Coverage from Ladies' Day, the third and biggest day of the world-famous race meeting. On the track the week's racing highlight, the Ascot Gold Cup, is run. Clare Balding hosts.
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we have grey skies above Ascot Racecourse and for Ladies' Day -
Gold Cup day here at Royal Ascot, umbrellas are up. That may be where
most of the colour is from. The queen has a personal message in the
race card. She says "as I reflect on the past 60 years much has
changed for Ascot Racecourse. The eyes of all those who love horse
racing are upon these beautiful surroundings upon this special week
in June." The wind has been stronger as well. The four
kilometres of bunting have been blowing about in the breeze. For
many here, with hats and umbrellas, it may be a tricky time ahead. I
suggest a big hat pin as well. People are looking magnificent. So
many book their day off years in advance. There is Bruce Forsyth.
Sir Steve red -- Redgrave as well. This, the prize for the best stayer
on show today - that the statue of Yatess. The first and the only
horse to win the Gold Cup four years in a row. Now safely retired
at stud. Fame and Glory has a touch of class
about him. He knows how to do this, having won it last year. This is a
great day's racing and of fashion as well. This has everything.
One of the most prestigious days in racing. For over 200 years, we have
gathered for this distinguished race.
What brings us here? The prestige. The horse racing. The fashion.
The winning. Stilettos and muddy earth.
The sound of hoofs past the post. Gold Cup's day. Ladies' Day. When
women, like angels, like sweetly divine.
Not thinking about fashion though is Hayley Turner. She has a big
task ahead. She's on board a horse for the Queen in the Ribblesdale.
Dettori has won the Gold Cup four times. He has picked Colour Vision
from the team. Murtagh is on board Saddler's Rock.
William Buick's came yesterday. He's the new ban in the Godolphin
team he's on board Opinion Poll. Ryan Moore is in front. Just in
jockeys are looking at. They don't really care about the crowds or the
photographers and certainly not about the fashion. It is all about
riding a winner? It is. For some of the top lads, the likes of Frankie
Dettori, who has won winners in the 40s here, he will be desperate to
get his name on the board. You are judged on your big successes. He
would have experienced that feeling you get when you ride a winner on
the bigger stage. He will be desperate to get it. The jockeys
have been presented to the crowd. An effort being made that jockeys
have a higher profile. Like swimmers and I guess motor racing
drivers, - all their work is done with with helmets on and goggles.
It is hard for them to forge an identity in the way that golfers do,
in so much as face-time. It is great that people get a chance to
see them. I think for all the lads as well a little bit of a higher
profile can only help their earners. It is not glamorous, in terms of
when they arrive, a lot go to the sawn that and try to sweat down to
the weight they need to do today. There is someone who has come out.
They will study the form. Obviously having a chat. There's a good
atmosphere in there. It is serious work, this. It is very serious.
Like I said, you are judged on your successes on the biggest stage.
Trust me, stages don't come any bigger than here at Royal Ascot.
There's Neil, he'll be happy to have a winner.
Unlucky yesterday, horses didn't run up to the mark. Murtagh - no
winner at this meeting. It is amazing what goes on in your head
as a jockey. You have so many things to sort out - you have
travel arrivals. People asking for badges. These sort of things. All
you want to do is ride a winner. That is all you can think about.
For you, at home, I hope you feel as if you have a badge and the best
seat in the house. We are here on the BBC until the end of racing
today across the three networks. This is what we've got in store for
you. Tickets have been sold out for
months because this is Ladies' Day - the day in which women
traditionally wear their biggest, boldest and most fashionable outfit.
Stamina for anyone in high heels, but for the horses negotiating the
two-and-a-half miles of the Gold Cup. We sent off two ex-jockeys to
test out the track. In charge of the ground, for the
past 16 years here at Ascot has been Gilly, he retires after 46
years in total as a groundsman. We pay him tribute.
We'll will taking you to Ireland, to the yard of John Oxx to ask him
and Jimmy Murtagh about the chances of Saddler's Rock in the Gold Cup.
The horse talks to the camera as well!
And we will ask those who ride and train runners what makes Royal
Ascot so special? Six races in total. The first of
them for two year olds at 2.30pm from now until nearly 6pm.
A few non-runners since the declarations were made.
Complicated is out of the first race.
Anaconda and Star Board non-runners. Let's find out about the state of
the ground after that overnight rain.
We had eight-and-a-half millimetres of rain overnight. The going
description yesterday was "good", today, it is good to soft. I have
walked the straight course here. The perception is the straight
course rises quicker. The timings yesterday suggested good to firm,
as as close as you can get. The straight course will ride quicker
than the round course. The round course is where the Gold Cup takes
place this afternoon. Last year there was rain before Fame And
Glory won the Gold Cup. Although there is some moisture on the round
course I believe Fame And Glory will cope with conditions fine.
Different conditions for horses on the round course this afternoon,
for the horses and riders, indeed. It is a different day for the
fashion. Let's find out about that now. We will not let the weather
conditions deter the fashion today. The accessory of the day may be the
umbrella. I will talk to top milliner steefpb Jones later on and
ask him to share my broadcasting duties. Eve Pollard is with us
today. It is lovely to be back, having done this gig for 23 years.
You can talk us through some changes. I am sure it's very
different now. In some ways it is. In some ways it's the most
wonderful show on earth. The women look fabulous and even the men look
more handsome in their penguin suits. In their finery. We will
examine that later on. And also everybody trying to find a
win and go home in profit, if they can. Nick opened his race card,
pointed to a horse's name and said, this will win. You better share it
with everybody. I am full of confidence after my display
yesterday. I like the horse trained by Mr C oorbgs x. So Reckless
Abandon in the -- --. Cox. Reckless Abandon.
Hoping to do better? I am the substitute. He could not tip
wheelbarrows yesterday afternoon. You have some predictions for us
this afternoon. It is difficult. It is the most competitive racing in
the world. What have you come up with. In the first Reckless Abandon.
Cay Verde is the favourite, but I am going with Reckless Abandon. I
think this ground may make the difference to the favourite. The
second race is The Fuge. That was unlucky before and you would think
she would have a good chance. This is like a rerun of the Oaks.
Fame And Glory - this is the horse that I don't think will be beaten,
especially now that if rain has come.
