACING STABLE LLC Dylan Browne McMonagle (3) JOSEPH PATRICK O’BRIEN, Ireland

Groom - Jayne Farwell

(Breeder - Fairway Thoroughbreds)

Draw

ROYAL BLUE, PINK ball, BLUE devil emblem, 32 hooped sleeves, PINK cap, BLUE visor. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Two-time AW winner (7f ) who was better than ever when third in 7f handicap at The Curragh (yielding to soft) last month; however, further improvement is needed today and this stiff 1m may stretch her stamina. Official BHA Rating 93

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Owner

14 GLESGA GAL (IRE) (25)

24201-1

st lb

(lbs)

8 10 (122)

Ch f Lope de Vega (IRE) - Crystany (IRE) (Green Desert (USA)) NEXT WAVE RACING / E TYNAN / E BABINGTON Mark Crehan (3) HUGO PALMER, Newmarket

Groom - April Edmondson

(Breeder - Ballygallon Stud Limited)

Draw

10

WHITE, RED hoops, PURPLE sleeves and cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH 2-2 (both 7f AW handicaps) in these blinkers, coming from off the pace; hit with 10lb rise for reappearance win and is now in a much hotter race, but she powered clear and promises to be suited by 1m; has shown promise on heavy/good to soft (unraced on faster); on the shortlist. Official BHA Rating 91

15 A’SHAARI (GB) (34)

1-50

Ch f Dubawi (IRE) - Hibaayeb (Singspiel (IRE)) GODOLPHIN CHARLIE APPLEBY, Newmarket

Groom - Vanessa Maye

8 9 (121) James Doyle

(Breeder - Godolphin)

Draw

15

ROYAL BLUE.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Decisive win at Newmarket (7f, soft) last August on sole 2yo start and 1m2f has proved too far on her two runs this year; a strongly run 1m could be ideal for this well-bred, headstrong Godolphin filly and she’s not written off, Official BHA Rating 90 but she does have something to prove after those defeats last month.

16 TEODOLINA (IRE) (27)

3124-13

B f Kodiac - Teodelight (IRE) (Teofilo (IRE)) SHEIKH HAMED DALMOOK AL MAKTOUM RICHARD HANNON, Marlborough

Groom - Bhanwar Singh Rathore CD

8 9 (121) Sean Levey

(Breeder - Cn Farm Ltd)

Draw

5

LIGHT BLUE, BLACK seams, WHITE sleeves and cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Made winning reappearance in C&D handicap (good to soft) last month and respectable third in strong handicap at Haydock (1m, heavy) next time, also against males, when not enjoying the best of runs; her come-from-behind style is a likely asset in this and slow ground would be another positive. Official BHA Rating 90

17 LUCID DREAMER (GB) (61)

11-0

Gr f Dansili - Sleep Walk (Oasis Dream) JUDDMONTE ROGER CHARLTON, Beckhampton

Groom - Pandora Briselden

8 9 (121) Oisin Murphy

(Breeder - Juddmonte Farms Ltd)

Draw

9

GREEN, PINK sash and cap, WHITE sleeves.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Won both 2yo starts (7f, AW/good) and on that evidence she has potential off this handicap debut mark; not written off following her reappearance defeat in the Group 3 Fred Darling (7f, good) in April but was beaten a long way and it’s hard to be confident on that back of that. Official BHA Rating 90

18 POMELO (GB) (209)

151-

8 8 (120)

B f Dubawi (IRE) - Emulous (Dansili) Richard Kingscote JUDDMONTE RALPH BECKETT, Kimpton Down

Groom - Leoni Dalgety

(Breeder - Juddmonte Farms Ltd)

Draw

14

GREEN, PINK sash, WHITE sleeves.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Bolted up on debut at Newbury (7f, good) last July then well beaten when favourite for Goodwood Group 3 (7f, soft); back to form with 2l novice win at Wolverhampton (8.6f, AW) in November and, while she lacks a recent run, the ceiling of her ability could be at a higher level than her opening mark. Official BHA Rating 89

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Owner

19 BELIEF (GB) (15)

0-31

Trainer

B f Le Havre (IRE) - Elysian (Galileo (IRE)) CHEVELEY PARK STUD WILLIAM HAGGAS, Newmarket

st lb

8 7 (119) Cieren Fallon

(Breeder - Cheveley Park Stud Ltd)

D

(lbs)

Draw

20

RED, WHITE sash, ROYAL BLUE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Has improved with each of her three starts, finishing third at Nottingham (1m, good to soft) on reappearance then winning Thirsk novice (1m, good to firm) in good style; this is a much tougher test of her credentials but she’s in top hands and is clearly on the upgrade. Official BHA Rating 88

20 FAR HOPE (IRE) (17) 121

8 7 (119)

B f Night of Thunder (IRE) - Masarah (IRE) (Cape Cross (IRE)) MR MOHAMMED AL NABOUDA Marco Ghiani (3) SIMON & ED CRISFORD, Newmarket

Groom - Adriana Chrastecka (Breeder - Rabbah Bloodstock Limited)

Draw

D

YELLOW, WHITE and YELLOW striped sleeves, 6 YELLOW cap, WHITE star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Won on debut at Newbury (7f, good) in April and, after going close under a penalty at Wolverhampton (7f, AW), she returned to winning ways in a recent Brighton novice (1m, good to firm); makes handicap debut in a very hot race but she did it readily last time and could continue to progress. Official BHA Rating 88

21 URBAN VIOLET (GB) (22)

5210-10

8 6 (118)

B f Cityscape - Just Violet (Sixties Icon) Edward Greatrex ETERNAL FOLLY PARTNERSHIP I MICK CHANNON, West Ilsley

Groom - Asif Muhammad (Breeder - Mike Channon Bloodstock Limited) BF

Draw

24

WHITE, MAUVE star, armlets and star on cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHHH Missed the break on reappearance at Sandown (1m1f, soft) last month and came through to win in decisive fashion; reverted to front-running there (1m, soft) seven days later and was well beaten under a penalty, having failed to settle; a further 4lb higher today but that last run may have come too soon and she remains of interest given her Official BHA Rating 87 dominance two starts ago.

22 SAMOOT (IRE) (25)

33-115

5

Ch f Dubawi (IRE) - Muthabara (IRE) (Red Ransom (USA)) SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY LTD SIR MICHAEL STOUTE, Newmarket

8 5 (117) Jim Crowley

Groom - Marcos Santos (Breeder - Shadwell Estate Company Limited) BF

Draw

11

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE epaulets, striped cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Only fifth behind Glesga Gal at Wolverhampton (7f, AW) last month when bidding for a hat-trick but was very wide into the straight and again left the impression that this longer trip could be a better fit; still looked a work in progress for her earlier wins (7f, AW/good) and she could be a big improver for her top trainer; has shown promise Official BHA Rating 86 on good to soft (unraced on softer).

23 RISING STAR (GB) (236)

P1215-

B f Fast Company (IRE) - Ile Flottante (Duke of Marmalade (IRE)) MAMBA RACING & PARTNER MARCO BOTTI, Newmarket

8 5 (117) Andrea Atzeni

(Breeder - Ile Flottante Syndicate)

D

LIGHT BLUE, WHITE stars, sleeves and star on cap.

