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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Ascot and it's started to rain. There's a very chilly wind, but the
wind was very much in the tail and behind Princess Highway who came
home in front of the Ribblesdale Stakes ahead of The Fugue and
Shirocco Star, Momentary for the Queen was disappointing towards the
back of the field. Vow similarly disappointing but Princess Highway
will now go for if Irish Oaks as will the third horse home, Shirocco
Star. The jockey said if the ground would have been better he would
have had a better chance with but it's a big thing to come here
and win the Ribblesdale. A very prestigious Group 2 race, she'll
step up to Group 1 class and looks well capable of it. At the moment,
you would have to say she's the best mile and a half three-year-old
filly about after that performance. I would imagine her being by Street
Cry, when the ground gets quicker, she'll even get that bit better.
really isn't terribly nice here right now. So let's have a look at
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some pictures of when it was a bit Glory being saddled up there. Aidan
making the final adjustments to the gert. We'll see Fame And Glory in
all his glory in the paddock after paying a visit to Suzie Perry. --
Guru-Murthy. 16 years and 30 years at the racecourse, time for other
things. What made you want to be a groundsman? I fell into it
accidentally. Came out the Army, had a few little jobs and sort of,
my wife's uncle was a manager of Sandown Park at the time, I was
looking for work and it just went in that way. Did you have horses
that were racing? Not at the time, no. After you've been around it for
years, you fall in love with the game really, you meet very
interesting people. Like? The Queen, for instance. You've met the Queen?
I've met the Queen. The Queen mum. You know. When I came here, the
Queen mum said to me, I'm glad you're here, you've come to join
the family, so that was quite nice. The downside is the winter time
when it's cold and miserable, frosty and foggy and you like to
stay in bed sometimes. So you are retiring at the end of June which
is very soon? Indeed, yes. Is this a joyous moment or will it be
tinged with sadness to leave behind what's been an incredible career.
won't be sad, but there are things I will miss in it obviously like
Royal, champions day and things like that. Quite looking forward to
it. The next stage of my life, play golf, spend time with my wife.
Sounds good. Yes, we do spend time together but she was working all
the time, so there's not enough hours in the day to enjoy life so
we are going to enjoy life for a few years. You could be dead
tomorrow! Thanks for that! I look forward to that!
Cheery thought from Gilly who retires from Ascot after being here
for 16 years. The ground here is superb and with the rebuilding of
the racecourse, so much has changed. There were worries about the new
course when it was laid but it's fantastic. It's been re-aligned,
the whole racecourse and, of course, they put in a lot of gravel
underneath that. Is why the straight course is always a little
bit faster than the round course because it's got a lot of drainage
now. Every in67 of the course will be covered by the runners in the
Gold Cup. Let's check the field with Jim.
Here they are, the runners and fascinating Gold Cup. The umbrellas
are up everywhere. It's raining heavily now. The favourite is Fame
And Glory. He's opened up as a strong favourite. This weather at
the moment who, will it suit and who won't it suit? A few technical
problems here because of the weather. We'll get you the betting
details in a moment. In this, we have a representative from the John
Ox Yard and what a trainer he's been? Yes, this rain won't help him
because they wanted the firm ground for Saddler's Rock. I would think
that this rain we are having is just going to scupper their chances
of winning the race. But of course, he'll have to take his chance and
they'll still be hopeful. The best horse that John has trained in his
life was Sea The Stars who won a four-timer. Johnny Murtagh's ridden
the Gold Cup five times. Mick Fitzgerald's been over to Ireland
to find out more about the horse. Recent success still echoes around
this yard. Sea The Stars is going to win the
Guineas and Derby double... Ridden by the strength of trainer
John Ox. Sea The Stars, a horse of a lifetime. She's going to go on
and win the Arc. Can this fella deliver yet more Group 1 glory? Can
you? Another win for Ireland and John Ox. Here he is. His tongue
hanging out. Always very relaxed. Quiet horse. This fellow is good
when he goes the distance. He just lobs along. A lovely mover, a good
ride. Easy to ride and it looks like it's going to be quite a
competitive race this year but I think he's there or thereabouts.
It's a tried and tested Gold Cup forminging. John and Johnny won
with Enzeli 13 years ago. This time, Murtagh is all too familiar with
the favourite and defending champion, Fame And Glory.
Fame And Glory is a very good horse, been running behind Sea The Stars
all his career and I always thought he'd step up to the cup distances.
Saddler's Rock would love good-to- firm, a bit of ease will help Fame
And Glory which could swing it his way. Johnny Murtagh, done both
circles, started with you, left, came back, went to Ballydoyle and
is now back with you? He got spoilt in Ballydoyle winning 39 Group 1
races in two-and-a-half years or whatever it was. Unbelievable. But
he always goes out thinking he's going to win, you know. He's always
been that way? Yes. I've known him for a long time and you knew when
he was here that he was always like that? He was. He's full of optimism
which is important in a jockey. He's very honest. His word is his
bond and that's his big thing, you know. He's just a true gentleman.
We are in a very privileged position? Yes, here they are now
actually coming over the hill. He's quickening away smart. His
companions have had enough but he's doing all right. The ground is
testing enough. It's a bit softer than he likes but he needs to work.
