Royal Ascot 2022

 

NEWS AND DETAILS

Non Runners

ASCOT / Friday 17 June 2022

2.30pm Albany Stakes (Class 1) (Group 3)

15 10 Powerdress (IRE) Declared at 08:54 on 17/06/2022. (Self Cert (Tied Up))

3.40pm Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Class 2 Handicap)

11 Ever Present (IRE) Declared at 09:06 on 17/06/2022. (Self Cert (Bruised Foot))

5.00pm Sandringham Stakes (Class 2 Handicap)

12 20 Midheaven (IRE) Declared at 20:17 on 16/06/2022. (Vets Cert (Coughing))

6.10pm Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Class 2 Handicap)

Vertiginous (IRE) Declared at 12:13 on 16/06/2022. (Self Cert (Temperature))

 

ASCOT / Saturday 18 June 2022

5.35pm Golden Gates Stakes (Class 2 Handicap)

15 Jimi Hendrix (IRE) Declared at 08:26 on 17/06/2022. (Self Cert (Other) (Ran on 16.6.22))

6.10pm Queen Alexandra Stakes (Class 2 Conditions Race)

Earlofthecotswolds (FR) Declared at 06:41 on 17/06/2022. (Self Cert (Sore))

 

 

 

How to watch Royal Ascot

ITV will be showing six races each day on the main ITV channel from 1.30pm. The last race each day will be live on ITV4.

The Opening Show will be on each at at 9am on ITV4.

All races will also be shown on Sky Sports Racing.

 

 

Owners Badge Allocation

Royal Ascot have released details of the badge allocation for this year’s meeting, which takes place from Tuesday 14 June.

There will be an allocation of six owner and trainer badges, which are named and collected at the Owners and Trainer Marquee in Car Park 2 on the day of the race. 

These badges allow access to all Owner and Trainer areas and include lunch.  There is an option available to purchase an additional four badges.

Owner and trainer badges DO NOT allow access to the parade ring or pre-parade ring.  Six parade ring passes per runner will be available per race.

Badge application for owners opens Monday May 23. For all enquiries, please call  Hannah Parlett, Owner, Trainer and Breeder Manager, on 01344 878529 or [email protected]

Further Royal Ascot information can be found on their dedicated Owner and Trainer page on their website here.

 

Owners' and Trainers' facilities

DINING ROOMS

There are two Owners’ Dining Rooms available for the use of Owners and licensed Trainers with a runner on the day. These dining rooms are at either end of the Owners’ & Trainers’ Bar which overlooks the Pre-Parade Ring. Tables cannot be reserved and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 

OWNERS’ & TRAINERS’ BARS

Owners and Trainers can enjoy two dedicated bars on site for Royal Ascot; the bar overlooking the Pre-Parade Ring and also the Grundy Bar and part of the lawn.

 

VIEWING

Owners and Trainers with runners have two dedicated viewing areas on the Concourse Level outside the front of the grandstand, reserved exclusively for their use. Admission to these viewing areas will be controlled by the Owner & Trainer badge system.

The main viewing area on Concourse Level is located to the left of the Iron Stand, beneath the Royal Box. This allows connections easy access from the Parade Ring. The second dedicated viewing area is located to the left of the horsewalk, behind the Stable Lads Stand and is accessible via the Horsewalk.

If you require wheelchair or pushchair access to the Weighing Room, please contact Hannah Parlett who will be able to give you further information, [email protected] or 01344 878529.

Tickets

Ticket Prices

Royal Enclosure:

  • By invitation

Queen Anne:

  • £87 Tuesday and Wednesday
  • £99 rest of the week

Village Enclosure:

  • £69 Thursday and Friday
  • £71 Saturday

Windsor Enclosure:

  • £37 Tuesday and Wednesday
  • £46 Thursday and Friday
  • £64 Saturday

Offers for Members

Royal Ascot Hospitality - 10% discount on both the Sandringham Restaurant (Royal Enclosure) and the Pavonian Restaurant (Queen Anne Enclosure). 

50% off Queen Anne Enclosure Tickets - There is also the opportunity to book 50% discount to the Queen Anne Enclosure for the first two days of the meeting.

FIND OUT MORE
 

 

Royal Ascot Schedule

Schedule each day:

  • 10.30am: Gates Open
  • 2pm: Royal Procession
  • 2.30pm: First race
  • 6.10: Last race
  • 6.40: Bandstand singing
  • 8pm: Gates Close (9pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Village Enclosure) 

Tuesday 14 June

2:30 

Queen Anne Stakes (Gr 1)

4+

£600,000

1 mile

3:05 

Coventry Stakes (Gr 2)

2

£150,000

6 furlongs

3:40 

King’s Stand Stakes (Gr 1)

3+

£500,000

5 furlongs

4:20 

St James’s Palace Stakes (Gr 1)

3  Colts

£500,000

1 mile

5:00 

Ascot Stakes (Hcap) (Cl 2)

4+(0-100)

£100,000

2 miles 4 furlongs

5:35 

Wolferton Stakes (Listed)

4+

£110,000

1 mile, 2 furlongs

6:10 

Copper Horse Stakes (Hcap) (Cl 2)

4+(0-105)

