Clare Balding and Willie Carson present the The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes from Ascot, as some of the world's best horses and jockeys gather for this famous race.
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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Very much sought after by
the racing world. NEWS REEL: Watching the Queen win
the big race at Ascot. What a horse. Najinski is the
winner. Please, pli I have a gin and
tonneic. I have the hat on to Pru that my head is not getting too
big! Shergar the three-year-old bursting through to take over from
the far side. Do you think that anyone will beat
him? We have not seen him yet. COMMENTATOR: He is going to win by
a street, Harbinger. Europe's top midsummer race for
horses from different generations over a mile and a half. Some of the
brilliant horses who have won the King George over the 16 years. This
is the race we are here to see today as at cot. It is a race with
heritage. Providing a clash of intriguing age groups, coming
together over a mile and a half. It is worth �1 million in prize money.
It is a massive summer prize. A big draw for the thousands who is
poured through the gates at Ascot. Arriving as they would have done
when the race was first run. When they get here, they are not just
here for the horses, telepeople spotting. Prince Harry is here. He
is representing the Queen with her two runs there afternoon. A great
day out for everyone that enjoys a social experience as well as the
sporting one. There is so many for people -- so many things for people
to see. They can go on the training exercising machine or meet the
horses. This is Mon Signor. Sue here looks
after him. He has been a pull for the kids in particular? He is great.
A great ambassador for the heroes, people love to meet him.
His name is Dave. Well done, Dave. He is here for show, these horses
are here for the dough. A field of five, the headline make ser the
Derby winner Workforce who followed up, in the Arc, Rhine Moore is
taking him up. St Nicholas Abbey is being asked by Joseph to take the
reign is. Frankie Dettori has won the king
King George two times but not on Rewilding. The only three-year-old
is Nathaniel a brilliant winner at Royal Ascot, that allowed William
Buick to accept the trophy from Shirley Bassey. You may not have to
dress up quite on this day as you do for Royal Ascot, but it is a
real adrenaline-fuelled occasion for the jockeys, the trainers.
Do you think that this year's race is as difficult to work out as I
have ever known? It is a difficult race. We have four fantastic horses.
We have a pacemaker in the race. The pacemake ser a Group 1 winner
of the Arlington Miller, but what we have today are four horses tho
will slog it out. They are real true mile-and-a-half horses. They
are going to battle, all four of them. To go all the way to the line.
You said earlier, you see it like a boxing match? Yes, heavyweight. No
punch and run and hide, it will be a slog. A real slog.
It is a true heavy weight race this one.
You can tell how excited he is, well, the guys on board, they are
the ones that have to make all of the decisions at the right time.
This is Joe, the oldest son of Aidan O'Brien.
Ryan Moore who was not on Harbinger he had a Sir Michael Stoute.
And frankee, who has had precious few chances and William Buick, many
think he is a champion jockey in waiting. Another thing about
William, he was born and grew up in Norway. Given the tragic events
that have happened there and on the Utoeya island, he has been shaken
up by that That was terrible news.
You said that the race was to be a slog, a punch for punch. Is there
anybody that can take a tactical edge? I don't think there is. All
of the horses, look, these are fantastic horses. We are not
talking about ordinary, we call it a slog, but it is a slog of real
champions. This is going to be the horse that comes out and wins this
today. He is going to be the true champion. Possibly of the whole of
Europe. Who do you think it will be? Well,
I don't really know. I think I would go for Workforce, but I would
not be surprised, Nathaniel, 7-1 he is. A three-year-old, receiving 12
pounds as he is a year behind the others.
The rest are four-year-olds. He has the ability. He has been beaten by
the Irish Derby winner, so he is in the mix. This is a fantastic race.
There is no horse in the race who is going to have the speed to sit
there, to pull out and to go ping. That is not going to happen. It is
just going to be the best horse between A to B today.
It is interesting, the experts are split in terms of who they think
can win this. The Betty Fontaineing market has been turbulent. Rishi is
down in the Betty Fontaineing room with Gary who can tell us all about
Ababsolutely it has been an extraordinary build-up for the King
George. Seven days ago, the favourite for the race was St
Nicholas Abbey? Yes, and the punters could not get on. The
bookies would not give them that much. Now, today... We had rain,
that meant that Workforce was to run in the race, now, look at the
situation. He is the 11-8 favourite. Rewilding is 3 -1. There is money
for that. St Nicholas Abbey is now a 7-2 chance. Nathaniel there is
money for that. Everything accept St Nicholas Abbey.
Because of the rain yes had around the country, the two horses that
have had support are Workforce and Nathaniel.
Nathaniel was supplemented at �75,000. What bets have you seen
taken on the King George? William Hill went up with Workforce at 7-4.
Then Ladbrokes went 4-1 at Rewilding. Then Ladbrokes laid
Nathaniel 30,000 at 15-2. It is unbelievable. Apollo has laid
25,000 Workforce at 5-4. I have another Betty Fontaine here from
Big Jim, the bookie behind us, he has laid �10 on St Nicholas Abbey.
That is the own Betty Fontaine we found all day.
It is not your tener? Not guilty! Not guilty! Elsewhere, lots of
Betty Fontaineing opportunities here at Ascot where, is the morning
money going? Lots of money coming up. The fraift, Russelliana. Even
money now. I think it will start 5-4 a piece.
So, you expect Workforce to have further support? I do. Nobody wants
to back St Nicholas Abbey bar this man with a tern tonne with Big Jim.
I will leave Gary here, I hope you will be safe and sound?
If Workforce wins I will be safe. I'm out here on the course with one
of the day's big jockeys, that is William Buick. William, they have
given the ground as good to soft, will that suit you? He will settle
on the slow side. He will like it. He goes on ground with a bit of cut
in it. My worry would be if it were fast ground, but that is not the
case. This suits. Now, the talents, a three-year-old
against the older horses, he has been supplemented at �75,000. Is
there a shot in the dark here or does he is a realistic chance?
think he has a chance. He's an improving horse. Good three-year-
olds have a good record in this place. They get a good weight
allowance. There are a select few runners, it is a good race. If
Workforce comes back on best form, he will be hard to beat and rere.
Tactics could play a huge part, have you got a plan? I'm not going
to tell you! A horse like him, you know that he stays, you are not
probably too far away? I hope it is a evenly run race, everyone is
there with a chance. I love the fact that Buick bouk
will not reveal his tactics to -- William Buick will not reveal his
tactics! Looking at these two-year- old fillies, they have little
experience between them? Very little. They are basically babies
that are the better types. This is the black type race.
A Group 3. Mick Shannon is over there. Standing on the in-field, he
won last year with Soraaya. An Australian jockey here.
Miss Lahar is a little bit on her toes. She knows what she is here
for. She is ready to go. Looking very,
very fit and ready. Interesting there is a huge range of sizing.
There is a big filly down. There$$NEWLINE Look at the stride,
the length of her? She is very, very strong. Very come pact.
That is the favourite. They are all here to try to get
black type it helps them for their breeding programme, but as you say,
look at her back legs, the stride. The way that she walks.
She overtracks. There are foot prints of her front legs, the back
legs go further back. What you do look for in a horse, that tells you
she could be athletic in the gallop. She could be indeed, Jimmy Fortune
about to get a leg up. Do you like her? She is ready for today. Not
for the future, for today. She is exact, strong, a good walker. Look
at the walk behind. He is a very strong behind. She has a lovely
shoulder on her. A good walk. Athletic, but not big, but very
strong. We will see if we can grab a word
with Jeremy. I know that he thinks a lot of...
Never before, he is being superstitious now, I would suggest
that suggests that after he is to say that is all the clue that he
needs. I think we can see that as much.
She is athletic, she has a good attitude. She has won a race at few
market. It looks as though she is taking her first race in the stride
it d not worry her. She had a few problems with a
temperature. Another filly with a pulled muscle is Angels Will Fall.
Another word about her. Rishi? When she won at Windsor, a
lot of people thought she was at Royal Ascot, how disappointed were
you to win -- miss out at the big meeting? A week before she had work,
she pulled up lame. She had tweaked a hamstring. We have her over that
now. Obviously it will be a while since she last ran.
There are entries in big races towards the end of the season. What
it about the filly that has been exciting you at home? She has a
wonderful temperment. When she won at Windsor she showed a great turn
of foot. A good attitude? Very good. She is
taking it all in really well. It is not an easy place to come here. It
is so big and many people here. It is a tough field, how much
confidence is there in her to win today? We have always liked her.
That is why we put her straight into a Group 3 company. There are
good fillies here. We have to sit and follow them and hopefully she
will ride with a good turn of foot. How is dad? He is up in York.
He has a meet there too. Good luck.
This is a real good solid King George card today. There is a lot
of variety. Punting opportunities and real class horses. Let's see
the line up now on the BBC: Russelliana doing battle here with
Reignier. Then the Deloitte Handicap. This is
over a mile. Albaasil will be trying to carry
there. Then the charge up the home
straight. This is in the Betfair Summer Double First Leg
International Stakes. A total of 24 runners facing the
starter. Then the big one of the day, the highlight of the season,
the Kingscroft, it is over -- it is King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
Stakes, over a mile and a half. It is a cracker. Now, the first live
Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes. This is the course that they take.
It is up the straight, six furlongs. Unduallating. The question is
whether they stick to the centre. Lots of give in the ground as they
race up to the line. Six furlongs for the Princess Margaret Juddmonte
Stakes. Well, all of the money in the ring
is for Russelliana. It is now odds on 10-11.
Regal Realm is friendless. Then it is 55-2, aingaing. --
favourite. We are showing you why she is going into the race as the
favourite. She ran last at Newmarket..you can see her here.
Also Betty Fontaine is an outsider in today's contest. Coming from the
back of the field, she stays on well, Mick? She has had the benefit
of a win at Leicester prior to this. This is a real step up in the grade.
She is looking progressive. The punters are latching on to that.
She had beaten Regal Realm in a maiden race on her first time out.
So there is Russelliana out on the track on her way down to post.
William looking at her beforehand, trained by Sir Michael Stoute. A
shade of odds on the last time we saw her about the 10-11 favourite
from even money. The runners arriving now down at the post.
There she is. Let's have a look, then, at Regal Realm. Jimmy Fortune
has just ridden a winner here this afternoon. 25-1 when she won at
Newmarket. She obviously when she got to the
racecourse was better than they thought she was going to be. I
think that is the thing. We just see Jimmy having a drink.
This is a smart horse. I don't think there is any doubt about it.
