Clare Balding and Willie Carson present the opening races of the summer showpiece in the world of horse racing, Royal Ascot. Plus Suzi Perry takes a look at the fashions on show.
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meeting, the best you will find anywhere in the world. The crowds
are pouring in in their finery for the first day of Royal Ascot and we
have ahead of us five days of top class flat racing. This place is
special because it's stood the test of time for 300 years. Horses have
been racing here at Ascot and the people come because it's a social
occasion, but a it has a sprinkling of star dust, because it gives you
an adrenaline surge. It's special and it's historic.
You can judge from the picture that it's sunny and warm here. The other
big race was the King Edward the Summer Stakes, the Ascot Derby.
They're away coming to the half mile now. You will see masterful
timing and you will also see Her Majesty. Trained by Henry Cecil...
Racing towards the line... This is one of the biggest and best days
anywhere in the world because it combines top class sport with high-
class fashion. In front is Goldikova. Goes on to win the St
James's Palace. He wins his fourth Ascot gold. There are moments in
life when you want to be able to say "I was there".
Alongside me, as always, former champion jockey willy Carson,
leading jockey here three times at the Royal meeting. How long ago did
you first come here? 45 years ago, a long time ago. Do you still get
excited? Very much so. Especially on a day like today when we are
going into the Royal meeting. We are going in with Canford Cliffs,
rated a very high cult, virtually unbeaten over a mile and he's
taking on Goldikova, the Queen of horse racing. And then, not to be
outdone by that, we've got Frankel, rated the best horse in the whole
world in the St James Palace Stakes, so we are in for a big treat. Don't
go away. We have racing Royalty and the Royal Family as well, the Royal
procession will be starting shortly. People really get the chance to
dress up here in their finery. It's a parade ring in more ways than one
and a wonderful day for it as well. The sun is shining, the wind is
fairly light. There are the two top American jockeys, Mike Smith and
Johnny Velazquez. Paul Hanagan's got a good book of rids and Olivier
pel aye will be riding. Aidan O'Brien is hot favourite to be
leading trainer over the whole week. There's the Derby winning jockey
Michel Barzalona. Ryan Moore's been doing pitchforking to help out the
team and the warm welcome was for the newly Knighted Henry Cecil. One
person who's not here is Kieren Fallon. Never fails to surprise us.
Always surprises us. He could have rode the last winner. His horse was
a favourite for the last race and he's not turning up. He's Cricked a
neck and is having intensive physio today. Has a good book of rides
tomorrow, we expect him here then. Let's have a look at some of the
stars who are here. The most consistent and successful filly the
world has ever seen. 13 group ones in the bag and aiming for the top,
Goldikova is gold plated. But in Canford Cliffs, she has
serious competition. He has an lectern of foot and will be played
late by the great weighter, Richard Hughes. It's an all international
King's stand, eight different nations represented and the
favourite is the Australian speedster Star Witness. The Aussies
have won this several times. Many believe Frankel is unbeatable.
Hold on tight, we will enjoy the ride at 3.45, none more so than
Henry Cecil who thinks the world of his horse. The Dubai World Cup
winning jockey Mirco Demuro will be running. We have the fashion stakes
as well. People watching is a sport in its own right and leading the
fashion team is Suzie perry. Down here in the ring we'll keep
you up-to-date with the movers and shakers over what will be a
fabulous five days. Marvellous, John. To start with this first race,
it could be the best of the week. We have three Group 1s, but it's a
tricky card, isn't it? Frankel as well. Marvellous. What about the
morning movers? Yes, Canford Cliffs in the first race has been 6-4, is
now 5-4, massive bet went on that. Frankel in the 3.45 was 4-9 earlier,
it's now 11-4 on Frankel and Zigato was 5-1, now 4-1. Frankel, massive
amounts of money for this horse. There is an early tip isn't there,
something about dresses? Queen's hat - this year we are
privileged to have Jennie Bond. Royal Correspondent?! Yes and this
morning I looked at her eyes. I mentioned to you the colour of the
hat and when I said yellow, her eyes went a bit like that. She's a
good judge, Jennie Bond, I have a feeling the Queen's hat could be
yellow. Everybody filing past me to see the Royal procession to see
what the Queen is wearing. For the past 300 years, folks haven't only
been pondering which horses to back here, but also what to wear. I'll
wander around looking at the fashion from high street all the
way to high fashion. Later, I'll speak to top designer, Amanda
Wakeley and I'll share that experience with one of Britain's
top supermodels. Welcome to the coverage. Thank you very much.
are a big horse racing fan, aren't you? I am, they're magnificent
beasts, the four-legged friends. You were modelling away here. What
is it about fashion and Ascot? two go hand in hand. It's a chance
for everyone to wear their finest regalia, go for it, bring on the
colour and the broad rimmed hats. Wonderful. Very exciting. We have
been looking at some of the stuff coming through the gates, what
people are wearing. What have you spotted that you really enjoyed
looking at? Mainly the hats. People have really gone for it this season.
They've gone for big and loud and colourful and feathers and it's
none of the dinghy little fascinators, people have gone all
out, very proud of the British today. One particular colour that
seems to be standing out today? Lots of blue and pink. Wonderful
monochromes. Look at that fabulous yellow hat. Corals. Very summery
and bright. We are expecting to see a lot more of that. Talking about
fashion, we can't go any further without mentioning the new global
fashion icon can we, our very own Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine
Middleton, she's been simply stunning this year? She has. She's
really stepped up to her role. Her McQueen dress was exquisite and
everything about the wedding, I was in fits, had tears rolling down my
eyes. This wonderful Jenny Packham number, she dresses very well for
her skin tone. Elegant. At the Derby a week or so ago. And back
with McQueen for the fantastic jacket she was wearing? She knows
her fashion. And she has a way of being able to mix high street and
high fashion. But will she be here this week? We have our fingers
crossed. My Lords, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the start of
Royal Ascot, 2011. We are about to introduce some of the leading
jockeys expected to play a significant role over the next five
days. First of all, a man who's ridden 23 winners at the Royal
meeting, he rides Canford Cliffs in the first race in the Clash of the
Titans against Goldikova from France in our very first race.
ridden three winners at Royal Ascot and has the envyious prospect of
partnering the brilliant Frankel later today. Joining him is three
time champion jockey and the odds on favourite to be this week's top
jockey, put your hands together for promise. Our next jockey is the
current champion after riding 205 winners last year. He's had two
Royal Ascot wins so far. He's one of the outstanding young riders at
the moment. Please welcome Paul French teenager produced an
exhilarating ride to win the Epsom Derby at his very first attempt.
jockey who's already tasted success at Royal Ascot in 2009 when Scenic
Blast won the King stand Stakes. He partners the Budapest Bullet. A
round of applause for Stephen legends from America. One is fresh
from winning the Kentucky Derby last month and has ridden two Royal
Ascot winners, the other is a member of racing's hall of fame in
the States and had the glory of partnering the great Zenatta during
her career. Royal Ascot's delighted to have Mike Smith and Johnny
Royal Ascot winners and achieved some of his greatest feats at this
course, including the famous, magistrate Magnificent Seven.
