Records and atmosphere at Royal Ascot

Records and atmosphere at Royal Ascot
Records and atmosphere at Royal Ascot

After coming close to victory on Tuesday in the Coventry Stakes, where Electrolyte was beaten by a nose by Rashabaran 80/1 outsider, Wathnan Racing finally recorded its first Royal Ascot 2024 victory when the 2-year-old filly Leovanni won the Queen Mary Stakes (Gr. II – 1,000 m LD). “It is superb, said his jockey James Doyle. They’ve invested a lot this year so it’s great for the whole team to win a race.
In the Queen’s Vase (Gr. II – 2,800 m), the favorite Illinoiswho had skipped the Epsom Derby, won in front of his companion Highbury. It was an 80e victory at Royal Ascot for Ryan Moore (before signing his 81st a few minutes later with Auguste Rodin) and his trainer Aidan O’Brien declared: “Ryan had made the decision to go up Illinois. He is a horse for the St Leger and he will improve with age. As for Ryan’s 80 wins, what’s left to say that hasn’t already been said? He’s an incredible man.”

“Winning here is why we are in the races”

The victory of Running Lion in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Gr. II – 1,600 m) gave rise to the best reaction of the day. She had barely passed the post in front Laurel et Doom that his owner David Howden, who is also a breeder and a big sponsor of the races, expressed his great joy. “Winning here is why we’re in the races, he said between two breaths. It can’t be more beautiful than today. There are dreams and madness in this sport and we are passionate.” Note that Sea The Lady, the French runner, weakened quickly and her jockey did not insist on finishing.
Finally, another very popular victory this Wednesday was that of Wild Tiger in the Royal Hunt Cup (Handicap – 1,600 m LD) which offered a 39e victory for his trainer Saeed Bin Suroor and allowed Oisin Murphy to take the lead in the Royal Ascot jockeys’ championship.

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