Draw

28

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Two AW novice wins last year (7f/1m), showing promise on turf (good) in between, and faced tough task in Italian Group 2 (1m, heavy) when last seen last October; however, improvement needed in this hot handicap on return. Official BHA Rating 86

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Trainer

Owner

24 BEHELD (GB) (16) 1-22

Ch f Frankel - Tendu (Oasis Dream) JUDDMONTE ROGER CHARLTON, Beckhampton

Groom - Jess Godwin BF

st lb

(lbs)

8 3 (115) David Egan

(Breeder - Juddmonte Farms (East) Ltd)

Draw

18

GREEN, PINK sash, WHITE sleeves, WHITE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Won at Newbury (7f, soft) last August on sole 2yo start and runner-up in 7f novice races (AW/good to soft) on both outings this year; this free-going Frankel filly could settle better in the first-time hood and is open to further improvement now tackling 1m on handicap debut. Official BHA Rating 84

25 SHE DO (GB) (25)

212-2

8 2 (114)

B f Siyouni (FR) - Minnaloushe (IRE) (Lawman (FR)) THE GREDLEY FAMILY Ray Dawson (3) ROGER VARIAN, Newmarket

Groom - Chiara Careddu (Breeder - New England Stud, A. Nicoll & P. Vela)

Draw

YELLOW, BLACK and YELLOW striped sleeves, 13 WHITE cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH 2yo turf winner (6f, good to firm; unraced on slower than good) who was no match for Glesga Gal when runner-up on last month’s handicap and seasonal debut at Wolverhampton (7f, AW); however, could be sharper for that run and the extra furlong may suit; still lightly raced and in good hands to progress. Official BHA Rating 83

26 MONTEGO BAY (IRE) (27)

45-4216

B f No Nay Never (USA) - Lesson In Life (Duke of Marmalade (IRE)) MR M. TABOR, D. SMITH & MRS JOHN MAGNIER AIDAN O’BRIEN, Ireland

Groom - Rebbecca Murphy

8 2 (114) W. M. Lordan

(Breeder - Camas Park & Lynch Bages)

Draw

ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, striped sleeves, ROYAL 12 BLUE cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Won a maiden at Naas (7f, yielding to soft) last month on her fifth start; below best when sixth in a handicap at The Curragh (7f, soft to heavy) last time and has something to find today, but it will be no surprise if this Ballydoyle filly takes a step forwards at some point. Official BHA Rating 83

27 PROFESSIONAL WIDOW (IRE) (42)

22-21

Gr f Markaz (IRE) - Petite Cherie (IRE) (Fasliyev (USA)) MRS EMMA CUNNINGHAM RICHARD SPENCER, Newmarket

Groom - Billy Portwin D

8 2 (114) Hayley Turner

(Breeder - Oak Leaf Stud)

Draw

29

WHITE, MAUVE sleeves, BLACK stars, BLACK cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Went very close on first three starts (7f, AW/good) before game win on handicap at Nottingham (1m, good to soft) last month; didn’t have much to spare and improvement is needed in this much better race, but today’s big-field scenario could suit this tough sort. Official BHA Rating 83

28 RIKNNAH (IRE) (13) 411

8 1 (113)

B f Shamardal (USA) - Red Dune (IRE) (Red Ransom (USA)) SHEIKH AHMED AL MAKTOUM Silvestre De Sousa SIMON & ED CRISFORD, Newmarket

Groom - Rafik Kahn

(Breeder - Godolphin)

Draw

26

YELLOW, BLACK epaulets.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Promising fourth on debut at Newmarket (1m, good) in April and has won her next two (7f, AW); in at the deep end for her handicap debut but unexposed and pedigree provides optimism she can surpass her Official BHA Rating 82 opening mark.

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Trainer

Owner

29 COMPANIONSHIP (GB) (34) 21-0

B f Galileo (IRE) - Sweet Idea (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS)) THE QUEEN WILLIAM HAGGAS, Newmarket

st lb

(lbs)

8 0 (112) Hollie Doyle

(Breeder - The Queen)

Draw

D

PURPLE, GOLD braid, SCARLET sleeves, 23 BLACK velvet cap, GOLD fringe. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Runner-up then a last-gasp win on her first two starts last November (1m, AW); tailed off on reappearance in Newbury Listed race (1m2f, good to soft) and something to prove on the back of that, but she was well backed into 6-1 and this mark could prove lenient judged on her initial promise. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 15/5/2021 Official BHA Rating 81 it was reported that the horse was unsuited by the going.

30 MIRAGE MAC (GB) (10)

10-4325

8 0 (112)

Ch f Bobby’s Kitten (USA) - Megachurch (USA) (Pulpit (USA)) MR ADRIAN MCALPINE Nicola Currie GEORGE BOUGHEY, Newmarket

Groom - Antonia Peck (Breeder - Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey) D

Draw

1

MCALPINE TARTAN, ROYAL BLUE armlets and cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW H Went close in AW handicap (9.4f ) in February, when dictating a steady pace, and something was possibly amiss at Salisbury recently when back from a break; however, vulnerable in this hot race unless cheekpieces prompt improvement. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 8/6/2021 it was reported that the horse stopped quickly. Official BHA Rating 80 (-1)

Result: 1st

2nd

3rd

Distances: 1-2

2-3

Time:Min

4th .

Secs.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 30 Hood worn first time by No. 24. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 30. Hood worn by No. 10. Blinkers worn by No. 14. Tongue Strap worn by No. 3, 4. Standard Time: 1 min 41.40 secs Record Time: 1 min 36.60 secs by Ribchester age 4 wt 9-0 good to firm, 20/06/17 2020: ONASSIS (IRE) 3 8 1 Hayley Turner 33-1 (Charlie Fellowes) 15 ran

5 Race Summary: Having won by eight and a half lengths at Sandown two starts ago, URBAN VIOLET may not be stopped by today’s 10lb higher mark and her subsequent disappointing run there probably came too soon, just seven days later. Mamba Wamba is exposed compared to the rest of these but her associated toughness is a positive, as could be the step up to 1m, and she is second choice. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Samoot is another who could be suited by this new distance and she has accumulated a couple of wins this year despite still looking a work in progress. Glesga Gal has thrived in the blinkers and is also respected, along with C&D winner Teodolina, but there are loads of other dangers to consider as well, such as the unexposed fillies Camdeboo, Belief, Beheld, Riknnah and Companionship.

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Forecast: 11-1 Create Belief (IRE), Beheld (GB), 12-1 Belief (GB), Samoot (IRE), 14-1 Ready To Venture (GB), Pomelo (GB), Far Hope (IRE), Riknnah (IRE), 16-1 Kestenna (GB), Divine Light (IRE), Glesga Gal (IRE), A’Shaari (GB), She Do (GB), Companionship (GB), 18-1 Illykato (GB), Messidor (IRE), Teodolina (IRE), Lucid Dreamer (GB), Montego Bay (IRE), Professional Widow (IRE), 20-1 Friendly (IRE), Star of Emaraaty (IRE), 25-1 My Generation (USA), Mamba Wamba (IRE), Camdeboo (IRE), 33-1 Thinking of You (USA), Urban Violet (GB), Rising Star (GB), Mirage Mac (GB), 40-1 Prado (GB)

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5.35 Sixth Race

Ascot Racecourse is giving a prize of £300 to the lad or girl responsible for the best turned out horse, and a prize of £300 to the lad or girl responsible for the winning horse.

The Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) One Mile About Four Furlongs (2,300 metres) SWINLEY (11f abt 211yds) For Three Yrs Old And Upwards

Stalls - ›ns&*e

(Class 2) Total race value £65000 (FOR CONDITIONS OF THIS RACE SEE PAGE 87)

Owners Prize Money. Winner £27736; Second £13865; Third £6936; Fourth £3465. (Penalty Value £35100) 10 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS

Form

Owner

1 ALOUNAK (FR) (41)

55605-0

Trainer Age

st lb

(lbs)

6 9 10 (136)

B g Camelot - Awe Struck (Rail Link) KING POWER RACING CO LTD Silvestre De Sousa ANDREW BALDING, Kingsclere

Groom - Michael Cheshire (Breeder - East Bloodstock Ltd & SCEA des Prairies)

Draw

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoop, striped sleeves, 3 WHITE cap, ROYAL BLUE star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH 40-1 second in last year’s Group 2 Hardwicke over C&D (soft) at this meeting; very well handicapped on that form but has not repeated it, with most of those runs also on testing ground; gelded before this season; might have needed the run on C&D reappearance but it’s hard to have full confidence about him. Official BHA Rating 104

2 ZABEEL CHAMPION (GB) (47) 4 9 9 (135)

26-2111

B c Poet’s Voice - Stars In Your Eyes (Galileo (IRE)) MR JABER ABDULLAH MARK JOHNSTON, Middleham

Groom - Ratan Singh D

6

Ben Curtis

(Breeder - Hascombe & Valiant Stud Ltd)

