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    Posted: 22 May 2020 at 11:10pm
Royal Ascot to have more races than the Flemington Spring Carnival. 




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ENHANCED 36 RACE ROYAL ASCOT ORDER OF RUNNING UNVEILED

Friday 22nd May 2020 

Ascot Racecourse today unveils the Order Of Running for the behind closed doors 2020 Royal Meeting (16th to 20th June). 

In this unprecedented year, there are several alterations to the programme, including six extra races being added to the fixture. 

There will be seven races staged on the first four days, with eight on the final card. 

The Buckingham Palace Handicap, lost from the card when the Commonwealth Cup was introduced in 2015, will open the meeting. 

A Silver Royal Hunt Cup (1m) and a Silver Wokingham Handicap (6f) are included for those who miss the cut for the main events. 

Also staged this year only will be the Copper Horse Handicap (14f, 4yo+), the Golden Gates Handicap (10f, 3yo) and the Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap (5f, 3yo). 

Her Majesty The Queen has graciously consented to these temporary new names. The Copper Horse is a statue of King George III mounted on horseback marking the end of the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park, adjacent to the racecourse; The Golden Gates are the ceremonial entrance point for the Royal Procession at the end of the straight mile; The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the Monarchy in Scotland. 

Amongst the changes to the regular programme are the movement of the St James’s Palace Stakes and Coronation Stakes to the final day, to maximise the time between them and the Guineas at Newmarket (6th and 7th June). 

In order to provide two-year-olds with as much time as possible before the key races at Royal Ascot, the two year old programme has been moved back with four of the six races to be staged on Friday and Saturday. 

The King Edward VII Stakes and Ribblesdale Stakes, now key Derby and Oaks Trials, will be on the opening day in order to maximise the gap to Derby and Oaks Day (4th July). The Hampton Court, also an eligible Epsom trial this year, will be run on day two. 

Prize money will be confirmed in due course. 

“We are most grateful to the BHA’s race planning team for their assistance in framing the additional races for this exceptional renewal of Royal Ascot,” said Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Public Affairs at Ascot Racecourse. 

“We hope these extra opportunities will be welcomed by horsemen, broadcasters and the public at home. 

“Under Ruth Quinn, a lot of work has gone into scheduling an appropriate Pattern trials programme, beginning on 3rd June, alongside an enhanced two-year-old programme. 

“We are of course taking nothing for granted in terms of government’s final approval to permit behind closed doors sporting events from 1st June. We are announcing the programme today, with the dates of the Royal Meeting already public as part of the wider schedule for resumption, so that Horsemen can begin their detailed planning.” 

Royal Ascot Order of Running: 

Tuesday 
Buckingham Palace Handicap (7f, 3yo+) 
Queen Anne Stakes (1m, Group One, 4yo+) 
Ribblesdale Stakes (1 1/2m, Group Two, 3yo fillies) 
King Edward VII Stakes (1 1/2m, Group Two, 3yo colts & geldings) 
King’s Stand Stakes (5f, Group One, 3yo+) 
Duke of Cambridge Stakes (1m, Group Two, 4yo+ fillies and mares) 
Ascot Stakes Handicap (2 1/2m, 4yo+) 

Wednesday 
Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (1m, 3yo+) 
Hampton Court Stakes (10f, Group Three, 3yo) 
King George V Handicap (1 1/2m, 3yo) 
Prince of Wales’s Stakes (10f, Group One, 4yo+) 
Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (1m, 3yo+) 
Windsor Castle Stakes (5f, Listed, 2yo) 
Copper Horse Handicap (1 3/4m, 4yo+) 

Thursday
Golden Gates Handicap (10f, 3yo) 
Wolferton Stakes (10f, Listed, 4yo+) 
Jersey Stakes (7f, Group Three, 3yo) 
Chesham Stakes (7f, Listed, 2yo) 
Gold Cup (2 1/2m, Group One, 4yo+) 
Britannia Handicap (1m, 3yo colts & geldings) 
Sandringham Handicap (1m, 3yo, fillies) 