You are happy? Yes. He's like Hannibal out the A-Team and I'm
like Murdoch. I know by the way he looks at me whether he's happy or
not. We are a good team together and it would be great. There's a
lot of staff here who've been here since I've been here and, as a team,
you know, it's more like a family than a work place.
The wink from Saddler's Rock. I'm afraid the vain falling heavily now,
and with every drop, his chance lessens because he sticks his
tongue out at it. He doesn't like it much I'm afraid when it's
raining which is a great shame. Johnny Murtagh will give him all
the assistance from that saddle. He's ridden 38 Royal Ascot winners.
Given that everybody's sitting there just on one winner so far,
the race to be leading jockey this week is still wide-open. Johnny
could yet do it and how much it would mean to him to twin Gold Cup
for the sixth time. Saddler's Rock getting geeed up, has his tongue
right over the bit. Horses don't know what umbrellas are and
everyone has one now. See how high that one is there, that would be
why that horse was ducking away from hit. Yes, I think you are
right. They haven't seen him before. There is an honour's board with all
the winners on it and obviously the name that stands out most of it is
Yeatse. - tsh Yeates. The favourite paddock and parading here. Here is
number one, Askar Tau. He's got the head gear on. It will be a shock if
he won today. He's got a lot of ability but probably not up to the
class of the top horses in this race, the likes of Fame And Glory.
Bridge of Gold, similar comments apply to him. Will find it
difficult. Beautifully turned out, his mane plated. Caucus, again an
outsider. Here comes the reigning champ, Fame And Glory, Pat Keating,
travelling head lad from the Irish stable. He has the rug on at the
moment. Hopefully get a look at him when the rug is off. Opinion Poll
from Godolphin. He'll be ridden by Barzalona. Opinion Poll, that's
being ridden by Frankie Dettori now. Colour Vision won at Kempton last
time out. They have the rugs on at the moment and Colour Vision used
to be trained by Mark Johnston, the horse behind Colour Vision is Gulf
of Naples, also trained by Mark Johnson, so it's all linking
together very nicely. Horse nine, the last one to look at is
Saddler's Rock. You saw the feature on him, Mick Fitzgerald going to
Ireland to see Saddler's Rock and John Oxx. The rain that's fallen
here today is definitely not in his favour. He has a lot of class
though. To be honest, it's almost a comical
sight here because everybody's huddled together under the
umbrellas trying to share them. Partners in Fame And Glory. I want
to have a chat with you, is that all right? Yes. How are things with
the horse, things all right? Aidan seems to think he's great, better
than last year. If better than last year, he'll win it easily. That's
what we hope. The rain won't affect him? No, Jamie said the ground was
OK from the last race, so that's not too much of a concern.
Fantastic. Jamie's just come into the middle of the huddle. The sun's
trying to come out. I think we'll get a rainbow any minute now. The
sun is coming out. The other big huddle is for Sheikh Mohammed's
gang. Two runners from Godolphin, Saeed bin Suroor and Frankie
Dettori. They've got Colour Vision. Princess Highway you can see in
pink and tangerine. Beautiful outfit today with Sheikh Mohammed
and he'd dearly love to win the Gold Cup again. Barzalona to our
right. He Juan so well in this race last year. Yesterday I talked to
Princess Highway. So I wonder if I might be able to talk to Sheikh
Mohammed. Would it be all right to the horse was second in the race
and he won the other day and both of them have a chance. Obviously
the favourite has a chance also. He's the one to beat. Can I ask you
what you felt about Frankel's performance? That was great. He's a
very good horse. You will interest to try and tempt them to come to
the Dubai World Cup. And your wife had a lovely winner yesterday.
She's relaxed now! Exactly! Now we need a winner for you, Sir. Sheik
Mohammed with two runners in this your new restaurant? Advertising
myself. My new restaurant in Chelsea. Are you going to win this?
I will do my best. If you win, I get a free meal!
I'm on the right one. He switched from Opinion Poll to Colour Vision.
Is he on the right one? I don't know with this ground. I would
think possibly he's not now because of this rain. I would have thought
he was, until the rain came, then I would think possibly not. Opinion
Poll has won on quicker ground this year. He is about to get on Colour
Vision now. What about his chances? He was impressive on the all-
weather laths time. It was impressive to the eye that day. He
looked a really good horse. He had been beaten at Doncaster before
that. Number nine, Saddler's Rock. He's the last crop of Saddler's
Wells. He looks like Istabrak. You rode
him? That horse is smaller. He's got bandages on. You are so edgy,
ever since Shirocco Star at Epsom. Well, you got it wrong, didn't you.
OK, who's going to win the Gold Cup? Who's got it wrong - oh, Fame
And Glory. Go on, you say it to the people. I like Fame And Glory. To
me, today, it looks like a penalty kick for him today because of the
weather. It has come and helped him. Although they don't want it too
soft themselves. It is more of a hindrance.
Best outsider, in a word or two? Would you call Saddler's Rock an
outsideer?. Fame And Glory, we are both agreed will win the Gold Cup.
is very lightly raced, considering he is getting on a bit now, at six
years old. Trained by Magnusson and riden by
Moore. Caucus, William Buick is on board.