There was not fluke in the last win. If there were any problems with
this horse we would have seen it before now.
You would say that they are ready for the seven furlongs but they are
running over the six as they are a very good seven furlong races in
the future. Here is Angels Will Fall.
She won her maiden race at Windsor. Had to barge out of trouble to get
to the front on that day, but she did win it well.
Once she was out she opened up and sprinted at them. Nothing brilliant
has come from that race. That is the only concern, but Barry Hills
does not miss out too often. There is Luv U Forever going into
stall number four. Kathy Gannon rides her.
She has the one win to her name at Bath back in June. She ran OK, she
was second at Chester the last time. So, Russelliana at 10-11, Regal
Realm at 5-2. Angels Will Fall at 5-4. Here is Jim.
Coming forward here is Ryan Moore on Russelliana. What is he going to
do today? He has a really good chance here.
Ready to go. A good line.
Easing a little bit in the early stages. The first away is Luv U
Forever. Miss Lahar is settling down, up
there in third is Betty Fontaine. Behind her is Red Larkspur.
Russelliana behind them. Regal Realm is at the back with Angels
Will Fall who is last. Coming up the dead centre, the
leader is Luv U Forever by a length. Second is Miss Lahar.
Red Larkspur is shading Russelliana and behind them two is Betty
Fontaine, followed by Regal Realm on the near side. Further back is
Angels Will Fall. Towards the two now, here come the
challengers on the farside. Miss Lahar and Russelliana. Regal Realm
on the near side is responding. Russelliana has not picked up. It
is Miss Lahar. Luv U Forever and Regal Realm.
Angels Will Fall is taking a narrow lead. Regal Realm coming up. Angels
Will Fall is in front. She is getting weary, she is holding on.
Angels Will Fall gets the money! She wins the Princess Margaret.
In third is Miss Lahar. Russelliana was disappointing. Last
was Red Larkspur. Angels Will Fall, the far side, she is unbeaten. Two
out of two. Trained by Barry Hills, ridden by
Robert Winston at 9-2. The winner of the Princess Margaret Juddmonte
Stakes. Let's see them cross the line now. Angels Will Fall, she
moved up, made a line of three and forged clear. Regal Realm was
beautifully poised nearside. She just did not supply the finishing
kick. Content then with second. Third was
Miss Lahar fourth then this is tight it is Betty Fontaine top of
the screen. Then Luv U Forever ethen to Russelliana who could not
go on with it. Red Larkspur at the rear of the
field. Let's check the placings on the Jed -- Princess Margaret
Juddmonte Stakes. Angels Will Fall, ridden by Robert
Winston. Well, the hot favourite,
Russelliana, disappointing here, but we will show you the helicopter
replay. You will see Angels Will Fall, the winner and Regal Realm.
They are towards the back of the field. You can see them come either
side it is a thrilling firn. Willie, did you see the turf kicking up
there? -- it was a thrilling finish. . The top of the ground is kicking
Robert Winston coming from the outside, giving his filly a real
good a clean run at this. Now this filly was not sold at form, then
90,000 Guinness. She is a good horse.
Out of this, this is her trip. I thought that the filly on the
right, Regal Realm looked to lose her balance.
Once Robert Winston pressed go, she really did. Keeping straight and
lengthening her stride. Regal Realm is out of a fantastic
light mare. That suggests that this filly could stay a mile, even a
mile and a quarter. So today you have a filly who has acted his
distance and another filly here, the second in the red with Jimmy
Fortune on board, a filly who could get further in the future. So as
you say, Clare, the horse to take out of the race is the second.
There she is. Her ears are pricked, she has done the job on the day
that it counted. Here she is a 9-2 winner.
She is in the lather at York. Also at Newmarket. The distance is
a half a length and two and a quarter lengths.
There is Charlie. His father Barry.
Now this is just over four seconds slower than the record, the two-
year-old record set by Henry the Navigator a couple of seasons ago.
Now, the O'Brien team are walking the track.
You can see Aidan there, Joseph, that's Dr John Halley on the right.
I would not be surprised if that is Konami in that group, but Aidan and
his son, Joseph have a big day ahead of them. Already on the
winner's board is Robert Winston. Robert, they did not go a great gal
-- gallop, but they all dashed that made the performance more
commendable? I think she is one of the best fillys in the country.
She had a great turn of foot. She got tired in the last four.
This was a little bit of a test. We were not sure if she would stay six
furlongs, but I think that she did well enough.
She has great entries, she has sadly missed Royal Ascot, but as a
plan, what would your route be? is in the flying shoulder, she has
beaten good fillies there. Regal Realm was a good playeden
winner at Newmarket. So is Sir Michael Stoute's filly.
But she was off with a little injury, got a little tired in the
last four. Life at the Hills, how is that
going for you? Great. The last month it has been quiet, but things
are picking up again. With the dry weather Barry laid off some of the
horses, so we have had a break. But the last few days have been
great. Long may it continue. Charlie, it is good to chat to you
before the race. You told us how highly you rated this filly, that
performance justified it? She has shown a good turn of foot. A little
tired in the last part. Maybe which which will look at the Lowther at
York the next time. We have said she is an excellent
filly at five furlongs, do you think five and six is her scope?
She has big entries at the end of the season? She saw the six
furlongs out well, but it is great to have speed.
When she gets stronger she may get seven, but with the right
temperment, she settles well. you have better fillies at home?
would like to think so. Probably not! She is certainly one
for the future. She is pretty good. Well done.
Cheers, thanks. A full result there with Angels
Russelliana. Let's have a look at the first live race of the
afternoon. The start of the race, the winner, Angels Will Fall in the
white jacket. There is Regal Realm in the blue cap and Russelliana.
They make the three major players in this settling in the rear of the
field early on. Yes, this is interesting. Off at
the front are the two horses coming in after a break.
Robert Winston is at the back in no rush.
She is still learning it will be a lot busier and a louder racecourse
than her debut. So she will be buzzed up. She settled nationly and
traveled well. She makes the challenge on the left. Here is the
runner up. Let's talk about Russelliana. He is the odds on
favourite for this. She is just, though, now being
asked to lengthen up. You can't say that the others were
too quick for her. She has run well at Newmarket. What do you think of
her performance? Something has happened with her. We know she is
better than that. Even a straight line to Regal Realm tells you she
should have finished closer. It is unfortunate that today is not
That is 2.78 seconds slower than average. Two from two for her,
looks like the runner-up needs an extra furlong.
An interesting start to the day. What was your feeling about the
ground there? The jockeys were saying the soft side of good?
it's had that overnight rain and last night, yesterday's race went
from a little on the soft side of good and they've ended up on good
ground last night. So they had to have 3.5ml of rain overnight, so
it's just got on the top of the ground. A great big lump of turf
came off. Yes, obviously it takes the top off. But actually, it's
fantastic from the big one, isn't it?! Oh, yes and the presentation
taking place behind us at the moment. Charlie Hills stepping
forward to receive the trophy from Mr Khalid Abdullah who's there for
Juddmonte. His colours will be carried on Workforce. We'll discuss
the chances of Workforce and analyse that in detail. Khalid
Abdullah hasn't won the King George since 19 86. You think of all the
horses he's had. King George horse is a special horse and he's got a
very special horse indeed in Workforce who runs in the race
today. He's got a first-class chance. He's the favourite, he
could win the King George for the second time after Dancing Brave and
maybe Workforce will have the same reputation as the great Dancing
Brave. Robert Winston there, a great ride for him and great to see
him get an opportunity. The other feature of the meeting today is
that if you were ever a lady amateur jockey... You used to be.
Your chance... How did you do it? Amazing, it was a long time ago,
thank you very much for that, I do love working with you. I have put
weight on as well! Amidst all the lady jockeys, who is right there in
the middle as the guest of honour giving them the benefit of his
advice, Willy Carson and Prince Harry. The Queen had a horse racing
in this. We pick it up. Ryan's sister, Hayley Moore hits the front.
COMMENTATOR: Gone three lengths in front now, Hayley Moore. Tevez in
the centre. Fish for Complyments. Don't Call Me. Hayley Moore inside
the final furlong, three lengths in front. Here is Lightning Cloud very
late. Hayley Moore, three lengths in front and coming up towards the
line, Hayley Moore's won the ladies' race.
I wanted to hit him but I didn't because I couldn't feel anything.
What a great horse. I'm honoured to have been able to ride him.
terms of ladies' riders races, this is one of the most prestigious, so
what does it mean to win it? can't put a word on it, I'll swear
a lot so I'd better not. wonderful moment for Hayley winning
on Captain Ramius. There are the prices there and Hayley Moore has a
budding career as a commentator. We'll talk to her about that later.
The second race of the day was for two-year-olds. In the past, this
proved a good pointer for future points. It was over seven furlongs.
Richard Hannon had two racers. Pearl Charm won his only start at
far side... Trumpet Major. It's tight, very tight!
A photo. I was going to make the run on him because the blind has to
be left on late. When challenged, he pulled out all the stops? He was
actually never going to get beat. Health service only playing with
him, I only had to get serious with the last furlong. The short header
was the winning distance. Jimmy Fortune the winning jockey. Talwar
won first. Willy had a massive tip today, Palace Moon in the big
International Handicap. Sadly, we have heard it's a non-runner.
That's 40-1. No point in talking about it now, it's not going to run.
The King George is part of the new initiative, the British champion
series, which is a chance for racing to showcase the most
consistent and best horses in various categories. So we'll
explain to you how it works and the different categorys that they are
and the season so far, let's have a look at the performances that we
have seen from these top class ride by Johnny Murtagh! Can he win
the Derby for the Queen? Carlton Hills called on at the final
goes on to win. Frankel now, he's starting to pedal. He's held on!
Fame And Glory is racing up on the inside. Fame And Glory wins the
is coming alongside. They serve up a real treat and it's So You Think.
Dream Ahead is there. Baited Breath got up. Dream Ahead getting up
first and Hayley Turner is going to win a group 1.
Hayley Turner there, one of the most recent winners in the sprint
division, the July Cup, dream Ahead. You can see the different
five different categories. Top class horses all building up to a
day on the 15th October here, British champions day which will
almost be like six Cup Finals all on one day. It will be a fantastic
day's racing. All I hope for is the ground won't be too soft. That
would be my only worry. In October, yes. It might spoil it a bit. This
is the sort of racing that you need a good surface to run on and to get
the true test. Prince Harry there kissing my sister-in-law actually.