Ladies and gentlemen, here he is, build-up by Gary and it's been an
incredibly busy year already for the Royals? I know, they must be
exhausted. Not to mention the horses, they've been on parade as
well. The Royal Wedding fantastic, then all the celebrations of the
90th for the Duke. Here come the sights that make Royal Ascot
utterly unique. So many of the crowd have themselves in position
to see the Royal procession coming through the Golden Gates at the top
of the straight mile here at Ascot. The Windsor Greys leading the way,
looking resplendent. Such a fantastic scene on a wonderful day.
I think the Queen looks as if she's wearing green. Oh, it is, look,
it's green. Now, whatever Gary says, the first word that came out of my
mouth this morning was green. There are witnesses, there really are.
the first carriage, Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the
Duke of Edinburgh. Alongside them and facing opposite, the Duke of
York and prince Khaled Abdullah, the owner of Frankel. I wonder what
is going through his head right now. He has a runner in the first race
He'll be busy with horses all week. Cityscape is the first. In the
second carriage, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice and
Princess Eugeney, Prince Charles and Camilla.
All eyes on the hat which sold on eBay, the one she wore for the
Royal Wedding. She raised �81,000 for UNICEF with that hat. Today,
she is wearing something a little less grand, I think. Gone for a
simpler look. Beatrice has finished her finals at Goldsmith university,
studied history and history of ideas. Carriage three, we find the
Cowan December of Delhusi. One of the largest landowners in all of
Ireland. The Duchess, Alexandra, she's a very close friend of the
Duke of Edinburgh, distant relative of him actually and direct
descendant of the Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin. As for the Earl
and countess, he's the current Lord struerd of the Royal household. In
carriage four, the Lord Vesty, Lady Vesty, Lady Braeborne. Lord vesty
is facing backwards on the far side. He's a regular isn't he. Former
chairman of Cheltenham racecourse, gave it up after 21 years. He was
riding Lord vesty in Trooping the Colour in his role as Master of the
Horse. Penny Rsey, carriage driving companion of the Duke of Edinburgh,
a great friend and been defriended a lot by the Queen recently as well
because her husband seems to have left the family home for the
Bahamas. Major Dan Rex is the Queen's Equitable we arery. A huge
passion for the Queen and it will be very much at the centre of the
celebrations next year. Indeed, yes. Got to look forward now to the
Diamond Jubilee. It's going to be extraordinary, an extraordinary
four days of celebrations. We have had an announcement of 1,000 ships
for the Regatta down the Thames. Shall we take a closer look at her
clothes now? Her clothes are by Ludvik. Ivory satin with pinks and
greens with a green fine wool coat. That hat is by Angela Kelly.
Angela's a wonderful personality, the Queen's personal assistant.
She's a Scouser and she's really a friend and confidante now of the
Queen. If you meet her ever, she's full of laughter and joy. Designed
the coat and hat that the Queen wore at the Royal Wedding in fact.
We were mentioning what a busy summer it's been with the usual
society events, but added to that, the state visit to Ireland, the
first by a reigning British Monarch for? Well, since George V I think,
yes. Going way, way back. And also the visit here of President Obama.
Then Prince Philip's 90th birthday celebrations. It's been non-stop.
He was 90 on Friday, gave a most interesting interview to the BBC,
to Fiona Bruce in which he showed his metal, his character. I think
he won himself a few fans actually with his challenging of every
single question. Then there was the service of Thanksgiving for his 90
years on the day before yesterday. The Royal Family have been out in
force for, well, it seems like weeks, doesn't it Having Trooping
the Colour on Saturday, I just happened to have been driving a lot
around that area, around Buckingham Palace recently, as one does! I've
noticed a much, much bigger crowd for things like changing of the
guard and also in and out of the shop as well. There's a renewed
energy of interest in the Royal Family and, as a traditional, we'll
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Royal Ascot in 2008 when the Queen had a winner Free Agent. It was an
exciting race to watch. You could see the shots of the Royal box
showed the Queen getting so animated and excited. She does
indeed. I do think that there was a national sort of sigh when her
horse failed at the Derby, I'm afraid. Well, there was. He came
with a challenging run, you know. I honestly believed he was going to
win, I think everybody did. Looking at it now, the way the winner
finished, you couldn't really argue that Carlton House was unlucky. Of
all the people watching, the Queen was the most sanguine, practical
and sensible about it saying he ran a great race and it didn't work out.
She knows everything there is to know about racing. She knows all
the horses in the procession, the Windsor Greys and the Cleveland
Bays. When she used to ride a side saddle, she used to go to the
riding mews and she'd ride side saddle which, I don't know, can you
do that? Once, it's not very comfortable, takes a great deal of
balance and you don't have much control because your legs are only
on one side of the horse. Extraordinary for their age, 90 and
85 years old and this busy programme of events. Later this
year, they're off to Australia on an official tour. It's unbelievable.
I was staggered to see that. That is a long trip. I know she gets to
lie down, well, they both do, and that's very nice, but it's a lot to
ask of a nonogenarian. Lovely to see Princess Beatrice and Eugenie.
I think they're enjoying the events and it's a wonderful chance for
them to spend time with their father and also their uncle, Prince
Charles, who's in the carriage with them, and also the Duchess of
Cornwall. Yes, they are seeing a lot of uncle and aunt. Eujenie's
just finished her second year at Newcastle university -- Eugenie.
She's doing a tech colour degree. When they redesigned the racecourse,
one of the huge successes was the amphitheatre they've created here.
It allows so many more people to see the procession up close than
ever before. It's wonderful, I haven't been since the
refurbishment and I'm mightily impressed. You can hear the warmth
of spontaneous applause as the Queen's carriage comes around this
rubberised surface. It's a very smooth surface around the outside,
making sure the horses don't slip and very much the most comfortable
part for the carriages. She'll have taken a good look at the course as
she comes up. I'm told that John Warren said actually that she
listens to the sound of the hooves of the horses, sees how the wheels
are turning on the track and she knows just what the going is like
now. I guess they'll have enjoyed lunch
at Windsor Castle, so the Queen will have had a chance to talk to
Prince Khaled Abdullah about Frankel, a horse that's excited so
many in racing and the Queen will have reallyened being able to quiz
him about his temperament -- really enjoyed being able to quiz him
about it. She enjoys the minutiae. I wonder if she'll put a wager on
I doubt that. And here they come. It's so
wonderful to see it so close up. They're right behind us. And the
crowd cheering and waving out. Actually, I can see people singing
happy birthday to Prince Philip as well. Belatedly, yes. He didn't
want any fuss, but a fuss has been made. There's been so much in the
press and media about him. As the carriages go past, the most
beautiful view of Princess Eugenie's small dark green hat.
Princess Beatrice, alongside her as well. I think she's playing it safe.
