Any winner at Royal Ascot is special for connections and punters alike. Our Royal Ascot Tips for 2017 are being added to the site for the most prestigious flat meeting in the UK. Time to look back at Royal Ascot’s past though and some of the most spectacular winners who have graced the turf there. Most of these are more recent memories but that is nothing to say those in years gone bye weren’t as good. What others winners were there that we could have put on the list? Let us know!
1 – Frankel – Queen Anne 2012
Where else could we possibly start but with the horse generally regarded as the best of all time. He may have struggled home in the St James’s Palace Stakes the previous year but in 2012 a monster turned up to start Royal Ascot with a bang. As was his wont, he tanked through the contest, taking up the lead about a quarter mile from home. From there he effortlessly extended his advantage, slamming Excelebration by a staggering eleven lengths in a mile contest! The runner up arguably didn’t perform to his best on that occasion, producing a career low RPR in Group 1 company but the visual impression was nothing short of stunning. If Frankel wasn’t a hero to the majority of the racing public already, he became one on this day.
2 – Dubai Millennium – Prince Of Wales’s 2000
A horse who died before he had the chance to become a super sire, he was underrated at the time despite the fact he retired as the winner of nine of his ten career races. His only defeat came in the Derby when a combination of the quirky track and the mile and a half trip undid him. His final career outing was at Royal Ascot in 2000. Fresh off winning the Dubai World Cup by six lengths without coming off the bridle, it was a similar story in Berkshire. He set out to make all the running at Ascot, in behind they gradually came off the bridle, had their hearts broken but the Jerry Bailey ridden star didn’t break a sweat to dot up by eight lengths. His really was a story of what could have been, but there is no doubt that he is one of the most spectacular winners Royal Ascot has seen.
3 – Lady Aurelia – Queen Mary 2016
Wesley Ward’s filly had a hard act to follow. In 2015, Acapulco had lit up Ascot with her display in the fillies juvenile race, finishing runner up to her elders in the Nunthorpe in August. Lady Aurelia isn’t built the same way, not twice the size of the rest of the field, but the demolition job she produced will not soon be forgotten. Frankie Dettori barely had to get low behind her ears for her to shoot clear a furlong out, leaving the field behind in her wake. “It was breathtaking. To win a sprint at Royal Ascot by seven lengths – I have never seen anything like it, especially from a two-year-old” said Dettori in the aftermath, a performance of some substance. The year before, Acapulco had stopped the clock at 1:00.03 on good to firm ground, Lady Aurelia scored in a blistering 1:00.14 on soft ground, a sensational performance but one that she is yet to reproduce.
4 – Telescope – Hardwicke 2014
Disappointingly didn’t go on from this win but on the day in June 2014, a telescope was needed to see the rest of the field as Sir Michael Stoute’s horse came bounding clear to land the prize by seven lengths in the hands of Ryan Moore. The runner up would go on to win the Canadian International later that season while the third would win the Coronation Cup in 2015 so it is not as if it were a weak field but such was the contempt with which Telescope despatched his Group rivals, he deserves a place on the list.
5 – Gladiateur – Gold Cup 1866
This is going back a bit granted but in 1866 Gladiateur won the Ascot Gold Cup by a staggering 40 lengths. Bred in France, he had come over to England to be trained at Newmarket, landing the Triple Crown in 1865 of 2000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger. He would return to France to win the Grand Prix de Paris before his Ascot Gold Cup demolition job. He won sixteen of his nineteen career races earning just under a million French Francs in his time on the track. His statue stands at Longchamp and his tail is in the National Horseracing Museum at Newmarket, a horse still remembered all this time on for being the Frankel of his day.
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