He's representing the Queen, his grandmother. Abergeldie her race.
Good to see him at the races here with his friends. He'll present the
trophy for the King George later. Could he be presenting it to this
guy, 18-year-old Joseph O'Brien has his first ride. When did you find
out that you were going to be riding it? I didn't find out until
Friday. Rode him a good bit at home and I'm looking forward to it.
is he like at home? Uncomplicated, settles in, quickens well and
hopefully he can do the same here today. In terms of planning the
race, have you watched previous King George's and what has your dad
had to say about you? I've seen all the King Georges back along the
years and I suppose to keep it uncomplicated with him. There's
only a field of five which does help? Yes, when I say uncomplicated,
I let him jump smart and see what happens and what the other jockeys
are doing and ride my race from there. Your father always very keen
on walking the course. I suppose that's part of the ritual, as well
as checking where the ground might be best, it's a good way of
clearing your mind and being prepared for the big occasion, do
you think? Yes, I walk the track, never any harm to know where you
are going and to see where the ground is and take it from there.
As far as Sir nick loss Abbey is concerned, he was very good to --
Sir Nicholas Abbey, he was very good. In the Coronation Cup he
looked as the He took a while to get going? Went very slow early and
did a little bit too much. Took him half a furlong or so to pick him up.
You can see him here in the puple carp. It seemed like the horse was
a little awkward, but brilliant once he got going -- on the purple
cap. It wasn't ideal, but once he got a couple of smacks on him, he
picked up well and won well. He did. In terms of how he's been at home
since then, has everything gone smoothly? Yes, everything's gone
well and I'm looking forward to it now. For you in that jockey's
changing room, are you somebody who keeps yourself to yourself or do
you ask for advice? No, I don't say a whole lot. A closed mouth catches
no flies I say. The 2000 Guineas is the highlight? Yes, it is great.
You made all the running and hung on in front. Look at your father!
Honestly, never seen him that animated, even matters more to him
when you're riding? Yes, it's great and I'm very lucky to get the
opportunities and hopefully I can keep doing my best to make the most
of them. Willy had a go at me earlier saying he couldn't
understand why I was ever an amateur jockey given that I
struggled with my weight. It's very difficult. How long do you think
you might be able to keep riding and how much do you weigh now?
About the nine stone mark. I'll keep it going as long as I can, I
can keep nine stone comfortable enough so I'll play it by ear.
this won't be your last chance of riding in the King George?
Hopefully not. It's a hell of a first chance. Did you think this
morning when you woke up, I am going to win this race? Workforce
is a very, very good horse. Obviously, I've a great chance and
hopefully an early draw. We wish you the best of luck, Joseph, thank
you very much for talking to us. Big task for Joseph O'Brien, all
the best to him on Sir Nicholas Abbey. Nick and I having a look
here for the Deloitte Stakes. Sir Michael Stoute had a disappointed
in the last race with Russelliana. Lots more expected for him in this
race in Albaasil. This horse ran in a handicap last time, dotted up as
well. Suitably impressed. Put this horse up ten pounds and looking at
him, he could be a group horse, this fella. If he is, you wouldn't
want him to carry top weight. the type of horse who has more
improvement in him. Just behind him, number four, a few people are
talking about each way for him. I wonder if the ground is OK for him?
William Buick was slightly concerned the ground may not be
quick enough for this fella. Behind him, number three, the horse who is
easy to spot because of the white bridle, trained by Hills. Same
profile as Albaasil? Yes, looks relaxed and particularly well.
horse that is interesting because he has head gear on for the first
time is number seven, My Freedom, trained by bin Suroor for the
Godolphin team, granky is taking the ride and should have won last
time -- Frankie. With the visor on, it should concentrate his mind and
this could give Frankie a winner. busy paddock down here. William
Buick down there. He'll be on board Nathaniel later. Let's come through
the crowds to see who we can see. Through in the background there,
looks like the back of - I know - that is Luke Morris and he'll be on
board Aerial Acclaim. A big turnaround in the weights actually.
Decent form with Stage Attraction whose ob owner is just here in the
cream jacket. Prince Harry was down here earlier supervising things.
Geoff Smith, a big owner, is also here, he's got an interesting
runner in the race and a big chance with Seattle Drive who won a couple
of races, certainly won at Newmarket as a two-year-old and is
trying to find his form now in his three-year-old season. Andrew
Balding straight through there, two horses in his races. Hello there.
Hello. I assume Stage Attraction is the one you really fancy? Well,
tkwron. Abergeldie won well last time and it's a handicap at the end
of the day. She's carrying weight and the way she ran at Chepstow
she'll have a chance here. Queen not able to be here, but
Prince Harry representing her. Stage Attraction, her owner is here.
Jimmy's had a winner this afternoon. Yes, he's done nothing wrong his
last two starts, won well at Sandown last time and keeping
everything crossed because it will be lovely for Audrey if she can win
here. Must be pleased to be enjoying a day here when Prince
Harry is here, hope he's enjoying it. Yes, hope it can win and he'll
be enjoying it even more. I would like to say that I like number
eight, Seattle Drive who had good form as a two-year-old. Elsworth's
team slow to come form this season. Didn't do too badly. Looked well in
the paddock today, Mick, and I think that as long as it's a decent
pace, he'll run a good pace today. I think he could be Dwight smart.
Seattle Drive on his way out, playing up a little bit. He has a
bit of temperament. Comes from a family of horses, they trained, do
you remember Seattle Rhyme, a few years ago. But I'm going for
Albaasil. Albaasil. A very competitive handicap this is. As
Mick says, this top one, Albaasil, might be something special, might
be looking at a horse who will leapfrog his way out of these ranks.
Let's check the runners and riders as they go to post for our second
live race here from Ascot this this is over a mile. It's a real
climb up this straight, unJew lating as well. So far, they've
been sticking dead centre. -- undulating. They'll group up centre
again, I would imagine. No sign or clues so far that they might do
otherwise. The bookies finding it hard to find a favourite. I have
Freedom a number one horse here which is Albaasil is 130 each in
the ring. The Queen's filly, Abergeldie, making her way to the
start. Simon Pearce on board, very promising young apprentice and
takes three pounds off the weight of seven stone 12, so he's actually
riding at seven stone nine. She, this filly, was one of the four
yearlings that were given by Sheikh Mohammed to the Queen and that
batch included Carlton House who finished third in the Derby and
favourite, Albaasil. My smiling companion here, very impressive
horse? Very impressive indeed when he won this race. But because he
won so well that day, he's paying the penalty because he's getting
ten more pounds put on his back for that performance. He is a horse
that is improving and, of course, they always say, keep following a
horse until he gets beat. This guy's won his last two and was
second last year. So he has done everything that's been asked of him
and, of course, he's in this race today which is a little up in class,
up in weight and still everybody has to beat him. OK, here at the
post is Albaasil from Sir Michael Stoute's stable. Brings him on
nicely. Could be a group horse in time maybe. It's possible. Very
nice type. Looks very athletic. He's a very good looking sort of
horse. Let's have a look at some others. Here is Mariachi Man. Comes
from Tim Easterby's stable. Very well. Likes soft ground. You were
going to say something? No, carry on. Claire does that to me! I only
tee them up, mate. The ground is improving? Yes, he's going to love
this ground and he's a horse that reproduced his best form last time.
It was very soft ground, it's not going to be very soft today, but
I'm sure the ground will be in his favour. Here we have number three,
Rave, who won here at Ascot last time. Very impressively he won last
time with this young lad on board, Paddy Hills, who basically, he
rides Canford Cliffs every morning at home and is always telling us
about him. He's got a nice horse here to ride because it won so easy
here at Ascot last time. Might have improved but cannot beat Mariachi
Man on this form because he finished second to him that day.
Here is five, Crown Counsel from Mark Johnston. Ryan Moore rides him.
14-1. Fair run at Epsom? Yes, it was. Coming back at Epsom, you know,
the trainer always trying, Mr Johnston, this horse has been quite
busy. I'm sure this horse would have to improve again to be winning
today, but he's obviously a very genuine horse. I think he would
have to put his best foot forward to be winning today. OK, he's a 14-
1 chance. Gary told us My Freedom's become favourite. Let's see what
the latest is. The money's come down for Albaasil.
We said it was 130 joint favourites, no more, 3-1, knocked over. All the
money in the ring here is for Abergeldie just going in. Let's
have a look at a few more. Orange and brown there is Alnashmy.
Trained by David Marnane in Ireland. Always looks as if the ground might
be troubling him last time? Maybe so. It was his first time in a
handicap last time. He ran reasonable, but obviously, he's got
a group one entry, he's entered in the Desmond Stakes, so they
obviously think this horse is better than a handicapper, but he
didn't perform so well in his first time in a handicap last time out.
So a question mark there, but they've obviously brought him over
here to compete, so you would have to think he's going to put in a
very big performance. OK. I just can't work that out.
the looks of things, if he's a handicapper now, they have a group
one entry, neither can the trainer. forward on Seattle drive. Colin
O'Donoghue has plenty of rides today. He must have half thought
he'd get the call up for Nicholas Abbey. Joseph O'Brien taking that
Deloitte Handicap, here is Jim McGrath.
Footballers like playing on home ground, Frankie Dettori loves
riding at Ascot and what a day he's got ahead of him. Health and Safety
wearing the Royal blue of Godolphin. Later on, he'll be wearing those
exact colours on Rewilding in the King George. Last one going forward
now, Mariachi Man. For this Deloitte Handicap over a mile. Set
to go. Stand by. Ready. Racing! And a fairly ragged start there,
missing it badly, Aerial Acclaim, one of the first away in the centre
is Crown Counsel going nast with Mariachi Man. Up there, straidge
attraction on the near side -- going fast with Mariachi Man. Up
there, Stage Attraction. Making up the ground well is Aerial Acclaim.
Followed next in the field by Alnashmy and further back is
Albaasil in the striped cap. On the near side, the blue colours of My
Freedom, followed by Seattle Drive who is clear of Rave. The centre of
the track, dead centre, they haven't deviated all day, Mariachi
Man shows the way by a length and a half to Crown Counsel with the Red
Cap. Followed by Ahlaain. Aerial Acclaim followed further back by
Stage Attraction. In the centre next is battling away, almashny. --
Alnashmy. Seattle drive and Albaasil switch
to the far side. Race starting to take shape. Mariachi Man draws
alongside to throw out the big challenge, takes the narrow lead
from Aerial Acclaim. Up there too in the centre is Ahlaain. Albaasil
producing on the far side. Rave coming through the centre.