The Dutchs -- Duchess of Cornwall in pail clothes, as always. -- pale
clothes. I think Angela's done a very nice
job on that hat, don't you? Pale green, for those who had a bet.
tomorrow, aren't you? I shall, if you invite med. You are officially
invited. Thank you very much. well as her usual duties, the Queen
is also going to perform a very special act today, which is
unveiling a statue of Yeats, the greatest of the Gold Cup horses we
have seen here, the only horse to have won the Gold Cup four times in
a row from 2006 to 2009. Johnny Murtagh was on board twice the last
two times he won it. On this board, of the oldest race of all, is
registered, His Dominance, in the middle section of this decade.
Aidan O'Brien, his trainer, and his owners, Mrs John Magna and
DeanniNagle absolutely adored this horse.
He's a retired stallion. Charlie longton was commissioned to create
a 10% overlife sized brond of him. And he said he was keen to capture
the horse's character, as well as his physical dimension -- over life
sized bronze of him. He said he was regal and glided over the ground
effortlessly. He said he couldn't have had a better subject. This
took over 800 hours to sculpt and it's going to be unveiled for all
to see for the first time, by Her Majesty, the Queen. This statue
will now take pride of place in the That is a majestic sculpture and he
has indeed captured the poise and length of stride just in walk that
Yeats had that covered the ground. He also had an incredible kind head,
strong neck and powerful, big heavy horse. That is a thing of beauty.
Plenty of things you can bet on. The top jockey bet always seems to
be popular. Odds on chances this week, Ryan Moore, very, very short
and I don't think he's any certainty to have a winner today.
He's 8-13, so for our viewers, in layman's language, that means you
have to have �13 on to win �8 and you get �21. Ryan Moore, 8-13, is
that any value? He'll be top jockey so it's value. But today? He'll
struggle today. But on that... getting a sore neck, like Kieren
Fallon here. On that basis, if you are going to back Ryan Moore and
didn't think he'd have any winners, surely you would wait until
tomorrow because the prices will get better. Good point. We can get
some evens. I think he'll be champion jockey. We usually have
your litp tips for the week. Give me a sore neck, yes. Willie's
wagers. King of the week this week. A selection from each. You have
picked them. What is it, Gary? thinking race two here, I've got
for Prohibit each way. He's a 14-1, but he's got to come from behind
and I think there'll be so much early pace upfront and I'll go for
a biggie on Prohibit. Willie, you have gone for one at 5 o'clock?
won't let me have the Queen so I've gone for Zigato, he's related to a
filly who I won on, about five generations back! That's one of the
horses that there's plenty of money for today. Was it your money, Will?
No. I've gone for Plymouth Rock. Ran last year, finished best over
two miles. Should get a place and should run a big race. Go on,
Goldikova! Before we go, just come up here, we can see the opening
prices for the toothfairy,, classic encounter, Canford Cliffs and it's
6-4, Goldikova. Canford Cliffs has just left the
parade to go into the paddock and he's on his way down. This is Cape
Blanco trained by Aidan O'Brien, a little momentary scare for him, he
lost his cool within someone emptying bottles in a nearby bin
got very close to his stable and made a few loud noises and he
played up for a few moments, but he's fine, calmed down. The horse
we are waiting to see is number seven, the outstanding Goldikova,
winner last year. She's won the Breeder's Cup. One of the great
race mayors of all-time and she looks magnificent -- race mares.
Good afternoon everybody, Richard Hughes is with me. An outstanding
ride coming up on Canford Cliffs. Pressure? Goldikova is likely to be
in front, you have to launch at the right time. That can't be easy?
that's why we ride all week, to get good rides like this, and able to
hold the pressure hopefully. Do you think you can beat her? I truly
believe she can, yes, she's not unbeatable. I've a very good horse,
with a great turn of foot. Just want the race to go my way, I don't
want any pacemaker getting in my way. If I have a nice clean run, I
might beat her. Looks like, with the pacemaker for Goldikova, you
will get a decent gallop. That will suit your horse, yes? Cape Blanco
will make sure it's a good, honest gallop. Should be a straightforward
race. Tactically, do we expect to see you at the back? Ideally, I
would like to follow her, but where I'm drawn, I'm not ideally placed
to get in behind her, so I might end up beside her somewhere.
wish you the best of luck. It will Good afternoon from the commentary
box, we are on the sixth floor. We have a magnificent view up the
straight and right down to Swinley Bottom. It really is some place to
be and we have a fantastic line-up all week for you racing-wise. Today,
all six races on the BBC. Let's We are on BBC Two for the Coventry
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afternoon. Eddie Ahern coming in for the ride in the 5.00pm race.
CLARE BALDING: There the face of the man who has masterminded the
career of Goldikova. Olivier Peslier will take the ride on her.
Flash Dance is in the field to set the pace that will suit Goldikova.
Freddie has said she is in fantastic form. He doesn't think
she has lost any of her ability or enthusiasm for racing. It is a joy
to see her still in training and the Queen has remained in the
paddock to get a look, a close-up look of Goldikova and of Canford
Cliffs, who is a beautifully exciting horse to watch because he
unleashes his turn of foot so late on. Willie Carson is alongside me.
He is almost riding it! Have you had a pick? I wish I was 20 years
younger! Which one would you ride if you were? Goldikova. She is the
Queen of Racing. We know Canford Cliffs is a great colt. She has won
13 Group 1 races. America, here, France, you know, wherever you take
her she wins. You have to go with her today. They hope she is
slightly off her form and Canford Cliffs can get his chance. Let's
look at the horses with Mick Fitzgerald and Rishi. The first
horse, Mick, that you will talk about is the most magnificent-
looking horse, Canford Cliffs. sure Richard Hannon will be
delighted to see him so relaxed. There is such a buzz about the
place here this afternoon. I was at Newbury the day he made his
seasonal comeback, he looked big that day, he looks big today. He
looks sharper big, if you know what I mean? He looks like he has
thrived over the winter. He is probably approaching the peak of
his career. We will find out. will need to be. Here comes Cape
Blanco. Cape Blanco is a horse who has done most of his racing over
further than today's distance. He looks a lengthy horse as opposed to
the rounded power of a horse like Canford Cliffs? Yeah, he's a horse
who has not tried this trip that often. I think that it's a brave
move by the O'Brien camp, but who are we to argue? Frankie Dettori
has said that his favourite racehorse in training at the moment
is Rio de La Plata and he is on board. It's always one to be
respected, but he has a bit to do? He has. He looked to be very
unluckily yst time at Epsom. It looked like -- unlucky last time at
Epsom. It looked like he was going to win but he didn't get home.
Canford Cliffs? What a treat we have in the first race. A wonderful
start to the Royal Ascot 2011. Royal Ascot with Canford Cliffs and
Goldikova in the first race. It is almost too good to believe. I think
Canford Cliffs is probably the best-looking horse in the race.
Goldikova, her record of 13 Group 1 wins is outstanding. We talk about
her place in history. It's already assured. What she can do this
evening could be more special? Freddie Head has got it right more
often than not. CLARE BALDING: Three Group 1 races
in a row and we have a parade in front of the grandstands led by
Canford Cliffs, the four-year-old who is such an exciting miler. He
has won the Lockinge. Today could be his day. A huge crowd here.