£100,000

1 mile, 6 Furlongs

Wednesday 15 June

2:30 PM

Queen Mary Stakes (Gr 2)

2 Fillies

£115,000

5f

3:05 PM

Queen’s Vase (Gr 2)

3

£262,500

1m 6f

3:40 PM

Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Gr 2)

4+ fillies & mares

£175,000

1m

4:20 PM

Prince of Wales's Stakes (Gr 1)

4+

£1,000,000

1m 2f

5:00 PM

Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Hcap) (Cl 2) (Open)

3+

£175,000

1m

5:35 PM

Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)

2

£100,000

5f

6:10 PM

Kensington Palace Stakes (Hcap) (Cl2) (0-105)

4 fillies & mares

£100,000

1m

Thursday 16 June

2:30

Norfolk Stakes (Gr 2)

2

£110,000

5

3:05

King George V Stakes (Hcap) (Cl 2) (0-105)

3

£100,000

1m 4

3:40

Ribblesdale Stakes (Gr 2)

3 fillies

£200,000

1m 4f

4:20

Gold Cup (Group 1)

4+

£500,000

2m 4f

5:00

Britannia Stakes (Heritage Hcap) (Cl 2) (0-105)

3 colts & geldings

£120,000

1m

5:35

Hampton Court Stakes (Gr 3)

3

£100,000

1m 2f

6:10

Buckingham Palace Stakes (Hcap) (Cl 2) (0-105)

3+

£100,000

7f

Friday 17 June

2:30

Albany Stakes (Gr 3)

2 fillies

£100,000

6f

3:05

Commonwealth Cup (Gr 1)

3 colts & fillies

£500,000

6f

3:40

Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Hcap) (Cl 2) (0-105)

3+

£100,000

1m 4f

4:20

Coronation Stakes (Gr 1)

3 fillies

£500,000

1m

5:00

Sandringham Stakes (Hcap) (Cl 2) (0-105)

3 fillies

£100,000

1m

5:35

King Edward VII Stakes (Gr 2)

3 colts & geldings

£225,000

1m 4f

6:10

Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Hcap) (Cl 2) (0-105)

3

£100,000

5f

Saturday 18 June

2:30

Chesham Stakes (Listed)

2

£100,000

7f

3:05

Jersey Stakes (Gr 3)

3

£110,000

7f

3:40

Hardwicke Stakes (Gr 2)

4+

£225,000

1m 4f

4:20

Platinum Jubilee Stakes (Gr 1)

4+

£1,000,000

6f

5:00

Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Hcap) (Cl 2) (0-110)

3+

£175,000

6f

5:35

Golden Gates Stakes (Hcap) (Cl 2) (0-105)

3

£100,000

1m 2f

6:10

Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions) (Cl 2)

4+

£100,000

2m 6f

 

OWNER OF THE DAY

As the voice of Owners, the ROA are consistently promoting the impact and benefits of ownership whilst working to make ownership more rewarding.

Once again we will be hailing our popular “ROA Owner of the Day” for Royal Ascot, which showcases an owner with a runner at the meeting. 

Day 1: Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds - Sir Busker (Queen Anne)

As the voice of Owners, the ROA are consistently promoting the impact and benefits of ownership whilst working to make ownership more rewarding.

Once again we will be hailing our popular “ROA Owner of the Day” for Royal Ascot, which showcases an owner with a runner at the meeting. 

Today’s (Tuesday 14 June) ROA Owner of the Day is Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, who own Sir Busker, a runner in the opening Queen Anne Stakes (2.30pm).

Baaeed will be the banker of Royal Ascot week for many, but an even bigger certainty is that the owners of one of his rivals in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, Sir Busker, will have a memorable day whatever the result.

Not that the William Knight-trained six-year-old can be dismissed lightly, having won the Silver Royal Hunt Cup and finished third behind Palace Pier in last year’s Queen Anne on his only two previous appearances at the meeting.

Owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds are one of, if not the, longest-established syndicates in Britain, their blue, red and white silks having been carried to around 200 winners from the late 1980s - though William Buick on Sir Busker will be wearing not the regular white cap but blue and yellow, as syndicates fundraise and show support for Ukraine on the biggest Flat racing platform on the planet.

Looking back and forwards, KVT’s Piers Winkworth says: “Myself, Sam Hoskins and Luke Lillingston bought Kennet Valley about ten years ago off Nick Robinson, and Nick always professed to be the original syndicator in the UK. 

“Henry Ponsonby and Thurloe were just behind, and Harry Herbert used to work for Kennet Valley before he set up Highclere. So we are as long-standing as any syndicate, if not the original one.

“We have 16 people in a horse. The bigger horses on the bigger days, you get more people coming, and we do loads of stable visits too and they have been really well attended. People are out and about now having been cooped up for so long due to Covid-19.

“We’ll have a big turnout on Tuesday, especially with people’s other halves, I imagine we will be about 25 or 30 strong on the day.

“We’re sponsored now by a company called Oakman Inns, and they’ve got loads of pubs, one of which is the Royal Foresters, near Ascot racecourse. There’s a private room that we use as our clubhouse and we can go there before each day of the meeting for brunch. With Sir Busker in the first race, I imagine plenty of people will be getting in the spirit of it quite early on!”