It has scuppered the chances of a lot of his dangers. Then you have
Fast Or Free. The Haggas horse, he has won twice. He's an up and
coming horse. I think you will see the best racing he's run so far.
Tales Of Grimm is in the Tercentenary Stakes. He's the horse
I think will be winning there. It ran very well at Sandown last time.
Michael Stoute has not had a winner so far. He will hopefully here
today N the last race is a horse I bred myself, in the king -- King
George Stakes. He is badly drawn. You have Fitzgerald to beat. I hope
I get one to beat the Mick. How did you enjoy your first day at
Ascot? I didn't place any bets. I think I will today. That �100,000
bet yesterday was not me. It was a bit scary. Kate will help us
through through the royal procession and keep you informed
with all her historical tip bits about the Royal Family. Not just
about our present Queen, but about monarchs from years gone by. These
are the shots approaching the gates at the top of the racecourse. Very
brave n the conditions, given that showers are forecast. Still we have
the open carriages, so that if crowd here can get a clear look at
the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. For those who have had bets on the
colour of the queen's hat - mint green is the winner. The Queen
wearing a pale mint green and that hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan. In the
first carriage we have the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Joining
them today Sir Peter O 'Sullivan. His last commentary coming on the
about that leading carriage, between them at the age is over 320
years, which is not bad! It really is not. Fantastic to see them
looking so well. We will be talking about Her Majesty the Queen in more
detail when we have seen the other carriages. In the second carriage,
we find a Royal Highness the Princess Royal. Princess Beatrice
as well. The Page of Honour to the Queen between 1985 and 1987. An
officer in the Welsh Guards. And also Jeremy Richardson. For many
years he ran at the injured jockeys Fund. And the Princess Royal is
Britain's representative on the International Olympic Committee.
She competed in the Olympics, as did Captain Mark Phillips, and now
their daughter, Zara Phillips. In the third carriage, we have the
Duke of York's younger daughter, Princess Eugenie. Edward Toll Bar
Marsh, a godson of the Prince of Wales. At the inquiry to the Queen.
Charles Richards, in a black top hat. Luckily, the winds seem to
have died down, otherwise hands would be to hats to keep them in
place. And in carriage four, the chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey
Club. His colours are well known in racing. Read Jazz, one of his, and
his wife is also in there with him. You will be very familiar with
those faces, Mr and Mrs Middleton, also in the carriage. The mother
and father of the Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William
celebrating his 30th birthday today, so he and his wife are not at the
races. They got married on 24th April last year in front of 24
million people watching in the UK alone. But billions worldwide
watched the royal wedding. Absolutely, especially in the
United States. It was an incredibly popular occasion. The romance, the
beauty. It has given a massive boost to the royal family's
popularity. William is number two in popularity behind the Queen. It
is fascinating, a big change. Crowds young and old gathering to
watch the royal procession, making sure they get their position to get
a really good look. We are not daunted by rain! The Queen
deliberately carrying a transparent umbrella, and actually matching the
mint green. The umbrella matches everything. She has thought
carefully. I have to confess I have not brought a purple umbrella. We
have had an awful lot of queries for you. The more information
people get, the more they want to know, which is fantastic. The Duke
of Edinburgh being very animated. bet he is telling some good jokes.
I think they are waving at the people on bicycles. Peter
O'Sullivan deep in conversation with John Warren. The Queen today
with a runner with a good chance, not necessarily a guaranteed winner.
But moment Terry has a good chance in the second race. -- Momentary. A
question for you, was Queen Victoria interested in racing?
Queen Victoria was very keen on it. She first came to Ascot after she
became Queen. Then the winner was put up on a great big blackboard so
that everybody knew. She had big success with horses but she did not
attend Ascot after the death of Prince Albert. She was mourning him.
Was there no royal procession? It was really until her son, Edward
the Seventh, became King. He instigated it again. He loved tie
society. He was desperate to get out of his mother's shadow and he
brought back the glamour and glitz. He would have loved Ladies' Day.
There was nothing that he loved more than good-looking ladies in
hats and umbrellas! Giving your study of monarchs over the years,
how have the female monarchs Dyfed in the way they have presented
different? The Queen Mother said that the English like queens, and I
think we do. If William and Kate have a little girl, she will
inherit the throne in the same way as a little boy would have done.
Some of our favourite monarchs have been Queen's, including Elizabeth I
and Victoria. It is a difficult job to be Queen. On the one hand you
have to be a great ruler, you have to be successful, but you also have
of modesty. When Elizabeth I gave that famous speech about having the
body of a woman but a heart and stomach of a King, that was very
important. You have to have both. Queen Victoria lost Prince Albert
relatively young, and the difference is that the current
Queen had the Duke of Edinburgh by her side. She is the longest
married monarch. She was in love with him at the age of 13. He said
they should go and jump the nets at Dartmouth Naval College. They did
that and she was in love with him, no change. Jump the next? Yes,
tennis nets, at 13. They were splendid. She wanted nobody else,
even during the war. She had a photograph on her mantelpiece, and
they were telling her that was too obvious so she disguise him with a
beard. A brilliant story! Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
are meeting the Dalai Lama, so they are not here. They have had many
conversations over the years. Dalai Lama is here on a ten-day tour.
Prince Charles himself has made a lot of suggestions that he should
be defender of faith, rather than defender of the faith. That is very
interesting. I presume they are planning a great big cake for
Prince William with dancing girls to jump out of it, now that he is
30. Their great milestone. I have heard that they are having a low-
key celebration. Were you invited? No. They lost our invitations! In a
few moments we will hear the national anthem from the band of
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its way of the racecourse. They have come up the middle. They have
now got a good feel for what the ground might be like. A little bit
soggy. Actually the royal procession makes sure that they
plough a different furrow every day, as it were, it so that they do not
wear particular trap on the course. The Queen understanding racing as
deeply as she does, she knows that the carriages could be turning up
the ground if they went on the same spot every time. There would be a
track that you could see for miles away, especially on a day like
today when the ground is softer. The royal family have always loved
the rain. Queen Victoria was always dragging out the ladies in waiting
in the rain. The only day the Queen does not like the rain is today,
Royal Ascot. So much enthusiasm and energy, not just for the sport, but
also for the entertaining side of it. The guests that appear in a
royal procession Orrell by invitation personally of the Queen.
asked how I can get into that, but it is just personal invitation from
the Queen. She has relationships with lots of people because she
just loves racing. She loves to talk about horses. Ever since she
was a little girl, some of her best friends were other little girls
that loved horses. It is important to her and it is marvellous that
she can invite people to Windsor Castle and have a marvellous chat
about horses and racing. Who knows what she thinks about Black Caviar
at the weekend. That will be hugely exciting and so much interest from
Australia in the fortunes of black caviar, unbeaten in 21 races so far.