A furlong left to go, Rave in the centre. Albaasil called upon for
effort. Two lengths in front of Aerial Acclaim. Rave drifted out a
bit. Still the leader. Albaasil being held now and Rave, a
comfortable winner and goes on to win it well. Albaasil second, then
Aerial Acclaim and just ahead of Seattle drive further back in the
field, Ahlaain, followed by Abergeldie and My Freedom. Then
Mariachi Man, Alnashmy and Stage Attraction and Crown Counsel was
last. The winner, number three wave
ridden by Patrick Hills, claiming the three. And he's ridden that for
Gary and Lynett Woodward, trained by John Hills and has crossed the
line here. It's three and Rave, Patrick Hills, a son father one-two,
there. Aerial Acclaim. Fourth is number eight, Seattle Drive,
followed by ah line and then Abergeldie. Behind them is My
Freedom. Mariachi Man and Alnashmy, Stage Attraction. Some considerable
gap six lengths or so to Crown Counsel who's just about the last
to finish. Rave has won it. Won it well this
cult. Paddy Hills landing his third winner of the season and 12th
winner of the season for John Hills. A length and a half and two and
three quarter lengths and the time was 1.43.33.
This the biggest day of Patrick Hills' life without doubt winning
this race on Rave and beating his father in the process, I would
think they might try to walk into the enclosure together. A family
affair because Patrick rode for his father John Hills and it stems down
from the Barry Hills line, a massive racing dynasty. Very easy
to spot Rave here with the white bridle to see where Patrick came
from and how he managed to get the better of his much more experienced
father. We have just seen a Barry Hills trained winner here as well.
Whether the ground is catching them out a bit, riding that bit slower,
but a lovely ride. Willy talked about jockeys being smooth. This
was pretty smooth. And a great low profile as well. A very aerodynamic,
looks almost American? Yes, but he's quite a bit taller than his
father which is why he tucks himself up that bit more. Albaasil
lost nothing in defeat. The handicap put him up ten pound for
that win and that's what stopped him. Abergeldie hung back into the
field and didn't help Simon Pearce at all, maybe not enjoying the
ground or whatever but the first two have pulled will clear and Rave
fell off. Good spot, Mick. That is Rave's
third win over course distance. They want him to keep coming back
to Ascot. He clearly enjoy it is. A great day for the Hills family.
The son beats the father. The son lands the money for his
uncle. Rave at 10-1 has beaten His grandfather trained the winner
of the previous race, Angels Will Fall. A big Ascot day for the Hills
family. Now, watch this again.
There he is. And dad, now doubt, having some
words I would say of encouragement and congratulations! Back he comes.
Rave has won the money in that Winner's Enclosure.
There is still lots of action to come.
That's the place that any jockey, any rider feels honoured to be, in
the Winner's Enclosure, a very, very special place here at Ascot.
Very happy connections here. Rave has beaten Albaasil. Let's
check the full result of the I have Patrick Hills and dad,
Richard with me. Patrick, your emotions crossing the line having
gotten into a battle with dad? Brilliant. He beat me at Newmarket.
Now I have gotten him back. Richard, your assessment of what
happened? Patrick, I gave him a patient ride. I thought I would
track him. I was given a little bit of weight my side, but pleased with
Pat. There must be a feeling of
proudness, surely? Yes, we go out there to do our best, he has done
well, that is what it is all about. Patrick, what does it mean to ride
such a big win on such a big day and finish ahead of your dad?
such a brilliant horse. He won here the last time. He picked up well.
He did it again today, even with the big ask. I thank the owners for
keeping me on him. Thank you very much.
much. Well done.
Another marvellous result for the bookies.
A great ride. Albaasil the favourite.
First Rave at 10-1. He did the bookies a massive favour! Let's
have a look the start of the mile handicap. Here is the winner, Rave.
He comes out of the stall number nine. He flight jump as little bit.
And now the VT. Richard Hills I think he wants to be held up, but
he is buffeted from the horses on all sides? The horses kept together
and push him out so that he had to accept and settle his horse.
Patrick had to do the same thing. His horse jumped up in the air and
came down in a bit of a happy and had a length behind, but both
horses were out in the back it was possibly the place to be.
It looks like it was. The first and the second coming from the right
and the rear of the field. Let's have a look at the closing
stages. Here is Rave, he gets to make his move at the back. There is
Albaasil as well. The interesting thing watching the head-on film,
here, Willie is that the two of them are taking from our
perspective a real dive to the right outside? Yes, the father and
son have their sticks in the right hands. Both horses go that way. In
this occasion, Patrick, here he had a little bit more patience than the
father. The father went a bit sooner than son. Of course, the son
has gotten home in front. You can see there how they drifted across
the track when they got to the front. When they come out of the
pack they have drifted that way, but a great result for the Hills
family. It is indeed.
Then he drops as he celebrates, he drops the rein a bit.
He has to gather him up. The father is shouting, "Well done" I think
that the father is shouting to sit tight as well.
They have a great reception from everybody else. It is interesting,
Richard rides a lot with his son Michael, but not so often with
Patrick, but a great day for them. Nick Fitzgerald with me. A chance
to look ahead to the King George. I heard you previewing the rates.
Despite the fact that there is a field of five it is really
interesting it make as case for all of them.
You can, and Debussy, he is the pacemaker, he is a class horse in
his own right. Thereis a three- year-old, Nathaniel, he was so
impressive earlier. Tactics could play a huge part. I think now what
happens? Sir Michael Stoute has had a couple of horses run that are
disapointing. Do you start to get nervy? It will be interesting to
see if there is money for the other horses here..What is your view --
what is your view about the reaction on getting the ride for
jof. He knows the horse but -- for Joseph, he lacks the experience,
but he knows the horse, does it balance it out? Is he good enough,
St Nicholas Abbey? He has beaten Midday, but he has to improve and
up his game a little bit. There are no illusions, this fella
can ride, his father would not use him if he could not.
And concern for Rewilding, he is such a good horse. I fancy him on
faster ground? I would not be concerned about the ground. He was
raining on the day that he won when there had been rain, but he is not
a forgotten horse. A very good day here for the Hills
family. There they are accepting their winning trophy for the
Deloitte Handicap. They are making the presentation
there, a big crowd of them all come to enjoy the day.
Congratulations to them with Rave. Earlier on we saw a parade and
demonstration of retired racehorses. This is Earth Mover. He won the
Christie's Fox Hunters at the Cheltenham Festival. Distant
Prospect, a winner, and polo, miss Boogie Woogie. Mon Signor petted by
various members of the crowd. The public have a chance to get on the
exerciser to see how difficult it is to balance and keep riding. So
lots going on to help people feel involved in the sport? They have
seen what a great season we have had flat racing. The jumping is to
come for the winter, but they are trying to keep the people closer to
the action. That is why they are loving it.
Absolutely. Over 30,000 people here Absolutely. Over 30,000 people here
today. Thousands thinking of coming on
October the 15th when we have the finals with the different
categories, but when they get here, the sport takes centre stage. This
is what is happening so far this COMMENTATOR: Regal Realm is lunging,
but Angels Will Fall gets the money. I won!
COMMENTATOR: Rave drifting is still the leader, Albaasil held now. Nick
Ravenscroft is a comfortable winner. -- Rave is a comfortable winner.
Still to come, we have the Betfair International over seven furlongs.
23 run ers, Palace Moon is a non- runner. It includes last year's
runner, Castles In The Air. At 4.30pm the big one, the King George
VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. A field of five as we were hearing
from Mick, all of them, all of them have a chance and Frankie Dettori
is a jockey who loves it here at Ascot. He has had so many winners.
This is the place for his memories. He has been talking to Mick.
It doesn't get bigger than the King George. A fantastic race this year.
With the Derby winner and St Nicholas Abbey and the three-year-
old. A fascinating race. I know it is a small field, but all of the
top guns are here. This should put it to bed it was the best middle
distance horse of the world. We are all excited. We are expecting
fireworks out. There$$NEWLINE you were excited when you won on
Rewilding, has it meant a lot to you? Yes. He is such bonny little
horse. It shows what tremendous courage he has got. Last time he
won out here I was racing against one of the best horses in the world.
To wear him down, to get past him was a, is showing true quality of a
great fighter. Have you sat on him since? Is it a
hard race coming in? They keep me well away from him! He is a horse
that does not need much training. We know that we have to space the
training. It is over 30 days since the Prince of Wales. We think it is
enough time. There is only one King George, we are going to give it a
Tell us about Mohammed he is not doing a lot wrong? Absolutely.
He was third in the Derby. He nearly won the 1,000 Guinness in
Ireland. This year started with a bang.
The 1,000 Guinness in Ireland and the oakes. The Classic winner, so
for a guy not even two years training, it is fantastic.
This is billed as one of the great races of the season, d'you think
that Rewilding can do it? I like to think so. I will go out there, put
him in the right place and give it my best shot. The competition is
hot. It is like asking who is going to win the cup final, but any of
the horses can win it. Frankie Dettori's thoughts there on the
chances of rere. I am joined by the two finalists in the race to find
Britain's first me mail horse commentator, Hayley Moore and
Rachel Casey, you are the two who have made it through to the fine.
We will talk to you about your experiences and what you have to do,
after we hear you in action. They are into the closing stages
here, it is Billy Red, then Titus Gent. Then Baron's Boy.
Also up there on the right is the Sovereign Debt. He is proving handy
this time. It is battled out by sovereign Debt who is ong by a
length or two. It is Sovereign Debt to do it today.
It is very, very hard a thing to do. I have done it for golf, but I
would not dreep -- dream of doing it on racing. Rachel, what did you
think about it? It is really exciting. The buzz of doing a live
call. It make it is that you just really want to do it.
One of the difficulties is trying to keep the pitch of your voice low
when you are getting excited? of course. It is also about giving
the enjoyment to those of you watching the race and obviously
trying to build a rhythm, to keep the rhythm and to keep the climax
and get the right result on the line.
Does it give you a real adrenaline rush, Hayley, how did you enjoy it?
That is one thing it does give you. I do get worked up. I get jiggy, I
start jumping around. Like riding a finish for the last furlong.
