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Royal Ascot 2018

royal ascotRoyal Ascot is home to five days of exciting feature racing action from Tuesday 19th June to Saturday 23rd June 2018 at Ascot racecourse in Berkshire, England, in the United Kingdom.

The world's best racehorses descend on the famous Ascot track to compete for prestigious races such as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Ascot Gold Cup.

Top hats 'n' tails are the order of the day at Royal Ascot, and the Queen, along with members of the royal family, arrive each day in a horse drawn carriage to add to the pomp and pageantry of the occasion.

Huge crowds make their way to Royal Ascot in June each year to witness some of the finest racing anywhere in the world, with seven Group 1 races on offer from Tuesday to Saturday during Royal Ascot week.

Royal Ascot is full of prestige and history and Australian racehorses such as Choisir, Miss Andretti, Starspangledbanner, and champion mare Black Caviar have all tasted success at the most prestigious race meeting of them all.

ROYAL ASCOT - Day One - Tuesday 19 June 2018

The 2018 Royal Ascot meeting gets underway on Tuesday 19th June 2018 with the running of the £375,000 Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, a race unbeaten superstar Frankel won by 11 lengths in the 2012 edition. Julien Leparoux guided the Mark Casse trained Tepin to victory in the 2016 Queen Anne Stakes from Belardo and Lightning Spear.

Other feature races on Royal Ascot Day one include the £275,000 Group 1 King's Stand Stakes for sprinters and the £375,000 Group 1 St Jame's Palace Stakes for three-year-old gallopers.

2018 Royal Ascot Day One

Race name Status Distance Purse Cond 2016 Winner
Queen Anne Stakes Group 1 1600m £375k 4yo+ Tepin
Coventry Stakes Group 2 1200m £120k 2yo Caravaggio
King's Stand Stakes Group 1 1000m £375k 3yo+ Profitabe
St James's Palace Stakes Group 1 1600m £375k 3yoC Galileo Gold
Ascot Stakes Hcp 4000m £60k 4yo+ Jennie's Jewel
Windsor Castle Stakes Listed 1000m £60k 2yo Ardad

Australian sprinters have enjoyed plenty of success on day one of Royal Ascot with Scenic Blast (2009), Miss Andretti (2007), Takeover Target (2006) and Choisir (2003) all winning the major sprint event of the day, the King's Stand Stakes.

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ROYAL ASCOT - Day Two - Wednesday 21 June 2018

The highlight of 2018 Royal Ascot Day two is the £525,000 Group 1 Prince of Wales Stakes over 2000m for middle distance gallopers. My Dream Boat, trained by Clive Cox and ridden by Adam Kirby, took out the 2016 Prince Of Wale's Stakes from Found and Western Hymm.

2018 Royal Ascot Day Two Races

Race name Status Distance Purse Cond 2016 Winner
Jersey Stakes Group 3 1400m £75,000 3yo Ribchester
Queen Mary Stakes Group 2 1000m £10,000 2yoF Lady Aurelia
Duke of Cambridge Stakes Group 2 1600m £125,000 4yo+ Usherette
Prince of Wale's Stakes Group 1 2000m £525,000 4yo+ My Dream Boat
Royal Hunt Cup Hcp 1600m £175,000 3yo+ Portage
Sandringham Stakes Listed 1600m £70,000 3yoF Persuasive

Dual WS Cox Plate winner So You Think, formerly trained in Australia by Bart Cummings, won the 2012 Prince Of Wales Stakes under the guidance of Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, at what would turn out to be his final race start in a glittering career.

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ROYAL ASCOT - Day Three - Thursday 22 June 2018

Royal Ascot Day three is 'Ladies Day', one of the most glamourous race days on the British racing calendar each year. High society steps out in their finest, while racing fans are treated to one of the best staying races on the world stage, the £375,000 Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup, over the gruelling distance of 4000 metres.

Considered by many to be the feature event of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting, the Ascot Gold Cup is always a highlight, and the Ryan Moore piloted the Aiden O'Brien trained Order Of St George to win the 2016 Ascot Gold Cup from Mizzou and Sheikhzayedroad.

2018 Royal Ascot Day Three races

Race name Status Distance Purse Cond 2016 Winner
Norfolk Stakes Group 2 1000m £80,000 2yo Prince Of Lir
Tercentenary Stakes Group 3 2000m £75,000 3yo Hawkbill
Ribblesdale Stakes Group 2 2400m £160,000 3yoF Even Song
Ascot Gold Cup Group 1 4000m £375,000 4yo+ Order of St George
Britannia Stakes Hcp 1600m £120,000 3yoCG Defrocked
King George V Stakes Hcp 2400m £75,000 3yo Primotivo

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ROYAL ASCOT - Day Four - Friday 23 June 2018

Fillies take centre stage on Royal Ascot Day four with the £375,000 Group 1 Coronation Stakes the highlight of the day. Gregory Benoist rode the Jean-Claude Rouget trained Qemah to win the 2016 Coronation Stakes from Nemoralia and Alice Springs.

2018 Royal Ascot Day Four races

Race name Status Distance Purse Cond 2016 Winner
Albany Stakes Group 3 1200m £70,000 2yoF Brave Anna
King Edward VII Stakes Group 2 2400m £185,000 3yoCG Across The Stars
Commonwealth Cup Group 1 1200m £375,000 3yo Quiet Reflection
Coronation Stakes Group 1 1600m £375,000 3yoF Qemah
Duke of Edinburgh Stakes Hcp 2400m £75,000 3yo+ Kinema
Queen's Vase Listed 3200m £70,000 3yo Sword Fighter

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ROYAL ASCOT - Day Five - Saturday 24 June 2018

Royal Ascot Day five is the final day of the 2018 Royal Ascot meeting and features the £525,000 Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, a 1200m race for the world's best sprinters. Twilight Son, trained by Henry Candy and ridden by Ryan Moore, scored an exicting victory in the 2016 Diamond Jubilee Stakes from Gold-Fun and Signs Of Blessing.

Champion Australian mare, the unbeaten Black Caviar, won this race by the narrowest of margins in the 2012 running of the race, which happened to be the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Australian gallopers Starspangledbanner (2010) and Choisir (2003) have both won this race over the years, while Brazen Beau finished runner-up in 2015.

2018 Royal Ascot Day Five

Race name Status Distance Purse Cond 2016 Winner
Chesham Stakes Listed 1400m £60,000 2yo Churchill
Wolferton Stakes Listed 2000m £70,000 4yo+ Sir Isaac Newton
Hardwicke Stakes Group 2 2400m £200,000 4yo+ Dartmouth
Diamond Jubilee Stakes Group 1 1200m £525,000 3yo+ Twilight Son
Wokingham Stakes Class 2 1200m £175,000 3yo+ Outback Traveller
Queen Alexandra Stakes Class 2 4370m £60,000 4yo+ Commissioned

From a stayers perspective, the Hardwicke Stakes has proven to be a pivotal race for Australia's most famous race, the Melbourne Cup, in recent years.

In 2012 Dunaden (2nd), Red Cadeaux (3rd) Jakkalberry (5th) and Fiorente (6th) all ran in the Hardwicke Stakes won by Sea Moon. Dunaden went on to win the 2012 Caulfield Cup, while Firoente and Jakkalberry ran second and third in the 2012 Melbourne Cup.

Fiorente would go on to win the 2013 Melbourne Cup from Red Cadeaux and Mount Athos, with Dandino running fifth behind them. Dandino managed to run second in the Caulfield Cup before his gallant fifth placing in the race that stops a nation.

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