Hot favourite for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, where the Queen
will make the presentation, as indeed she will do after the Gold
Cup. The candour of Wessex is here. -- the Countess of Wessex. She has
been here every day. She is genuinely beginning to get to know
people in racing quite well and enjoying it more and more.
Absolutely. I think she really does enjoy it. She can enjoy it for
herself. I think the royal family, many of them, are never happiest
than when riding horses. Lovely to see Princess Beatrice and Princess
to Janey becoming regular attendees at Royal Ascot. Striking out on
their own, as they do in their own right. Princess Beatrice has
finished her degree and she can look at charities and her work now.
The younger generation of the royal family are coming to the fore,
becoming more publicly obvious. Now the Queen it can take a back seat
and give more jobs to the younger royals. The Duke of Edinburgh has
been going out the pace of a 30 year-old. -- at the pace. As well
as being a tremendous honour and privilege to ride in a royal
possession, it is also great fun. I Sir Peter O'Sullivan is in the lead
carriage, having commentated for so many years. It began with George
the 4th in 1825, as a way of rewarding some of his friends. It
is so important to Queens. Royal Ascot was thanks to Queen Anne. She
went out riding one day and thought it was a good place for horses to
go racing. The first one was in 1711 and the horses ran around
bearing 12 stone, pretty heavy. It is thanks to our Queens that we
have got Royal Ascot. And in her Diamond Jubilee year, the Queen is
really seeing it at her best. she had a personal message in the
front of the race card this year, extending a warm welcome to
everybody attending Royal Ascot. She says that the best horses can
be near, trained and ridden by the best in their profession, and
increasingly we have competitors joining us from all over the world.
That is rubber-stamping the policy of Ascot to go out and actively
seek people from Australia and France and all over the world. We
have often had runners from France, Ireland, Hong Kong, but
particularly the Commonwealth nations. So having an Australian
interest makes it even more significant. You are so right. The
Commonwealth is so important to the Queen. The father saw himself as
the King of an empire but she is the Queen of the Commonwealth. As a
little girl she used to line up of was is outside our bedroom every
night. She used to feed and water them, take off their saddles,
polish them and play on her rocking-horse. She was an
incredibly enthusiastic rider right from a child. It was a dream come
true. When she was little she said that she would make sure that
forces had arrest on Sundays and nobody should dock their pony's
tale. -- horses had a rest. And she is right. Horses never race on
Sundays. Thank you, cake. The horses are making their way into
the paddock itself. And we have the horses lining up for the Norfolk
Stakes. In terms of the big race, they have two-and-a-half miles
ahead of them for the Gold Cup. Who better to assess what jockeys
should do over that distance? Mick also start for the sprints, and it
strikes fear that it is very uphill. This is a stiff racecourse.
Especially with the sprint races and the two-year-old. It climbs all
the time so you have to hang on to your horse and not let them run to
three. It dips down from the 3.5, for about three-quarters of a
furlong. Then it gradually climbs all the way to the winning post.
This is a stiff at six. What about the draw? It does not really matter.
You want to be drawn where the race will unfold, whether pacemakers and
best horses of. The ground itself is nice and level and there is no
bias. It is where the race unfolds. Enough about the sprints. What
about the Gold Cup? Does the draw make any difference? No. Get your
horse relaxed because it is two- the course, how important is it to
have your horse balanced? You want to keep as close to the fence as
you can. It's a long way around. Going down the hill here, this is
where you have to get your horse nice and relaxed. Running down hill
is easy for him. As you can see, it is a fair little drop down there
and it keeps dropping all the way. When you get down there the ground
starts rising again. Lowest point of the course - here
at the sixth. What's going through your mind? This is where you have
kept your horse relaxed. And you start to think jockey stats coming
in. You think, can I wait longer or do I make ground? This is when it
starts coming in. What about the Carson route? When the ground gets
soft - you see all these trees here, they suck the moisture out of the
ground. One race I went down there on, I went on Barry and the race
stayed over there on the soft ground and I ended up winning the
race. Lucky, wasn't it? This is a long bend. How do you
ride it? It gos to the two-and-a-half in the
straight. Basically, what you video to do is keep as close to that rail
-- what you have to do is keep as close to that rail, because that
will save ground. That is what the brave jockeys do. They get to that
tro-and-a-half. Then they go and find out and go and -- that two-
and-a-half, then they go and find out and go and win the race.
So far in the week, headliner on Wednesday was Frankel. Today at
3.45 it is Fame And Glory who bids to repeat his success of 12 months
ago. We can look at that now. The Derek Smith colours - the purple
and white. Similar conditions as we have this afternoon. A little bit
of moisture in the ground. As we watch the closing stages of this,
they are all to the end of their stamina limitations. It is class
that gets him through. There's no doubting that.
It shows you what this horse is capable of. He's quickened up in
the hands of Jamie Spencer. From here on in he's plugging on. A lot
of people may think he does not stay as well as some others, but
look at the rest, they are trailing. There is Opinion Poll. He renews
rivalry today. Yesterday he said he wanted the rain we've had overnight.
What about Saddler's Rock, briefly? You are quite impressed by him?
was. I just love his attitude. The worry would be the rain for him.
Jimmy Murtagh, he wants genuine fast ground. He won at Doncaster
last time around. There are a lot of horses in the race that deserve
a mention. They do. 3.45pm. The big race today. A race that lots of
horses over the years have come back and won again. Fame And Glory
is favourite today and is trying for his second Gold Cup. A strong
headwind which will make it harder for all those horses.
The Norfolk Stakes bell going for jockeys to get their legs up.
