The annual Royal Ascot meeting is one of THE highlights on the horse racing calendar – with all the glitz and glamour generated by the public as well as the attendance of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, with a host of top class races on the four day card to enjoy, with many of the top flat horse racing to claim some of the biggest prize money available in British racing
But, as always, the (in)famous British weather may well ruin the meeting – with the Berkshire course already having suffered torrential rain across last week – and now more bad weather, including thunderstorms, threating the meeting.
However, if the racing can beat the weather, here is just a taste of what’s on offer :
Flat racing’s showpiece meeting gets under way on Tuesday with the St James’s Palace Stakes one of three Group One events on a fantastic opening day. Irish 2000 Guineas hero Phoenix Of Spain will once again lock horns with Too Darn Hot (above) while last year’s winner Accidental Agent heads a competitive field in the opening race of the meeting, the Queen Anne Stakes.
Battaash will be the star attraction in the King’s Stand Stakes but faces high-class opposition in the form of Blue Point and Mabs Cross while Aidan O’Brien’s Arizona is likely to go off a warm order in a typically intriguing renewal of the Group Two Coventry Stakes.
On Wednesday, Magical and Sea Of Class are set to do battle in the the Prince Of Wales Stakes before the Group One action continues on Thursday when Stradivarius will bid to win back-to-back Gold Cups.
On Friday, the three-year-old sprinters take centre stage in the Commonwealth Cup followed by the older brigade in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes 24 hours later.
Along with the feast of Group One action, there will be plenty of punting opportunities in the famous Royal Ascot handicaps which include the Royal Hunt Cup and Britannia Stakes.
It is always a tremendous weeks racing at Royal Ascot and a true British sporting institution – lets hope the inclement weather – another British institution, doesn’t spoil it.