Everybody getting used to the new lay-out and enjoying the expanse of
this new grandstand that stretches right down the course. Number 2 is
Cape Blanco, trained by Aidan O'Brien, who is helping lead the
horse out on to the course. Cityscape is getting very fractious.
Ryan Moore riding this one for Roger Charlton. It looks like he
will break the Parade. We then have Ransom Note who looks much more
relaxed. A 66-1 shot. Has Ascot form. Won the Britannia Handicap
last year. Has finished well behind Goldikova in a Group 1 last time
out. Rio de La Plata comes next. Frankie Dettori, who got the
biggest cheer of all, is on his favourite racecourse. Finished
third at Epsom. It was all right. But he is dropping back to a mile
here. Has won over a mile and a quarter. Then we have Flash Dance,
Mickael Barzalona. He is in there to make sure the pace is good and
steady for the wonder mare, Goldikova. Olivier Peslier, he
adores this filly. She is truly exceptional. It is a wonderful race
to start off Royal Ascot 2011. It is a head-to-head, on paper at
least, between Goldikova and Canford Cliffs. Goldikova is
scintillating! A true champion! Three Breeders' Cups! Canford
Cliffs is coming home quite strongly. Canford Cliffs sweeps to
the front! He shows what a good horse he is. Goldikova got there!
It's a record. Canford Cliffs, it is his best ride. Goldikova under
the whip. Canford Cliffs is going to get up. Canford Cliffs has won
it! Amazing! We talk about whipping... Goldikova makes it
mile is officially good. On the round course it is slightly easier.
Mick, it is going to get drier all the time? It is. The weather is
supposed to change after today. Anybody who comes here this
afternoon, they will be delighted with what they will see. It will
suit some horses better than others. The stalls are based in the middle
of the racecourse. But tradition is that the horses tend to make their
way over to the stands side rail. think it will happen in the Queen
Anne. Who do you think will win this opening race? I'm a huge fan
of Canford Cliffs. I want Richard Hughes to kick this meet off with a
win. The Queen Anne Stakes forms part of the British Champions
Series. The Queen Anne Stakes is run at Ascot, one of my favourite
tracks. It is a feature of the first day. It is run over a mile
straight. The stalls are usually basically set in the middle. The
trend is that the horses tend to win from the stands side position.
I won this race six times and it is one of my favourite races.
CLARE BALDING: Richard Hughes is hoping this year will be his year.
This is Canford Cliffs. Reading Richard Hughes in The Racing Post
this morning, talking about riding here. He said, "Royal Ascot is all
about confidence. To gain that confidence, it is great to have
that early winner." That is what he will need to do today. Is he right
on the quarters of Goldikova, is that where he sits, Willie? I would
say he will try and get right behind and get a draft into the
furlong marker and then if he is good enough... Press the KERS
button! Yes, if he is good enough. The thing is, they are going to
leave some score sh -- scorch marks behind them. What a specimen of a
horse. Goldikova on the far side there with the white cap. We will
get a clearer view of her when Flash Dance moves out of the way.
She is such a lovely relaxed filly. She is not what you would call
beautiful. She is beautiful because she's won 13 Group 1s. I love the
fact that she carries her head low. She gets a grip of the ground. She
is a world record breaker, this filly. If she wins today, it will
be her 14th Group 1. Well, we have just had the unveiling of Yeats who
has won all those Gold Cups, no doubt we might end up getting a
statue of this filly because she is - this record possibly will never
ever be broken again. Let's see if she is any closer to Canford Cliffs
in the betting. Where's the money going, John? Well, there's been a
significant move, it is Canford Cliffs. Goldikova 6-4. That will go.
That is now - in my eyes that will be 11-8 any minute. Don't forget
the early bet this morning, �40,000 Canford Cliffs. Goldikova is going
to be well backed now, John. there is to be an upset in this
race, and this is it... Cape Blanco is a horse that competed over seven
furlongs as a two-year-old at the top level. Then he went from the
seven furlongs and only competed at a mile and a quarter. He's always
found them just a bit too good for him over this distance. Could this
mile be the correct distance for him? He is really a strong
individual, where Canford Cliffs is elegant. For Jamie Spencer, it is
all about getting fractions right. He will be trying to ride a race
from the front. What about Cityscape? He was playing up a bit.
He looks very fit. He will do himself justice. His trainer has
done plenty of work with him at home, got him right. He's going to
pull off a very good performance. You cannot realistically see this
horse beating the top two because on all known form, he has a lot -
well a bit to find. The same is true of Rio de La Plata. He is a
good horse? This is a fantastic racehorse. Please press the button
to record because this race you want to keep. This is something
that possibly you won't see for years to come. They are loading up
for our opening race of Royal Ascot 2011. We have Canford Cliffs as
favourite at 5-4 ahead of Goldikova at 11-8. Will it be Canford Cliffs
or will it be Goldikova? Here is Jim.
Well, they are loading up. Only threed to be loaded here for this
Queen Anne Stakes. There is Canford Cliffs -- three to be loaded here
for this Queen Anne Stakes. There is Canford Cliffs. Olivier Peslier
has put up one pound over on Goldikova. There he is. He will be
slightly embarrassed by that particularly if it is a very, very
narrow margin at the end. Goldikova 5-4 favourite now. One of the
greatest mares of all time is starting favourite. That is it.
They are ready. And they are racing! Cape Blanco went into the
lead and is ridden hard, Cape Blanco by a length-and-a-half,
Flash Dance is lying second, two lengths away Ransom Note, two
lengths to Rio de La Plata sitting on the inside of Canford Cliffs,
further back is Cityscape. So it's Cape Blanco on the near side with
the white face, another white face on the far side, that is Mickael
Barzalona on Flash Dance, they are going stride for stride now and
setting a good gallop. Sitting in the slipstream is Goldikova, a half
length away Ransom Note, a length further back is Canford Cliffs,
travelling on the outside of Rio de La Plata and Cityscape whips them
in as they race up to half-way. So it is Flash Dance who now takes it
up from the Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco in second, in third is
Goldikova, who is travelling sweetly, a length away in the
centre is Ransom Note, Canford Cliffs is sitting quietly, Rio de
La Plata starting to move up, and out the back is Cityscape. As they
race up now with over two furlongs to travel, Goldikova eases
alongside Rio de La Plata and they take it up now, but here is Canford
Cliffs on the far side. They have kicked away from Cape Blanco,
further back Cityscape running on, Goldikova shaken up now, on the far
side Canford Cliffs is staking his claim, a furlong left to go and
Cityscape is moving in as well. Canford Cliffs, he gets his neck in
front now, fighting back is Goldikova, but Canford Cliffs,
Canford Cliffs goes on to win from Goldikova, in third is Cityscape,
followed by Rio de La Plata, a gap to Ransom Note, Cape Blanco was
second last and last is Flash Dance. What a champion he is here at Royal
Ascot. Canford Cliffs! He won the commentary here -- he won the
Coventry here, and now he has conquered one of the greatest mares
of all time in Goldikova. Ridden beautifully by Richard Hughes. 1
Canford Cliffs has got the money. Richard Hannon, the proud trainer
on the right, being congratulated: Let's see them cross the line. He
was too good, Canford Cliffs. Canford Cliffs has got up to win it
by three parts of a length from Goldikova, with Olivier Peslier
putting up one over, two-and-a-half lengths behind them in third was
Cityscape, who has ran an excellent race. A similar distance back to
Rio de La Plata, who was there with about two furlongs to travel. And
then a gap to Ransom Note who was just outclassed but ran very
creditibly. Cape Blanco was up there doing donkey work and back
behind them was Flash Dance. But there is Richard Hughes, absolutely
delighted to start the meeting with this 11-8 winner, Canford Cliffs.
