5 superstars to look out for at Royal Ascot 2017
Royal Ascot is one of the biggest events on the British sporting calendar where the best racehorses and jockeys in the land and from overseas compete against each other over five days.
Royal Ascot has eight Group One and British Champions Series races over the five days, which is why its the most valuable race meeting in the UK at £6.58 million.
Past champions include the likes of Black Caviar, Frankel and Yeats. The list of five horses below have the capabilities to reach those dizzying heights set by their predecessors.
Churchill – St James’s Palace Stakes (20/06/2017)
The champion two-year-old of 2016 wasted little time making an impact in 2017, winning the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and in the process giving his trainer Aidan O’Brien a record eighth success in the first Classic of the season.
Jockey Ryan Moore on Churchill, “He’s a beautiful mover, he’s got a fantastic mind, and he fills me with confidence in the race. He feels magnificent every time I sit on him.”
Acapulco – Diamond Jubilee Stakes (24/06/2017)
The American horse won the 2015 Group Two Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot as heavily backed favourite.
The four-year-old filly did not run on British shores in 2016 but her return is highly anticipated.
Lady Aurelia – King’s Stand Stakes (20/06/2017)
The American horse will be hoping to take the spoils in the King’s Stand Stakes ahead of her British rivals.
She could have another Royal Ascot win on Tuesday having already won the 2016 Queen Mary Stakes in an impressive performance where she went unchallenged by her rivals.
Dartmouth – Hardwicke Stakes (24/06/2017)
Owned by Her Majesty The Queen, there are high hopes that Dartmouth could add to the 72 winners the Queen has had at Royal Ascot.
Darthmouth has good form coming into Royal Ascot winning the Yorkshire Cup, and already winning at Royal Ascot in the Hardwicke Stakes could stand him in good stead.
Ribchester – Queen Anne Stakes (20/06/2017)
Ribchester is a very talented horse with an impressive record of 4 wins and 6 places in 11 races.
The four-year-old colt has already won a Group One race this season claiming the Al Shaqab Lockinge at Newbury.