The pink colours. They've had good stayers, including Duncan who won
the St Leger. This is Fame And Glory. He's 5-4 on favourite. Was
top class over a mile-and-a-half. Was second in the Derby to Sea The
Stars. He is now the supreme stayer. He sets the standard. Everybody
else trying to catch him, including Opinion Poll, who is consistent and
he's classy as well. Barzalona takes the race on him. That means
that Frankie Dettori is on board. He was very impressive last time.
He could be the one that's improving and they don't know how
good he'll be. Gulf Of Naples, represents John John. Then back to
Saddler's Rock and Johnny Murtagh. We know all about this horse,
having shown you the feature from John Oxx's yard. The rain possibly
line. It's all about this race - the stamina. The Gold Cup, it tests
a horse's balance, more than anything tests its ability to keep
gallops. Nehaam is the one we had not seen.
Trained by John Gosden. Here we go. This is the big one.
This is the reason that everybody is here today, at Royal Ascot, on
racing. For over 200 years, we have gathered for this distinguished
race. Off and running in the Gold Cup.
What brings us here? The prestige. The horse racing. The fashion.
The winning. Stilettos in muddy earth.
The sound of hoofs past the post. He wins his fourth Ascot Gold Cup.
It's Ladies' Day, when women, like sunny as those. The umbrellas are
up. The rain is easing off. It is a colder day down there. Everybody is
jostling trying to get to the front of the queue. Most of that money is
going on Fame And Glory. It certainly is. There has been
bidding to win Group 1 races at two, three, four and six. Isn't that a
hallmark of consistentsy in a racehorse. Very few can do that
was a horse, as a three-year-old, he ran in all the top races. Of
course, he's an animal which makes him a stayer. That is why he's
running in all these long-distance races. The stable who had Yeats,
he's taken the shoes of Yeats, winning last year and he's hot
favourite to win again. Who's to know - next year he might be
favourite to win this race again. Jamie Spencer looking nice and
relaxed. Johnny Murtagh has arrived at the start with Saddler's Rock,
who was a pretty progressive horse last season and has beaten Opinion
Poll in the Doncaster cup. As a three-year-old, which is a
performance you would think is good for a three-year-old to do that. He
was getting a lot of weight, but it is weight for age. For a horse to
be mature enough to take on all those stayers, it takes a lot of
doing. He's had the extra year now to develop, strengthen and to just
get that little bit stronger mentally and physically.
I was talking about Johnny Murtagh having won five times, Piggot won
it 11 times. Barzalona looking for Colour Vision, originally we
thought Opinion Poll would be the one he'd be on. The ground change
could possibly change his mind. The horses lining up very rapidly. Fame
And Glory one of the last to go in. Let's join Jim for the Gold Cup.
The last three going forward now for this press tedgeous race with a
total of �350,000 -- prestigious. Not the richest of the week in
terms of prize money, but the one with the most history. Fame And
Glory going forward now. Frankie is in n the stalls. Has he chosen the
right one? Switched from Opinion Poll to Colour Vision. Last one
going forward now. Set for the Gold Cup. Ready. Racing in the Gold Cup
of 2012 and on the inside, Opinion Poll is one of the first away. Out
there too in the early stages, Fame And Glory. A bit wider out is
Colour Vision and Gulf of Naples is widest of all. The two greys on the
outside of the field. Behind them is Saddler's Rock. Further back in
the field is Nehaam. Followed by Caucus giving them a fair start
with Bridge Of Gold. At the tail is Askar Tau. They've gone through the
first furlong and a half. To the front is Gulf of Naples. They're
dawdling in these testing conditions today. At least by two-
and-a-half lengths or so. Colour Vision in second, a similar
distance away in third is Saddler's Rock. Half a length away, Nehaam.
Settling in fifth position on the inner is Fame And Glory, last
year's winner. Then is Opinion Poll. Followed by Bridge Of Gold, tucked
away behind them. Caucus on the outside of runners. Going very,
very slow here as they have two miles left to travel. Dawdling
along in front is Gulf of Naples. Leads by a length and a half to in
second Colour Vision on the inside of Nehaam. In fourth position is
Saddler's Rock who won't settle. Pulling for his head there on the
inside of Caucus in the pink jacket. A length and a half in advance of
Opinion Poll, followed by Fame And Glory. Two lengths further back,
Askar Tau. At the tail of the field is Bridge Of Gold. Ten lengths
covers the field. They have a circuit remaining and the leader is
Gulf of Naples. He's been out there for a fair way now, leads by two
lengths. Nehaam half a length away. Colour Vision. Caucus in the pink
jacket has moved up on the outside of Saddler's Rock. A length in
advance of Opinion Poll with the white cap, then Fame And Glory on
the inside. Just inclined to take a tug in the first half mile of the
race. They're two lengths to Askar Tau. Tout back is Bridge Of Gold.
