The top 5 races of Royal Ascot 2017
Royal Ascot 2017 was blessed with some truly memorable performances across all five days of the meeting.
Aidan O’Brien had a typically strong week with the likes of Caravaggio and Winter catching the eye. While racing fans fell in love with the gutsy Big Orange holding on gamely in a thrilling Ascot Gold Cup.
The Royal meeting always has an international flavour and this year was no different with American trainer Wesley Ward adding to his tally of wins on British soil.
There were so many spectacular races at Royal Ascot 2017, but we have managed to narrow it down to a top five.
Big Orange – The Gold Cup
Big Orange led from the front, and showed tremendous power and strength to hold off Order Of St George in the final furlongs to win by a short head in an epic finish. The six-year-old gedling won the love of the British public because of his never say die attitude and steely determination.
Trainer Michael Bell added “It was an epic race. I can’t describe the feeling of pride I have in my horse. I was just begging for the line to come. The horse is a superstar – he’s a warrior.”
The Tin Man – Diamond Jubilee Stakes
The five-year-old gelding seemingly came from nowhere in the final furlong and produced an incredible turn of speed to hit the front and win by a neck.
Jockey Tom Queally, who guided Frankel to all of his 14 wins, said “I’m riding as good now as I was then (when Frankel was racing) and I will be for a few more years.”
Coronet – Riddlesdale Stakes
Coronet and jockey Olivier Peslier left it late to snatch victory, it was a brilliant battle between the favourite (and Frankel foal) Mori and Coronet with the latter prevailing.
Frankel is still yet to win a Group One race as a sire but Mori, despite the loss, potentially has the capability to win one.
Caravaggio – Commonwealth Cup
When Aidan O’Brien said Caravaggio is the “fastest we’ve ever had” and apparently had been clocked at 45mph in training, the race seemed like a sure thing.
However, Ryan Moore left it incredibly late and had punters extremely worried coming into the final two and half furlongs.
In the end Caravaggio found a gear that no one could live with winning by ¾ of a length and maintained his unbeaten record of six out of six.
Lady Aurelia – King’s Stand Stakes
This race was not as competitive as the top four but that didn’t detract from the most impressive performance by a favourite of the whole of Royal Ascot 2017.
Lady Aurelia had huge expectations coming into the King’s Stand because of her brilliant win in the Group Two Queen Mary at Royal Ascot last year.
Trainer Wesley Ward said “This is a Group One against the fastest sprinters in the world and to duplicate what she did last year and come back and do it again – she’s a once in a lifetime horse.”