KVT have a noble history of success, with Group 2, 3 and Listed wins alongside big handicap strikes such as Magical Memory’s Stewards’ Cup victory in 2015. A Group 1 has eluded them but they have knocked on the door and in Sir Busker probably have as good a chance of picking up any pieces left behind by Baaeed as any other runner.

Winkworth, who has a safari business - hence the first name of a few horses who were trained by dad Peter, now retired - continues: “We’ve got 15 horses at the moment and they are all one-horse syndicates. Some of our people are in every horse and some are just in one, so we’ve probably got about 120-130 individuals across the board.  

“It’s great for the smaller owner to get involved at big meetings, and Royal Ascot is the one everyone wants to have a runner and a winner at.

“It’s a Group 1, it’s a huge race and Baaeed is already a superstar, so we’re under no illusions. Are we going to be the outsider? Probably yes. Are our odds worth having a fiver or tenner each-way on? I think they certainly are.

“He had a good start to the year, he had three runs in Dubai and really got his act together, finishing fifth - when he could have been fourth - in an incredibly hot Group 1 [Dubai Turf] on World Cup night.

“He’s come back here to be second at Ascot in the Paradise, and he ran a good race in the Lockinge to be fifth, coming from a long way back. He’s a hold-up horse and is difficult to win with because of his running style. 

“If the Queen Anne is a crawl and a sprint we’re probably done for, but if it’s a truly-run race I’d like to think we’ve as good a chance as any of them to come second, third or fourth to Baaeed. I think the market is a little unfair on him. He’s not a win bet but he’s in great nick after a month off after the Lockinge.

“He loves Ascot, the ground should be spot-on for him, and William Knight and his team have done a great job. He’s there to try to pick up as much of the generous prize-money as possible.”

So too, giving KVT an exciting second string to their Royal Ascot bow and something to look forward to later in the week, will be Dance Fever, a five-year-old trained by Clive Cox.

“The plan on the day of our other runner, Dance Fever, is to have a picnic in the car park,” says Winkworth. “He will run in the Buckingham Palace, which is the last race on the Thursday.

“Clive has done a really good job with him. He’s rated 95 and hasn’t won for a while, but he likes Ascot and ran well to be third, beaten only half a length, in the International Handicap last July.

“We probably messed him around a bit on the all-weather earlier this year, which he didn’t like. He ran reasonably well at the Guineas meeting at Newmarket in April, then in the Victoria Cup at Ascot last time, it was a funny race, we were drawn low and he finished in a heap with others drawn on the same side. We finished close to Dark Shift, who was drawn next to us, won next time and is favourite for the Hunt Cup as we speak. 

“He needs quick ground, which we should get, he goes there in good form and if he gets a nice draw, with pace around him, hopefully he’s got an each-way chance.”

 

Day 2: Woodway 20 - Whistle And Flute

As the voice of Owners, the ROA are consistently promoting the impact and benefits of ownership whilst working to make ownership more rewarding.

Once again we will be hailing our popular “ROA Owner of the Day” for Royal Ascot, which showcases an owner with a runner at the meeting. 

Today’s (Wednesday 15 June) ROA Owner of the Day is the Woodway 20, who own Whistle And Flute, a runner in the Windsor Castle Stakes (5.35pm).

A whistle and flute (suit, in other words) will be the order of the day for thousands of gents at Royal Ascot on Wednesday, and maybe a few ladies too, and if lightning happens to strike twice it will be in the Windsor Castle Stakes as well.

A year ago the Listed contest went to 22-1 chance Chipotle, trained by Eve Johnson Houghton for the Woodway 20, and connections are back for more with Whistle And Flute, who comes into the race with similar credentials.

Both colts had three runs under their belt coming into the meeting, with Chipotle having won his first couple of races before finishing down the field at Sandown - hence his Windsor Castle SP - while Whistle And Flute was also a winner on debut at Bath before a decent second on Royal Ascot trials day at the Berkshire track in April (the same race that Chipotle had won 12 months earlier), but then last time at Beverley things didn’t go so well as he finished in rear in the Two Year Old Trophy Conditions Stakes.

The Woodway 20 - which takes its name from the yard in Blewbury, Oxfordshire where Johnson  Houghton trains - is in only its second year and to say the first went pretty well is to put it extremely mildly. 

Chipotle turned out to be an ultra-shrewd buy at 10,000gns from breeders Theakston Stud at the Tattersalls Ascot Yearling Sale in September 2020, giving the Woodway 20 not only those three early strikes but signing off with victory in the Listed Two Year Old Trophy at Redcar, for which the first prize was £85,000 plus a round of drinks, and then selling a few weeks later at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale to big-spending Najd Stud for 210,000gns.

Explaining the set-up, Johnson Houghton says: “The syndicate is in its second year. There are 20 people and they have five per cent each, so are all equal shareholders, and there are three horses.

“They are all two-year-olds. They are bought and are for one year, and are sold at the end of the year; win, lose or draw, that’s what happens. 

“It’s a mix of people, most of them have got to know each other pretty well, and they love it. They’ve really enjoyed themselves, and you can’t not have done really with the time they’ve had!

“The original idea was that if I bought three cheap horses, one would be okay, one might win a race and one would probably be not so good. We were not spending very much money, you are spreading your risk and hopefully giving people a lot of fun. It has worked out really well. There’s a nice shared experience and visits to the yard too.”