When I am comment aing on tennis, I start throwing shots! Yes, when I
went to Doncaster, they enjoyed my driving finishes! Here were you
commenting in your head? No, but I thought what a great horse to keep
in line. Jim, what advice do you have for
Rachel and Hayley? I think tomorrow, they will love the commentary
position at Ascot. Rachel had a hard job at Bath. It is difficult
at Bath. They are coming at you head on all of the way. Hayley had
a lot of runners. Looking at the field tomorrow, they don't look so
big. So that will be in their favour. I hope that they come here,
it is a fine day, it is not too sunny. Keep looking at the monitors
and learn your colours. So, to clarify, the final here is
here at Ascot, how does it work? do the first race which is a maiden,
none of them have raced before. That will be interesting. The third
race and Hayley does race two and race four.
What do you win for the winner? get a place in the prestigious
commenting course with 18 months training with the professionals we
have had with us now it is difficult to get on to. They take
on four a year. We are not give an complete leg up. We don't get a
place to comment on, we are up against three others in training.
So we are given a leg up, but not actually being given a job.
Well, good luck in the final. Injoy it. From potential female race
commentators to race riders who are also female, and Rishi somehow
managed to get into the lady's' changing room, how did that happen?
I have no idea, but I managed to convince people. I have found
Catherine Gannon and Judith Kerr. Cathy, how difficult has it been to
establish yourself. Now you are ranked amonk the top riders,
generally in the country? It was hard to get established first of
all. I kept at it. Like Julie, she has been here a year. She is
starting to pick up now. Obviously she can pick up the same as I did
and keep getting plenty of rides. You'lly -- Julie, you are had great
winter. Hopefully it has given you the profile to get more races
today? Kevin has given me lots of chances and given me the ride today.
Is it difficult to get rides when you are competing in a male-
dominated sport? It is, but I work hard.
How much has it helped to have the likes of Kathy and Hayley, etc?
is a big help. Without them we would not be able to do what we are
doing. They broke through for us.
Kathy, I have to ask you about the ride in this The Confessor, how
much is he going to fight today? has a real good chance.
The horse is in good form. He ran at the Curragh the last day. He had
to overcome a bad draw. He ran well. So, I hope that I can do the shot
today. The bell is about to go. I'm going
to remain here in the quiet of the ladies' changing room! Julie Burke
has had 13 winners this season, and Kathy Gannon 35, more on the board
that Frankie Dettori. Let's have a look at the runners
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Let's have a look at the runners a seven furlong charge this. It is
the biggest field up the course today. They have been grooming up
in the middle, but they will split, that is for sure it will be
interesting to see which side is the faster.
In this Betfair Summer Double First Leg International Stakes coming up
today is alive. I will go to a few customers, who are you backing?
on Hawkeyethenoo and �10 on Noble. A fancy horse Noble, lots of money
for that one. You, sir? Castles In The Air.
Who here? Excellent Guest. Who do the girls fancy? Excellent
Guest. Lads, you are Betty Fontaineing
with the bookie wearing trainers is that a good idea!? It is the first
day of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. A long day for
the trainer of Hawkeyethenoo, Jim Goldie.
A big day today? Yes, but we shall see what happens.
We have seen this often, how much does the course matter? Well, he
has decided to come here, he knows where the winning post is!
handicap has been unkind and hiked him up eight pounds. Do you think
he has improved to take that extra weight on board? Hopefully. I think
he is going to be on top form to win today, but he is going the
right way. We got him when he was 50 odds, he has not stopped
improving yet. So we are just onwards and upwards. Tell us about
Gary Bartley who rides him today? Gary has been married to Carol, the
pair have been together for five years. They ride him out. They know
him very well. Isn't he lovely? He look as
smashing ride. Do you think he can win this? Definitely. I think it
will be close. Gary will get him relaxed and get him finished.
Hopefully we are drawn on the right side. He is in good order.
That was Jim Goldie, the owner of Hawkeyethenoo. He drove the
horsebox down all the way from Glasgow. Set off at 10 am yesterday.
Now, ruth, you have three runners in the race, talk us through your
chances? Dubai Dynamo. He has run really well on ground thats what a
little too soft for him. He is in great form. He looks fantastic. We
are hoping for a good chance there. You also have Imperial DJ?
Imperial Djay? Imperial Djay has done nothing but improve.
He could have an outside ers chance. And Al Muheer? That it interesting.
He looks like he is starting to run into for more. He has the ability,
he has bags of it. He could run a big race. Willie is nodding, have
you had a Lillibet? Yes, we have! How are you enjoying the training
game it is going great for you? has been fantastic. The horses are
running well. We have a good gang of owners and it's going well.
It's been lovely. Great to talk to you, a big field, lots of chances,
let's have a closer look at them. There is Brae Hill. He is one of
the market leaders. The reason for that is a victory at Newmarket also
in the race was Excellent Guest. Brae Hill you can see he comes by
himself on the nearside. Look here now, the arrow is not great, but
there is a white jacket of blue cap in the centre. He does not get a
great run this horse, but finishes best on the farside.
Brae Hill is an unlucky loser. He has had a great race. The line came
to soon here for Excellent Guest. He got going towards the end of the
contest. It is a wider track here, they are more spaced out. That will
help him. Brae Hill has been the runner up in the Lincoln. A very
good conturned. Very consistent. George Martin has two runners in
the race, Imperial Guest and Excellent Guest. Two fine runs for
Excellent Guest, including here, the Royal Meeting? Great starts. I
felt that the ground were right. I think I have been proved right.
He d a good job in the Bunbury Cup. He is in really good form and going
the right way. I'm looking for a big run from him.
I read in the newspaper in the last seven days, that you thought that
Imperial Guest could win the race? There is no doubt in my mind that
he is the better horse of the two. The other horse is improving
rapidly. He could be catching up, they have not worked together for a
while, but the work that they showed Wednesday morning, I gave
them a blow the pair of them, they did a blow, the other horse had
more guts. It is a tricky one. If they are drawn either side on one
side or the same side I would go for Imperial Guest to beat the
other horse. Can you be confident on the side?
I'm hoping that one is drawn one side and the other the other side!
Imperial Guest was unlucky as the Royal Meeting last year, but I am
hoping for a big run from the pair of them. It's a handicap.
Good luck. We are looking at last year's
running for you. The winner of this race was Castles In The Air. In
fairness he has run OK, but not fantastically so far this season,
Mick, but back to this place, a valuable prize here, Richard Hughes
on board. Do you smell a plot? I don't, but it would be obvious if
you were connected to the horse to stay right.
But hopefully he will be. There he is, let's have a look at some of
the others. Hawkeyethenoo who won the Victoria Cup.
Over this course and the same distance this last time. He has a
big weight to carry, but down by three pounds for Gary Bartley?
worry is the ground. All of his best form has been on a fast
surface. Even when he won here the last time it was quick. This ground
is on the slower side. Moving on to strike strik strike
rid bin David Alan. He has another one wo has won well on the track in
the big handicaps in the past? keep coming up time after time, it
is amazing. If the horses like it here, they like the American in
which the races are run, that is the key.
There are a couple in the line up Jonathan. Blue cap. Fairly
consistent. The last couple of runs, he's just been out of the money.
Yes, the thing is, he's just been knocking on the door and sometimes
you get a lot of the horses that fall into that category.
Levi than. Used to be Tom Tate who I used to think trains the biggest
horses in the world. But now it's Tony Newcombe who can train the big
horses. If you look at the close-up of this horse last time, too much
to do, had no run in the race at Sandown. Salisbury I think he won
at. This horse will be there at the business end. Stall one for him.
Right over on the far side. Dubai Dynamo goes through into the gates.
Hawkeyethenoo, they took the seven croft nearest to us. Jamie McKay
riding. There is last year's winner, Castles In The Air. Striking Spirit
just going in as well. He's got to go into stall 18. The higher the
number, they'll be on the right, the lower the number, they'll be on
the left. Will aye Carson is famous for his predictions on big races.
Your prediction is? Coming out of my house to get my Tent back
because I don't think Hawkeyethenoo can win, I think the handicapper's
stuck too much weight on his back. I would imagine that will stop him.
But there are so many horses in the race running for you, so that would
be my prediction to get my house back. Willy making reference to the
fact that he said so you think couldn't get beaten who duly did
get beaten at Ascot -- So You Think. Away to a good start too. One of
the first away, Brae Hill. Up there too in the early stages is Bronze
Prince on the near side. Drops in behind. The Confessor is the early
leader. From up there in the centre Advanced. Also Below Zero. Manassas.
Joseph Henry. On the near side, just behind them, striking sprirt,
followed by Kings croft with the Red Cap. Further back in the field,
coming up the centre of the course, grouped together, haven't spread at
all. Below Zero, Advanced, Manassas, Joseph Henry. Striking Spirit.
Further back is Reignier. Excellent Guest. Out on the centre The
Confessor. Hawkeyethenoo. Excellent Guest. Striking Spirit starting to
run on well. Dubai Dynamo. Noble Citizen right down the near side.
It's The Confessor starting to paddle. Noble Citizen's flashing
home with Bronze Prince down the outside. They race towards the line
now. Bronze Prince has got up to win it from The Confessor. Noble
Citizen, further back in the field is Atlantic Sport and then Dubai
Dynamo. They were clear then of our Jonathan and Brae Hill, as they
crossed the lain in the Betfair Summer Double first leg in the
national. It's Bronze Prince, down the outside, who's got up to win
for William Buick. What a boost. Only a half hour before his big
assignment on Nathaniel in the King George.
Bronze Prince has mow them down, got up to win here and the in the
dying strides from The Confessor who was there for so long. In third
is Noble Citizen. In fourth is praf za Street. That's the one, two,
three, four. Atlantic Sport is in fifth -- Pravda Street. Our
Jonathan. Kasnls the air, Imperial Guest and Manassas -- Castles In
The Air. Followed by Dubai Dynamo, Imperial Djay. Al Muheer. Striking
is spirit. Rainier: Hawkeyethenoo. Advanced Mirza. Brae Hill. Behind
them is Below Zero. Kings croft. They were clear then of Leviathan,
who's one of the last. I think there's a couple of stragglers
still to come. We are not waiting for them. The winner is number 18,
Bronze Prince, William Buick, from the near side. They raced up the
centre. 16-1, the winner. They raced up, all in a group, they
didn't split and this horse had drawn high. It's run on well.
1.26.60 the time. The distance is a half length and a hear.
