Confirmed royal carriages
The Queen will not be in the royal carriages today, but Prince Charles will be in attendance.
He will be accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall and Vice Admiral Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt in the first carriage.
Doyle satisfied crowds are back
Jockey Hollie Doyle took her third Ascot win on her first day aboard Bradsell at the Coventry Stakes.
The win made her the most successful female jockey in Ascot history, but her focus was more on the return of the crowd.
She said: “It was great to do it in front of a crowd. It felt different than before. I really felt the roar of the stands as we hit the front.”
The appearance of the race participants on the first day was described as a ‘rainbow’ that ‘exploded’ the course by TV presenter Rosie Tapner and the second day is not disappointing so far.
Some eye-catching clothes are already arriving for race day. Here’s a look at just a few:
Queen ‘very grateful’ for racing support
The Queen has yet to attend Royal Ascot this year and is believed to not be today, but thanked the racing community for their support.
Her Royal Highness is thought to be attending the event on Thursday, when her horse Reach For The Moon will compete in the Hampton Court Stakes. This is all conjecture and we await confirmation whether the queen will attend.
But her presence was felt at Ascot through the program, as she wrote: “Following the challenges of recent times, this year’s Royal Reunion provides a long-awaited opportunity for racing fans from around the world to come together for five days of excellent sport. .
“Once again, it is exciting that horses from all over the world have traveled to Royal Ascot to compete at the highest level.
“I am very appreciative of the continued kindness shown to me by the racing community.”
What is today’s racing card?
The second day of Royal Ascot is approaching and the race will start at 2:30pm BST with the Queen Mary Stakes.
The big attraction of the day will begin at 3:40 pm, as the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is scheduled to take place. Today’s odds favorite is Bay Bridge, but the card is full of horses that will make for a thrilling race.
The complete race card for today is:
2h30 – Queen Mary Stakes
3.05 – Queen’s Vase
3:40 am – Stakes of the Prince of Wales
4:20 am – Duke of Cambridge Stakes
5:00 am – Royal Hunting Cup
5.35 – Windsor Castle Stakes
6.10 – Stakes of Kensington Palace
Royal Ascot Day 2 Preview – Who are the best bets?
By Marcus Armytage
The resurgence of Sir Michael Stoute, fresh off the Desert Crown to win a sixth Derby at Epsom 10 days ago, could continue apace at Royal Ascot today with Bay Bridge, undefeated since taking a rookie stake by five lengths earlier in the season. last season, in the Prince of Wales Stakes.
Of course, Stoute, who has coached 82 royal winners so far, never hit the depths of Sir Henry Cecil, one of Ascot’s favorite knights, before resurfacing with the imperious Frankel while battling cancer. In fact, it’s only because we have such high expectations of Stoute that we expect him to have half a dozen Group One winners a year.
But it’s well documented that Stoute has had a rough few years on a number of fronts, but his enduring popularity has never been more evident than at Derby Day.
Indeed, while the jury still doesn’t know how good this year’s Derby was – Epsom midfielder Nahanni will be the first to test the water when he races in today’s Queen’s Vase – it could be that the Desert Crown isn’t even the best horse at Stoute’s Newmarket yard if New Bay does what is expected today.
A ‘Soute Improver’ is one of those phrases that turns the wind against the opposition and should be included in any modern racing lexicon; typically a four year old who was never outclassed at three but patiently raised in the ranks despite racing increasingly becoming a world where everyone wants it double time yesterday and fashion is all precocious.
Not only does this require patience on the part of the trainer, but also on the part of the owner, in this case breeder James Wigan, allowing the trainer to do this in their own time. “I’ve had horses with Michael for 40 years, so I’m used to his ways,” explained Wigan. “He never talks much, but if he says ‘we like him’ I’m very happy and I know he’s liked him for a long time.
“He’s a big, beautiful horse, very good with movement and a lovely character, but a lot of these Aga Khan families are slow developers. He ran well in two (his only two losses), but he always felt like a horse that needed time. to mature and he did a little more each time he ran.”
His first match of the season, in Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown, he won by five distances to turn some heads and boost adrenaline levels.
The Prince of Wales’s stakes are a good test for him, though. If seasoned Japanese runner Shahryah, a good distance winner at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night, handles the ripples of Ascot, there isn’t much between them (only £1 officially).
Lord North, winner of this race two years ago, is very close to Irish challenger State of Rest, while it would only be a small surprise if the race’s filly Grand Glory, trained in Paris by an Italian, beat them all as she has been in shape of your life this season.
Otherwise, it looks like a tough card for punters. It’s certainly only a matter of time before Dave Loughnane, a winner here last year with Lola Showgirl, gets one of the youth races from the meet and Omniqueen, one of a squad of Amo Racing racers from football agent Kia Joorabchian in the race, can do that for him on the Queen Mary.
The annual cavalry charge that is the Royal Hunt Cup, 30 runners up the straight mile, can go to Charlie Hills-trained Dark Shift, a regular track winner that usually counts a little and comes on the back of a good win. in Nottingham.
If goodwill won the races, then the Queen’s Perfect Alibi, who was supposed to relish the pace on a trip of a mile and three quarters, a distance her mother, Daphne, had conquered. She only runs lightly and while this is a class advancement, she is open to improvement for a stable and jockey, William Haggas and Tom Marquand, in fine form this season.