Chipotle, though starting as one of the outsiders in the 2021 Windsor Castle, did not just scrape home, he veritably bolted up considering he won by two and a quarter lengths in a field of 27. For trainer and jockey Charlie Bishop, it was a second winner at the Royal meeting following Accidental Agent in the Queen Anne three years earlier. 

“It was amazing,” recalls the trainer. “It was a fabulous start to the syndicate. I honestly never believed it would work out like that but it did.

“It was lovely last year as there weren’t too many people at Royal Ascot, but there was enough of a crowd - it was capped at 12,0000 - so it was great and worked out really well,” 

Bishop is once more in the saddle on Whistle And Flute, who of course again faces a big field, albeit not quite so monstrous as took on Chipotle, with 24 declared for Wednesday’s five-furlong test for juveniles.

Whistle And Flute is a son of Dandy Man out of Roderic O’Connor’s daughter Maria Ormani, and cost £13,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale, which was held in Newmarket last year due to Covid-19.  

“Whistle And Flute has a very similar profile to Chipotle,” says Johnson Houghton. “To dream of it happening again is madness really, but he was bought for a two-year-old syndicate, he was bought to run, so why not have a go. He deserves to be there.

“I don’t think everyone from the syndicate is going but Ascot are pretty good, and if they can get you in, they will. They might not all be able to go into the paddock, but we will get everyone there who can go.”

The Woodway 20 enjoyed a runner on Oaks day earlier this month when Blatant contested the Woodcote, and he too has given his owners a victory this year at Leicester, while also placing at Chester and Kempton. 

The son of Brazen Beau likewise looks well bought, at 20,000gns from the Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale, and his trainer added: “Blatant has been another winner for the Woodway 20 this year and he’s a nice horse.”

Day 3: Berkshire Parts & Panels - Berkshire Rebel

As the voice of Owners, the ROA are consistently promoting the impact and benefits of ownership whilst working to make ownership more rewarding.

Once again we will be hailing our popular “ROA Owner of the Day” for Royal Ascot, which showcases an owner with a runner at the meeting. 

Today’s (Thursday 16 June) ROA Owner of the Day is Berkshire Parts & Panels Ltd, which owns Berkshire Rebel, a runner in the King George V Handicap (3.05pm).

Horses with the prefix Berkshire will always have racegoers and punters taking a second look at Ascot and neighbouring Windsor and Newbury, and anyone who took that a step further before the Coventry Stakes last year and backed Berkshire Shadow was rewarded with an 11-1 winner.

The same colt carried the silks of Berkshire Parts & Panels Ltd on the opening day of the Royal meeting this year too, and again did owner Paul Spickett, his family and company proud with a close sixth-placed finish behind Coroebus in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

Spickett and wife Lisa will be back for more at Ascot on Thursday, when Berkshire Rebel runs in the King George V Stakes, the mile-and-a-half handicap for three-year-olds.

Berkshire Parts & Panels is a thriving local business and does what it says on the tin as a large motor factor company - supplying vehicle parts and accessories, and catering for bodyshop and workshop requirements.

Spickett says: “It’s a family-run business based in Aldermaston, near Reading, which is coming up to its 23rd year, so we’re doing well and I can’t grumble! It’s myself, my wife Lisa, my son Lee and daughter Laura in the company.

“It’s what’s behind the Berkshire prefix with the horses. We’ve got a good following from all our clients, and the staff are mad keen on the horses, they support us, come racing, and it’s just a great day out for everyone.”

The first day of Royal Ascot 2021 was an especially memorable day, with Berkshire Shadow confirming the promise of his debut win at Newbury with a Group 2 success in the Coventry, keeping on strongly to win by a length and a quarter.

“It was a dream come true, you can’t make up days like that,” recalls his owner. “It was just myself and my wife there, and so we thought we’d better not change that, being superstitious, so it’s just the two of us again this week!”

Their 2022 Royal Ascot week as owners started with Berkshire Shadow, who after winning the Coventry last year finished runner-up in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and closed the campaign with a commendable fourth in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes behind the champion two-year-old Native Trail, now of course a Classic winner.

Berkshire Shadow began this season well too, his owner adding: “He ran a very good race in the Guineas to be fifth, first time out this year, so that was very good and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season.”

On Tuesday’s evidence there is plenty of reason to, as Berkshire Shadow finished just a length and three-quarters behind Coroebus in a bunched finish to the St James’s Palace, having been five lengths adrift of that rival on the Rowley Mile. 

Attention turns now though to his Andrew Balding stablemate Berkshire Rebel, who has to carry joint-top weight in the King George V off a mark of 96.

He was a winner on his debut at Goodwood last August and has earned prize-money on all five starts, including in two Group 3s, and on Thursday contests his first handicap. Despite a decent and lightly-raced profile, however, he looks set to start one of the outsiders.

“It’s difficult to weigh up these three-year-old handicaps, especially a big-field one like this,” says his owner. “We have got Harry Davies on, who I think is a top apprentice and can claim 5lb, and we’re looking forward to him running.

“He’s a compact little horse and the good to firm ground should suit him well. He didn’t like the soft at Chester last time [when fourth of four in the Chester Vase].”