They leave the mile and a half behind them in the Gold Cup. The
leader here is Gulf of Naples. Nehaam. On the inner is Colour
Vision. Half a length further back is Saddler's Rock. A length to
Opinion Poll the outside. Fame And Glory still third last. From Askar
Tau and Bridge Of Gold. All the time they are running downhill as
they leave the mile behind them and get to Swindley Bottom. Gulf of
Naples still the leader out in front. Nehaam. Third is Colour
Vision. Fourth is Caucus with the pink cap. Saddler's Rock is
striding out better now. He's appreciating the increase in tempo,
followed then by Opinion Poll. Glory gloir glory is back in the
field. -- Fame And Glory. Askar Tau. The rank outsider then, Bridge Of
Gold. They follow this stiff uphill climb. It's Gulf of Naples. Just
the leader from Nehaam. Paul Hanagan the champion jockey on the
outer. Frankie Dettori on Colour Vision. Followed by Saddler's Rock
on the inside. Further back in the field, Caucus. Followed then by
Fame And Glory with about eight lengths to make up. Starting to
improve slightly from Opinion Poll and Bridge Of Gold, Askar Tau.
Coming up towards the half mile marker now in the Gold Cup. On the
inside, it's Gulf of Naples being tackled in earnest by Nehaam.
Colour Vision followed by Saddler's Rock and Caucus. Fame And Glory.
Still six lengths off the pace, followed by Opinion Poll. Bridge Of
Gold. Out the back is Askar Tau. On the turn for the home Gold Cup now.
Gulf of Naples on the inside tackled by Nehaam. Colour Vision
getting into the clear. Two or three lengths away. Fame And Glory
now taking to the outside, starting to run on well. Two furlongs left
to go. On the far side, it's Gulf of Naples. Nehaam in the centre.
Colour Vision coming for glory. Two lengths to Opinion Poll running on
well. Saddler's Rock. Fame And Glory is running behind. A half
furlong left in the Gold Cup and it's Opinion Poll now pouncing with
Colour Vision, but they're fighting it out. On the inside, Colour
Vision is doing his best and Colour Vision's got up to win for
Frankie Dettori, the Ascot specialist, has won the Gold Cup!
What a boost for him! Very, very tight for second is. Frankie
Dettori, who's been fighting so hard to consolidate his position as
number one at Godolphin's ridden an inspired race to win the Gold Cup
on Colour Vision. Owned by Godolphin, train bid Saeed bin
Suroor, this gelding. There's Saeed. The gelding by rainbow quest. What
a performance! Very, very tight for second and we are waiting for the
judges' verdict here. Let's have a look ourselves.
Very, very tight here. In the centre, opinion poll's just got
second on the evidence of that. In fifth is Askar Tau who came from
last for George Baker. Then Nehaam. Fame And Glory had too much ground
to make up. He was never really that pap hi, I wouldn't have
thought, Jamie Spencer. There's the klaxon call. The stewards are
looking at something. There's a steward's inquiry. Caucus is behind
them. Now, officially second Opinion Poll. The time 4.42.05 but
Frankie Dettori, the man who in 1996 went through the card at Ascot
riding seven out of seven winners, a track that he's always loved.
Let's see if we can spot the interference here. Colour Vision
now starting to come out there. Just giving Opinion Poll two bumps
there. Just how crucial was that? Has that affected the result?
That's what you are saying to yourself and the winning distance
is a half length. Two bumps there. The stewards will be looking at
this and will be going into the room and hearing what they say as
well. Saeed bin Suroor coming back to lead him back. Really good
performance. Health and Safety gone out in front of the crowd, Frankie
Dettori, with Colour Vision. Let's have another look at the bunking.
Frankie is coming out there. And twice you can see there. And just
knocked Opinion Poll off balance, no doubt about that. The first bump
certainly did knock him off balance. Let's have another look. Dettori
has the whip in the correct hand. Look what happens. All of a sudden,
Colour Vision veers over left and knocks into Opinion Poll and does
it again. So there's two very, very conspicuous bumps there. And it's
the -- the thing in Dettori's favour though is that the distance
is a half length. If it would have been a nose or a short head, it
might be very, very, very awkward all round.
Whatever happens, Sheikh Mohammed's won the Gold Cup and I suspect that
Frankie Dettori will keep this race because he's not guilty of
dangerous riding, he's not guilty of improper riding, he may be
guilty of careless riding in which case the steward also say did he
take reasonable steps to avoid interference. Willie, we see
interference every day of the week. How bad do you think that was and
will it affect the result? It's not that bad really. Take the ground
conditions, you take the length of the race, the horses are getting
very tired. Frankie did have his stick in the left hand. He used the
stick in the left. He put it down, pulled it through, used it, stick
in the right hand twice, maybe he hit the horse once too many times
with the right hand before the stick went down and stopped riding
with his stick. Luckily for Frankie, I would say, is that he has won by
half a length. If he'd won by a head or a short head, there are
grounds for places to be switched. May it please your Majesty, Royal
Highnesses, Lords, ladies and gentlemen. The fanfare announces
the arrival of the horse first- past-the-post in this year's Gold
Cup. He is Colour Vision, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, owned by
Godolphin and ridden by the most successful jockey in the history of
Royal Ascot, Frankie Dettori! He is indeed. Embracing Sheikh
Mohammed, his employer. Sheikh Mohammed has both the first and
second but with different stables. The winner is trained by Saeed bin
Suroor. The second trained by Zarooni. They're both Godolphin but,
as you can imagine, quite a lot of rivalry generated by that situation.