It let's take a check on the line- up for the Norfolk - our opening
race of Gold Cup day. And for a change, Clare, we don't
have as many runners. If you have had a bet it's been desperately
hard to sort out winners this week. This is also because of the ground,
a ground with ease in it. From here in the commentary position, I'm in
the best place, I think, to see right down the course and to see
all the action. I think we've got blenty today. The Ribblesdale, a
very interesting race. Second and third in the oaks. In the mean time,
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Is he the horse he has chosen? has ultimately chosen him. I would
not split them. Mister Marc was very good. Had he chosen him he
would be a 7-2 chance. They both have a very good chance. Which one
- I know you said it is difficult to split. If someone asked to back
one, which one would you tell them to back? Honestly, I don't know. I
hope Annunciation goes well. Mister Marc, he's very fast. I honestly
could not split them. I know I say that, but I could not split them.
Back both of them? You do a dual- forecast. An exacter. I don't know
which way around. Thanks for talking to us. Thanks. What a
cracking renewal for the Norfolk Stakes.
Craig Williams. Channon is the trainer. Mick thinks the world of
this colt. He thinks it is the best he has trained. They are all very
happy. Craig Williams gets the ride. I believe it's because the owner
would like him to ride this horse, because he's done so well for him
back in Australia. This owner, who is going to be the
big thing in English racing, he's buying a lot of horses and you
would have to think that they're going to be one of the big powerful
stables in the future. It is interesting, they have two runners
in this race T other one being Ahern. These colours will become
very well known and the Qatarry Royal Family putting their
financial and emotional effort behind British racing. They'll have
hundreds of horses in a very short space of time. At the moment they
have just started. They have horses in a lot of stables. They have not
really, basically they haven't got a number one trainer... Yet, so far.
Obviously, at the start of things, that will happen. Possibly get a
lot of their horses. It is very exciting for British racing that
the Qatary Royal Family are having horses here in England and enjoying
it so much. All we can do is, I hope they have a very good time
with the sport of horse racing. there is a horse to beat, either of
the horses it may be Reckless Abandon, tipped by Willie Carson
and Mick Fitzgerald. He clearly knows he has to get a shift on.
Unfortunately down on the way to the start. That is a fair bit of
balance from Adam Kirby. He is one of the taller jockeys. His weight
shifting over there, as he struggles to keep Reckless Abandon
under control. That is what happens with these babies. They have been
taught to go flat out, as it were. It's always a big job with the
paddock. His second ever time. There are a lot of people here
today. You can see he's relaxed now. Where he is now, Clare, is very
quiet down there. We get all the hustle and bustle and the noise up
by the stands. When you get to the two furlongs and down to the six,
it is very, very quiet. These two year olds will walk this last
section. We will pick up a few other runners. This is Cay Verde -
this is the favourite. A little shifting coming up. We'll have loot
look at it. As Craig Williams just said, right, we'll trot down
beautifully, lovely trotting style. He's letting the horse dictate to
him when he wants to break into the trot and canter. Let the horse do
it on your own and you will go down there slower. Those are very smart
colours. The smartest and the most prestigious colours to wear are the
colours of Her Majesty the queen. They will be carried by Hayley
Turner. Hayley Turner will be the first
women to bid to ride a winner at Royal Ascot for a since a long time
last time the queen won the Ribblesdale stake was 1995, Dettori
was on board. What chance do you think you'll have today? She has
great form, obviously from Newbury - a messy race. A lot of fillies
that ran in that race have come out and tried to prove themselves again.
A lot could put a line through it. No, her form is there. She's fresh
and well. She's - yeah, there's no reason why she couldn't. What is it
like donning the royal silks in jubilee year? It is a huge honour.
I am very lucky to have been associated with the filly from the
start and get a ride on her. I am hugely grateful. Are you used by,
by you, seeing Her Majesty in the paddock and chatting with her or do
you get butterflies and on your Ps and Qs? Yes, obviously. It is very
nice to be out there. She is very relaxed and loves to talk about her
horses. She's very knowledgeable. I have met her a few times now. I'm
getting into a routine. I disturbed mention Annunciation, not because I
think he has a big chance, but also because he was bred by the students
of Oxford Brooks. It is their graduation day today. They will be
watching and cheering on Annunciation. Not without a chance
either. As we've heard from the handling
camp, they don't know which is the best horse. That is always in the
race ing - if you cannot choose which one is the best, it means
both are none good. Joesy O'Brien on board Gale Force Ten.
It is his second runner it since 2007. Not a race he often targets.
It is unusual, the breeding of Gale Force Ten. By Oasis Dream and
Kirkwell was a mile-and-a-half. You have to think when it gets to six
and seven and one mile, it will be a better horse. He ran over six
last time. He's dropping back in distance today. I would say, on its
pedigree, they are taking a chance running it over five furlongs. This
shower of rain will help its cause. Look at the neck and shoulder on
Mister Marc. Strong. He look like a three-year-old in the paddock. Very
mature for his age. Another one dropping back from six furlongs to
five. They have to be sharp off the mark here, because with a lot of
two year olds some trainers do it more than others at home in terms
of putting them in the stalls but in Australia they have barrier
trials, so they work out of stalls before they get on a racecourse and
start having money put on them. you make of this race, Jim? Well, I
think Clare, that Cay Verde will be the one to beat. The reports are
very, very good. The winner of his last two starts,
and purchased by the Qatar racing Limited. So, they are moving
forward. The last couple for this Ahern. Storm Moon on the near side
in the early stages. In the centre, followed by Mister Marc. Further
back in the field, Jubilee Brig. In that bunch is Gale Force Ten.
Change of colours on Ian's Dream. Tracking them is Ahern. On the near
side, the leader of his Cay Verde. In the black cab in the centre is
Reckless Abandon. They start to merge, the two groups. Coming up to
a furlong and a half. Gale Force Ten is in a look. Reckless Abandon
running erratic live. Cay Verde, Morawij. It is Reckless Abandon, in
the centre. Down the far side... They hit the line and it is very
close. Riders abandon and Gale Force Ten and Ian's Dream. Just
behind them Ahern and Cay Verde. Further back Ocean Applause. Storm
Moon. Annunciation at the tail of the field. This caused ran so
erratic live. Look how wide apart they are. Near side, he has won
comfortably in the end and you can see it from this angle. That is
Reckless Abandon. He has won over Gale Force Ten. Close third is
Ian's Dream. Different colours to what was shown in the Racing Post.