Draw

13

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE striped sleeves, WHITE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Can make the running; won at Ripon (twice) and Newmarket last three starts; led final stride in a three-way photo to five-runner race (good to firm) last time and his mark has gone up 10lb this season, so needs further progress, but he won a good race last July on his only start on soft and a return to testing ground might just help him; respected either way. Official BHA Rating 103

3 WIN O’CLOCK (GB) (37)

2211-54

4 9 9 (135)

Ch c Australia - Gee Kel (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE)) KINGWOOD STUD MANAGEMENT CO LTD ROGER CHARLTON, Beckhampton

Groom - Laelson Dos Santos

William Buick

(Breeder - Kingwood Stud)

D

Draw

DARK BLUE and WHITE stripes, DARK BLUE sleeves, 18 DARK BLUE cap, WHITE star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Had a particularly good second half to last season and goes well in the mud; back-to-form fourth of 15 when 20-1 at York (1m4f, good to soft) on latest outing and has each-way claims. Official BHA Rating 103

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Owner

4 MIRANN (FR) (26)

304-002

Trainer Age

st lb

(lbs)

5 9 8 (134)

B g Motivator - Mila (FR) (Cape Cross (IRE)) O.T.I. RACING J. P. MURTAGH, Ireland

Ben Coen

Groom - Eimear Dunne (Breeder - S.C.E.A. Haras de Son Altesse L’Aga Khan)

Draw

D

DARK BLUE, GOLD hoops, WHITE sleeves, 10 WHITE cap, DARK BLUE star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Held up; edged back down the weights before his unlucky second of 11 at The Curragh (1m2f, soft to heavy) last time out, denied room before mounting a strong finish; back up the weights but this step back up in trip should suit (showed he stayed 1m5f last year on good) and he’s on the shortlist. Official BHA Rating 102

5 RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) (37)

20-6232

Groom - Abbi D

6 9 8 (134)

B h High Chaparral (IRE) - Dancing Shoes (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) THE UNLIKELY LADS ALAN KING, Barbury Castle

Jim Crowley

(Breeder - Lynch-Bages & Rhinestone Bloodstock)

Draw

1

WHITE, EMERALD GREEN spots, RED cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Ex-Richard Hannon; whether he can recapture smart form of summer 2019 remains to be seen but latest second to the highly progressive Ilaraab at York (1m4f ) was as good as anything he’s done since; acts on good to firm, Official BHA Rating 102 probably on soft; stall 1 can make for a troubled progress in big-field 1m4f handicaps here.

6 FAVORITE MOON (GER) (62) 4 9 8 (134)

1010-10

B g Sea The Moon (GER) - Favorite (GER) (Montjeu (IRE)) Tom Marquand MR SAEED SUHAIL WILLIAM HAGGAS, Newmarket (Breeder - Gestut Gorlsdorf )

Draw

D

ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW chevron, 2 YELLOW cap, ROYAL BLUE spots. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH His three wins have all been in the last 12 months on soft ground, over 1m6f on first two occasions but also taking a 1m4f handicap in Australia this March; well beaten on good ground there two weeks later; the cheekpieces worn in Australia are now dispensed with; needs to resume progress but proficiency on soft will be vital if the rains have come. Official BHA Rating 102

7 PIRATE KING (GB) (139)

1142-31

6 9 7 (133)

Br g Farhh - Generous Diana (Generous (IRE)) Kieran Shoemark DANIEL MACAULIFFE & ANOJ DON CHARLIE FELLOWES, Newmarket

Groom - Lauren Gronow

(Breeder - Mrs P. M. Ignarski)

Draw

D

ROYAL BLUE, LIGHT BLUE epaulets, 17 striped sleeves and cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Sole turf win (eight starts) was a maiden and his two runs on good to soft give cause for concern if it’s rained; confined to Polytrack in his two years with this stable, improving in each of the last two winters but he’s handicapped on that and therefore has a lot to prove back on turf today. Official BHA Rating 101

8 SCARLET DRAGON (GB) (118) 8 9 7 (133)

0054-35

B g Sir Percy - Welsh Angel (Dubai Destination (USA)) HP RACING SCARLET DRAGON ALAN KING, Barbury Castle

Groom - Natasha Stephens CD

Hollie Doyle

(Breeder - Usk Valley Stud)

WHITE, RED seams, RED and WHITE quartered cap.

Draw

6

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Won this in 2020 on soft off 4lb lower; has a lower draw this time but the task for Hollie Doyle has not changed, to plot a path from the rear which she did to such good effect 12 months ago; not in the best form over hurdles Official BHA Rating 101 this spring (ran on AW in the winter) but considered seriously today.

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Owner

213-21

B g New Approach (IRE) - Feedyah (USA) (Street Cry (IRE)) SHEIKH AHMED AL MAKTOUM SIMON & ED CRISFORD, Newmarket

9 AADDEEY (IRE) (36)

Groom - Rehan Mohammad D

Trainer Age

st lb

(lbs)

4 9 6 (132) James Doyle

(Breeder - Godolphin)

Draw

12

YELLOW, BLACK epaulets.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Third on soft ground on handicap debut last October was his best form at the time; better this season when second of 16 at Newbury (1m2f, good) and winning very smoothly in a seven-runner race at Newmarket (1m4f, good); raised another 13lb, which demands more again but he has had just five races and progressed well so far. Official BHA Rating 100

10 TYSON FURY (GB) (41)

101-40

Groom - Siobhan Webb CD

4 9 6 (132)

Ch c Iffraaj - Za Za Zoom (IRE) (Le Vie Dei Colori) BALASURIYA,COOKCUNNINGHAM,GOWING,SPENCER RICHARD SPENCER, Newmarket

Adam Kirby

(Breeder - Scuderia Archi Romani)

Draw

21

WHITE, GREY sleeves, BLACK stars, BLACK cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Won twice (C&D on soft on second occasion) from three starts last term, in the other finding the St Leger much too tough; good fourth in Group 3 at Newbury (good) on reappearance; better could have been expected of him in C&D Listed race three weeks later, notwithstanding his front-running role; needs to bounce back from that but has Official BHA Rating 100 still had just five races.

11 TRITONIC (GB) (50)

22624-4

4 9 5 (131)

Ch g Sea The Moon (GER) - Selenography (Selkirk (USA)) MCNEILL FAMILY & MR IAN DALE ALAN KING, Barbury Castle

Groom - Nathan Andrews

Ryan Moore

(Breeder - Miss K. Rausing)

Draw

9

RED, GREY epaulets, WHITE sleeves.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Runner-up in 1m2f handicap at this meeting (soft; acts on good to firm) last year and ran well up to 11.4f after; made a big impression initially as hurdler (then well beaten in the Triumph) before respectable return to Flat on AW in April; needs to improve but is not fully exposed at this sort of trip. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 29/4/2021 Official BHA Rating 99 it was reported that the horse hung left handed in the straight.

12 DARK PINE (IRE) (42)

20-1101

Groom - Martin McNamara

6

4 9 3 (129)

B g Dandy Man (IRE) - Suitably Discreet (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA)) MR GARY DEWHURST DAVID LOUGHNANE, Tern Hill

Pat Cosgrave

(Breeder - Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd)

Draw

PINK and DARK BLUE diamonds, DARK BLUE sleeves, 14 PINK armlets, PINK cap, DARK BLUE diamond. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH 0-9 in Ireland but 3-4 for new connections, adding to two AW wins when he came from off the pace to lead on the post at Chester (10.3f, good to soft) six weeks ago; ran below-par over 1m3f on AW on penultimate start, not because of the trip but he still has a big question over his stamina today; trainer tasted Royal Ascot success on Wednesday. Official BHA Rating 97

13 QUICKTHORN (GB) (20)

06/13-1

4 9 3 (129)

B g Nathaniel (IRE) - Daffydowndilly (Oasis Dream) LADY BLYTH HUGHIE MORRISON, East Ilsley

Groom - Selvaraj Rasiah

Oisin Murphy

(Breeder - Lemington Grange Stud)

D

Draw

PALE BLUE, CAMPBELL TARTAN hooped sleeves, 19 ROYAL BLUE cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHHH Ran twice on soft as 2yo; better on AW twice last summer and a lot better when smooth as you like on reappearance at Haydock (1m4f, good to soft; unraced on firmer when on turf ) three weeks ago; raised 13lb for this much better race but major enthusiasm for him is still required. Official BHA Rating 97