And this is something that will have them on a knife edge. That's
for sure. Frankie Dettori, very important to him. This is the time
again. 4.42.05. But very important to him that he can hold on to this
race. When it's a half length, the balance is tipped in your favour,
no doubt about that. That's the situation here. A nervous few
moments for Frankie Dettori here, but you can see the celebration and
the relief on his face when he past the line first. Having made the
decision to switch from Opinion Poll and Colour Vision, nothing
would have been more galing than to see his stable mate come by him and
snatch the Gold Cup. But for Frankie, he did, in terms of timing
on this horse, and bear in mind this was one of three four-year-
olds in a race, so a younger horse open to more, this horse had the
potential to improve. A worbld on Fame And Glory, desperately
disappointing there, something must have gone wrong. The slow early
pace didn't help, but when Jamie Spencer got him clear, he never
picked up, and you would think he may be injured? At a furlong and a
half, his action wasn't very good. I don't think it really will have
been the ground that would have been the reason why he shortened
his stride, but he didn't look very happy in the last furlong. Seeing
here the celebration shots of those involved with Colour Vision and
Saeed bin Suroor equally under pressure. The Godolphin camp work
like this, like a football team on rowcation. There's always pressure
and even if you have been the number one guy, you are still
having to prove yourself to the boss, who is with Rishi now.
Congratulations Sir, you have won the Gold Cup whatever happens now.
Have you had a word with your jockeys and do you have any idea
what happened in the closing stages? Whatever happened, I think
to bring horses and to finish first and second is a great thing. The
Gold Cup, you have to wait the whole year to prepare a horse and
to come here and even the second one ran very, very well also.
It's a race you have done particularly well and Godolphin
have done particularly well in over the years. What emotions were you
going through at the final stages when Opinion Poll and Colour Vision
battled it out, Gulf of Naples as well? Well, yes, just finishing
together, you know, your blood boils. And the joy in watching
obviously the established Frankie Dettori and the young Mickael
Barzalona going at it in the closing stages? Yes, two great
jockeys. I mean Frankie's great and this year, the young man's coming
up also. Two improving horses. Thank you for talking to us. Thank
you. Just looking at Godolphin's success
in this race. They have lots of former winners of the Gold Cup. And
in terms of those horses, Mick Kinane rode two of them. Frankie
was on board one of the winners. Looking at the closing stages, you
will see Frankie had his whip in his right hand. As he smacks Colour
Vision, the horse veers to the right, bumps into Opinion Poll
who's then come plaitly thrown off his balance and almost goes
sideways. Mickael Barzalona is struggling to have the room to use
his own whip. So did Frankie Dettori do enough to keep his horse
straight? Mickael Barzalona is going to be assisted in terms of
translating. Mickael Barzalona's English isn't fluid yet. I hit,
just started to run around a bit, just been running two-and-a-half
miles so getting tired on the round. I tapped with my right, he shifted
to the left a bit. I brushed Mr Mickael Barzalona for the stride,
corrected him straightaway and at the end he won nicely by half a
length, but the horse were very tired towards the end and running
around a bit. Could you explain to Mr Mickael Barzalona what Frankie
Dettori just said? ( she translates) Nothing more to say?
Please could you wait outside for a minute. Mr Mickael Barzalona you
can go. So the stipendiary stewards and the stewards on duty today
examining the different angles of this interference and listening to
text plan nation of Frankie. There's no doubt Frankie's caused
the interference here, but he said I've given him a couple of bumps
and gosh, they've ended up really the first four not pulling far
clear of the others and that is the result of the steady pace earlier
on and the horses fin nirking the Gold Cup better than they do. --
finishing. The result's very quick. The result is not going to be
changed here. Unaffected. The placings remain
unaltered. Colour Vision takes the Gold Cup. Sheikh Mohammed and the
Princess can celebrate. Releaf all round. Frankie Dettori has indeed
won the Gold Cup, the sun is shining and the Italian's dismount
was not in vein. Congratulations to Mr Saeed bin Suroor, great success.
They've all been talking about the time. That is 25 seconds outside
the record, so very, very slow. That's why they were crawling
earlier. You can see Saddler's Rock pulling hard early and Fame And
second time because the result's confirmed. Her Majesty the Queen
presents her first trophy of the week and Frankie Dettori is running
out from the weighing room to join Sheikh Mohammed and Saeed bin
Suroor and the Princess and always Willie dreadful for a jockey when
you know you have ridden a great race and done everything you can
and you have to wait and survive misses a beat really and there's a
period where the stewards could go either way. But I think if it would
have been a short head, the stewards might have had grounds to
do something but because he won by half a length and he was going away
at the finish, that was the reasons their placings remain unaltered.
Frankie will be very, very happy having his first winner here at
Royal Ascot. A one two for Godolphin, shake mupld comes
forward to receive the Gold Cup -- Sheikh Mohammed. Sheikh Mohammed
and the Queen have so much shared interest in horse races and so much
so that the Sheikh gives the Queen so many yearlings as a gift.