The ROA member continues: “We have got eight in training at the moment. There are four two-year-olds ready to unleash fairly soon, they are looking good, and four older horses. We have got three three-year-olds and also Berkshire Rocco, who’s five. He’s coming back and is ready to race.  

“They are all with Andrew Balding, I’m a loyal owner! It’s ten minutes down the road so I can torment them as often as I like! No, they are very understanding. If I phone on a whim, they’ll invite me over, so it’s great.”

A fair few connections are content to watch the action on the big screen in the paddock at Ascot, preferring to keep away from the hubbub, but the owners of Berkshire Rebel will not supplement their numbers.

“I’ll be on the finishing line, like always, bang on it, so I know what’s what if there’s a photo-finish before almost everyone else - that’s how I like it,” says Spickett.

If Berkshire Rebel and his young jockey in his red and white silks motor past the winning post in front on Thursday, you might well catch a glimpse of a couple celebrating an unexpected victory.

Day 4: Newsells Park Stud Ossie Ardiles Syndicate - Espressoo

As the voice of Owners, the ROA are consistently promoting the impact and benefits of ownership whilst working to make ownership more rewarding.

Once again we will be hailing our popular “ROA Owner of the Day” for Royal Ascot, which showcases an owner with a runner at the meeting. 

Today’s (Friday 17 June) ROA Owner of the Day is Newsells Park Stud - Ossie Ardiles syndicate, which owns Espressoo, a runner in the Sandringham Stakes (5pm).

A baking hot Royal Ascot on Friday will be more about cold drinks than coffee, but there is still a shot of Espressoo to be had in the Sandringham.

The daughter of Dark Angel, bred by Newsells Park Stud out of Danehill Dancer’s daughter Elas Diamond, is one of several coming into the mile handicap for three-year-old fillies in good order, having won at Ayr and Chelmsford and been beaten a head at York on her three runs this year. What’s more, she has yet to finish worse than fourth in her six-race career.

In competing at the most prestigious Flat meeting on the planet she provides her Hertfordshire stud’s Ossie Ardiles syndicate with a fantastic early highlight, given that it launched just three months ago.

Former midfield maestro Ardiles, the Tottenham and Argentinian legend who helped his nation to World Cup glory in 1978, is very much involved - Newsells Park’s owner Graham Smith-Bernal is a big Spurs fan - and will be at the track on Friday to cheer on the filly. 

Gary Coffey, the syndicate manager, and aptly-named when it comes to discussing Espressoo, says: “We are thrilled to have a runner at Royal Ascot, especially a filly who goes there with solid credentials and in great form. She is a progressive filly who Mark and Charlie Johnston have always liked, and is well entitled to take her chance on Friday.

“There are 20 shareholders and it’s a really interesting group. They’re from the sports, business, legal, medical and media worlds, and we also have the local vicar involved keeping an eye on us all! It’s a fun group and the members are enjoying the ride, they all have a great passion for sport.

“Ossie is very involved, he’s extremely enthusiastic and will be there on Friday with his wife Silvia, they’re really looking forward to it. 

“The majority of shareholders will be there, and with partners we’ll have 20-plus people supporting the filly.”

The syndicate was launched in March with six horses to go into bat with, spread between the Johnstons, John and Thady Gosden, William Haggas and Roger Varian.

Coffey says: “We have Espressoo, then another three-year-old filly named Oblong Song, with Roger Varian, who runs on Thursday at Chelmsford, and the remaining four are two-year-olds.

“There’s Perfect Play, who is named after Ossie’s performance in the 1978 World Cup Final! He’s with Charlie and Mark Johnston and has had just the one run, in the race won by subsequent Coventry winner [Bradsell] at York. 

“He’s a full-brother to Grenoble, trained by William Haggas, who was just touched off in the first race at Epsom on Derby day. Perfect Play is a nice horse and will be especially so next year, though he’ll be running again this year.

“We also have an attractive Nathaniel filly called Atlantic Belle. She’s with John and Thady Gosden. Again, she’s a nice type but it will be all about next year for her. She will be out this autumn but is a long-term prospect.

“The other two are Viterbo, a colt with William Haggas, who will be racing this summer at some point, and another interesting colt, Green Go, who is with Roger Varian.”

The vast majority of syndicates of course are racing through and through, as opposed to having a bloodstock or stud basis, which rather sets apart Newsells’ initiative. 

“We’re first and foremost a stud farm and all the members have been here, they have seen the mares and foals and stallions, and will visit again, and we’ve had days in Newmarket and will be visiting other studs also,” says Coffey.

“The syndicate is an offshoot of our stud operation and the brainchild of Graham Smith-Bernal, our new owner. He comes from a very successful business background and instigated this. It was one of the first items he put to the management team after purchasing the stud last year. 

“Our boss was very keen to start a syndicate to involve people with a passion for sport who are not necessarily currently involved in racehorse ownership and to make it very inclusive to the stud. We’re very pleased to be achieving this and going to Royal Ascot in our first year, and want to build on that.”

Friday will be an exciting afternoon all round for the boss, the stud staff and syndicate members as Mr Smith-Bernal also has a runner himself in the concluding event at Royal Ascot, the Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap. 

