Monday, June 13, 2016

ROYAL ASCOT 2016 - June 14-18, 2016

Let's Go To The Races - June 14-18, 2016
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ROYAL ASCOT 2016 WRAP UP - Bill Oppenheim wraps up 2016 Royal Ascot

ROYAL ASCOT 2016 - All you need to know about the week's racing at Royal Ascot. This link has news, links to race cards, odds, results, and more!

Tepin Wows at Ascot! - ATR Photo

Tepin A Reminder of Why We Love Horse Racing
By Craig Bandoroff in June 16, 2016 TDN

 "She is raced by a couple who have raced horses for over 30 years and truly understand the incredible gift they have received. It was a great sportsman’s challenge to take Tepin to Royal Ascot. That was acknowledged by everyone. I have never heard Robert or Joan in public or private ever say anything but “It’s about Tepin, we are merely her custodians.”

"But aren’t we all glad Robert and Joan stuck to their dream and their plan? I know in the last hundred yards when I saw her stride shorten, her head come up a touch and her ears go back even flatter on her head, that I was watching an elite athlete reach down a little deeper, a little further and seem to say to her worthy adversary, “not today big boy, not today.” It’s like she said to us all, you want to know why you love horses, why you love horse racing? Here’s why. Greatness doesn’t come around very often. That’s what’s so great about it." Read more at source

North American Wonder Mare takes Ascot by storm!
Queen Anne Stakes - Last :53 seconds - video
See under Tuesday's Card below for more on Tepin's triumph!
Tough Tepin defies doubters at Royal Ascot - No Lasix, no nasal strip, no problem! 
BloodHorse write-up on Tepin's win in Queen Anne  
TDN - Race stats & write-up - Queen Anne glory for Tepin

Lady Aurelia romps in the Queen Mary - Stunning performance - Video
Lady Aurelia stuns Ascot in Queen Mary
"LADY AURELIA put up one of the most devastating displays seen in modern times at Royal Ascot when blitzing to seven-length win in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes.

"The US raider did not see any of her 16 rivals when making all in the hands of Frankie Dettori to give Wesley Ward a third win in the 5f juvenile fillies feature.
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"Despite doubts about the draw and the ground, Lady Aurelia travelled strongly throughout and had the race in the bag even before kicking in the turbo at the furlong pole to streak away from French runner Al Jahrah.

"The success was the second in two days for Lady Aurelia's sire Scat Daddy who was also responsible for Caravaggio, winner of the Group 2 Coventry Stakes."  More at source

"Wesley Ward became the first U.S-based trainer to saddle a winner at the prestigious Royal meeting when he scored a double in 2009.

"He has gone on to win a further four races in the last three years, including a brace in 2015 courtesy of Acapulco and Undrafted, who are both back for more glory this year.

"Ward, 48, a former champion apprentice rider in the U.S, returns to Royal Ascot with seven scheduled runners in 2016."

Thoroughbred Daily News, Thursday, June 16 - Euro edition
TDN, Wednesday, June 15
TDN Bill Oppenheim: Royal Ascot trebles by American horses

BEIN Network will have live coverage of Royal Ascot 9:15 a.m. ET to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday online. BEIN will also host a Royal Ascot recap Tuesday-Thursday on a two-hour tape-delay. DISH channel 392 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m EDT.  Also available on DIRECTV (TVG) and cable providers. All in HD.

Click on the link for a particular race below. A PDF file will open which you can print. GOOD LUCK!

To view more details or see results, click here 

Information will be added daily. Links for a particular day are updated the night before. You can tell if a section has been updated if it is in "bold".

Note: Times posted at the ATR site are GBT. These have been converted to EDT (New York) time below.

Tuesday 14th June
10:05 a.m. ET Coventry Stakes G2, $150,000, 2yo, 6fT
10:40 a.m. ET King's Stand G1, $400,000, 3+, 5fT
11:20 a.m. ET St James's Palace S  G1, $400,000, 3yo , 1miT

Full race replay for Queen Anne Stakes & fabulous Tepin - videos
TEPIN wows them at Royal Ascot in Queen Anne - Video
Awesome performance. Mark Casse, Trainer, Julian LeParoux, Jockey

Tepin at Royal Ascot
No doubt the biggest congrats will come from Wesley Ward, who has led the way to bring more American horses to Royal Ascot.

Scat Daddy's Caravaggio powers to Coventry success! - includes video
Caravaggio takes the G2 Coventry S at Royal Ascot
Profitable wins King's Stand at Royal Ascot - Video
Galileo Gold takes the St. James Palace S - video
Galileo wins over favorites The Gurkha and Awtaad
Hugo Palmer on Galileo Gold's great showing at Royal Ascot  - video
Wednesday 15th June

Queen Mary Stakes - 2 year old fillies
Lady Aurelia to bypass Nunthorpe

Prince of Wales's Stakes
Beaten out of sight by A Shin Hikari (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in last month’s G1 Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly, My Dream Boat (Ire) (Lord Shanakill) went postward as the unconsidered outsider-of-six for Wednesday’s G1 Prince of Wales’s S. at Royal Ascot, but turned previous form on its head with a game neck defeat of ‘TDN Rising Star’ Found (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) to add lustre to jockey Adam Kirby’s fantasy week.

Duke of Cambridge Stakes
Race replay

Sandringham Handicap
Race replay

Pre-race info
Thursday 16th June

TDN Thursday, June 17
GOLD CUP RESULT: Irish St. Leger winner and favorite for the Gold Cup, Order of St. George powered home in the Gold Cup to record his 5th victory in a row. Mizzou, Sheikhzayedroad, and Mille et Mille, finished second-fourth. Very exciting finish.
TDN: Order of St George prevails in messy Gold Cup
Race Replay Video
Friday 17th June
Saturday 18th June

Gold-Fun settling in for Diamond Jubilee S

I would like to pay special tribute to a very special horse running in the Queen Alexandra Stakes on Saturday. His name is Simenon, a hard knocking horse if there ever was one. He doesn't have a stellar racing career, having started 42 times (35 in the flat) and finding the winner's circle only 7 times, with 4 places and 6 shows, and winning in US Dollars just over $803,000.  Not bad, especially when you consider that he has assembled this record racing all over the world:  GB/IRE/ AUS/ JPN/ HK/UAE. His best achievement as far as graded stakes is probably in the Grade 1 Gold Cup in 2013, when he came in second behind the Queen's horse, Estimate.

But one of his most remarkable achievements occurred during the year of Frankel and Black Caviar's appearances at Royal Ascot in 2012. But for those two stars grabbing all the headlines, what Simenon did at Royal Ascot that year might have put him in a bigger spotlight. He forever endeared himself to me, though. On the first day of Royal Ascot, Simenon ran and won the Ascot Stakes, a 20 furlong affair, which is about 2.5 miles. Then, 4 days later, on the last day of Royal Ascot, he again ran and won the Queen Alexandra Stakes at 21.5 furlongs, about 2.7 miles! He is a true stayer of the old school!

So, on Saturday, in the final race of this year's Royal Ascot, at the grand old age of 9, Simenon will go to post in the Queen Alexandra.  TimeForm has picked Oriental Fox, but they give Simenon some respect at 12/1 with a chance to hit the board. Good luck, brave warrior! I will be rooting for you, and as always, please come home safe! 

Racing Post
Sporting Life: Royal Ascot Cards, Odds, Results, info


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