Carlton House was last year's one, finished second in the Prince of
Wales Stakes. They have much to discuss and Sheikh Mohammed is a
great sportsman and he's matched and surpassed in enthusiasm for the
game by Frankie Dettori who's deep in discussion with the Princess
Royal there. Saeed bin Suroor coming forward. He's such a
gentleman. He's so dignified, quite and charming and polite and lovely
said that he is the most successful jockey in Ascot history. He is the
most successful jockey currently holding a licence. Lester Piggott
may have something to say about that! Everybody is aware of the
situation he has been in. Like a first-choice striker for football
team. His position has been challenged. Hasn't he handled it
well? He has. Mike Fernando Torres at Chelsea. He kept getting
supplemented. What is the word? He is the sort of guy that needs to be
in the public eye. He needs to be riding winners, because he is the
sort of character that as soon as his bottom it drops and you get
disappointed when things are not going his way. -- his bottom lip
drops. And the English crowd loves to see Frankie Dettori riding
winners. He will be the happiest man in the weighing room today.
Because he has come off the bend and scored the winning goal at the
FA Cup. That is what it feels like to home. I think he will have been
touched by the reaction of people, so concerned when the rumours were
flying around that he might be retiring. That he was somehow
sidelined. He will have been really surprised by the warmth of a motion
and affection. Let's hear from him now. -- emotion and affection.
said they cannot keep you down. I suppose that was a statement.
was great. They were both great horses, grid warriors, and it was a
hard decision to make. I finish with the best but it was a short
margin and I am delighted for the team and for myself as well. It has
been a very hard week and I am glad this came up. A great reception
when you came back in. A lot of people are on your team. It is
great. We have got a great team. It is a great result for us. You are
the old dog and there are some new kids on the block. They must have
been some extra interment edging out Barcelona in the closing
stages? -- extra enjoyment. We are friends but you want to win for
yourself. It does not matter who is in the finish with me, you always
try to win. Have you proven that you are still the top man?
Really? I have to prove it in the next race. This raised has gone now.
You are always remembered for the last one. -- this race has gone now.
The crowd think you are the top man. Thank you! Well, it would not be
Ascot without Frankie Dettori winning. Colour Vision wins. It is
one two for the boys in blue, Godolphin.
Just fantastic. I think that has made the day. It makes it royal
Ascot. The best race of the whole week, the richest race, the most
prestigious. And two wins it? Godolphin with Frankie Dettori on
board. Fantastic. He has made this week even more special. We will
change the Fame And Glory news and what happened to him and the
reaction from Aidan O'Brien soon. But we have been enjoying the Gold
has come out. Glorious scenes. You have just seen beautiful ladies
with wonderful hats. Top milliner, Stephen Jones, it is lovely to see
you here. It is lovely to be here, fantastic. You have got a fashion
show. What makes a really good at. How do you wear them? With
confidence. You have to get used to them. It is not a pair of jeans
that you plonk on before you go out. You have to wear them at home,
rehearse. They make you feel different, they turn you into a
Princess. Thank you! These are some of your models. Please talk us
through the designs. She is wearing his black organza hat, a little bit
like a buy corn. It does very well with the outfit. Gold braid around
the edge of it. Fantastic lines and shapes on her face. Very beautiful.
An ice silhouette as well. Absolutely. -- nice silhouette.
Hats have been getting bigger. Because of the new guidance is that
we should not be wearing fascinators, people have really
gone for it and most of the hats have been bigger. That must please
you as a milliner. It tested technically be 10 centimetres in
the Royal Enclosure. -- it has to be 10 centimetres. Are more women
wearing hats? Yes, and more tailoring. A tailored shoulder
needs are constructed hat, and the two things go together very well.
This says Stephen Jones to me. It is a classic shape, quirky and
biddable. Yes, it is a special Diamond Jubilee top hat but with
some punk in the bandaging. Punk is really a heritage. You loved that
era. Steve Strange back due to start with? Yes, 1000 years ago! I
never thought I would still be at Ascot. You are clearly inspired by
the 70s feeling. In Britain we have the great classicism of places like
Ascot but also the exciting youth movements in our music industry and
fashion and culture and the two run parallel. Are we seeing a
resurgence of that? We are seeing two things running along together.
People do not want to be completely classic or completely raw. If you
look at the young princesses, the Duchess of Cambridge, you see how
she is wearing a new sort of dress. And lots of hats, which is lovely
to see. Then people wearing hats. This is one of your muses. A
broadcaster who we know, Olivia. Lovely to see you. You are still in
the titles will the BBC. They keep running it out, it is wonderful! I
am loving wearing this, it is like being a mermaid. And it is called
The Mermaid. It is afraid so that it wafts in the wind and it goes
perfectly with your address, which is beatable. Thank you. I wore it
because I knew it was going to rain and a thought I could look like a
puddle. Much more glamorous than a puddle! You do it like a mermaid.
Really terrific to see you. Bentley very much an thank you for this hat
as well. More fashion in a few moments. -- thank you very much.