“Mr Smith-Bernal has some horses who run in his own personal colours and Manaccan, who runs at Royal Ascot on Friday, is a nice colt,” says Coffey. 

“He’s training well and one of the top-rated horses in the race; it’s all very exciting for everybody involved.”

Day 5: Any Excuse For A Holiday - Asgoodassobergets,

As the voice of Owners, the ROA are consistently promoting the impact and benefits of ownership whilst working to make ownership more rewarding.

Once again we will be hailing our popular “ROA Owner of the Day” for Royal Ascot, which showcases an owner with a runner at the meeting. 

Today’s (Saturday 18 June) ROA Owner of the Day is Any Excuse For A Holiday, who own Asgoodassobergets, a runner in the Golden Gates Stakes (5.35pm).

It will have been a long wait for a couple of the British yards involved in the 34th race of Royal Ascot 2022, as they are having their first runner of the week.

One of the trainers is Lambourn-based Tom Ward, who has been climbing the ladder since his first runners in 2019 and is represented by the interestingly-named Asgoodassobergets, owned by the equally eye-catching Any Excuse For A Holiday.

Ward says: “The horse’s name is self-explanatory I suppose, but I’ve never really delved into it. There must have been a story behind it I’m sure. It’s a good name and something a bit different. It takes a bit of reading but you get it eventually! He’s called Jim in the yard.”

Asgoodassobergets, or Jim, looks far more than a social runner on the final day of the Royal meeting in the Golden Gates Stakes, given he has won two of his three starts, though much socialising will be undertaken around his appearance.

The chances of any of his owners being all that sober - you get it now, right? - come the last knockings of Saturday night is possibly slim, and very likely zero should the son of Daylami excel in his handicap mission. 

Asked about Any Excuse For A Holiday, Ward says: “They’re a bunch of Australian guys who were keen to come over for Royal Ascot, and they’re pretty much all here, which is great. 

“They’ve been locked down for the last two or three years, as we all have. The name correlates with the fact they can get themselves over here and be able to watch their horse at Royal Ascot.

“There are about 15 I know of, but it’s a big syndicate. The guys have had horses in Ireland as well. Saturday should be fun.”

While the three-year-old will be providing ongoing fun for his owners, the trainer and his team will have only a limited amount of time to make the most of his talents.

Ward explains: “The horse is going to go down to Annabel Neasham’s at the end of the year. She originally bought the horse out of France, sent him to me for this season, and once he has had his campaign here as a three-year-old, he’ll go down there for the spring in Australia.”

Whether Asgoodassobergets, who was bred by Dermot Cantillon out of Haafhd’s daughter Little Alice, goes to Australia as a Royal Ascot winner will be known soon enough. The mile and a quarter handicap he contests is typically competitive, with a maximum field declared and the vast majority of the runners on the up. 

Ward’s colt is one such, having won at Lyon Parilly on his second start in France for previous trainer Edouard Monfort, and then justifying favouritism on the all-weather at Wolverhampton in April over a mile and a half. He won there by half a length under Richard Kingscote.

“There are a lot of unexposed types in the race,” says Ward. “Our horse has been showing all the right signs at home. Although it might have looked fairly hard work, he actually won quite nicely at Wolverhampton, it was easier than it looked. 

“He was still hard on the bridle at the furlong pole, hence why we’re dropping him back to a mile and a quarter, which we think is more his trip.

“After he won at Wolverhampton we thought he should be able to get in a race at Royal Ascot off a mark of 88, near the bottom of one of the handicaps. I had him in the King George V but prefer the mile-and-a-quarter option. It’s always a bit of a risk, not knowing whether for sure you’ll get in, but I thought it was pretty much guaranteed for both races off 88.

“That’s why he has not run since. He’s been working well at home, he had a nice awayday last week and he’s in great shape.”

Royal Ascot week has been warm and dry to date, and while the temperatures are set to remain high on Saturday, it is the one day of the five where there is the potential for a bit of rain, which Ward for one would welcome. 

“The ground is on the quick side but I’m hoping there’s a bit of rain about on Saturday to take a little bit of the sting out of the ground,” he says. 

He continues: “He had some solid form in France and the form has worked out okay from his Wolverhampton run. Hopefully he’s a nice horse going forward. He’s still learning his trade and should give the owners a lot of fun.

“We’ll see how he jumps out and we’ll leave it to Jim [Crowley], he knows his way around. It’s just about being uncomplicated, getting into a rhythm, hopefully there’s a bit of pace on, we’ll ride him for a bit of luck and away we go.”

The Ward stable has had a quiet week all round, having not had a runner since Monday, but June has certainly been kind.

“We’ve had a good month, they’ve all been running well,” says the trainer. “We’ve had three winners and beyond that they’ve all been competitive, so that’s good.”

 

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TRAINERS AND JOCKEYS

STAT OF THE DAY

Having trouble with your selections today? Perhaps a look back at previous results may help you!

Day 1 Stats

Queen Anne Stakes

  • Godolphin have won the race 8 times, with 7 of them trained by Saeed Bin Suroor. The combination have Real World running today.

King Stand Stakes

  • Favourites have a poor record with just Battaash winning since Scenic Blast in 2009 - Nature Strip and Golden Pal are vying for favoritism this year. 
  • Palace House winners have the following record: 1111334. This year's winner Khaadem is generally avaialble at 25/1.