In green. On the near side, Morawij in the yellow. Bertie Aherne miss
the start of his run. Cay Verde was on the wrong side, really. They
were clear of Ocean Applause. Mister Marc has not run his race
today. He was very close to the others previously. Clive Cox has
trained the winner. That is Reckless Abandon. He raced so
erratic live. Goodness knows how far he would have gone if he had
gone straight. He was violently to his left. Adam Kirby, being
congratulated by Clive Cox. His 9th win of the season. Adam Kirby's 14.
Reckless Abandon was the 4-1 winner. Fours, 16th 8. This is the first
Royal Ascot winner for Adam Kirby. It is the first time Clive Cox has
been successful in a two-year-old race. This colt has lots of ability
but stop look at him veering to the left, despite Adam Kirby having the
whip in his left hand. He is trying to keep him straight. He does not
get any further to the rail. When he came across the front of Neil
Callan, it was a worrying moment for those that have backed Reckless
Abandon, following the advice from Willie Carson and Mick Fitzgerald.
They were right. Yes. He did exactly the same when he beat
Annunciation at Doncaster. This is a bigger track than Doncaster, so
we have to go across a little bit. Adam Kirby with his stick in the
left hand. He cannot go over the rail now because he is right hard
up against it. I believe it is an American stallion. He is from a
mare that is all his speed. He is bred to be a five or six furlong
horse. I imagine this horse will be taking it very fast in two-year-old
races. An amazing performance. We will talk later about why horses
might do that. We will look at that with our analysis team. Adam Kirby
coming in on board Reckless Abandon, still full of running. No energy
wasted there! Just nervous. His heart rate will be very high at the
moment. That time is actually 2.24 seconds slower than the Queen Mary
yesterday. That indicates exactly how the rain has got into the
ground on this course. When they are wide apart like that, it looks
like it is much closer, of course. They were all over the shop there.
They were stretched right across the track in a furlong. Eight of
them in a line. Two of three different groups and I do not think
it was helping the inexperienced youngsters. Especially the winner.
If he had had a bit of company, he might have won by further.
Certainly company for longer. He needed it. He really did need that.
Let's check the full result of our first race on day three, the
Norfolk Stakes. Good weather for Clive Cox. Reckless Abandon wins.
There was a �5,000 bet on Reckless Abandon and well done to them.
Force Ten has run well on the far side. Ian's Dream not far away as
well. Morawij finished 4th. Another one that needed a bit more company
for longer. Cay Verde was another one. It did not help that they did
not have these for long enough. Reports from jockeys that have come
in, saying it is on the soft side of good. I suppose that time
indicates that as well. Clive Cox is the winning trainer for a good
team. He is here now. Yes, his third Royal Ascot winner. This has
given you some butterflies in the closing stages. Just a bit! He did
it on his first start. He is still a bit green. In a normal spring he
would have had a couple of runs. Over the moon. A great team effort
to have the horse here in this kind of order. I'm delighted for its
Stephen Farrow and Julie dead men, because they have been great
supporters. The ability that he has shown, winning despite wandering
about, it gives you encouragement and excitement for the future.
is talented, very talented. This guy has done a grand job on him on
both counts and we are very proud of him. He is doing a good job.
Well done. You hang on to run in the closing stages. What happened
on your perspective? -- you hung on to home. I just felt him. I just
felt him. I had my stick in my left because I wanted to bring him over
to the right to keep him away from the crowd on the left. When you won
last time he just runs around. He is just a big baby. He just ran
left straight away. It was very special. Is it possible to work out
just how much ground his erratic behaviour cost to? Too much!
too much for the horses behind you. He has given away a lot of ground
when he does that. But it will be sorted, yes. How much improvement
does he have in him? In it is just being green. Most of my horses
improve with racing. He has that tendency. He knows that we are on
the track again. In a normal spring we would have had a couple of runs
under our belt, but this year we have had to come here a little bit
more, you know, that is the way we are. Your first win at Royal Ascot.
What does it mean? A lot. I thought he was coming here with a great
chance. Now that he has won, I am delighted. Well done to both of you.
Congratulations. A very fast pace in our first race of the day. One
of them missed the start and got hampered. Ahern comes here. He
jumps around. There is a slight concertina effect. The horse in
nine it comes out. He shifts to the left of your screen. It just means
that a whole bunch of them get in front of Ahern, which is his chance
gone. Yes. There is no comeback in these speed races. He is only a
young horse. Only his second racecourse appearance. This is him
in the closing stages. This is Morawij. Neil Callan on the extreme
right. He gets slightly hampered. Both of these, one furlong further,
you still want to be interested in them despite defeat today. I spoke
to Neil Callan when he came back in. I think his face tells the story.
He is gutted because his horse ran an absolute blinder and got beaten.
He thought he was getting the upper hand with the horse on his right,
but when they came across it did not help them. He just felt he was
unlucky on the day. And he is marooned in the middle. He has
nothing to raise with. The horse is trying its best. He might be able
to find a bit more but there is no reason to do so because there is
nothing to get past. The winner had the rail to guide them all the way
home. Morawij and Ahern, beaten today but they still have futures.
An extra furlong might help them. The presentation is being made by
Katherine Jenkins, who sang the national anthems are beautifully on
Derby day. Stephen Farrow, the owner of Reckless Abandon.
Receiving that trophy. Clive Cox paying tribute to them in terms of
supporting them through the training career. That always helps
when you have got owners that can cope with the bad times as well as
the good ones and are fun to be around. Katherine Jenkins, only 23
when she signed her UK classical recording deal. The biggest deal
ever done. Was it? What about that hat? Would you like one. It is like
an umbrella. I would like one like that. We can get you one as well
and you can make, it's just like that with the fashion team! News
just in with Frankel. They have given him a new rating. 140. Well
done! In a modern day ratings, the highest ever was 141. Frankel could
set a new record. I think he will. Black Caviar might be impressive on
Saturday, and her racing will go up as well. She was four behind him,
134 when he was 138. She cannot skip him. She cannot but it is
really impressive. The competition in the race is not good enough for
her to go up by that amount. They will have to do the ratings on what
she beats and by how much. I would say on the race on Saturday, the
competition is not as strong as people like myself would like. We
would like her to be up against the real stars. We have got confirmed
runners for the Diamond Jubilee, 15 of them, and Black Caviar are drawn
15 of 15. We will talk about that race later in the afternoon. Let's
look at the fashion with Suzi Perry. We're just looking around the Royal
Enclosure, which is a bit different. None of this was here when I was
doing this. It was all fields. weather is being kind. It is. For
many years I did it addressed perfectly from top to bottom, with
Wellington boots at the bottom! -- dressed perfectly. Let's have a
look at how it was when you were here. Helen looked delightful, too,
in one of the big colours of this year, blue. An Austrian effect with
an embroidered back and a big bow. I hope that is somebody that he is
closely related to! The Leopards in effect and the disco effect. I
rather like the outfit on the right. A belt with bullets like she is
going on safari. This is the Spanish look. She could take off
any of those different levels and shorten and length and her dress.