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14 JEREMIAH (GB) (62)

01005-3

st lb

(lbs)

6 9 3 (129)

Ch g Kheleyf (USA) - Tessie (Tiger Hill (IRE)) MR MERVYN AYERS CHARLIE FELLOWES, Newmarket

Groom - Poppy Watson CD

Trainer Age

Jamie Spencer

(Breeder - Executive Bloodlines)

Draw

20

PINK, large BLACK spots and spots on cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Game effort when blinkers replaced cheekpieces to land C&D handicap (good) last July by a nose from Sam Cooke; easily his most competitive show in four starts since came last time when he had his first go in a visor; more to prove if the ground is soft and he needs a career best. Official BHA Rating 97

15 GRAND BAZAAR (GB) (47)

12510-3

Groom - Maroof Alam D

4 9 3 (129)

B g Golden Horn - Damaniyat Girl (USA) (Elusive Quality (USA)) SHEIKH HAMDAN BIN MOHAMMED AL MAKTOUM Frankie Dettori JOHN & THADY GOSDEN, Newmarket (Breeder - Ladyswood Stud)

Draw

15

SILVER, tassel on cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Often front-runner; won in three small fields last season and was pipped in one of his two C&D races; again went very close on reappearance at Newmarket but needs better still; ground softer than good would be a worry. Official BHA Rating 97

16 LOST EDEN (IRE) (41)

2-110

4 9 2 (128)

B g Sea The Stars (IRE) - Ghostflower (IRE) (Dansili) SHEIKH MOHAMMED OBAID AL MAKTOUM RICHARD HANNON, Marlborough

Groom - Thazib Alam

Andrea Atzeni

(Breeder - Mogeely Stud Ltd)

Draw

7

YELLOW, large BLACK spots and spots on cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Not seen until last October and first three starts were 1m2f on Polytrack, firmly in charge from the front twice at Lingfield; irregular heartbeat was diagnosed when virtually pulled up in C&D Listed race (soft) on turf debut; still something to prove in this hot race for handicap debut and was withdrawn at Epsom recently when the ground softened. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 8/5/2021 it was reported that the horse would prefer a faster surface. Official BHA Rating 96

17 KHAGAN (IRE) (18)

5 9 2 (128)

3235/-00 B g Le Havre (IRE) - Knyazhna (IRE) (Montjeu (IRE)) MR GEORGE TURNER & CLIPPER LOGISTICS Daniel Tudhope DAVID O’MEARA, Upper Helmsley Groom - Nijam Khan (Breeder - Natalia Timoshenko & Yuliya Milovanova)

Draw

D

RED, GREY star, RED sleeves, GREY stars, RED cap, 11 GREY star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Useful at 1m4f for Andre Fabre in France in 2019, including on soft; outsider when only tenth in his two 1m2f starts (on good) for new connections last month but beaten just 4l in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar in the latter and led over 2f out to just over 1f out; now tongue tied; needs a second look. Official BHA Rating 96

18 VALYRIAN STEEL (IRE) (16)

114-511

Groom - Joe Scally D

4 9 1 (127)

B c Frankel - Sabratah (Oasis Dream) H.H. SH NASSER BIN HAMAD AL KHALIFA ROGER VARIAN, Newmarket

David Egan

(Breeder - G. B. Partnership)

Draw

4

RED, WHITE armlets, striped cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Creditable fourth of 14 on soft on handicap debut on final 3yo start, having won on good the time before; resumed progress with two successful late challenges at Kempton (1m4f, AW) recently, awarded the race after interference Official BHA Rating 95 from Protected Guest on first occasion; up another 6lb but has more to give if effective on this surface.

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Owner

19 SAM COOKE (IRE) (37)

1/5203-6

st lb

(lbs)

5 9 0 (126)

B g Pour Moi (IRE) - Saturday Girl (Peintre Celebre (USA)) CHELSEA THOROUGHBREDS - WONDERFUL WORLD Hector Crouch RALPH BECKETT, Kimpton Down

Groom - Sean Chun Lee D

Trainer Age

(Breeder - Mr R. J. C. Wilmot-Smith)

Draw

16

LIGHT BLUE, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, WHITE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Soft-ground win on handicap debut in 2019; no joy since but has had only five attempts and went very close against Jeremiah over C&D (good) last July; flopped when co-favourite for the November Handicap at Doncaster on soft; could have come on since reappearance five weeks ago, as he needs to. Official BHA Rating 94

Result: 1st

2nd

3rd

Distances: 1-2

2-3

Time:Min

4th .

Secs.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 19 Tongue Strap worn first time by No. 17. Hood worn by No. 8. Blinkers worn by No. 12. Visor worn by No. 14. Tongue Strap worn by No. 6. Standard Time: 2 mins 32.60 secs Record Time: 2 mins 24.60 secs by Novellist age 4 wt 9-7 good to firm, 27/07/13 2020: SCARLET DRAGON 7 9 2 Hollie Doyle 33-1 (Alan King) 14 ran

Race Summary: No horse drawn in single figures has won this race in the last ten years. Stylish last-time-out winners Aaddeey and QUICKTHORN headed early betting after the declarations were made and the vote goes to Quickthorn who registered his deeply impressive win on good to soft and probably has a bit less to prove if the rain has come in large quantities. Irish challenger Mirann, unlucky last time, is second on the list ahead of the redoubtable Zabeel Champion who is on a four-timer. Last year’s winner Scarlet Dragon will need the breaks again but he could put up another bold show, as could the lightly raced hat-trick seeker Valyrian Steel and mud-loving Win O’Clock. Race Predictor: TRITONIC WIN O’CLOCK GRAND BAZAAR

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The Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) - continued Forecast: 9-1 Aaddeey (IRE), 10-1 Zabeel Champion (GB), Win O’Clock (GB), Raymond Tusk (IRE), Valyrian Steel (IRE), 11-1 Pirate King (GB), Tritonic (GB), Grand Bazaar (GB), 12-1 Mirann (FR), Favorite Moon (GER), Quickthorn (GB), 14-1 Scarlet Dragon (GB), Dark Pine (IRE), Jeremiah (GB), Sam Cooke (IRE), 18-1 Alounak (FR), 20-1 Tyson Fury (GB), 25-1 Lost Eden (IRE), Khagan (IRE)

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6.10 Seventh Race

Ascot Racecourse is giving a prize of £300 to the lad or girl responsible for the best turned out horse, and a prize of £300 to the lad or girl responsible for the winning horse.

The Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap)

Stalls - Centre

Five Furlongs (5f ) (1,000 metres) For Three Yrs Old (Class 2) Total race value £65000 (FOR CONDITIONS OF THIS RACE SEE PAGE 87)

Owners Prize Money. Winner £26410; Second £13208; Third £6604; Fourth £3302; Fifth £1651; Sixth £826. (Penalty Value £33501) Weights raised 5lb and paragraphs 27 to 31 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. SS Form

Owner

Trainer

1 NOMADIC EMPIRE (IRE) (35)

3426-42

st lb

(lbs)

9 7 (133)

B c Kodiac - Beatify (IRE) (Big Bad Bob (IRE)) Daniel Tudhope ALMOHAMEDIYA RACING DAVID O’MEARA, Upper Helmsley

Groom - Arfan Ali

(Breeder - Al Mohamediya Breeding)

Draw

D

RED, GOLD braid, WHITE sleeves and cap with 2 GOLD tassel. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Boasted some useful 2yo form, notably placed efforts over 5f in Listed races at York (soft) and Ayr (good to soft); low-key return to action at Sandown but latest second to Bedford Flyer at York (good) represented a career-best effort (good Topspeed figure); the forecast rain won’t hurt his chance but it will almost certainly require a Group-class effort to win this off topweight. Official BHA Rating 98

2 BEDFORD FLYER (IRE) (35)

311-421

9 6 (132)

B c Clodovil (IRE) - Nafa (IRE) (Shamardal (USA)) Lewis Edmunds RP RACING LTD LES EYRE, Beverley

