The Queen’s top 5 Royal Ascot champions
It’s true to say that racing’s greatest supporter, Her Majesty The Queen, looks forward to Royal Ascot week quite unlike any other week.
She hasn’t missed a single day at the Royal meeting since her coronation in 1953 and has notched a remarkable 23 winners to date, a highly impressive record of which the longevity of success is unparalleled in British Racing.
The Queen’s passion for the sport is plain for all to see and a Royal winner at the Berkshire venue always provides the biggest cheer of the meeting.
Here we list off her top five Royal Ascot champions.
Estimate (2012 Queen’s Vase and 2013 Ascot Gold Cup)
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly was originally an 80th birthday present from the Aga Khan, and what a gift she turned out to be!
Winner of the Queen’s Vase Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012, she sent the entire country into raptures the following season when winning the Gold Cup! The first filly to do so for 22 years.
Dartmouth (2016 Hardwicke Stakes)
The progressive Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt caused a major surprise when landing last year’s Hardwicke Stakes by a head from globetrotting star Highland Reel.
The win was Her Majesty’s first success at the meeting since the great Estimate three year’s prior. Dartmouth battled valiantly the year after, coming fourth and losing out the highly talented Idaho.
Three weeks today until the Hardwicke Stakes at #RoyalAscot.
Can Her Majesty The Queen’s DARTMOUTH retain his title? pic.twitter.com/nVJ1MNbwXo
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) June 3, 2017
Pall Mall (1957 New Stakes)
Pall Mall was without question one of the most talented horses the Queen has ever had. He kick started his career with a win in the New Stakes (now the Norfolk Stakes) as a two-year-old before going onto land Classic Success in the 2000 Guineas the following season.
Success didn’t end there though as he went on to land back-to-back wins in the Lockinge Stakes; one of only three horses to achieve the feat.
Aureole (1954 Hardwicke Stakes)
The flashy chestnut came close to giving The Queen a famous win in the Epsom Derby during her first year as ruling monarch in 1953 but went on to establish himself as a champion middle distance the following year.
As a four-year-old he reached his peak when landing the Coronation Cup at Epsom, the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and then King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He would go on to have a highly successful career at Stud and became a two-time Champion Sire.
Choir Boy (1953 Royal Hunt Cup)
Although not her most illustrious winner, Choir Boy makes this list as he was The Queen’s first Royal Ascot winner some 64 years ago.
Choir Boy’s win in the Royal Hunt Cup started a spell of impressive wins for the monarch, owning seven Royal Ascot winners during the first two years of her reign.