Royal Ascot 2019 : The 2019 Royal Ascot festival is upon us. Thousands will flock to the prestigious racecourse this week for five bumper days of racing. The festival got underway on Tuesday and will run until Saturday with the glamorous Ladies Day falling on Thursday.
Racing fans will have to wait until Thursday for the historic Gold Cup but there are plenty of races to get your teeth into before then.
There is already a royal presence at Ascot with the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in attendance.
Here are the six races on the opening day of the festival – with the results listed below.
It’s day one of Royal Ascot and while, of course, the horseracing is important, the fashion is just as big a deal. The dress code is strict – for those in the Royal Enclosure, dresses must fall just above the knee or longer and straps must be at least one inch wide. For men, it’s a black or grey morning suit with a waistcoat and tie. But both men and women are expected to wear a hat. Other enclosures aren’t quite as formal but headpieces are still expected for ladies. Some people go for an understated headpiece but others go all out. This year, flowers, feathers and nods to the horses on the track were all big themes. There were also some amazing pieces like a bee perched on top of racegoer Ella Reese’s head and Jodie Kidd, who wore a hat made out of lots of smaller hats.
The Queen’s favorite event of the year has arrived: Royal Ascot. The annual racehorse is a highlight of the Queen’s calendar each year, which should come as no surprise given her lifelong love of horses. Ascot was founded by Queen Anne in 1711, and has had eleven additional monarch patrons since then. The Queen is an avid supporter, and makes an appearance at multiple days of Royal Ascot events.
Here, take a look at the Queen’s best moments from her time at the 2019 Royal Ascot.
And although O’Brien credited the colt’s owners for the 11th-hour decision to supplement the horse for the race minutes before the deadline, the idea was so far out of the box it can only have come from the trainer. “His point was that he was not far behind Phoenix of Spain as a two-year-old, stick a pair of blinkers on him [to make up the distance] and that just about sums it up,” said John Magnier, the Coolmore supremo.
Ryan Moore had the 10-1 shot well placed on the quarters of Fox Champion throughout and when his lead dropped off and he was left in front two out, the first to range up with a challenge was Phoenix of Spain, the Irish Guineas winner.
The Charlie Hills-trained grey went off at 16-1 when returning to action in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh last month.
But Jamie Spencer’s mount laughed at those odds, making every yard of the running and powering clear inside the final furlong to beat Too Darn Hot by three lengths.
“We had such a stop-start preparation, it was a nightmare,” admits Hills, forced to bypass the Guineas at Newmarket with the son of Lope De Vega.