Friday 
Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap (5f, 3yo) 
Albany Stakes (6f, Group Three, 2yo fillies) 
Norfolk Stakes (5f, Group Two, 2yo) 
Hardwicke Stakes (1 1/2m, Group Two, 4yo+) 
Commonwealth Cup (6f, Group One, 3yo colts & fillies) 
Queen’s Vase (1 3/4m, Group Two, 3yo) 
Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (1 1/2m, 3yo+) 

Saturday 
Silver Wokingham Handicap (6f, 3yo+) 
Queen Mary Stakes (5f, Group Two, 2yo fillies) 
Coronation Stakes (1m, Group One, 3yo fillies) 
Coventry Stakes (6f, Group Two, 2yo) 
St James’s Palace Stakes (1m, Group One, 3yo colts) 
Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6f, Group One, 4yo+) 
Wokingham Handicap (6f, 3yo+) 
Queen Alexandra Stakes (2 3/4m, Conditions, 4yo+) 

Race two onwards (race three onwards on Saturday) will be shown on ITV1 and all races will be shown on Sky Sports Racing. Racing will begin at 1.15pm Tuesday to Friday and 12.40pm on Saturday, with the final race at 4.40pm. 




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Good to see Gp1 racing back in England. Today the G1 Coronation Cup was run (at Newmarket instead of the usual Epsom) & was won by the favourite Ghaiyyath (5h Dubawi - Nightime, by Galileo) who quickly established a big lead & held on for a comfortable victory from Anthony Van Dyck & Stradivarius.

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The bubble burst on Pinatubo in the G1 Two Thousand Guineas as he could only finish third behind Kameko (Kitten's Joy - Sweeter Still, by Rock Of Gibraltar)

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Last November, as a two year old, Kameko easily won the G1 Vertem Futurity Stakes on the all weather at Newcastle.

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Suspect the form will be very good.

On to the Derby for the winner.

Back to the Commonwealth Cup for the beaten favourite.

And onwards to the St James Palace Stakes for the other 4 from the first 6.






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Prince Of Arran ran 3rd in the G3 Sagaro Stakes at 3256m
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Gordon Lord Byron has died during trackwork. He was 12 years old. 

Australians will remember his victory in the G1 George Ryder Stakes in 2014 but he also scored G1 wins in the 2012 Prix de la Foret & the 2013 Haydock Park Sprint Cup.





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Cormorant (3c Kingman x Shemya, by Dansili) has won the G3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown. Atlantic Jewel's son Russian Emperor (by Galileo) finished solidly to run second.


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Lord North (4g Dubawi x Najoum, by Giant's Causeway) has come from last to win the G1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes by a few lengths. He looked impressive when winning the Cambridgeshire Hdcp late last year but has continued to improve & they are now suggesting he can be competitive with Enable in the Eclipse Stakes.

Addeybb finished second following his successful trip to Australia while Barney Roy was third. The favourite, Japan, was a little slow to begin & then taken forward to settle third but disapponted in the home straight.

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Originally posted by Grey Affair Grey Affair wrote:

Lord North (4g Dubawi x Najoum, by Giant's Causeway) has come from last to win the G1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes by a few lengths......


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Nice win by Atlantic Jewells son last night too .Clap
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Stradivarius has won the Ascot Gold Cup by a long, long way. Up until today, he had usually won only won Group races by a length or two but Dettori was just sitting still as he cruised up to Nayef Road one and a half furlongs out & when he asked him to go, he put a gap in them. Must have been 8 to 10 lengths.

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And Nayef Road has beaten Melbourne Cup horses by 8 lengths.






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I am enjoying this years meeting.  The absence of people, celebrities and the fashions means they must focus on the horses and the races.  The poms only have the most understated advertising which makes the pictures all the more appealing.  