Let's have a look at where William Buick came from on this winner,
because as we pick it up, he's towards the back on Bronze Prince,
whereas The Confessor who gets down on the line, she's hit the front
already. You will see Buick gets a real tune out of this horse, starts
to make progress, never gets impeded, into a great rhythm and
flies home. First time Bronze Prince has won since he was a two-
year-old, he's four now. himself well handicapped, only
carried eight stone six, so he was actually well handicapped on his
two-year-old form. But he came out of stall 24 of 24 runners, but
slightly come across nearly to the far side. He's followed the rest of
the field. But you can see them spread all over but the draw
doesn't seem to have paed any difference to them because the
second horse was drawn seven, the third 19 and the fourth drawn two.
-- made any difference. Nothing in the draw, but Buick obviously on a
well handicapped horse has done it, got there without using the stick,
hands and heels. It was one of those races where it was a very
well timed ride. And got the horse going really well for him. Lovely
to see The Confessor finishing second, just to confirm, third was
Noble Citizen, and fourth Pravda Street. That's run a big race as
well. You were correct, Hawkeyethenoo couldn't win. Yes, he
didn't. William Buick coming back after
winning this handicap at 16-1 on comes back here. He had finished
15th in the Hunt Cup here over the mile at the Royal meeting and since
then, he'd gone to the July Newmarket course. He had been
finding it hard to win a race, hpbtd won since his maiden days, as
Claire was saying -- hadn't won. Hadn't won on the turf until today.
There he is. He's enjoyed it this afternoon, that's for sure, and
finished down the outside, really strong burst at the finish of the
seven furlongs. John Gosden there with the trilly. -- trilby. Rishi
is with jockey William Buick after that big race win, this Heritage
Handicap win in the Betfair Summer Double first leg international.
Yes, William Buick, where did that come from? Well, you know, we
thought we generally had a good chance so it wasn't a complete bolt
out the blue, but they all try hard and a lot get near misses and I'm
pleased this horse got the number one today because it was well
deserved. At what point in the race did you think I'm going to get
these? He was always doing enough, it just took forever, but he was
always doing enough for me, he was always going to be in the mix, just
glad he did enough to win. Tell me about how much you are looking
forward to running Nathaniel in the next? Yes, looking forward to it,
can't wait, here at Royal Ascot now. Thanks. Thank you.
What a result there! Bronze Prince Paddy Power, were planning on the
first five, so if you backed Atlantic Sport at 25-1, you still
get paid. I said the favourite would be 5-4, Workforce, and that's
the first show here, 5-4, 3-1 Rewilding and 130 St Nicholas Abbey,
all the money still for Workforce. Let's have a look back at the
closing stages of this valuable seven furlong handicap. Bronze
Prince takes your eye. Castles In The Air, last year's winner, he's
not in that much of a different position at this stage of the race.
Atlantic Sport is back now with Mick Shannon here. Castles In The
Air finished fifth, I think he's split than the eventual winner,
every chance, unable to peg them back today. Kasnls the air, the two
last runs have been 18th and 23rd. Kshksh Castles In The Air. Watch
out for him in the future. Atlantic Sport, I dare say, same from him if
Mick Shannon can get a win for him. Slightly wicker than average on the
time. William Buick will be on board Nathaniel. He's back into the
weighing room after the victory for that very valuable �62,000 first
prize seven furlong handicap. I've come down to the pre-parade
ring. Sheikh Mohammed is down here himself beyond the blue bins of
water. They are in his colours. Willy is down here with me. We'll
get a chance to talk to them later. It's lovely to see the horses
before they begin to get revved up by any bigger crowds. This is where
the real students of racing come to have a look at them because,
particularly a race like this, Willly, where it's difficult to
make a strong argument of form from one horse to another. I've got four
horses in this race and looking at them now might make my mind up
which one I'll go for. St Nicholas Abbey here. Rewilding behind him.
Sheikh Mohammed is in the pre- parade ring. We think this horse
sometimes needs a long time in- between his races. And runs up a
little light. You can see his ribs there. Slightly on the light side.
First glance at Workforce, the horse that won the Derby in a
record time last year. Stuart Messenger here with him, Michael
Stoute's very trusted Assistant trainer. He looks well, doesn't he?
There's nothing about him that would put you off. I would say you
would definitely be on him. Looks absolutely fantastic, his coat
gleaming here, little bits of sunshine getting through the clouds,
look as though they're behaving very well. Calm at this stage. We
haven't seen Nathaniel. I got a glimpse of Debussy, the pacemaker
he is the pacemaker, but a very good one, because we have four
cults in here, one three-year-old, top class animals, not a lot of
distance... You would say you could throw a sheet over them and that's
what difference there would be at the finish. I'll show you back here
to the saddling boxes. When they redesigned Ascot, they moved the
saddling boxes to this area closer to the paddock and made sure that
they're big and roomy, the horses have plenty of space They're cool
in there as well with the sun not getting to them. There is Deb usy,
be easy to spot -- Debussy. I would think Godolphin will be excited
about today because they could play the tactical cards, given they have
the pacemaker, they can judge exactly how this race is going to
be run. And hopefully he's not just there
for Godolphin, he's there for everybody today. He is going to set
the race up for everybody because these four horses are going to be
following him. It's just a real gallop over a mile and a half. And
which is the strongest... Look at Sheikh Mohammed, he's bobbing away
on his toes there and getting all excited. Remember how excited he
was last time. This isn't just about what the horses do on the
racecourse, it's whether they are potential stallions and can go on
to earn millions at stud. The added interesting factor to this is that
the key owners are also part of massive breeding operations. I'm
talking about Darley, the Godolphin team and Juddmonte. Possibly the
three biggest breeders in the whole wide world. They are the three...
Not forgetting about the Australians.
Absolutely, but they are the three big super powers of racing in this
country. They've all got a cult in this race and if it wins, it will
put a lot of money on their, what do you say, stud career. Absolutely.
They are battling here for millions. operations in the world come
together in a Clash of the Titans for the 2011 King George. Between
them, they've won more than 600 Group 1 races worldwide and they
are the dominant forces in British racing. Their trainers are the very
best and they share the glory with the men at the top, Juddmonte's
prince Khalid Abdullah, Godolphin's Sheikh Mohammed and John Magna.
They've been associated with some of the modern greats of the turf.
Horses that really did take their breath away.
Dancing Brave. What a fantastic finish. Comes from last to win it!
The crowd is going wild with excitement!
Rock of Gibraltar. This is a machine, walking away with this.
Wins the Sussex Stakes in a canter. He's turned into the ultimate
racehorse. He's so full of himself and was doing very well here. Very
unusual to find that quality in horses. Dueb millennium well clear
in the Dubai World Cup. What a performance -- Dubai Millennium.
was an unbelievable feeling, probably the best horse I've ridden,
Frankel. Destroyed them from halfway, an amazing performance.
He's very difficult. There's something extraordinary about him
and I don't know what it is, everything I think! Galileo.
Fantastic Light can't get him. Galileo triumphant in the King
George. Unbelievable the way he travelled
through the race. Mike aid it was like driving a motor war in the
race, he went where he wanted. Daylami is going to win for
Godolphin. Very, very happy to see him come back and win this big race.
What about this man, he knows how to show his pleasure. Mwah...
to overexcited. The battle for supremacy comes to Ascot's summer
highlight featuring three of the best middle distance horses. St
Nicholas Abbey had no three-year- old season, but having won the
Coronation Cup, victory here would complete his comeback.
St Nicholas Abbey getting there. It's enough to win the Coronation
Cup. The race will be the biggest challenge for Aidan O'Brien's 18-
year-old son Joseph who takes the ride. Godolphin's Rewilding is in
the form of his life, having thrillingly beaten the flagship
horse, so you think. He doesn't get the recognition he deserves. He's a
very good horse and showed his true colours today.
Last but not least, Juddmonte's Workforce who bounced back from
failure in last year's King George to be crowned champion of Europe.
Workforce gains the upper hand now, 100 yards left to go. They race to
the line. Workforce! Has a great attitude. He's had
difficulties in his life and he's ran the Derby well. This is a
mighty race. Three teams, three star horses, one winner. And the
final touch is being put to Rewilding. Equally, St Nicholas
Abbey's been saddled and is about to come down right in front of that
box between it and the camera. There you can see St Nicholas Abbey,
a little smaller than some of the others, a fine head on him and
looks extremely well. Willie, you have had a look at all of them now.
What is your honest opinion? It's very difficult. A lot of horses
here. Not a lot between them. I have to end up with Workforce
because he looks absolutely magnificent. The other horse is
just about to walk behind us who we are talking about as the pacemaker,
Deb usy. -- Debussy. Good enough to be a stallion one day, that guy.
The water is put in his mouth. the most powerful horse. When he
ran in the Derby, he wasn't as mature as he is today. You think
about the horses that Michael Stoute's won the King George with,
he bids, by the way, to become the most successful King George trainer,
this would be his sixth win. Harbinger last year broke the
course record. This horse was favourite and that's the only bad
race Workforce has ever run, was at Ascot. I don't think it was
anything to do with the actual racecourse. I think it was to do
with the firm ground and the condition the horse was in, but
he's matured so much between three and four, he looks the complete
horse. He was trying to do the impossible at Sandown over a mile
and a quarter, trying to take this speed out of So You Think and he
wasn't able to do so, but he did not lose anything at all in defeat.
In fact, I thought he ran a great, great race just to be beaten by
possibly one of the best horses in the whole world. Which is So You
Think. That's who beat him. We can almost touch him here, they're
coming so close to hus. Don't do that! No, I won't do that. St
Nicholas Abbey, very aware, seeing everything that goes on. The
trainers here, running in Derek's colours. A good chance to get to
talk to Aidan because he very often goes out with the horse on to the
course. We won't manage to later so Aidan, we had a long chat with
Joseph who came up with a cracking line, he said he tends to keep his
mouth shut because open mouths catch flies. How are you feeling
about the race? A good day, thank you very much. Listen, everything
is good, he was relaxed while tacking him up and have been happy
with him since Epsom. Joseph said he's very straightforward at home?
Very much so. Joseph rides him and knows him very well. There's a look
there at your son Joseph. A big day for you and him there? Absolutely.
He's here and riding him and we are going to learn a lot about him.
Very grateful to everybody for letting him have the chance.