He has done it in brilliant style. Let's check the one, two, three.
First is 1, Canford Cliffs, Richard Hughes. Second 7, Goldikova, third
3 Cityscape Ryan Moore and fourth is Rio de La Plata, Frankie Dettori.
One length, one and three quar lengths and the time 1.38 -- three-
quarter lengths and the time 1.38.38.
CLARE BALDING: What a thrilling start to the meeting. Canford
Cliffs providing a bit more in the closing stages to get the better of
the best filly Europe and probably the world has ever seen. Full
credit to this horse and to Richard Hughes on board because Willie,
what do you think he was thinking? It looked like Cityscape might do
both of them? Cityscape came on the outside with a good run, as did
Frankie Dettori on Rio de La Plata, but they couldn't quite get home.
The filly took over and she looked as though she was going to pull it
out again, but Canford Cliffs, he's got a big, big engine. And this
horse we have to say is a true, true champion because he has beaten
the Queen of horse racing here today. Four racehorses there going
away and the filly fought very hard and Goldikova, there was a battle
there, who was going to win? But the mare found that little bit more.
The pound overweight possibly didn't help. I think he's got beat
by more than a pound today. This is a very, very good horse and all
those people... Richard Hannon, his 30th Royal Ascot winner, watching
there with Sir Robert Ogden and celebrating in victory. They came
here with such high hopes. They knew they were taking on a
superstar. Goldikova has been clapped back into second place here
because the crowd at Royal Ascot do appreciate the effort that she has
put in. You cannot have a great race and a race to get excited
about unless you have two great rivals. This has been a Federer and
Nadal tussle and Canford Cliffs, Royal Highnesses, we have been
treated to a magnificent renewal of the Queen Anne Stakes and coming
out on top in the tussle with the great filly Goldikova, we welcome
into the winner's enclosure, ridden by Richard Hughes, trained by
Richard Hannon, the great Canford Cliffs. APPLAUSE Into this famous
winner's enclosure, Richard Hughes dismounts from Canford Cliffs who,
these days, is owned in quite different interests to last year.
Wears the same colours as last year. Included in the ownership is David
Smith, part of the Coolmore partnership of course. It was
significant that Cape Blanco was ridden for speed, that he was
heading the pacemaker, Flash Dance, the pacemaker for Goldikova. Cape
Blanco, an Irish Derby winner, has been up there forcing the pace in
this Queen Anne Stakes over a mile. Clearly, that has assisted in
recording a very fast time, in fact the time was only 1.22 seconds
outside the course record. So there are the scenes in the winner's
enclosure. Let's check the full result of race one, the Queen Anne
Stakes: A fabulous contest and the winner is 1 Canford Cliffs at 11-8.
What a race, Gary! Am I early to put my ride of the week in? I
thought Richard Hughes was fantastic. It was like a top class
poker game. He never went off favourite, John. The money for the
French horse... 5-8 for Canford Cliffs. 12 Months ago Richard
Hannon was in the runners up spot. Your first reaction? She is a
brilliant filly. He is a very good horse. We had to take her on.
that the perfect race for you? got two good pacemakers in there
and he followed the filly through all the time. He is a very good
horse. He can go - he has a cruising speed and he can also
quicken. That's the great thing. you mind telling us how special he
is again? It is worth repeating. is a very special horse to us,
obviously. You don't - you actually - these sort of horses don't come
along every day. Your jockey is standing by. Richard, there was a
fleeting moment of concern for his supporters when Cityscape came up
on the outside and you hadn't put Goldikova to bed. Would that be
fair? Yeah, Olivier rode a terrific race. He wouldn't kick. I couldn't
kick till he kicked. We did quicken a lot in the last two. Were you
always confident that when it came down to a turn of foot, you would
be on the faster horse? He is an amazing horse. Take us through your
thoughts in the race. They went a good gallop with Cape Blanco and
Goldikova, content to sit at the back? I wanted him to jump out.
Richard told me, "Don't miss the kick." I landed behind Goldikova
and I'm riding with Ryan Moore and Dettori. They could have made it
hard for me and they didn't. I got up in their slipstream. Can you
explain his performance, the enormity of it? He is the best
horse I have ever ridden. I have told everyone that. I am sure no
matter what horse you put in front of me, he will be the best. We have
had a great first race to the meeting. Let's look at how they
took their positions early on. Canford Cliffs is in stall six.
Goldikova is on the far left. Interesting, the early part of this
race, Mick, we knew Goldikova has got a pacemaker. We also have Jamie
Spencer going on. The other horses have bided their time. They have
been run at the back of the field saving energy? They have. Delighted
with the way Goldikova has travelled through the race. She is
in the perfect spot. You wonder at this stage how fast they are going.
Didn't look like they were going that quick. They finished quite
slow. I have spoken to a couple of the jockeys, they have said the
ground is good. The white sleeves and white cap is Goldikova. The
other ones involved in the finish are at the back of the field. She's
using more energy in the early part of the race? She is. Just as the
race hots up, Cityscape is coming into the picture. He ran a good
race. Also good to see Rio de La Plata. He did travel very strongly.
I wonder if dropping him back in trip might be a better option?
doubt about that. I think there is better to come from Canford Cliffs.
Canford Cliffs wins for the third consecutive year on this day. The
winning time faster than average - 1:38.38 seconds.
CLARE BALDING: Freddie Head, who has spent so much time looking
after this mare, plotting the course of her races, watching her
being beaten there with a look of resignation more than anything. He
still knows - let's hear from him. Your reaction to that performance
from your filly? I am very happy with her. She rode a great race.
The winner was the better horse today. He had a lovely ride.
Followed us. I think the mile here, it is a bit long, it is a bit far
for her. It is a tough mile. I think the last 100 yards, she has a
job getting the distance here. got a lovely reception. They love
her, the crowd? I was very thrilled by that. The people know horses
here. They are very fond of horses and champions. Your confidence in
her going for a fourth Breeder's Cup mile remains undaunted? I do. I
think she ran a top race. As good as ever she is. So why not? We will
go to Deauville in August. Then we will try and win a fourth Breeder's
Cup. Thank you. CLARE BALDING: Richard Hughes, he
said you need a winner early on in the week to get your confidence
going. My word, he did that! A beautiful piece of riding. Great
timing. Just hugely brave to take the pull that he did coming out of
the stalls but also to time it so well, Willie, to do the things you
said he should do? The race was set up. It panned out as we expected.