Do you know what a are a is? It is a short skirt like the Mini skirts
of the 60s but with frills. It is based on the cheerleaders of
America. They are short. That is what interests most men but they
are very fashionable. I love that! It is straight out of Dynasty.
you can see, I was prematurely blond! The fashion was so different.
Bobbies do that was the 80s. shoulder pads, the power dressing,
then it in skirts, all made for a spot, if you think about it. This
is black and white. That is traditional for Ladies' Day. You're
quite cheeky with your comments. was so different then. No cameras
were allowed at ground level because so many really nice uncles
took their very pretty nieces and did not want to be filmed at Ascot.
Everything was shot from the road. You could not actually go up to
somebody and say hello. When I say I hope that man is related to her,
there were all sorts of naughty things going on. You had to
broadcast for 10 or 15 minutes on your own, just commenting on what
you saw. Idea of heaven, most women's idea of heaven! You can say
what you like. The BBC said to me before I started that I was not to
get them sued. So if somebody turned up in pink and screaming
white, and green spots, I had to say it was very brave. At the
beginning, when I started, there were no DVDs. Nobody really saw
what you were doing. Their friends might have seen it at home. Ones
everybody got videos, they all watched and then they said the next
day, I love what you said about my there, Ascot, apart from the racing
which is so terrific - it is about people watching? And behaving very
badly. For example, jockeys. I don't want to go into this too
deeply about why women might fancy jockeys, but they did. I would go
to many of the great jockeys at the time and they were sent button
holes and the more expensive and rarer the orchid, the richer the
woman was or maybe her husband was. They were pursued. Really quite
interesting. They had their own stalkers? Absolutely. At the time
people would dress up to get photographed by the papers. For a
while, Ascot is where you came if you wanted to get your picture in
the papers. You would dress up and all the film stars would come, even
ones from America, to be filmed here. Did you find, even then,
there was a commercial aspect, that people would dress up to advertise
things. Sometimes not subtlety. There were a raft of girls who came
in St. Trinian's outfits, that is when they got strike, as they have
-- strict, as they have this year. Julian Wilson, who worked here for
many years - it's his birthday. Happy birthday. Her Majesty, the
Queen has made her way into the paddock and will chat to the
trainer of movement movement. Her runner in the Ribblesdale.
Whatever any filly does this week, the superstar mare of the week is
Black Caviar. On Saturday it is a six-furlong sprint. We have 15
runners for it. The odds-on- favourite is Black Caviar.
Moonlight Cloud is the second favourite. We have last year's
winner, Society Rock, at 9-1. They are very good, consistent
trainers. They are 20 and upwards because Black Caviar is such a
short price. I wonder if she will shorten up? I will hand you over to
John. He has a man who knows all about Black Caviar.
You are from Australian TV. What is Black KaveVy yar -- -- Caviar.
is the best in our part of the world. She's up there with the best
horses in the world. A great effort by the team to binge her to this
Royal Meeting. She's won 21 on the trot. Going for 22 on Saturday.
When did the Australian public realise they have a superstar?
or six runs in. It was the whole package, the trainer, the jockey
and the significance of the colours, of the names. It's quite a unique
experience. She's becoming a punting phenomenon back home as
well. How much have they had on? Sydney one-and-a-half million
Australian dollars. Some of the biggest punters in Australia are
taking the shortest ods, as short as 20-1. Keeping tickets as
momentos. It goes back to the industry. There's the Federation
Square, is it 1am? 12.45am. This morning in Melbourne, it was
snowing in the other suburbs. Three Celsius. People will be cheering on
watching here. There is a black cab? He has called it the Black
Caviar. He has been taking owners around the functions here. Back
home in Australia you see the trend-setting. 2-7 - that's luxury
odds. Will she win? She will win. It will not be a Frankel-like
demolition it doesn't have to be. Make sure we cap off this wonderful
week. On to her at the weekend. 7,500
Australians here with tickets. They would think 2-7 is the most
attractive price. The last starts she's been 20's on. An
extraordinary price. I can't wait to see it. Nor can I. We will learn
more about her when we see her on the racecourse here in the UK for
the first time. She's won 21 races in a row. She's unbeaten. She's
broken the ten second barrier. I would not necessarily... I could
get called Nelly the elephant, before anyone else says it.
said about going to the beach. That's quite normal for a lot of
Australian horses because they train near the sea and it's hot
weather. A lot of trainers do like to take their horses down and, you
know, to the beach and let the horses have a paddle. Some horses
do swim. They go for a swim in the sea. They do enjoy it. You saw that
shot of her there in the Lycra suit. You might have wondered what that
was, that is what she travelled over in. It is like wearing the
socks on the plane for deep vein. Momentary has a great chance. The
Queen's filly, who will be ridden by Hayley Turner. There she is, in
the Queen's colour. Now she has got those famous colours on. Talking of
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here for this the Ribblesdale. The owner, for whom she is riding - Her
Majesty the queen and John Warren and Hayley Turner explaining what
she thinks might happen in this race and the trainer of this filly,
whose form is turning out well. Shirocco Star lines up again today.
It is the Irish filly... My word - that was bad positioning from me,
right next to the bell. That is the signal for Hayley Turner to leave
that gathering. There are the princesses there and the Princess
Royal, all hoping this filly lives up to expectations. Ran as well as
Charlton House yesterday. Amongst the opposition, Michael Hill is
making his way through there, riding for Charlie. He's looking
for his first Royal Ascot winner. Very famous colours here.
Roger Charlton going across to give Pat Smullen, sorry James Doyle,
James Doyle doing so well. A lot of how these fillies look on
the day. It's been a very difficult spring because they are sensitive
to the weather changes and with so much rain around and not enough sun
to bring their coats out, the best clues are from what they look like
in the paddock. We start by talking about The Fuge,
who is wondering around us now. -- who is wandering around us now.