Hopefully it goes well. Does it make you more nervous or excited,
does it affect you more that Joseph's on him? No, obviously
Joseph knows him very well so I'm relaxed about that and listen, he's
do his best and whatever will be will be, Claire. What to you make
of the race,? Very high quality, isn't it? Very. Great for the race
and great to be part of it. Looking at St Nicholas Abbey there, very
relaxed. You thought so much of him as a two-year-old, he was a great
two-year-old, three-year-old season didn't two to plan, now he gets the
chance to prove what you have always thought? Yes, stepping up
for him all the time and hopefully he runs a nice race today and it
will be a great experience and we'll learn a lot about him after
it and look forward to it. I'll let you go because he's walking into
the paddock there. Thank you very much. We saw Joseph, one of the
five jockeys riding in this race, he was in the weighing room getting
his thoughts in order, getting himself focused, big, big task in
hand, Ryan Moore knows all about it. He'll be on board Workforce, a very
cool customer. There's Joseph, by far and a way the tallest of them
but saying he's going to keep riding as a professional. Act Ned
on the right, he'll be setting the fractions, making thes by of
Debussy. William Buick having a chat with John Gosden over the
prospect of Nathaniel and Frankie and Ahmed making sure they know
what they'll be doing. Frankie on Rewilding. Interesting? Yes, a
fantastic race. I like what he said, he keeps doing a step up, there
isn't another step after this one. No. This is the top step that they
are all on here. The highest quality race. Just so interesting.
It will unfold over the next 15 minutes or so, so let's take a look
at the field in full request Jim McGrath.
Yes, it's a cracker on paper. The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
Stakes sponsored by Betfair. Here are the five runners for this
Workforce. It's now 11-10, 7-2 bar. Look at the bookies' board. 7-2,
Rewilding, 7-2 St Nicholas Abbey. 40-1 Debussy, that can't win if it
started now. 11-10 for Workforce. Prince Harry in the paddock ahead
of the King George VI and calling into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes
speaking to the jockeys, getting an introduction with Frankie Dettori
who will be riding Rewilding hoping to land his fifth victory in the
King George and Mick and I have been joining the crowds, massive
crowd here, lot of people taking in a view of this race and the horses
in the paddock before this race. Mick, let's start off talking about
Frankie's mount, number two, Rewilding? Brilliant when he won
the Prince of Wales Stakes here at the Royal meeting. A lot has been
made of the fact that he needs time before his races. What do you
think? Looks very well to me. Very handsome, doesn't have the stature
but looks very well and I would definitely give him a positive.
Nicholas Abbey just coming to our left here, ahead of Workforce.
Let's talk about St Nicholas Abbey, he's now four? Rhine Moore will
give the horse a brilliant ride and this is a horse who promised so
much as a two-year-old. Just had a barren year last year, but he's
starting to come good now. Number four, the best mile and a half
horse in the world? Moore summed up how good he thought this horse was.
Workforce is hoping to redeem himself from his disappointing run
last year. Do you think there was anything where it was down o the
track last year? I think it was down to the fact that this horse
hadn't run, he had a long time between races, he was too fresh.
Even if you look back, he was keen in the early part, it will be very
important that Ryan switches him off and that's why Debussy's role
as pacemaker is very important. I said there was no money for St
Nice lass Abbey. Look at this ticket, the magic sign, �45,000
somebody's had on and the returns is a massive �195,000. That would
believe it. Joseph O'Brien meeting up with his father over there and
that is the St Nicholas Abbey camp. The whole team are involved there.
Joseph looking... Well, always pail and quietz so... He doesn't
actually look old enough to be dog this job. Neither did you, even
when you were in your 20s and 30. Come on, I was an old man when I
was a young man. Whatever. Over here, we have the Nathaniel team.
The only three-year-old in the race. Interesting, very, very interesting
his chances. John Gosden is always good to talk to to assess the
quality of a race. William there in deep discussion with Lady
Rothschild talking about Nathaniel and his chances and what he thinks
about the horse. He's a very exciting prospect. John, a quick
line on what you think of the quality of the race? It's an elite
crew isn't it? Obviously, the best older horse, that's So You Think
and obviously with Rewilding, won the Prince of Wales and the winner
of the core nation, group ones and two, then a three-year-old is here
-- Coronation. He's trying to move up another level. An exciting elite
crew and a pace mairk who, you never know, might steal it --
It is interesting to see him getting jiggy before the race even
starts, for want of a better word. Let's have a chat with Simon. I was
watching sheikh Mohammed, he is really geeed up for this? I think
that we all are. Frankie Dettori is spot on. It will be a really
exciting contest. Obviously the key is our pacemaker. Hopefully he will
set a nice, honest and even building pace, but it is no good
him going ten lengths in front, but they are in great shape.
If that rain had not come, Rewilding would almost be the
favourite? I think so. The best form is on a really quick track. We
have had rain. It has been quite overcast, but we are not putting
that up as an excuse. He has got good form on soft ground in France.
It is great. It is great to see sheikh Mohammed here with a real
live contender. It has not been that many in the King George?
have been lucky. We think that Rewilding can be as good as some of
the champions in the past. So, the race is on.
OK, the boss is off. Clare, Nathaniel, like he did at
Royal Ascot is indeed getting a bit warm, but it was not a barrier. The
one thing that you can say it is a cool day, nothing else is getting
warm? That is what you have to take into account here. He does look
that time of -- type of horse, but John Gosden knows what he has here.
And the pacemaker, Debussy, he is a Group 1 winner? Simon summed it up,
saying that this horse probably has the most important role of any in
the race. It is worth taking a look at the
horse's official races, the horse with the highest number is the best
horse, Workforce, ranked at 28, that is a gig given to his
attainability. The second top-rated horse is Rewilding. Now, the
difference of a pound or one point is equivalent to a length over a
mile-and-a-half. Then behind them, four lengths, is 123, St Nicholas
Abbey then Nathaniel, the three- year-old, he has a bit to do to
catch up with the others, he is 115. That means he needs to finish 13
lengthsth better than he ever has done. So it goes to show the level
of ability that the Workforce horse has and what the others must do to
catch up to him? Sometimes I think that you can throw the ratings out
of the window it is just the way that the race is run on the day.
Well, the other than of Workforce, he has not taken his eye off the
horse all the way around. He is clearly the horse to watch.
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by
Betfair is run at Ascot. This race is over a mile-and-a-half. It is
run in the middle of the season. The race itself over a mile-and-a-
half is straightforward. You have a long run in through the bend.
Then from then on you have the climb through the last bend to the
three furlong marker. This is where the race starts. This is where you
want to be in a good challenging position coming into the straight.
This creates one of the best horses of the season, usually a great
champion wins this kind of rain. So, that is the course in front of
them. The horses are now prayeding in front of the Grandstand. Led out
by Debussy. Used to be trained by John Gosden.
It is up to him to get the pace right and to take the field with
him. It is a big task for Ahmed Ajtebi, the man on board.
Then, rere, he has won up to �2 million in prize money so far.
Ridden by Frankie Dettori. Many people think he is the missing
piece of the jigsaw. Now a bit of a gap, then we find
Joseph O'Brien, 18 years old, he could be the youngest winning
jockey ever of the King George. He has won the Ormond Stakes.
He has so much belief and faith. He thinks that the horse is truly
brilliant. We will discover whether he can be brilliant on King George
Day. Behind him, this is Workforce, a
winner of �2.9 million in prize money so far. He is four years old.
Rhine Moore is on board. He broke the track record when he won the
Derby last year. He is a brilliant horse, the only time he has been
disappointed was in this race when he started as the favourite but the
race was won by Harbinger. Now, Nathaniel is being led in with
a long gap between himself and Workforce. He sweats up a lot. John
Gosden explained it all to us before he won the King Edward they
7thStakes, so don't worry about the sweating.
The jockeys on them, on William Buick's arm, he is wearing a white
arm band that is to raise awareness for the prostate cancer charity.
37,000 men a year suffer from prostate cancer. That is the
charity hoping to ensure that they are diagnosed early and where
possible are treated and cured. So, now over to Joseph O'Brien, a
big day for him. Let's find out what the jockeys think of their
chances and of the race as a whole. If he goes on there, my worry is if
it is fast ground, but that is not the case. I think that he has a
chance. He is an improving horse. Good three-year-olds have a good
record in this race. He is a good horse. He quickens up well.
I let him run smart and see what happens. See what the other jockeys
are doing. I mean, he is such a bonny little horse. It just show
what is tremendous courage he has got. The last time when he won out
here I was racing against one of the best horses in the world, to
wear him down, to get past him I thought it was true quality of a
great fighter. Well, there is over 150 bookmakers
standing here today. They are getting knocked over here on
Workforce. He is 6-5 now in the George I have ever seen. Every
horse they are backing down here for money! It's a great race. There
is a real buzz around the Grandstand here. The dramatic music
is playing. Luckily the horses are so far away from it they will not
hear this at all. The big horse, Workforce does look well. Willie,
in terms of tactics, we know that Debussy is making the running not
to go so fast, to wind up the pace. Is there a danger of anybody
getting caught in a box, or are a trap or not getting out when they
want to? There is only five, I would not have thought so. But it
is possible if they get in the strait that I think that every
jockey should fan out and give everybody a chance and the best
horse will win, but it is, as I have said before, it is like a
heavy y weight boxing -- heavyweight boxing match. There are
big punches. It is who can gallop strong forest the start to the
finish. As we have heard, the pacemaker is in there to help every
horse to. Make a proper gallop, increasing every time. So,
basically, at the start of the race, who gets the number two spot is the
guy who jumps the best. What a fabulous day it is. The
crowd making sure that they have a position to see this race unfold.
Joseph is drying off St Nicholas Abbey's neck, making sure that the
reins are not slippery with sweat. Some jockeys prefer to wear glove
because of the sweat. That is why there is rubber around the leather
to stop that slipping, but it does not always happen that way. A big
step into the open for Nathaniel. �75,000 they paid to supplement him
on Monday, but this is his chance. Here are the big boys, this is it.
Here is Jim. So, the field is almost locked away.
18-year-old Joseph O'Brien, a heavy responsibility on very young
shoulders. That's it. They are racing! Nathaniel began well on the
outside. Debussy began OK. He put the brakes on. He slowed them in
the early stages. Just in behind them on the inside is St Nicholas
Abbey. Workforce on his outside and
Rewilding settling in the rear. This is not what we expected. We
expected him to set an even good pace, Debussy, but he is going a
crawl. He is pulling hard. Pulling him almost out of the
saddle. William Buick is forced to take it up. So it is Nathaniel the
early leader, Debussy on the outside. Tucked away, locked on
third position is St Nicholas Abbey, Joseph O'Brien. On his outside is
Workforce with Rhine Moore on an even rein. Last is Rewilding as
they race down into Swinly Bottom. Now he is allowing Debussy to
stride on. Nathaniel in second. Two lengths away and then Workforce.