Grooms - Chloe Garness & Ayoze Alonso (Breeder - Maurice Burns) D

Draw

15

RED and ROYAL BLUE (quartered), checked sleeves.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Exciting front-runner; three wins as a 2yo, notably a blistering effort at Lingfield (5f, AW) in November; solid start to this campaign with excuses on first two runs (trip at Lingfield and then racing away from main rival at Thirsk); showed his true colours with a powerful display to win 13-runner handicap at York (good) five weeks ago, keeping on strongly; has aspirations of becoming a Group-class performer but there’s just a nagging concern that this will place more emphasis on stamina than ideal. Official BHA Rating 97

3 FIRST COMPANY (IRE) (36)

0035-24

B c Fast Company (IRE) - Pira Palace (IRE) (Acclamation) NORTHERN MARKING LTD DECLAN CARROLL, Malton

9 6 (132) Harrison Shaw

(Breeder - Noel Finegan)

7

Draw

YELLOW, PURPLE and YELLOW chevrons on sleeves, 21 PURPLE cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Placed in a Listed race at Ayr (5f, good to soft) last September; second, from an advantageous draw, at Chester on his reappearance but put in his place back in Listed event at York last month; this looks a hot race in which to try to shed his maiden tag. Official BHA Rating 97

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Trainer

Owner

4 CAROLINE DALE (GB) (306)

23133-

B f Lethal Force (IRE) - Stepping Out (IRE) (Tagula (IRE)) JANET LOWE 1 DAVID LOUGHNANE, Tern Hill

Groom - Rachael Lytham D

st lb

(lbs)

9 4 (130) Pat Cosgrave

(Breeder - The Lowe Family)

Draw

3

EMERALD GREEN, BLACK armlets, BLACK cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Placed in the Queen Mary 12 months ago before readily breaking her maiden in a 5f novice at Windsor (5f, good to firm); confirmed her liking for this track when third behind a stablemate and the reopposing Hala Hala Hala in a 6f Group 3 last July; Listed placed on final 2yo outing (5f, soft); makes handicap debut in a hot race and Official BHA Rating 95 after ten-month absence but she has a touch of class.

5 HALA HALA HALA (IRE) (51)

15200-6

B f Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Hala Hala (IRE) (Invincible Spirit (IRE)) MR SULTAN ALI KEVIN RYAN, Hambleton

Groom - Charlotte Allday

9 4 (130) James Doyle

(Breeder - Tinnakill Bloodstock)

Draw

4

DARK BLUE, ORANGE star and star on cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Highly tried after winning on her debut at Thirsk (6f, good) when fifth in a Newmarket Group 2 on second start and runner-up over 6f here last July ( just under 1l ahead of Caroline Dale on same terms); had wind surgery afterwards but went on to finish well held in Group races at York and Kempton; underwent another wind operation before finishing sixth in 6f Official BHA Rating 95 Group 3 here in April; first-time cheekpieces need to prompt improvement.

6 WARRIOR BRAVE (GB) (6)

12-1512

9 2 (128)

B g Twilight Son - Gladiatrix (Compton Place) Silvestre De Sousa THE HORSE WATCHERS MICHAEL APPLEBY, Oakham (Breeder - Mr Harry Dutfield)

D

Draw

13

BLACK, ORANGE seams and sleeves, BLACK cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH Ex-Irish; two minor AW wins over the winter (5f-6f ); held on his turf reappearance at Nottingham in April but cheekpieces were added after that and he’s shown much better form, winning small-field handicap at Goodwood and taking form to the next level when second in a Listed race at Sandown on Saturday (all 5f on good to firm); 7lb ahead of his mark as a result and has to be of interest from a handicapping perspective, for all that he has to prove that both the likely slower ground and new headgear are as suitable. Official BHA Rating 93 (+7)

7 BOOMSHALAA (GB) (18)

5-11

B c Shalaa (IRE) - Summer Collection (IRE) (Teofilo (IRE)) SHEIKH MOHAMMED OBAID AL MAKTOUM ROGER VARIAN, Newmarket

Groom - Julia Gylbert

9 2 (128) Andrea Atzeni

(Breeder - Petches Farm Ltd)

YELLOW, large BLACK spots and spots on cap.

Draw

22

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Created a very positive impression when running away with a 6f novice event at Kempton on reappearance in April; got loose before the start ahead of his next intended race; drew clear with another promising sort in a Windsor novice 18 days ago (6f, good), running a fast closing furlong; could prove suited by an end-to-end gallop over 5f and he retains plenty of potential; ground slower than good would ask a new question but he’s promising. Official BHA Rating 93

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Owner

8 SIGNIFICANTLY (GB) (47)

231-622

Trainer

B c Garswood - Rosebride (Mayson) MR J LAUGHTON & MRS E BURKE K. R. BURKE, Leyburn

Groom - Mark Simms

st lb

(lbs)

9 1 (127) Clifford Lee

(Breeder - Cheveley Park Stud Ltd)

Draw

24

RED, BLACK inverted triangle and star on cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH First seven starts saw him beaten at odds ranging from 4-9 to 3-1, with five of them as favourite; won small-field conditions event at Newcastle in October (6f); best run came on his second start this year, over 6f at Newmarket (good to firm) where he took lengths out of a good field before succumbing to the late thrust of one who has since proved himself to be very smart; bumped into another classy rival at Hamilton last month; the Newmarket run suggests this mark is manageable and he should have a big run in him; handles soft but best efforts so far on quicker. Official BHA Rating 92

9 GET IT (GB) (45)

240-1

B c Twilight Son - Pine Ridge (Elusive City (USA)) MR ANDREW L. COHEN CLIVE COX, Hungerford

Groom - Karen Louise Peippo

9 1 (127) Adam Kirby

(Breeder - Wood Hall Stud)

Draw

D

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE star, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, 6 WHITE stars and stars on cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Pick of three 2yo runs came when fourth in the Windsor Castle over C&D 12 months ago; had a wind operation after a lesser display in the Super Sprint; unimpressive when justifying long odds-on favouritism at Wolverhampton last month; trainer is greatly respected with this type but this one is untested on slower than good and needs to find improvement for it. Official BHA Rating 92

10 REBEL AT DAWN (IRE) (6)

0-30312

B g Dandy Man (IRE) - Ragtime Dancer (Medicean) MR CARL WATERS & MRS E BURKE K. R. BURKE, Leyburn

Groom - Luke Salvage D

9 0 (126) Ben Curtis

(Breeder - Ringfort Stud)

Draw

11

AQUAMARINE, DARK BLUE sash, DARK BLUE cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Positives include proven ability on ground slower than good and some progress in recent weeks, following his Nottingham win this month with a close second at Chester (collared in only the final strides); 1lb ahead of his mark but stable may hold stronger claims with Significantly. Official BHA Rating 91 (+1)

11 CHARLIE FELLOWES (IRE) (56)

111-255

9 0 (126)

B g Swiss Spirit - Filatelia (IRE) (Intikhab (USA)) Mark Crehan (3) OFFTHEBRIDLE PODCAST GEORGE SCOTT, Newmarket

Groom - Poppy Green

(Breeder - Kildaragh Stud)

Draw

D

RED and GREY stripes, RED sleeves, GREY armlets, 16 WHITE cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Form took off when cheekpieces were applied in September, as he recorded three wide-margin successes in novice auction events; progress has ground to a halt in handicaps since and hopes today are pinned on new headgear reviving his fortunes. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 23/4/2021 it was reported that the horse hung right. Official BHA Rating 91

12 POPMASTER (IRE) (56)

11-322

Groom - Kajsa Lindsjo

7

BF

8 13 (125)

Gr g Gutaifan (IRE) - Best New Show (IRE) (Clodovil (IRE)) LAURENCE BELLMAN Tom Marquand ED WALKER, Upper Lambourn (Breeder - Grangemore Stud)

Draw

7

ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW stripe, sleeves and cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Has raced exclusively at 6f; two wins in Kempton novice events to start his career; progressed in defeat with each subsequent handicap run and latest was by just a nose (good to firm); gelded afterwards; not fully exposed but the forecast rain will ask new questions and he will need to break more smartly now dropping to 5f for the first time. Official BHA Rating 90 (-1)