Normally the Oaks fillies are normally tired. We have an extra
week this year... 20 days. They have an extra bit of time to get
over their exertions at Epsom. And The Fuge, she is, well we saw what
happened, she finished third in the Oaks. Everybody said she was so
unlucky because she met interference after a furlong-and-a-
half. Everybody will think she has a great chance. I do myself,
actually. OK, a horse who has ability, number six, Kailani.
looks disinterested in what's going on in the paddock. There's another
one who ran at Epsom in the Oaks and found interference and they
expect a belter run. Number 14, Vow. They said she did not handle Epsom.
She looks in great nick. She is small, she is stocky, strong and
she looks in good order with herself.
What about this for a musical line up Lord Lloyd Webber and Catherine
Jenkins. The big question is - what is The Fuge? A musical... The Ascot
authority does not give us a piano here when we could have
demonstrated it. I backed it any way. She did look unlucky in the
Oaks? Well, who knows what happens there. One's lips are sealed. It is
a strong field today. I would be really pleased if she does all
right. It is fantastic to see you. You are becoming a regular at the
races? It is my first time on Ladies' Day. I have brought my mum
and sister. We're having a brilliant time. You will watch this
with Lord Lloyd Webber. I will. She's my talisman. The favourite
for this race is The Fuge. We will look at two bits of film. The first
bit is the reason she lost the race. She is in the centre there. You see,
she has at this stage basically four horses ahead of her. In the
next eight seconds, that is about to go horribly wrong. The Fuge
becomes the meat in the sandwich. She is squeezed out. You can see
William Buick does well. She almost unbalanced and she's at the back of
the field. Now, the thing to remember, for all of these horses
in the Oaks, this is and will forever be the biggest race of
their lives. So nobody's giving anybody any inch of ground. Here
she is now having to make her ground, coming from the back there.
There's star star star and there is Vow. They are all renewing rivalry
today. Here is how far The Fugue is back and how much ground she has to
make up. She's having to make ground all the time in the race.
This is a crucial point in the race where the camera is at its worst
position. She gets unbalanced here. Epsom but this was particularly so,
got stopped twice. Shirocco Star is ahead of her there
and Vow in the light blue in the next position. She won three races
in the space of five weeks though and now she's back here so it's not
an easy task. It's not. Let's see how she gets on.
It's sometimes dangerous to assume that when a filly looks unlucky in
a race she'll turn around the form with the ones that finished in
front of her. If you take her win, she has good form and she looked as
though she'd finish closer. She has the most beautiful long stride. A
lovely filly. Might look a little bit lighter than at Epsom, but her
win at York was very, very good when she won there. Her form in the
Guineas as well. She wasn't beaten too far in. That is class form, you
know, a classic. Then she was unlucky, not beaten too far at
Epsom. Let's have a quick look at Vow. Good form here coming from the
Oaks in which she finished fourth. Won her first two start bfrs that.
Bred by Brian Haggis, the father of William who trains her -- before
that. They won this race once, a 20-1 shot. She's looking up there,
she must have spotted a plane coming out of Heathrow. Spotted
something in the air. But she's a very attractive filly, very strong.
What are they doing here? Putting on the Monty Roberts. Oh, yes to go
in the stalls. This is Pink Damsel. She's clearly got loose - oh, no,
looks as if Jamie Spencer's there with her. A saddle problem or
leathers. He's doing something with his lethest. That's the
photographer helping out. They are only by the furlong marker there --
leathers. His leather's obviously come out of the pin. It's OK now.
Now he needs to get a leg up now. Oh. He doesn't want to get a leg up.
I think he's going to run along with her. We may have a little bit
of a delay here. Here we go. Here's the head girl for Roger putting him
up. She'll sort him out, tell him what to do. She's a tough girl.
Whoops. Let's join Rishi. We have the chance to get a word with the
trainer of Kailani now. A disappointing performance in the
Oaks but were there mitigating circumstances? Everything went
against her, we thought it would be a nice pace. We thought the
decision was to ask her when was the right time to finish. They were
just slow, it didn't work. We will just forget that race, yes. How has
she been since then? Is she over her exertions from Epsom? Yes,
she's in good form and doing everything in the right way and I'm
really happen by her. She worked well last week. This filly still
has the class. We always believe that. She's shown something. She
deserves a chance today. When she won aleyed race at Newmarket, she
won it in soft ground, so the overnight rain very much to her
advantage? Yes, I agree. To be honest, if she's good, she'll so us
today, no excuses there. Thank you very much. All the best.
A quick update on Pink Damsel. Safely there but clearly quite
wound up, suiting and got herself in a state. Let's have a look at
Shirocco Star. She finished closest to the winner. She's got herself a
bit fractious. She's always like that, Clare. She's a bit of a girl
and she gets herself very excited. This is very normal for her so I
wouldn't worry too much about this. I remember Rishi said things at
Epsom about her getting too excited. Complete contrast in attitude and
temperament, Momentary being very calm and she looks a sweet filly.
Her Majesty the Queen bred this horse and Hayley Turner is trying
to be the second lady to win a race at the Royal meeting. A few more
going forward now. In terms of how you think the race will pan out,
Willie, how do you read it? Interesting to see what the jockeys
do in this case. I don't think they'll pile down on the inside
rail because the ground on the round course will be a lot slower
than it is on the straight course. So I would imagine the ground's
going to be soft where they are going down. They might fan out a
little down the hill here. They won't all piley on to the inside.
Interesting to see what they do. There's Princess Highway, the Irish
filly. They're expecting a big run from her. Her mother won this race
many years ago. The Fugue will be one of the last ones in. Let's go
to Jim for the race. Can Hayley Turner do this? They're
set, ready and running. In the centre first away is Twirl going
very fast. Out deep. Dinvar Diva. Hazel Lavery. Salford Art. Deep on
the track, Dinvar Diva now starting to try and improve. Well back in
the field, Momentary. Hayley Turner in the centre. Trapped very wide of
the rear is Princess Highway. Not going fast enough for some of these
back in the pack. On the inside next is Pink Damsel. Followed by
Kailani out the back with Chella Thriller. It's Vow on the inside
that shows the way from Shirocco Star. Dinvar Diva. Tucked away,
Hazel Lavery. Twirl. They race down into Swindley Bottom, followed by
The Fugue, who's travelled on the inside here. Further back in the
field, Inchina. Princess Highway. Pink Damsel. Momentary's been
shuffled back from Kailani and last is Chella Thriller. Pulling up
towards home and Shirocco Star the runner-up at Epsom kicks on by two
lengths. Dinvar Diva is second. Three lengths in advance of Vow.
