Royal Ascot Preview – Part Two.
Today I will give you all a brief rundown of the main races towards the last few days of the big meeting next week – Royal Ascot!
Today, I cover the last three days of this fantastic meeting, starting with :-
Day 3 – Thursday 21st June
The Ribblesdale Stakes is a Group2 race, which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile and 4. So a fitting fillies race, on ladies day.
The Ribblesdale Stakes can suit fillies which have ran in the Oaks, and some entries are here with an eye on next month’s Irish Oaks on the 22nd of July, or other girls races further down the road.
Last year, I had been keen for Banimpire to run this race for ages, and she won at 3/1! Good Girl1
But this years renewal is not going to be so easy…..
Ascot Gold Cup
The Gold Cup is a Group 1 race which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs. Like most Cup races, this is a long race, for stayers.
Being that it is Ladies day, this cup will be presented by the top lady herself – Her Maj.
This race is important in other ways too, as it is part of the stayers’ Triple Crown. This is the first race, then it moves on to Glorious Goodwood to the Goodwood Cup, and then the Doncaster Cup in September.
Yeats won this race four times from 2006 to 2009, and like the National, racehorses that have done well in the race in the past can do well again.
Last year we won with Fame And Glory, and he is still a young horse…..
Day 4 – Friday 22nd June
King Edward VII Stakes
The King Edward VII Stakes is a Group 2 race which is open to three-year-old colts and geldings. It is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs.
This race is sometimes held for late improver’s or horses that have missed the Derby, because they were not match fit.
Stats show it is one of the best races for favourites in the whole week, as the fav gets in the frame more often than not. Lat year it was….the Fav!
The Coronation Stakes is a Group1 race which is open to three-year-old fillies. It is run over a distance of 1 mile. Another race for the girls!
This race attracts fillies which ran previously in the 1,000 Guineas, Irish 1,000 Guineas, or the the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, the French version of the 1000 Guineas.
So they all like a mile distance, and the field will be top notch.
I have my eye on a few, and I’ll see who is left after the dec’s.
Day 5 – Saturday 23rd June
The Hardwicke Stakes is a Group2 race which is open to horses aged four years or older. The distance is the same as the Derby, and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes being a mile and a half.
The race attracts the best horses from around Britain and Europe, with some top horses taking part.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Golden Jubilee Stakes)
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is a Group 1 race, which is open to horses aged three years or older, over a distance of 6 furlongs.
This race is part of the international race series, the Global Sprint Challenge, preceded by the King’s Stand Stakes and followed by the July Cup.
As with many of these ‘shorties’ we must check out to see if there is any ground bias that has become apparent, and may need to be taken into account.
The Duke Of York Stakes at the recent York meeting can sometimes give some clues for this race, but beware of the foreign invaders, as they are no walkover in this race.
It’s all to look forward to!