The only thing was we didn't know whether Canford Cliffs was better
than the Queen of horse racing. Today, he was. He is a very, very
good horse. And well done to all those at the stables.
presentation taking place for the Queen Anne Stakes, being made by
Sir Michael Parkinson and his wife, Mary, is there as well. They can
reflect on a really top class day. That is one to put in the memory
bank. We must not forget the guy, the family who bought the horse as
well. The Doyle family, they are very good at buying most of Richard
Hannon's two-year-olds that keep on winning. Well done to them. There
will be greater celebrations this afternoon if Sir Henry Cecil is
successful with Frankel. He is Sir Henry Cecil now, as of the weekend.
I think that is lovely. That is a really, that is so deserved and
there couldn't be a more popular knighted person - the first person
to be knighted for services to racing in ages. Sir Michael
Stoute's knighthood was for services to tourism in Barbados.
Yes. We can reflect and celebrate on the training career of a truly
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down. Striding into the final furlong.
Henry Cecil. Holding on. It wins for Henry Cecil. Three cheers for
Henry Cesc im -- Cecil. Hip-hip. Hip-hip, hip-hip. He's wonderfully
eccentric, has an interesting manner about him, almost like a
dandy from a by-gone age? You think so? Yes, Foppish in the way he
holds himself and dresses and the brightly coloured socks. He's one
of those figures that you need in sport, instantly recognisable.
certainly that. Mysterious as well. Very, yes. Well, he's basically a
genius at training racehorses, you know. Doesn't matter when or how,
horses that go to him, he turns them into superstars and it's
happened year in year out. He went through a very dodgy part, not so
long ago, and I for one thought possibly that might be the end of
Henry Cecil. But no! Bang! He's back! He's better than ever.
could be training the best horses he's ever had in Frankel. We have a
feature in frankle coming up before his big race at 3.45, the St
James's Palace horse Stakes. A feature later in the week on Henry
Cecil so you can fully appreciate THE genius of the man. One thing he
loves is fashion. He has an extensive wardrobe. You've
literally been in it?! Yes, small enough to get in it, yes. Let's
give people the first chance to enjoy the fashion of the day here
at Royal Ascot. Here is Suzie. We are talking high fashion now
here with one of Britain's favourite designers, Amanda Wakeley,
thanks for joining us. Ascot is home from home for you, isn't it,
really? It is a bit, we come for a couple of years which is great fun.
And Olivia, you've worn Amanda's clothes before. How's that?
Wonderful. You make a classic silhouette that's just perfect for
any occasion, especially Ascot. Thank you! You are showing this
year's spring summer at the best. Show us what we are looking at?
Tribal influences, the hole collection, very much. I'd seen
these images of these beautiful tribes people, so all inspired by
the baeding that they wear or make -- beading. The jewellery they put
together also. The draping, the way things are really effortlessly
draped around them. I remember last year when you came and showed on
our catwalk at Ascot, there was an African influence there. What's so
special to you about that part of the world? Last year was more
Indian. OK, sorry! I just love the effortless ease that tribes people
and people like that dress themselves. It's literally all
about wrapping a beautiful piece of fabric around yourself, but doing
it in such a beautiful, flattering way. How difficult is it? We are
looking at your fabulous high fashions here. Not quite right to
wear on a day to Ascot, but if someone was coming here for the
first time, what advice would you give them? Well, I think very much
about the whole look, you know, it's not just about the dress or
the suit because then you've got to combine that with the perfect hat,
with the shoes and bag. I think it's trying to put the whole thing
together as a complete picture. Olivia, as a model, what's your
take on Ascot fashion? If you adhere to the recalls, you won't
look ridiculous but might look dull. Is there room for exploration?
Never dull. If you look around today, there are very fuel dull
pieces. It's a chance for all the ladies to go a bit nuts and to wear
their finest clothes and to really bring in the colour and bring on
the fabulousness of fashion! Yeah, exactly. I wonder if we could look
at some of the images we have seen today arriving here at Royal Ascot.
Maybe you could pass a few comments, Amanda? Beautiful hat. Sculptural.
I love some of the straws that we are seeing this year. Skew zi,
yours is the same. You see the light comes through the straw and
casts a shadow on your face, very alluring -- Suzie.
That looks like a Phillip Tracey? Yes, with a Dolce and Gabbanna.
Fascinators are always popular and work well on the younger. Yes.
of feathers we are seeing, and you are wearing them? Yes. I am.
Olivia is. My dog thought it was the shooting season this morning
when the hat came out. Got all terribly excited. This is an
interesting and unusual creation this lady's wearing. Yes, a
beautiful corseted top. She was very chic, I love her style.
think the other thing to remember about Ascot is, you are walking on
grass a lot, so you can either do what we do, tip-toe because your
heels sink in, or you can be a bit more sensible. It's also a place
where you can show off a fab loss hat and be a little adventurous
with what you wear, as long as you are keeping to some of the rules,
with your knees covered and so on for the Royal enclosure. Absolutely.
It's all about a complete picture. I think the rules have relaxed a
little in the Royal enclosure and if you are looking groomed and
beautiful, I don't think there's issues about complete length of
dresses and sleeves and all of that. So really be confident and enjoy
yourself and enjoy Royal Ascot 2011 Absolutely. Wonderful to talk to
you both. Thank you very much. Richard Hughes, for all his
brilliance, has never been leading jockey here at Royal Ascot, but
there he puts on the gold arm band to say for one race at least, I am
the leading jockey at Ascot and he could be, at the end of the week,
exciting rides to come, a beautiful jockey to watch when riding well.
He's proud of that arm band isn't he? He is. Ryan Moore is favourite
to be leading jockey and no reason why not. Going down early on
Kingsgate Native. He has an interesting history, this horse.
Yes, well, he couldn't do the business so they gelded him. He's
still a very powerful horse. He gets very hot before he runs and he
can get his typical sprinter, gets himself sort of geeed up and like a
spring, you know, himself uptight. That's why they've taken him down
early. I think today they're expecting a big run from this horse.
He'll run a big race today. likes it here, doesn't he? Yes,
he'll run a big race, he wasn't quite fit when he was second at
Haydock three or four weeks ago. Here is another. The sprinters are
always a jockey's nightmare. could argue he's showing the best
sprinting form in this country. My word! Oh, my word! Get him back,
get him bag back. He did well there, didn't he?! Yes. Wayne Lordan on
board. Better than trying to get the jockey on board in the parade
ring because he'll get all upset and be throwing himself around.
mistake, that's Morris on board, not Wayne Lordan.
We are taking a look at the sprinters closely. One that's
taking the eye for me, is number seven, Monsieur Chevalier. High
class, had a pelvic injury out of the course for a year and returned
with a decent performance the other day. Looks really well? He could be
performance of the year here today. Let's talk about the Budapest
Bullet, Overdose. He's getting warm. It's not normally a sign that you
would associate with positive things, although in his defence,
he's done this before? The thing is, when you know horses, like we saw
in the Derby, the horse always sweats up. If he wasn't sweaty, you
would be a little concerned. I wouldn't be too concerned now.