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Owner

13 DENSE STAR (IRE) (6)

004-340

Trainer

st lb

(lbs)

8 13 (125)

B f Starspangledbanner (AUS) - Condensed (Dansili) Marco Ghiani (3) JESMOND RACING & PARTNERS STUART WILLIAMS, Newmarket

Groom - Andrew Bubb

(Breeder - Mr Thomas Hore)

Draw

LIGHT BLUE, DARK GREEN chevrons on sleeves, 1 WHITE cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Easy winner of a 5.5f Navan maiden for Joseph O’Brien in September but that is her only win from 14 attempts; regressive RPRs in three Listed runs this year; she will be 3lb lower in future handicaps and the addition of cheekpieces isn’t enough to tempt. Official BHA Rating 90 (-3)

14 MO CELITA (IRE) (20)

611111

B f Camacho - Asterism (Motivator) MR DAVID HOWDEN & MR DAVID REDVERS ADRIAN NICHOLLS, Sessay

Groom - Clare Nicholls D

8 13 (125) Oisin Murphy

(Breeder - Ringfort Stud)

Draw

12

WHITE and PURPLE (quartered), diabolo on sleeves.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHH No indication of what was to follow when she scrambled home in 6f seller in April on stable debut; bloomed in May, however, with two wide-margin selling-race wins (one at 5f ) followed by two impressive successes in Haydock handicaps (6f, heavy/good to soft); latest win is backed up by the Topspeed figure and the runner-up has since run well in defeat; the forecast rain will be in her favour and another 8lb rise isn’t sure to handicap her out of things; it would be quite a story were she to complete the six-timer but it is not far-fetched. Official BHA Rating 90

15 EQUALITY (GB) (55)

4-21

8 11 (123)

B c Equiano (FR) - Penny Drops (Invincible Spirit (IRE)) Kieran Shoemark KENNET VALLEY THOROUGHBREDS II CHARLES HILLS, Lambourn

Groom - Amelia Rooker

(Breeder - Mr & Mrs G. Middlebrook)

Draw

D

NAVY BLUE, RED and LIGHT BLUE hoop and armlets, 19 WHITE cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Inneedoftheexperienceonhis2yodebut(5f,soft);encouragingreappearanceatLingfieldinApril(6f, AW) and stepped up on that when running away with a 5f novice event at Wolverhampton 55 days ago; bare form of that win can’t be rated highly but the final-furlong sectional was quick; makes handicap debut in a deep race but he’s hugely unexposed. Official BHA Rating 88

16 DREAM COMPOSER (FR) (9)

53-3211

Groom - Lilly Moran D

8 11 (123)

B g Dream Ahead (USA) - High Spice (USA) (Songandaprayer (USA)) (in 6lb ex) Laura Pearson (5) PETER CLARKE RACING PARTNERS JAMES EVANS, Kinnersley (Breeder - Khalifa Dasmal)

Draw

23

BLACK, RED stars, BLACK sleeves.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHHH Low-key stable debut but he’s shown that to be all wrong in three runs since, runner-up at Goodwood (5f, soft) before decisive come-from-behind wins at Carlisle (5f, good to soft) and Kempton (6f ); 2lb wrong under a penalty but, as a thriving sprinter for whom rain would be a bonus, it might not be insurmountable; could be capable of even better granted the test that this will present. Official BHA Rating 82 (+4)

17 OPERATIC (IRE) (14)

0110-4

Ch f Showcasing - Dream Dana (IRE) (Dream Ahead (USA)) HIGHCLERE TBRED RACING-FIDDIAN-GREEN SIMON & ED CRISFORD, Newmarket

Groom - Juan Sanchez

8 10 (122) William Buick

(Breeder - Mountain View Stud)

LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE armlets, DARK BLUE cap.

Draw

17

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Two 6f wins as a 2yo last September; ended juvenile campaign with heavy defeat in the mud at Newmarket (Listed); didn’t look a straightforward ride at Goodwood on her recent reappearance and looks vulnerable Official BHA Rating 87 dropping to 5f for the first time.

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Owner

18 NOORBAN (GB) (7)

0-60122

Trainer

B f Sepoy (AUS) - Hoyamy (Dark Angel (IRE)) MR SALEM RASHID BIN GHADAYER DAVID O’MEARA, Upper Helmsley

Groom - Natasha Nelson

st lb

(lbs)

8 8 (120) Chris Hayes

(Breeder - Rabbah Bloodstock Limited)

Draw

D

WHITE, DARK BLUE disc, WHITE sleeves, 8 DARK BLUE spots. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH First win since debut came at Ayr last month, when narrowly landing Class 4 handicap (good to firm); both runs since have strongly suggested she’s still well handicapped, notably when travelling powerfully in 6f fillies’ handicap at York last week (headed close home); on fast ground she would have excellent claims back at 5f but there is a question mark on slower than good. Official BHA Rating 85 (+2)

19 DESERT GULF (GB) (24)

14-36

B g Kodiac - Sabaweeya (Street Cry (IRE)) MR SAIF ALI WILLIAM KNIGHT, Newmarket

Groom - Fearghal Davis

8 7 (119) Hollie Doyle

(Breeder - Rabbah Bloodstock Limited)

Draw

YELLOW, BLACK sash, BLACK sleeves, 14 YELLOW armlets, YELLOW cap, BLACK star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH AW winner on debut (6f ); not beaten far on last month’s handicap debut (6f, AW; raced freely); still has potential but is thrown into a deep race for his first start at 5f; Hollie Doyle takes over for the first time. Official BHA Rating 84

20 HEY MR (GB) (21)

3321-36

B c Territories (IRE) - Filona (IRE) (Motivator) AMO RACING LIMITED ROGER VARIAN, Newmarket

Groom - Lindsay Bose D BF

8 5 (117) David Egan

(Breeder - Scuderia Blueberry SRL)

Draw

9

VIOLET, WHITE quartered cap.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHH Progressive form at two, all on good to soft or slower, and won a Nottingham nursery on final outing (off 5lb lower); beaten favourite in races won by Bedford Flyer and Dream Composer this season; needs a clear personal best. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 28/5/2021 it was reported that the horse was never travelling. Official BHA Rating 82

21 SHALAA ASKER (GB) (34)

2-42350

B g Shalaa (IRE) - Miracle Seeker (Rainbow Quest (USA)) ONTOAWINNER, ANDY FINNERAN ADRIAN KEATLEY, Malton

8 3 (115) Cieren Fallon

(Breeder - East Bloodstock Ltd & Deveron Ltd)

Draw

D

YELLOW and WHITE (quartered), YELLOW sleeves, 10 WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW H Sole win from 11 starts came in an AW novice last September; went close off this mark at Nottingham in April but held since and looks up against it in this line-up; gelded since last start and tongue-tie is removed. Official BHA Rating 80

22 WINGS OF A DOVE (IRE) (63)

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Gr f Dark Angel (IRE) - Silk Bow (Elusive City (USA)) PHIL CUNNINGHAM RICHARD SPENCER, Newmarket

Groom - Lilly Baker

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8 3 (115) Hayley Turner

(Breeder - Yeomanstown Stud)

WHITE, GREY sleeves, BLACK stars, BLACK cap.

Draw

5

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Nine-race maiden but she has run some good races in the face of stiff tasks, including when close fifth in Listed event at Bath in April; best form has come on good or faster. Official BHA Rating 80

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Trainer

Owner

23 BABA REZA (GB) (24)

12-4614

Ch g Garswood - Friendship Is Love (Byron) M SANAEI MOHAMED MOUBARAK, Newmarket

st lb

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8 2 (114) Nicola Currie

Grooms - Vinny Johnson & Capri Metin Koruglu (Breeder - Rosyground Stud)

Draw

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LIGHT BLUE, LIGHT BLUE and BEIGE diabolo on sleeves.