Ascot Stakes

Nine out of the last ten winners had previously run over hurdles - this narrows the field to Proschema, Pied Piper, Who Dares Wins, Bring On The Night, Scaramanga, Lydford and Moon King.

Day 2 Stats

Duke of Cambridge Stakes

  • Four winners had run at the previous years’ meeting - Mother Earth (third) and Novemba (fourth) both ran in last year's Coronation Stakes.

Prince of Wales’s Stakes

  • Just 12 fillies have run in the last 10 years - garnering two wins and six places. The fairer sex are represented by Grand Glory

Royal Hunt Cup

  • Only three of the last ten winners had single-figure draws, whilst none were drawn 12-20.
  • Four of the last ten winners have worn headgear.

Windsor Castle Stakes

Fillies won five in a row in the 1990s but only one has placed in last 10 years.

Day 3 stats

King George V Stakes

  • All the last ten winners had finished either first or second last time out
  • Eight of the last ten winners have been drawn in double figures
  • Mark Johnston has had six winners since 1995

Achnamara fits all of these statistics

Gold Cup

  • Nine out of the last ten winners are previous Group 1 winners and won over 2miles - Stradivarius, Trueshan and Princess Zoe
  • The Sagaro stakes winner finished 117273224 - this years' winner Princess Zoe runs this afternoon

Day 4 Stats

Albany Stakes

  • All of the last ten winners had no more than two runs and had scored last time out
  • Nine of these were drawn 12 or higher 
  • This whittles the field down to: Cathy Come Home, Grande Dame, Fully Wet and Queen Olly

Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes

  • All of the last ten winners have been drawn in double figure stalls

Coronation Stakes

  • Eight of the last ten winners had won earlier in the season: Cachet, Mangoustine and Spendarella
  • Niarchos Family have won it 4 times - Magic of Life (1988), Chimes of Freedom (1990), Alpha Centuari (2018), Alpine Star (2020). Now under the name of Flaxman Holdings, they run Discoveries today.

Day 5 Stats

Chesham Stakes

  • Fillieshave managed just one win from 31 runners
  • Eight of the last ten winners had run just once

Hardwicke Stakes

  • All of the last 10 winners had previously won at Group Level
  • 13 of the last 14 winners were aged 4
  • Great Voltiguer of last year is a strong pointer: three won at York, two runners up and two were unplaced. The only one of last years field to line up is Third Realm (unplaced)

Wokingham

  • Eight of the last 10 winners have officially rated between 99-106
  • Eight of the last ten winners have placed in the top four last time out
  • These two stats whittle the contenders down to: Asjad, Prince Lancelot, Tabdeed, Warrior Brave, Lampang, Mr Wagyu, Quarantine Dreams, Gulliver,  Blackrod, Dubai Station and First Folio

TWEET OF THE DAY

Tuesday

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Thursday

Not many horses get that kind of reception after coming third, but then not many horses had previously won three Ascot Gold Cups. Stradivarius shows his popularity after his unlucky defeat yesterday.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY

Tuesday

The crowds are back at Royal Ascot, and Baaeed put on a mighty show for them! He was a stunning winner of the Queen Anne under hands and heels riding from Jim Crowley for the Shadwell Estate operation, and was greeted into the winners' enclosure by the late Sheikh Hamdan's daughter Sheikha Hissa.

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Wednesday

State of Rest stretches clear to win the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the highlight of day two of Royal Ascot. This was the four-year-old son of Starspangledbanner's fourth Group 1 victory in four countries, following on from victories in the Prix Ganay, Cox's Plate and Saratoga Derby. An iron horse!

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Thursday

It was a tight in the end for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot with Kyprios just prevailing for Moyglare Stud and the Coolmore Team. It was a frustrating day for connections of the runner-up Mojo Star - now second in the Derby, St Leger and Ascot Gold Cup - who also hit the bar with the unluck Crispy Cat in the Norfolk Stakes. Stradivarius runs his usual game race in third.

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Friday

Things may have not gone Frankie Dettori's way on day three of Royal Ascot, but Inspiral certainly gave some compensation, impressively powering clear in the Coronation Stakes. Back in the winners' enclosure came the trademark flying dismount, watched on by Cheveley Park's Patricia Thompson (far left).

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NEWS FROM THE TOTE

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TOTE WORLD POOL

Tote World Pool takes place on all Royal Ascot Days

What is World Pool?

Like we do in the UK, many other countries operate a Tote betting system, where money is bet into a pool and those who back the winner take their share.

World Pool allows bettors from all over the globe to bet into a single pool, bringing them together into one multi-million pound betting bonanza.

Racing fans from countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, France and the USA will all effectively be betting into the same pools as the UK audience for each race.

What does that mean for bettors?

By having a number of different countries betting into the same overall pool, it means racing fans can pit their wits against bettors from all around the globe. More importantly though, it means that there will be more liquidity in the pools, with opportunities better value as a consequence.

With more individuals betting into the pool it means that big stakes bettors will have less of an impact on the dividend, providing more robust betting opportunities.