American challengers, number two, town town town named after a place
in Barbados -- Bridgetown. You like the look of him? I do, a top team
as well. Tom Pletcher's won all the races there are to be won in the
States. You have to respect him bringing a horse over here like
this. This horse is shining and gleaming in contrast to the leading
Australian hope, Number 11, witness witness witness. Most horses have
their summer coats -- Star Witness. He has a hairy coat? Almost like
one of us going on our holidays when it's winter, probably getting
a shock here, but I'm sure he's enjoying himself. Looks well. These
Australian sprinters, they've done really well over here in the past.
He's on his toes. We haven't seen him in the UK before. Does he look
like he's getting over the top? Are you happy with his deme nor at the
moment? Some of the horses are over the top, some just want to get on
with it -- demeanour. I like the way this horse looks, even though
he has the summer coat, he looks well in himself. Mick and rish
which were talking there -- Rishi were talking there about the
American horses. What do you make of it here? Very good facilities.
What about Bridgetown? Quick away from the stalls, be upwardly placed
and five furlongs suits him well. We have seen the American sprinters
are much faster out of the gate and they tend to be able to sustain
their speed better? In the States, the first kick away isn't great. I
would expect him to be fast. terms of what you have achieved
through a career, how much would it mean to have a winner at Royal
Ascot? This would be extra special. Something we haven't tried before
and to do it would be exceptional. We wish you well, thank you.
Runners on their way to post for the King's stand Stakes and aiblt
different countries are represented here. Let's have a look at the
runners and riders -- King's Stand Stakes and eight different
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one of the most prestigious races of the calendar for sprinters. It's
a very fast five furlong track run with an uphill finish. The best
horses from all over the world come and tackle this race. In the recent
years, horses from America and Australia have been winning these
kind of races. Can't remember a more cos know poll tan King's Stand
he looks so well. But Kingsgate Native will definitely go on
favourite, John. Plenty of money for it here. They're backing five
and six horses each way. Great race. If this wins, the price will
contract for the top jockey. Exactly.
Let's have a close look here. A lot of the sprinters we were talking
about earlier, their highly strung nature. It's a very difficult thing
to just keep them absolutely right to produce their best. This is
Sweet Sanette, Jamie Spencer on board, the Hong Kong-trained mare.
She's six years old now, but again just showing that he's highly
strung. He's got a five furlong walk ahead of him now, Jamie
Spencer, because he's decided to get off her. I would imagine she's
one of those animals that could bolt to the start. Kingsgate Native
was taken down to the start early and we can see him down there. It's
a warm day today and a lot of the horses sweating up. Ryan Moore
taking a towel and saying, we'll dry this off. That's normal for him.
And Henry Cecil already discussing with Tom Queally what they'll try
and do with Frankel. Henry likes to be fully involved in the tactical
decisions. Interesting when he talked about the Guineas, he said,
I did this and that, and he'll tell Tom exactly how he wants Frankel to
be ridden. I suspect he'll be saying, try and miss the break when
the stalls open, get him in behind and settle him, try and, you know,
not make the running, don't go mad like last time. Tom will be
thinking, I wish I had a ride in this race. Because he hasn't in the
first two, so all he has to think about is Frankel.
Kingsgate Native trained by Sir Michael Stoute. Number Ten. This is
Sole Power who has outstanding form. They were worried about the ground
being too soft. Yes. The jockeys, after the first race, described it
as good. A couple saying it rides like a carpet. Rhine Moore thought
it was good, maybe slightly quicker. The first race was run in 1.2 off
the course record, so that tells you the ground is pretty quick.
Let's have a look at War Artist. He's swapped trainers a few times,
but in a race where they could go at, not a million miles an hour,
but they're goinging to go so fast. One that dropped out at the back
could surprise you later on. have to be aware that some of the
seasoned sprinters jump from the stalls so much quicker than the
English and Irish trainers. This horse was on his toes a little.
He's not using up too much energy, so I wouldn't be concerned. He has
in the past, the trainer said about him, he's used up too much energy
for his own good. There is War Artist, now with Marcus Klug in
Germany, being trained in the UK. Peslier on board. He's quiet on a
sprinter. These two were made for each other. You couldn't get
anybody cooler than Peslier and this horse, looks like he could be
out for an afternoon stroll. Very good. Sweet Sanette. Saw her
earlier on. Jamie Spencer walking behind her. She's come from Hong
Kong and she's obviously, not too bad now, but she was in a little
bit of a state and I suppose it's the journey, a different country,
the number of people here as well, got her a little upset. I'm sure a
lot of people will be watching this in Hong Kong pleased to see the
horse is as relaxed as this now. She's really settled down, dropped
her gate and I'm sure that any one of these supporters will be
delighted. Looks in good form as well. Here is Monsieur Chevalier.
Richard Hughes riding her. Missed a season. Didn't get the
best of runs on his debut, it was rather eye-catching in fourth place
though. Indeed it was and looks like it will improve again. Richard
Hannon, Richard Hughes, a great team already on the board here
today. Your favourite 6-1. We saw Hugo
Chavez there. 7 one he was. Rhine Moore, still 8-13.
They're all at the post with the exception of Ryan Moore. His horse
can be a handful. Knocked Sir Michael Stoute down a few years ago.
Normally jockeys go early, they leave. But he went earlier than
early and they wanted to make sure they got the horse down here nice
and relaxed. The horse has some good form to his name and he's not
without a chance here. He's a rarity in English sprinters because
he's travelled the world. Although he hasn't landed a nice prize, he's
ran with credibility. Jamie Spencer there, dispensed with his running
tactics and decided to get a lift down. I would think they're keen to
get the races off on time. The sprinters are finely tuned athletes.
Jamie's being driven on the way down to the five furlong start but
in all honesty, only about 200 yards to jog, didn't he? Wouldn't
have killed him, surely not?! start for a Group 1 race. Jamie
Spencer will be reunited with Sweet Sanette. This is the favourite,
Star Witness, trained in Australia straight course at Flemington. We
thought it might be the right horse for Ascot. He won a Group 1 and 2,
and a Group 1 down the straight on Derby day. COMMENTATOR: Star
Witness comes away. Too good for them. The colts that have won it,
they won two and three like he did. If he happened to win a Group 1 in
England, I think he'd be the first colt to do that. If you can come
over here and know you have a good chance to have winning, it's hard
to resist. It could be a career highlight, I would love to have an
Ascot winner on my rez May. mare whose son are calling the best
sprinter of all-time, she is. resume. She brutalises the other
horses and doesn't seem to extend at doing it. Our racing is more
toward deep racing. We have a pool of horse racers and they tend to be
the best sprinters of the world. They're won, the races, by those
who have superior speed. Historically, you can't come from a
long way back in the King's Stand. He'll step away from the gate and I
imagine he'll be one or two lengths in front. As long as he's tracking
well into the race inside the furlong, he'll be very hard to hold
out. Australian sprinters have won this race four times in the last
eight years, Danny O'Brien there watching from the sidelines. He's
done everything he can, now it's up to Star Witness. But the one mark
against him, Willie, is that he's not the best sprinter in Australia?