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW H Won with more authority than the winning margin suggests at Lingfield in April (6f, AW); similar form at the same track last time; more on his plate dropping to 5f for the first time. Official BHA Rating 79

24 FANTASY MASTER (GB) (16)

114-204

8 0 (112)

Ch c Sepoy (AUS) - Dinvar Diva (Dalakhani (IRE)) Ray Dawson (3) THE FANTASY FELLOWSHIP B MICHAEL APPLEBY, Oakham (Breeder - Brightwalton Bloodstock Ltd)

Draw

D

RED and WHITE (halved), WHITE sleeves, RED stars, 20 WHITE cap, RED star. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Two 5f wins at Nottingham last autumn but finished behind Hey Mr in hat-trick bid; respectable effort behind Rebel At Dawn last time; looks stable second string. Official BHA Rating 77

25 COOPERATION (IRE) (15)

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B g Mehmas (IRE) - Ripalong (IRE) (Revoque (IRE)) SHEIKH ABDULLAH ALMALEK ALSABAH RICHARD FAHEY, Malton

8 0 (112) Paddy Mathers

(Breeder - Pier House Stud)

Draw

WHITE, GOLD braid, GREEN sleeves, 25 GREEN cap with GOLD tassel. BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HH Didn’t have to match previous best to get off the mark in a 6f novice at Hamilton 15 days ago (good to firm); 2lb out of the handicap today and looks up against it. Official BHA Rating 75

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NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 25 Blinkers worn first time by No. 6, 11. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 5, 13. Tongue Strap worn by No. 5, 23. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 2, 10. Running for the first time since Gelding No. 12, 21. Standard Time: 1 min 0.70 secs Record Time: 57.44 secs by Miss Andretti age 6 wt 9-1 good to firm, 19/06/07 2020: ART POWER (IRE) 3 9 0 Silvestre De Sousa 6-4F (Tim Easterby) 21 ran

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Race Summary: The prospect of thunderstorms ahead of racing, and the subsequent effect on the ground, adds further uncertainty to a tricky puzzle. It is slightly surprising that Warrior Brave isn’t a clear favourite after last weekend’s improved showing at Sandown and he is greatly respected, for all that slow ground would ask a new question of him. Noorban would have been very high on the list on fast ground but, with conditions set to change, it may pay to look elsewhere. Unexposed pair Equality and Boomshalaa will rightly have their supporters but the three who appeal most are Mo Celita, Significantly and DREAM COMPOSER. Significantly’s Newmarket second offers plenty of hope but Dream Composer is thriving, won’t mind the ground changing and leaves the impression that a well-run race at this trip could produce another surge of improvement. There is plenty of speed drawn middle to high and his talented apprentice may be able to produce him with a strong late burst. Race Predictor: WARRIOR BRAVE REBEL AT DAWN NOMADIC EMPIRE

Forecast: 7-1 Boomshalaa (GB), 8-1 Warrior Brave (GB), 10-1 Get It (GB), 11-1 Mo Celita (IRE), Dream Composer (FR), 12-1 Popmaster (IRE), 14-1 Nomadic Empire (IRE), Bedford Flyer (IRE), Equality (GB), Noorban (GB), Hey Mr (GB), 16-1 Caroline Dale (GB), Cooperation (IRE), 18-1 Significantly (GB), Rebel At Dawn (IRE), Operatic (IRE), 20-1 Charlie Fellowes (IRE), Dense Star (IRE), 25-1 Hala Hala Hala (IRE), Shalaa Asker (GB), Wings of A Dove (IRE), Fantasy Master (GB), 33-1 First Company (IRE), Desert Gulf (GB), 40-1 Baba Reza (GB)

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Race Conditions First Race 2.30 - THE ALBANY STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 3) (see page 12) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code; £38480 to the winning horse The second to receive £14553, the third £7273 and the fourth £3633; for two yrs old fillies only; SIX FURLONGS (6f ) (1,200 metres); Enter by noon, June 12th and pay £650 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 16th. Weights: 9st each; ASCOT RACECOURSE LIMITED will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a Challenge Cup will be presented to the winning owner, to be held until May next year. The lad or girl in charge of the best turned out horse and the winning horse in this race will each receive a prize of £300. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of LONGINES. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 24 entries at £650. - Closed June 12th, 2021 Second Race 3.05 - THE KING EDWARD VII STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 2) (see page 20) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code; £98335 to the winning horse The second to receive £37281, the third £18657, the fourth £9294, the fifth £4664 and the sixth £2340; for three yrs old colts and geldings only; ONE MILE about FOUR FURLONGS (2,300 metres)Swinley (11f abt 211yds); Enter by noon, April 27th and pay £560 stake, Scratch by noon, May 25th or pay £640, Confirm by noon, June 12th and pay £400, Supplementary Entry by noon, June 12th and pay £15000 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 16th. Weights: 9st each Penalties, after August 31st, 2020, a winner of a Group 1 race 3lb; ASCOT RACECOURSE LIMITED will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a Challenge Cup will be presented to the winning owner, to be held until May next year. The lad or girl in charge of the best turned out horse and of the winning horse in this race will each receive a prize of £300. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of ASCOT RACECOURSE LIMITED. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. (No confirmation of entry is required for Supplementary entries). 77 entries, 29 at £560, 33 at £1200, 14 at £1600, 1 at £15000. - Closed April 27th, 2021 Third Race 3.40 - THE COMMONWEALTH CUP (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (see page 26) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code; £198485 to the winning horse The second to receive £75250, the third £37660, the fourth £18760, the fifth £9415 and the sixth £4725; for three yrs old colts and fillies only; SIX FURLONGS (6f ) (1,200 metres); Enter by noon, April 27th and pay £1535 stake, Scratch by noon, May 25th or pay £1750, Confirm by noon, June 12th and pay £1090, Supplementary Entry by noon, June 12th and pay £30000 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 16th. Weights: Colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb NOTE: Horses will only be eligible to run in this race provided that they have a current BHA Handicap Rating of 80 or higher at midday of the confirmation stage. Horses which do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day before confirmation merit a provisional assessment of 80 or higher. Horses which have not run will not be eligible. Southern Hemisphere Allowance 10lb; ASCOT RACECOURSE LIMITED will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a Challenge Cup will be presented to the winning owner, to be held until May next year. The lad or girl in charge of the best turned out horse and the winning horse in this race will each receive a prize of £300. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of LONGINES. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. (No confirmation of entry is required for Supplementary entries). 53 entries, 21 at £1535, 8 at £3285, 24 at £4375. Closed April 27th, 2021 Fourth Race 4.20 - THE CORONATION STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (see page 36) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code; £242080 to the winning horse The second to receive £91778, the third £45931, the fourth £22880, the fifth £11482 and the sixth £5762; for three yrs old fillies only; OLD MILE (7f abt 213yds) (1,500 metres); Enter by noon, April 27th and pay £1535 stake, Scratch by noon, May 25th or pay £1750, Confirm by noon, June 12th and pay £1090, Supplementary Entry by noon, June 12th and pay £30000 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 16th. Weights: 9st each NOTE: Horses will only be eligible to run in this race provided that they have a current BHA Handicap Rating of 80 or higher at midday of the confirmation stage. Horses which do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day before confirmation merit a provisional assessment of 80 or higher. Horses which have not run will not be eligible.; ASCOT RACECOURSE LIMITED will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a Challenge Cup will be presented to the winning owner, to be held until May next year. The lad or girl in charge of the best turned out horse and the winning horse in this race will each receive a prize of £300. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of QIPCO. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. THERE WILL BE A PARADE FOR THIS RACE. Runners will be paraded in the order requested by the Managing Executive on the day. The Ascot Racecourse Executive reserves the right to transfer this race to the Royal Hunt Cup Course. (No confirmation of entry is required for Supplementary entries). 51 entries, 20 at £1535, 16 at £3285, 12 at £4375, 3 at £30000. - Closed April 27th, 2021