Up on the outside is St Nicholas Abbey, two lengths away, Rewilding
with Frankie Dettori. Now, they are clapping on the pace.
There is a tight ride on this, it is still Debussy by two-and-a-half
lengths down. They stride out better.
Two lengths further back is St Nicholas Abbey. On the inside of
Workforce, Rhine Moore is sitting pretty. Tracking him is Frankie
Dettori, still on rere. All the time they are climbing up towards
home. Five fur lungs to travel in the King George.
Out in front is Debussy. Two away then, St Nicholas Abbey, tucked
away on the inside of Workforce. Nour, Frankie Dettori is easing to
the outside on Rewilding. They race to the entrance of the
home straight. Three furlongs to travel. Debussy in front. Nathaniel
the first to strike. Workforce coming up. Behind him is Rewilding
and St Nicholas Abbey is back to the rear. Into the home straight,
Nathaniel strikes for home. Frankie Dettori has gone! Rewilding is
down! Frankie Dettori is on the floor. They are racing with a
furlong to go. On the farside is Nathaniel. Nearside is Workforce.
Followed by St Nicholas Abbey as they race up with 100 yards to go.
Workforce is heading to the outside rail! It is Nathaniel in front.
Nathaniel has gone on to win it convincingly! In second is
Workforce, what a sensation. In third, then is St Nicholas Abbey
followed by Debussy and Frankie Dettori is on the floor.
Rewilding... Rewilding is up... He, Frankie Dettori... He is on the
floor, sadly, Rewilding appears to have broken a leg. What a shame.
What a shame. Such an epic. The a tend ants -- the attendants
are racing over to grab hold of Rewilding. He has come up the home
straight. There is Nathaniel. The winner.
One of the most dramatic King George's you will see for some time.
Frankie Dettori is up on his feet. I am pleased to say. He is being
helped over by the First Aid men. And Rewilding, sadly, has broken
down very badly. But there is Nathaniel. William
Buick the winner of the King George. Let's check the second and third.
Second is Workforce, Rhine Moore. He hung to the outside. It was
unbelievable how badly he hung. Third, St Nicholas Abbey, Joseph
O'Brien. Fourth was Debussy. What a desperately distressing
thing to happen for everybody involved with Rewilding, for
everyone here at Ascot. It has completely marred a wonderful race.
It is so difficult to try and talk about the brilliance of Nathaniel,
who is a brilliant winner of the King George and the extraordinary
race of Workforce when you know what has happened to Rewilding.
Even those of us who watch a lot of racing, involved with horses all of
our life, this is really, really hard and almost impossible to take
in. It is a tragic story for Rewilding. A very good horse. The
race did not go as we thought. There$$NEWLINE I'm finding it hard
here. Workforce would have won had he
kept straight. That is for sure, but the three-year-olds are 19
times to older horses winning the race, 21 times. So with the three-
year-olds getting the 12 pounds this horse would have finished
second, a Irish Derby winner at Chester. We gnaw he was going to
run a big race. They decided to supplement him with �75,000. They
knew that the horse was improving and improving. Which he has shown
today. He is a very, very great horse.
Workforce, unfortunately, Rhine Moore could not keep him straight.
Had he kept him straight possibly he would have beat this horse but
he did not. He ran across the track, so this horse has won the King
George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. A fantastic achievement for
a three-year-old. Ladies and gentlemen, coming into
the Winner's Enclosure, the winner of the 2011, King George VI and
Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the only three-year-old in the race,
Nathaniel, ridden by William Buick and trained by John Gosden and Lady
Rothschild, the successful owner. Nathaniel, the winner of the
dramatic King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Sponsored by Betfair. Nathaniel had 11-2.
Workforce is second at 6-5. And third is St Nicholas Abbey at
7-2. It was exactly what we were
expecting right from the time that the stales opened.
-- right from the time that the stalls opened.
Here is William, talking to Rishi after the big performance.
Congratulations to winning jockey, William Buick, winning your first
King George, take us through the winning for you? First of all, I
would like to say how sorry I am for rere, it is never nice to see
that happen to a wonderful horse, but my fella jumped in front. Ahmed
Ajtebi did not intend to make the running, so I let my horse stride
along. It was not ideal. I was happy to take the lead. I took it
up and turned it in. This horse is getting better and better. Today he
showed how good he is I always knew he was a very good
horse. I did not know hoe was going to be this good this soon.
The closing stages, yourself and Workforce drifting to the left,
Workforce more violently than yourself, when did you know you had
him beat? I could see Workforce from the corner of my eye. You have
to have a lot of respect for a horse like Workforce. I could see
him drifting further away from me, but I was going with him. Nathaniel
was never stopping. He galloped on well to the line. What does success
mean to you, William? It means everything. The King George is... I
remember when I came here racing with my dad before I started riding.
Now I'm here winning the King George it is just a dream come true.
Well done. Thank you very much.
Full marks to trainer John Gosden here for suggesting that this horse
be supplemented. He was supplemented before the race for
�75,000. That is a bold call especially as the horse is
relatively inexperienced. He won the King Edward VII stakes
by a wide margin, but still a big call to come into the King George
against horses like Workforce, St Nicholas Abbey, Rewilding, who had
won between them a string of Group 1 races.
So, there is the horse. He is by Galileo, continuing the side's
incredible run this season. I have the winning trainer, John
Gosden with me. First of all, we talk about the performance of your
horse, Nathaniel, what he has done and how much he has improved to
beat top-class older horses? Yes, he won well today. We have been
lucky, we were lucky to get the ground. To finish in front of a
horse like Workforce is setting the standard. He is an Arc winner, a
Derby winner, a phenomenal horse. And Workforce was an Arc horse, is
your horse an Arc horse? With a bit of luck we will have to meet there,
but we will have to supplement him again.
He has just had his maiden race, but it would be wonderful to meet
in Paris. And the rider? He is a talented
rider. It was difficult to gauge the race, Debussy was not going
ahead. I gave him no instructions, he must ride it the way that he
wants, we didn't have orders. John, you are delighted to have won
the race, but there is sadness for the Godolphin team and your good
friend, Frankie Dettori? Yes, and the lovely horse, Rewilding. I
think that the people have to understand, I have seen things
going on like this, it is a freakish thing, he has put the leg
bone wrong, he ran down the track in front of everyone and stopped.
He was calm, he was collected. We had to deal with it, the leg was
completely gone. I have seen it happen. I have seen it happen with
horses running loose. He is out now, he is fine. He was in no pain it is
extraordinary. When they break a leg like that it is as though
nature desensitises them. It is very strange. We fed him grass.
Unfortunately, he obviously had to be put down. This is a freakish
thing that had to be put down. I have seen it with horses running
loose without a rider on. John, thank you very much.
There is nob mother sensible or experienced to put it into words,
but a fatal injury suffered by Rewilding in a heavy fall for
Frankie Dettori who came back in the ambulance. We hope he is
alright, but it sours a great race and a very exciting winner in
Nathaniel. It is very hard to do it justice knowing what we know.
We would love to be cocka hoop and scream being the three-year-old
beating the old horses and beating a true champion in Workforce, but
it looks as though Workforce has to go one way it is not around Ascot.
He has to go right-handed. Left-handed.
Left-handed. That is where you will find him going.
I would imagine that the Arc de Triom he.
That will be difficult. M like at York he has hung badly.
It has cost him the King George by hanging across. That is what is
looks like, but the three-year-old was a lovely horse. We said he had
a big chance because of his form. He was an improving horse. He is
the three-year-old, he is the one that can improve more than a four-
year-old. A four-year-old could not improve, but he has shown us today
how much he can improve. Honourable runs from St Nicholas Abbey and
Workforce, not much between them, but let's confirm now the starting
prices and the fin I -- finishing order with Gary.
I must say one thing, the crowd we have here today, every one of them
is an animal lover, whether the winner went past the post nobody
cheered. They were so upset for what happened to the tragedy there.
That is racing. Well, William Buick is the only
jockey smiling. I tried to grab a quick word with a couple of the
lads. Rhine Moore said he could not work it out.
Joseph O'Brien said it was a mess of a race.
-- Ryan Moore. Let's have a look. Debussy was to
make the running and set a decent gallop, but he didn't. William
Buick razes this quickly. He is a high-class galloping 12 furlong
horse. He does not want a slow gallop. The others don't either. So
he is in the right position for a messy race. The thing is he found
in himself in that place and said he had to make the best of a bad
situation. He will have to set the race up to suit myself. What does
happen is that Debussy is pulling hard on the outside. He is revving
Nathaniel up all the time. The two of them are competitive. He is not
helping. Then Debussy goes on it rather looks as though he wanted a
slow gal yol -- gallop for Rewilding, the ill-feated horse.
Now let's have a welcome at Workforce in the closing stages. We
saw this earlier in the handicap for the three-year-olds. They dived
this side. There is Workforce, there is Nathaniel, they are doing
it again. Why? Is there any rime or reason? As Ryan Moore said it
himself. He doesn't have an answer. It is interesting that good horses
have done it in the previous race. Absolutely, he has hung one before.
So, there he is, Nathaniel, the winner. For the first time, William
Buick wins the King George. A huge hug there from his valet. He will
be priced. Good on him. A great horse, Nathaniel. The trophy
presentation made by the Queen normally, she is not here today,
but Prince Harry is an able deputy. News on Frankie Dettori who is
coming back in the ambulance. He is fine. He has barbed his knee, but
he is OK -- he has bashed his knee, but he is OK. He will be hugely
upset to are lost a quality of the horse of Rewilding reand the
American that it happened. If you want to switch to BBC Two,
you can see the kick-office of the match Warrington versus Wigan and
tomorrow Hull against Leeds in the semi-finals.
That will be great coverage. We are back here at Ascot on the 15th of
October, for the coverage of the Champion's Day. That will decide
who are the champions of this year in the UK.
The World Swimming Championships start tomorrow. They are under way
in Shanghai. We are there at 5am tomorrow. They are the winning
connections from the King George and Prince Harry behind them.
Congratulations to everyone involved with Nathaniel, but
obviously a desperately sad day. We are sorry with everyone connected
Clare Balding and Willie Carson present the Ascot midsummer highlight, The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Some of the world's best horses and jockeys will gather for this famous race. There are races at 2.40pm, 3.15pm and 3.50pm, with the King George at 4.30pm.
With Rishi Persad, Ian Bartlett, Mick Fitzgerald, John Parrott and Gary Wiltshire. Race commentary comes from Jim McGrath.