I was taken with Frankly Darling in the Ribblesdale and Golden Horde looked the winner the moment I laid eyes on him in the Commonwealth Cup.
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136 - BATTAASH 131 - ENABLE 131 - GHAIYYATH 130 - STRADIVARIUS 128 - LORD NORTH 127 - CIRCUS MAXIMUS 127 - JAPAN 127 - KEW GARDENS 127 - SOTTSASS 126p - LOGICIAN 126 - ADDEYBB 126 - BENBATL 126 - KING OF CHANGE




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Love (3f Galileo x Pikaboo, by Pivotal) scored an easy victory in the Oaks at Epsom after winning the One Thousand Guineas at her previous start also in dominant fashion. This would suggest she is clearly the best filly of this crop & it will be interesting to see what she can achieve in the future.

Her dam had previously thrown three Group winners (Lucky Kristale, Peach Tree & Flattering) while her 4th dam African Doll was the mother of Don't Forget Me who won both the English & Irish Two Thousand Guineas.



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Serpentine (3c Galileo x Remember When, by Danehill Dancer) steals the Epsom Derby. Jockey Emmet McNamara took him out to a long lead & he just kept going. Roughies filled the trifecta placings. Possibly the riders of the favoured runners have misjudged the speed & reacted way too late.

The dam has previously produced stakeswinners Wedding Vow, Beacon Rock, Bound & Bye Bye Baby.Second dam Lagrion was an outstanding broodmare with her progeny including Gp1 winners Dylan Thomas, Queen's Logic & Homecoming Queen.


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................. and somehow or other, Jason Richardson managed to predict the result & manner of victory. We will never hear the end of this!

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Forgot to mention that although a non-winner, Remember When was Oaks placed.

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Be interesting to see how he progresses from here.

Really a freakish training feat to win a maiden at his 3rd run by 9 lengths and win a Derby a week later.

He was apparently highly unlucky at start 2.




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Cross Counter put in a very ordinary performance in the G3 Henry II Stakes running 3rd beaten 12½ lengths. Maybe the run in the Ascot Gold Cup flattened him but Melbourne Cup plans must be in doubt after that.

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Ghaiyyath (5h Dubawi - Nightime, by Galileo) defeats Enable in the G1 Eclipse Stakes.

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Originally posted by Grey Affair Grey Affair wrote:

Gordon Lord Byron has died during trackwork. He was 12 years old. 

Australians will remember his victory in the G1 George Ryder Stakes in 2014 but he also scored G1 wins in the 2012 Prix de la Foret & the 2013 Haydock Park Sprint Cup.







108 start 12yo doing trackwork - WTF!
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My thoughts too.  WTF.   I reckon some people would keep their geldings racing forever if a cut off time wasnt in place for retirement.
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Stradivarius has won his 4th Goodwood Cup. A remarkable performance. At one stage it looked as though he might be boxed in, but he got out in time to score from the leader Nayef Road & Santiago who was well backed to beat the favourite.

Favourites also won the two Group 2s - Battleground in the Vintage Stakes & Space Blues in the Lennox Stakes which made for a handy all-up.


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4th win in a row for Stradavarius in the G1 Goodwood Cup (3200m).

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Originally posted by Grey Affair Grey Affair wrote:

Stradivarius has won his 4th Goodwood Cup. A remarkable performance. At one stage it looked as though he might be boxed in, but he got out in time to score from the leader Nayef Road & Santiago who was well backed to beat the favourite.

Favourites also won the two Group 2s - Battleground in the Vintage Stakes & Space Blues in the Lennox Stakes which made for a handy all-up.




Crikey - 7 horse field Shocked- no wonder Dettori had a hard job finding a gap.
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Lucky Vega (2c   Lope De Vega x Queen Of Carthage, by Cape Cross x Satwa Queen) has won the Gp1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. The jockey was sitting still when every other runner was under heavy pressure. As soon as Shane Foley asked him to go, he put a gap in them. Very impressive! His grand-dam Satwa Queen was a top class mare about 13 or 14 years ago.

I was also pleased to see Space Blues (4h  Dubawi x Miss Lucifer, by Noverre) win the Gp1 Prix Maurice de Gheest over 1300m at Deauville. He had previously won a Gp2, a Gp3, two LR & twice been placed in gp1s. A most deserved Group One success! Both Sire & Dam trace back to Sunbittern. He has her 5x4.

.... and an all-up on the two winners paid a dividend of $32.13 (with boost). God bless them both!

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