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Fifth Race 5.00 - THE SANDRINGHAM STAKES (CLASS 2 HANDICAP) (see page 54) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code; £40500 to the winning horse The second to receive £19012, the third £9510 and the fourth £4755; for three yrs old fillies only, Rated 0-105 (also open to such horses rated 106 and 107 - see Standard Conditions); ONE MILE (1,600 metres)Royal Hunt Cup Course (8f ); Enter by noon, June 12th and pay £375 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 16th. Lowest weight 8st; Highest weight 9st 7lb Penalties, after June 5th, 2021, for each race won 6lb; ASCOT RACECOURSE LIMITED will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a Challenge Cup will be presented to the winning owner, to be held until May next year. The lad or girl in charge of the best turned out horse and the winning horse in this race will each receive a prize of £300. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of ASCOT RACECOURSE LIMITED The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. The Ascot Racecourse Executive reserves the right to transfer this race to the Old Mile Course. The British Horseracing Authority will amend paragraphs 28 to 32 of the Weights and Handicapping Code and the Declaration of Jockey section of the Race Entries Code in the event that raising of the weights at the 24-hour stage proves necessary. This race will be restricted to 30 runners plus three reserves. The three reserves will be nominated as R31, R32 and R33. The procedure for the allocation and operation of the reserves protocol will be as detailed in the notice headed ‘Reserves’ which appears in the important notices following the Standard Conditions on the Racing Bulletin area of the BHA Racing Administration Internet site www2.racingadmin.co.uk. Trainers are reminded of the provisions of paragraph 41 of the Race Entry Code which require that they must notify the Racing Calendar Office immediately when the decision has been made not to run. This will maximise the list of runners and determine whether the weights will need to be raised. The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Declaration of Jockey section of the Race Entries Code and the Division of Races section of the Race Administration Code of the Rules of Racing for the purposes of this race. PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 9 of the Weights and Handicapping Code a horse must have run three times or more in order to qualify to run in this race. 38 entries at £375. - Closed June 12th, 2021 Sixth Race 5.35 - THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH STAKES (CLASS 2 HANDICAP) (see page 66) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code; £35100 to the winning horse The second to receive £16477, the third £8242 and the fourth £4121; for three yrs old and upwards, Rated 0-105 (also open to such horses rated 106 and 107 - see Standard Conditions); ONE MILE about FOUR FURLONGS (2,300 metres) Swinley (11f abt 211yds); Enter by noon, June 12th and pay £325 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 16th. Lowest weight 8st; Highest weight 9st 10lb Penalties, after June 5th, 2021, for each race won 3yo 6lb; 4yo to 6yo 5lb; 7yo and up 4lb; ASCOT RACECOURSE LIMITED will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a Challenge Cup will be presented to the winning owner, to be held until May next year. The lad or girl in charge of the best turned out horse and the winning horse in this race will each receive a prize of £300. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of LONGINES. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. The British Horseracing Authority will amend paragraphs 28 to 32 of the Weights and Handicapping Code and the Declaration of Jockey section of the Race Entries Code in the event that raising of the weights at the 24-hour stage proves necessary. This race will be restricted to 19 runners plus three reserves. The three reserves will be nominated as R20, R21 and R22. The procedure for the allocation and operation of the reserves protocol will be as detailed in the notice headed ‘Reserves’ which appears in the important notices following the Standard Conditions on the Racing Bulletin area of the BHA Racing Administration Internet site www2.racingadmin.co.uk. Trainers are reminded of the provisions of paragraph 41 of the Race Entry Code which require that they must notify the Racing Calendar Office immediately when the decision has been made not to run. This will maximise the list of runners and determine whether the weights will need to be raised. The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Declaration of Jockey section of the Race Entries Code and the Division of Races section of the Race Administration Code of the Rules of Racing for the purposes of this race. The British Horseracing Authority has authorised that the maximum number of runners in this race shall be determined by the normal Safety Factor applicable for the race and that a reduced Field Size Limit shall not apply. PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 9 of the Weights and Handicapping Code a horse must have run three times or more in order to qualify to run in this race. 33 entries at £325. - Closed June 12th, 2021 Seventh Race 6.10 - THE PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE STAKES (CLASS 2 HANDICAP) (see page 74) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code; £33501 to the winning horse The second to receive £15710, the third £7858, the fourth £3926, the fifth £1963 and the sixth £981; for three yrs old only, Rated 0-105 (also open to such horses rated 106 and 107 - see Standard Conditions); FIVE FURLONGS (5f ) (1,000 metres); Enter by noon, June 12th and pay £325 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 16th. Lowest weight 8st; Highest weight 9st 7lb Penalties, after June 5th, 2021, for each race won 6lb; ASCOT RACECOURSE LIMITED will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a Challenge Cup will be presented to the winning owner, to be held until May next year. The lad or girl in charge of the best turned out horse and the winning horse in this race will each receive a prize of £300. This race will be restricted to 28 runners plus three reserves. The three reserves will be nominated as R29, R30 and R31. The procedure for the allocation and operation of the reserves protocol will be as detailed in the notice headed ‘Reserves’ which has been published in The Racing Calendar and which also appears in the important notices following the Standard Conditions on the Racing Bulletin area of the BHA Racing Administration Internet site www.racingadmin. co.uk. The British Horseracing Authority will amend the Weights and Handicapping Code in the event that raising of the weights at the 24-hour stage proves necessary. Trainers are reminded of the provisions of paragraph 41 of the Race Entry Code which require that they must notify the Racing Calendar Office immediately when the decision has been made not to run and determine whether the weights will need to be raised. The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Declaration of Jockey section of the Race Entries Code and the Division of Races section of the Race Administration Code of the Rules of Racing for the purposes of this race. PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 9 of the Weights and Handicapping Code a horse must have run three times or more in order to qualify to run in this race. 35 entries at £325. - Closed June 12th, 2021

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James Doyle was destined for a life in the industry and rode his first ride under Rules on a horse trained by his mother Jaqueline in 2004.

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ames has proved that hard work and determination truly pays off and his lucky break came in 2011 when he started to gain more rides and landed the first of many big wins, the Listed UAE Cup. With many Royal Ascot winners under his belt James shares his memorable moments, who he would like to invite to join him for the event and the race he would like to win this week.

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What is your favourite Royal Ascot memory so far? Always tricky as its always your first win always sticks in your mind and I was lucky enough to ride two more straight after which was a lot to take in. I would have to say Big Orange winning the Gold Cup was absolutely incredible, the atmosphere afterwards was very special and something I will remember for a long time. The race you would most like to win this week? There are so many I would want to win but thinking about stallions and going forward I would have to say the St James’s Palace, I have been lucky enough to win it a couple of times already. If you could pick one horse to ride that you are not currently booked for, which horse would you choose and why? Lord North in the Prince of Wales’s. I was lucky to pick up the ride and win on him last year and he goes into the meeting after a very impressive win in the Dubai Turf and I think he will be the one to beat. Frankie has broken down on the way to Royal Ascot, do you:• Reroute and go and pick him up • Quickly get on the phone to your agent to offer your services for his rides I would have to pick him up. A couple of years ago when Frankie was injured I was lucky enough to pick up some of his rides including Big Orange so I owe it to him to pick him up. If you could pick to ride one Royal Ascot winner from the history books which horse would you pick and in which race? The 2011 St James’s Palace riding Frankel. I would of loved to experienced the power he had, he was the ultimate racehorse. the Royal Ascot Insider

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You are able to invite five famous guests to Royal Ascot, who would you invite (past or present)? Peter Jones from Dragons’ Den so he can give me some ideas of what to do when I stop riding. Gordon Ramsay as I enjoy watching his shows, his straight-talking manor and his quick wit are brilliant. Elon Musk as it would be good to know what he thinks the world will be like in 25 years from now, although he may be a little boring. John Magnier as I would love to listen to his expert knowledge on our wonderful sport Sir Henry Cecil – no explanation needed… What is the last thing that goes through your mind when the starter is about to drop his flag? It all depends on the horse I am riding. I think about the tactics I want to employ and I am focused on getting all the little things right to give myself the best chance of winning. Do you have any raceday superstitions? If I have ridden a big winner on a horse before I try and keep everything the same, the equipment, the suit I wore on the day to the races, including the tie and shoes. Cream or jam first on a scone? I am not a massive fan of scones but if I had to eat one I would go cream first then jam. What makes Royal Ascot special? When you ride a winner there it is a feeling like no other. It is the Olympics of our sport. It just has everything, top quality racing, big crowds and an amazing atmosphere.

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