Frankie Dettori is happy. He is wearing the colours for the next
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race, the Britannia Stakes. Here As you would imagine, a hugely
competitive handicap, the Britannia Haggas Fast Or Free. There are so
many horses in this race that you can make a case for. This is Born
To Surprise. Michael Bell training and Jamie Spencer about to get on
board. Disappointing earlier this year but a good comeback.
horses will like the ground now that they like the rain. I will not
be surprised if he does not like it. Behind him, Nawwaar. One of a
couple for that owner of. Will he be second choice? I think curry man
is number one. That is because he has Paul Hannigan. -- Kahruman.
Coming to our left, Chapter Seven. Next to it, in the diamonds, Trader
Jack. The Roger Charlton. Lots of good horses in this race. It is
hard to go around this field and find a negative. But that guy, he
is a super looking cold, well- muscled. He walks well, nice
attitude. Just the right size. worried about the ground for him.
They were worried about soft ground at the start of the season. Soft
ground is coming. You could see by the Gold Cup that the horses were
rolling around a lot. It does not matter what the ground is like. It
is what the heavens give us. The ground is a forgery getting quite
loose. Not too many left in the paddock apart from Swing Alone.
Trained by Gay Kelleway, the only woman to win a race at Royal Ascot.
That is amazing. Given Hayley Turner and other women. This is a
hot-tempered horse. A ring bit in the mouth, so very keen. Very
generous in what he does. They will be taking him down nice and quietly.
Neil Callan looks quite relaxed, chatting away. Who would you like
to win? William Haggas, of course, Fast Or Free. He will like the cut
in the ground. Yes, Fast Or Free well fancied, and we can see him in
slow motion cantering to the start, is that he has won his last two
starts. He ran once last year as a two-year-old but he has run twice
this season and has beaten a big field at Newmarket. Ryan Moore
staying on board, not surprisingly. He will have had a choice of
several mounts in this race. We have seen him winning earlier this
week. William Haggas, very shrewd out for it. They know what they are
doing on the big day. That is Fast Or Free cantering down to the start.
This horse does it nice and easy. I any action. The jockeys say that
the rain has just started to open up the ground. This horse looks
really well. Robert Winston in the plate, the really good fellow, who
had a bad action which stopped him being a good jockey. He smashed his
jaw quite badly. Another good horses trained by Roger Charlton
and we can hear from his trainer. It is Trader Jack. Roger Charlton
is with me. He trained Trader Jack's father as well. At the start
of the season it seemed that soft ground would be against this horse.
Does that worry you? His second race last time was on very soft
ground and you won easily so I thought that was what he liked.
Then we ran him at Sandown, and he actually hated the ground. But that
was very soft that day. I am hoping that the ground will be fine.
drawn in stall 15. That would normally be a de -- dilemma, but
the runners are coming down the middle of the course. It is out of
our control, really. They know what to do and they will take pot luck
but I soon they stick to the middle of the course. He is drawn in the
middle. -- I assumed they will stick to the middle. It will be
quite a cavalry charge. Thank you for talking to us. I'm surrounded
by some very tall men and this is a very tall one. Sorry to bother you.
You are associated with a couple of runners. Graphic from the Royal
Ascot Racing Club and Apostle. Tell us about their chances. Graphic, if
he reproduces the Newmarket form, could have an each-way squeak. But
he was really disappointing last time when it was very heavy ground
but he should go well on this sort of ground. Apostle, he is tough,
well, you know. He is one of those courses where there is nowhere else
to run for him. For folks involved in the syndicate, it will be tough
for him because the handicap has got a grip on him but he is working
to the horses. He's over for the Olympics. It wouldnd take him
toopbgs to run there and back, would it? -- too long. I've just
been talking about his stride length which is 13 or 14 feet.
imagine yours is similar? I'm very slow but Edwin's a great guy and he
went undefeated ford ten years in competition and won sports awards.
He'll be commentating during the Olympics which is great. Great to
see him here at Royal Ascot. Thanks for talking to us.
Just rattle through a few more of these, because there are so many of
us and Frog Hollow definitely has a chance. Three runners in this race.
A few have run against this horse as well. In a race won by Gabriel
at Haydock did well but this is a great horse. The dark green,
Compton there. William Bewick rides there. Let's see what else we can
find. Let's have a look at Frankie Dettori. Nobody's hotter than the
man who's just won the Gold Cup. He's riding Piri Wango here. This
horse has ran on the all-weather at Dundalk. Yes. This horse OK was
relatively well beaten but the horse that finished second or third
was advertised to form. Joe Lyons likes not just social winners, so
he'll be on a high, Frankie, after winning the last race, it will do
him good. Prince Alzain there, Eddie Ahern riding this for Gerard
will only run their horses three times if they have the Britannia in
mind and Prince Alzain's ran a little bit more often that that.
What about Leqqaa who's having a decent season? He's normally number
two to Henry Cecil, we see him on the likes of Bullet Train and
occasionally the form is reversed and he'll get to ride a big winner.