Take the Royal Ascot meeting last year for example, a £1 win stake on every winner across the meeting would have returned 9% more to punters who bet with the Tote than at SP.

Plus, there was better value in the exotic markets with the pools, with the Trifecta beating the Tricast equivalent in 72% of the Ascot races.

UK runners could be underestimated by the international pools, or the raiders could be looked over by the UK Tote customers. This difference of opinion could ensure a bigger price that one might be expecting about certain horses on the day.

At British Champions Day, Tote beat SP on five of the six winners on the card, so there’s plenty of value to enjoy courtesy of World Pool.

How much money is bet into World Pool?

World Pools were available on both Royal Ascot and British Champions Day last year, where bettors had the chance to win a share of some monumental pools. At Royal Ascot, £137 million was bet into the World Pool, up from £92 million the year before, and we could see even more this year.

As well as the straight Win and Place markets, World Pool will be in operation for a number of Exotic bets such as the Tote Swinger and Quinella, which were involved last year, plus new additions the Exacta and Trifecta. 

Some of these bet types are extremely popular in other racing nations, even more so than the Win market. For example, last year at Royal Ascot, there was nearly £2 million more bet into the Quinella pools than the Win pools across the meeting.

Will Tote+ still apply?

We’re delighted to say that Tote+ will still apply on all World Pool bets. So, by betting directly at Tote, not only can you enjoy the brilliant value the huge pools throw up, but you get an extra 10% on top of your winnings.

Are there any bet types which aren’t World Pool?

The Placepot and our other multileg bets won’t be commingled. The Tote Exacta is another pool which will only be available to UK bettors.

How can I watch World Pool races?

You can watch every World Pool race live at Tote.co.uk by simply logging into your account having previously made a deposit.

Tote Betting Tournament

Enter the Tote Royal Ascot World Pool Betting Tournament for a chance to win a range of prizes.

YOU MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF THREE BETS WITH AN AGGREGATE OF £10 TO QUALIFY FOR PRIZES EACH DAY.

  • Top 10 players each day qualify for the £50,000 World Pool series Champions tournament on Champions Day.
  • Daily Prizes for the three most profitable players:

1st -£1,000

2nd-£500

3rd -£250

  • Daily Beat Benson pool split between players with more profit than Tote ‘hack’ Jamie Benson. £10 added to the pool by Tote for every qualifying customer, so tell your friends.
  • Trip for two to the Prix de L’arc de Triomphe courtesy of Racing Breaks for the player with the most profit over the five days of Royal Ascot.

Includes:

  • 2 guests
  • Return Eurostar or flights
  • 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Paris
  • Breakfast included
  • Weekend Winning Post enclosure tickets to the L'arc de Triomphe at Longchamp
  • Return transfers to Longchamp
  • Exclusive invite to drinks evening with Frankie Dettori and other racing celebs
  • Each daily tournament will include bets settled on your account on all UK and Irish horseraces on that day up to and including the final race of the Ascot meeting 18:10 Ascot.
  • The Racing breaks prize includes bets settled on all UK and Irish races, from Tuesday 14th June up to and including the 18.10 Ascot on 18th June. 
  • You will receive regular updates on your position via email and SMS but for live coverage and exclusive tipping from Andrew Mount and Rory Delargy follow the Live Blog here: https://tote.co.uk/racing/features/royal-ascot-world-pool-betting-tournament

Entry is free you just need to opt in here: https://tote.co.uk/promotions/worldpool3

Find out more about Tote tournaments here.  (link here if needed as well: https://tote.co.uk/racing/betting-tournaments)

World Pool Bets

All week at Royal Ascot Tote bets will feed into the World Pool, enabling racing fans from all over the globe to bet into a single pool. This creates huge liquidity and  value for racing fans. In 2021, £363 million was bet into the pools with a 15% higher return to a £1 bet, for online customers of the Tote, compared to the industry Starting Price.

There are seven bet types in World Pool for 2022, including the Exacta and Treble for the first time:

  • Win (Single Leg bet) – Pick the winner of the race

  • Place (Single Leg bet) – Pick a horse to be placed. Hong Kong place terms apply

  • Exacta (Single Leg bet) – Pick the first two horses in the correct order 

  • Trifecta (Single Leg bet) – Also known as the Tierce. Select the winner, the second, and the third horse in the correct order

  • Quinella (Single Leg bet) – Select the first two finishers in either order

  • Swinger (Single Leg bet) – Also known as the Quinella Place, pick two horses to finish first, second or third in any order

  • Treble (Multi Leg bet) – Pick the first horse in three races 

Pointers

Andrew Mount:

The Tote's star tipster gave his followers both Dersert Crown and Mr Wagyu on Derby Day - so can you afford not to take note of his tips this week?

Day One Guide - Andrew Mount's 2022 Royal Ascot Guide - Day One | Tote

Day Two Guide - Andrew Mount's Royal Ascot Guide: Day Two (tote.co.uk)

Day Three Guide - Andrew Mount's 2022 Royal Ascot Guide: Day Three (tote.co.uk)

Day Four Guide - Andrew Mount's 2022 Royal Ascot Guide: Day Four (tote.co.uk)

Day Five Guide - Andrew Mount's 2022 Royal Ascot Guide: Day Five | Tote

 

Placepot Pointers:

Day One

 

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