Behind them is Twirl on the outside. Followed by Kailani being pushed
along. Hazel Lavery. The Fugue is getting the run at the centre now.
With six lengths to make up. Princess Highway to the outside.
Kailani. Inchina. Dam dam Pink Damsel. They now straighten up for
home. Shirocco Star's slipped the field, gone about five lengths in
front. Vow. Princess Highway down the outside and The Fugue getting
into the clear as well. They race up inside the two furlong marker
now and Shirocco Star's still there. They are starting to close and
Princess Highway is sprinting to the lead. Three lengths in front.
Shirocco Star. The Fugue. The Fugue running fairly well. It's a win for
Ireland in the Ribblesdale as Princess Highway wins by about five.
Tight second, The Fugue and Shirocco Star in a photo. Twirl and
Vow. Kailani was well back. Followed by Hazel Lavery. Kailani.
Out the back, Inchina, followed by Pink Damsel. So far behind if
others, Chella Thriller -- the others. And Dinvar Diva. No doubt
about the winner, number 9, Princess Highway. Trained in
Ireland at the Curragh. Ridden by pat mulen. It's won by a street. --
Mullen. Looks like The Fugue has second. Holland in fourth. Salford
Art, Paul Hanagan and a gap to Twirl who was up there for most of
the way and then got a little bit weary. Let's check the others. Vow
couldn't go on at all. And then a gap to Kailani who also didn't
figure. We were saying how unlucky she was at Epsom. Hazel Lavery who
got tired Inchina wasn't quick enough. Still the others are coming.
They were so far by hind. There's Pink Damsel. Momentary was well
back. So too Chella Thriller. But Dermot on the near side chatting
there and a man who's travelled the world and also trained a winner of
the American triple crown carrying back -- Smullen coming back.
Fantastic job. She's blitzed them and made it a winning hat trick.
In doing so, this filly follows in the footsteps of her dad. Her
daughter does the same now. We pick it up now. Making stealthy progress,
smulen hasn't had to go for the whip here. The Fugue has run well,
not well enough, and this winner is a very, very creditable and fair
winner of this race, don't you think? Very good winner of the race.
Maybe the ground would have gone for her, it's a very good family.
She won the race, the same race as another horse who won the race last
year, so at the same... Also didn't she beat... And third that day was
the filly who won our Oaks. This form is very good and that's the
reason why she's won a long way. Second and thirld were very close
together. Salford Art finished well, you know. Yes, Shirocco Star's run
a great race. Strong staying stallion. That's why they rode her
for Stam nafplt it just didn't work. This filly is very, very good
indeed -- stamina. You saw the celebrations there, Smullen
remaining calm but the owner absolutely thrilled. The distance
is six lengths and a short head. The time 2.33.67. That was around
about 3.67 seconds slower than Racing Post standard and well
outside the record. It's not a day for records. Dermot
Weld talking to pat Smullen. A successful partnership for many
seasons now. Dermot Weld no strange tore success internationally. A
couple of weeks ago he was away with a runner. He's won a couple of
Melbourne Cups. Viewers in Australia would know that. And he's
won so many big races worldwide. Let's check the full details on
this Ribblesdale Stakes with Princess Highway, the winner with
John. She's a fresh and improving horse.
Princess Highway wins the let's have a word. Congratulations
exyour 15th win here and of course it's all kept in the family, the
dam you trained to win the same race? Yes, it's NHS to win the same
race with her dam. She's been a backward filly, progressed well
during the spring. She beat the winner of the Epsom Oaks
convincingly last time out and I thought this was an excellent
renewable of the Ribblesdale so we had to improve today and she's done
it. How come she didn't take in Epsom and you decided to come here?
Ascot's always been lucky for me. She's a late developing filly, I
thought that Epsom might come a little soon for her and it gave us
more time to come here today and go on for the Irish Oaks. Do you
believe she's the best one-and-a- half filly of her generation?
proved it. She was running last Sunday but we decided to come here.
My only concern was in case the ground was slow for her. They went
a very true pace. Pat took his time on her and rode brilliantly. Great
said, our only fear today was that the ground was too soft for her.
She handled it extremely well. It's not too bad. I think she would
prefer better ground. The boss was saying she is probably the best
staying three-year-old filly around. She beat the Oaks winner. The form
was there. I fancied her strongly today. She's
an extremely good filly. She stays the mile-and-a-half and she
quickens. Thank you. Thank you very much. Just a word on the owners and
breeders. It was wougt by Walter Heffner, she was born in 1910. He
was born in Ireland. He lives in Switzerland. I am not too certain.
Any way, that filly, the latest of theirs and will go on to greater
things, I am sure. We are about to switch to BBC Two. When you join us
there, we will find out whether Fame And Glory can follow up his
success in last year's Gold Cup and become one of the many horses to be
successful more than once. It's a race that rewards the fan over the
years because you get horses coming back again and again to have a
crack at it. The most famous being Yates.
Have you noticed how their manes grow longer than normally.
Yesterday So You Think's mane was long.
Maybe Fame And Glory has a similar propensity to grow hair. There is
Mr O'Brien. We had 14 races so far at Royal Ascot. 14 different
jockeys have been successful. one trainer has trained two winners.
The Gold Cup at 3.45pm. We will switch to BBC Two and we will see
you there in just over a minute. The spots of rain are starting to
Coverage from Ladies' Day, the third and biggest day of the world-famous race meeting. High-stakes style is the order of the day, and big hitters from the international fashion industry are out in force, bringing glitz and glamour to one of the biggest fixtures in the social calendar.
On the track the week's racing highlight, the Ascot Gold Cup, is run. The runners will strive to match the record-breaking perfomances of Yeats. A statue in the parade ring commemorates the achievement of this equine legend in winning the long distance race four times in a row.
Clare Balding hosts the coverage from Ascot. She is joined by Willie Carson, Mick Fitzgerald, Rishi Persad, Suzi Perry, Ian Bartlett and John Parrott. Race commentary comes from Jim McGrath.