No, Black Caviar is, he's a mare that beat this one. We'll have to
look forward to seeing Black Caviar here next year, if this one win,
which I believe he's going to do next year. Kingsgate Native ahead
of Star Witness. The beautiful grey is Arctic. Monsieur Chevalier. Ryan
Moore will leave things late with Kingsgate Native as well, he likes
a lot of cover in this race. Interesting to see whether they
race up the middle. The favourite sweating around the ears there.
It's a very hot day. It's a very hot and very, very international
King's Stand staixs. Let's join Jim last to be loaded. Last one going
forward is Bridgetown. Restless for some time. Ready. That's it!
They're racing. In the centre, Sweet Sanette was
one of the first away. Up there too, Rose Blossom. On the far side,
overdose, well clear of the pack as they split into two groups. On the
near side, Overdose leads them. Prohibit. Group Therapy. Iver
Bridge Lad. Sweet Sanette. Tangerine Trees. They start to
merge now. Rose Blossom. Sweet Sanette from Hong Kong for Rose
Blossom. Swiss Diva. Tangerine Trees. Bridgetown. Star Witness.
Inside the final furlong now and it's Sweet Sanette for Hong Kong,
two in front. Prohibit. Star Witness down the outside. Prohibit
grabs the lead. Prohibit's won the King's Stand. From star witness and
Sweet Sanette, just behind. Sole Power. Tangerine Trees was one of
the last in company with Swiss Diva. The winner is number nine, Prohibit,
ridden by Jim Crowley. There's the winning trainer, Mr Cowell. What a
thrill for him. Let's see them cross the line. Prohibit there, the
asy came late, Star Witness couldn't take himself back up to
him. -- the Aussie. Overdose was fourth. A gap to War Artist and
Kingsgate Native, almost a dead heat there, we'll leave that to the
judge and Iver Bridge Lad just behind them. Just behind them, as
they cross the line, is Sole Power. Then, Astrophysical Jet, Mar
Adentro. Bridgetown next. They were followed by Holiday For Kitten.
Then Group Therapy. Arctic. Stone Of Folca. Rose Blossom. Swiss Diva.
Last, Tangerine Trees. So, the winner, let's check the one, two,
three, four. First is number nine, Prohibit, second, Star Witness,
third is Sweet Sanette, fourth number eight, Overdose. The 7-1 the
winner. I have the winner trainer with me enjoying one of the
greatest days of his life. Repeat to me what you just said? I'm still
going to say it again, I cannot believe this has happened to me.
Has it happened, I mean really? you want me to pinch you? No! I
just can't believe it, I'm overwhelmed. I've got glasses on,
so you won't notice I'm crying. You've had a lot of faith in this
horse for a very long time. Took him out to Dubai, you trained him
to a high level. Up always believed he was capable. You must feel so
proud? I am. I almost get a bit of flak from everybody saying I run
him too much but he thrives on his racing, he runs out to the paddock
in the morning, he'll be in there for two-and-a-half weeks and with
four days, he'll put all the weight back on that he lost in the race
before so it takes nothing out of him. He's a game, game horse and
I'm chuffed to bits for everybody. You have lots of decent horses.
You've got, by general standards, a decent sized stable. You are not up
there with Henry Cescle and Michael Stoute, but to win this race, a
group 1, at Ascot, what does it mean? It's the best day of my
racing life without the shadow of a doubt. Awesome. I'm just so pleased
for everybody, fantastic. I can't tell you how much emotion is
running through me right now, I'm just chuffed. It's the first time
that Prohibit has won at group level. It's the first Royal Ascot
winner for the owner. It was a very, very fast pace, blisteringly fast
as, out of the stalls had been Rose Blossom. She shuffles back through
the field now, and it's Star Witness and Prohibit who close from
mid back to catch Jamie Spencer on Sweet Sanette. Thrilling race to
watch. Overdose, so glad he's ran well again, they thought so much of
him, the Hungarian horse. Watch these two come through here.
They've gone hard, but that's their style of racing and that's what
they do. Robert Cowells bought this horse and he's done absolutely
marvellous. Took him to Dubai in the winter, he won there and he ran
third in the Temple Stakes up at Haydock earlier on and he's beaten
those two horses who beat him, Sole Power and Kingsgate Native. He's
beaten them today, he's improved for that run. He improves for
racing, so he's obviously at his best today and possibly just needs
the day over the flying five here at Royal Ascot was a multi-national
affair, a high class field of global sprinters, but it's been won
by Great Britain, it's been a first Royal Ascot winner for both Jim
Crowley, the man on board, and for Bob Cowell, Robert Cowell. They
celebrate the success of Prohibit in the King's Stand Stakes.
Prohibit coming back into the winner's enclosure. Robert Cowell,
a great training performance. Very skilful job. He ran well, ran with
great promise in Dubai. Now he's come back home to the UK and he's
won the King's Stand Stakes. The distances were a half length and
the same. The time 59.5 was about 2.06 seconds slower than Miss
Andretti recorded in 2007. There's the winner, he's done well and he
knows it. Let's have a look at the SPs now on race two, the King's
12-1 before the off. Was it because of you? I fancied this horse. The
wife's just text me, I've seen a lovely pair of shoes - you can't
win! What is he on about?! Let's look at what happened at the start
of this King's Stand Stakes. They are all towards the right-hand side.
Just from one from the right, the American horse, not that quick into
his stride, was he? That didn't help Mike Smith's horse at all.
Interesting to see that they did split into these two separate
groups. You see so many of them coming from this side. A lot of
trainers will be worried or delighted with that. Let's look at
the closing stages. Prohibit is a lovely sprinter. If you backed him,
you will have become involved with him. A lot of hard luck stories
along the way for this big success. You can see the Australian horse
alongside him there, every chance and Overdose, what a great race. We
saw Jamie Spencer getting a lift down to the start, unfortunately
the post came too late. A great moment. The United Kingdom has not
had a winner of this King's Stand Stakes for quite some time.
CLARE BALDING: There in your shot is Frankel, unbeaten in six starts,
the extraordinary winner of the first race in the British Champion
Sees and he will be in action next on BBC Two in the St James's Palace
Stakes. We will not see him race like this, but we rare I will have
seen a classic won in such style as this horse won at Newmarket. He's
proved that he is exciting and exhilarating. Now he has to prove
Clare Balding and Willie Carson present the summer showpiece in the world of horse racing, Royal Ascot. Five days of quality racing begin with the opening two races, at 2.30pm and 3.05pm, and the team look ahead to the day's feature race, the St James' Palace Stakes. Joining Clare and Willie are Rishi Persad, Ian Bartlett, Mick Fitzgerald, Jim McGrath, John Parrot and Gary Wiltshire. And with fashion a large part of this great event, Suzi Perry will be out and about taking a close look at some of the spectacular outfits on show.