Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot five day meeting is probably the most colourful and avidly followed horse racing meetings. The meeting starts with three Group 1 races, with the first of the three being The Queen Anne Stakes over i mile and won in 2008 by the Aiden O'Brien trained Haradasun. That is followed by the Kings Stand Stakes a sprint over five furlongs, won in 2008 by Equiano. Finally the last Group 1 on the first day is the St James Palace Stakes over 1 mile, which was won in 2008 by 2000 Guineas winner, Henrythenavigator. He too was also trained by O'Brien. Day 2 sees the Prince of Wales Stakes, raced over 1 mile and 2 furlongs which in 2008 saw another success for the O'Brien team, when Duke of Marmalade came home. The highlight of day three is the revered Ascot Gold Cup won for the third time in a row in 2008 by Yeats, who was yet another O'Brien trained winner. The Coronation Stakes for fillies is held on day 4, and that was won by another irish horse, Lush Lashes, trained by Jim Bolger. The final Group One race of the meeting is the The Golden Jubilee Stakes over five furlongs on day five. This was won in 2008 by Kingsgate Native, trained by Jim Best.