Great jockey. He is. Equitable Equitable. Ian normally travels to
Ascot on his motorbike because he normally heads off and beats the
traffic, weaving in and out. Joe tp fanning riding Switzerland. Mark
Johnston's firing a fair few. horse has a chance. You are saying
that about everything? But it's a massive handicap and I'm trying to
cover myself in glory after yesterday. Exactly. That's been
said of 29 out of the 30 runners. Richard Hannon's got plenty of
runners in this. I don't know what the pecking order will be like.
would like to think Richard has a few chances.
Leqqaa there. Democretes here. Stepping up from
six furlongs to a mile. Good form at two furlongs. Just struggled to
recapture that level. The stalls handlers doing such a
good job. We should do a piece on them, a day in the life of them.
Amazing, they're piled on to a bus and off they go, meeting to meeting.
Stkpwh you can see that one's going to go forward relatively easily,
but they have to get their weight behind it and they have to keep
calm around the horses as well. A lot of them get wound up and are
not necessarily showing their best when they're wound up. Frog Hollow.
A definite chance. Crowley riding fairly quickly so we'll hand you
over to Jim. Going forward there is Forest Row and John attempting to
complete a really big double. There he is. Big chance of Forest Row to
win the Britannia. The last couple going forward now. Prince Alzain
going in. Hamza is locked away. I think they are just about ready for
the Britannia. They are set. They're racing and away to a good
start too. One of the first away on the near side is Come On Blue Chip.
They split into two groups now. Lord of the Shadows. As they settle
into stride, it's Lord of the Shadows on the near side showing
the way. On the near side, it's Hamza up there as well. So too
Leqqaa not that far away. Bronze Angel there as well and also in
that group is Red Seventy. Come On Blue Chip is there as well. Frog
Hollow followed by Swing Alone. The far side now, and we've got Piri
Wango, Frankie Dettori on the far side up there as well Fast Or Free.
Lucky Henry behind them. Graphic followed by row row row. As they
head up now towards halfway -- Forest Row. Hamza on the near side.
Trying to get into it as well. They are starting to verge now and over
on the far side, Piri Wango being tackled by Fast Or Free. Van Ellis.
Lucky Henry. Bronze Angel. Hamza battling on. Mississippi coming in
from Graphic. Compton. Fast Or Free has taken it up now with furlong
left to go. Mister Music out after him. Followed by Compton. The
action on the far side. Fast Or Free trying to hold on. Coming fast
is Mister Music and Bronze Angel. Fast Or Free is going to win the
Britannia. Mister Music second, third Bronze Angel, fourth is
Compton, followed further back by Piri Wango, then Kahruman. Born To
Surprise. One of the last to cross the line, there are a couple of
groups of them, one of the last was Ian and Christine. This gelding by
Not Now Kay toe. Elated with that if I can I have -- Kato. Let's see
them cross the line. Bronze Angel finished with a flourish for third.
Compton fourth. They're strung out aren't they. Piri Wango behind them.
Crosss the line ahead of Kahruman. A gap of four or five lengths to
Born To Surprise and Swing Alone. And then just behind them is Hamza
who showed so much early pace. Van Ellis. Further back in the centre,
the diamond jacket, Trader Jack and also there is Graphic. Not that far
away is Switzerland and also my opinion sip pi there in that group
as well. Then deck deck deck -- Switzerland and also Mississippi
and Democretes. Frog Hollow, further back Chapter Seven. Lucky
Henry. Apostle well back and the last few straggleers. Come On Blue
Chip. Another four there. They muffin Nished over half a furlong
between first to last. There's the winner though, number
29, Fast Or Free, ridden by Ryan like a favourite as well. The
punters are cheering and the bookmakers weeping because this
horse was really well supported. The 6-1 favourite fast or free
comes home in front to give Ryan Moore his second winner of the week,
Mr Haggis's first. He hits the back of the net this time. In style as
well. This horse has rad a really sweet run through and Ryan needs a
little bit of company. Poor old Hayley Turner. My heart bleeds for
her because it was left on its own. You have heard from Willie when he
said the draw doesn't really matter as long as you know where the pace
is and the pace was all this side. Ryan Moore knew that he had a horse
way out. Maximum 30 runners here and just snook in as number 29. It
was a real dicey position to be in having won his two starts so far
this year. The handicapper putting him up just enough to get into the
race. They must have been pleased to see his name amongst them. It's
a 48-hour declaration so two days ago they would have known at 10.10,
this horse just snook in. Ryan Moore coming back, his 15th Ascot
winner. He was successful yesterday. On Tuesday that was, I beg your
pardon. Drained by Willie llins. The last two years, Ryan has won
the Royal Ascot top jockey award. He rode a total of four winners in
2010 and three winners last year. So he's well on his way here as
well to another title. If you go back through the records,
you see that Dettori won three in a row back in the late 90s.
Hard to do. Mick Kinane did it as well. Another great jockey here at
the Royal meeting. But let's check the full result now on this very,
very competitive handicap. Another one. The punters are happy down
William Haggis just orchestrating the official photo for fast or free
-- Fast Or Free. You deserved a change of luck this week? Not sure
about that, but it was nice to win. You had a few close shaves. How
much of the rain helped him today? I think maybe quite a lot.
Because I think he's enjoyed the ground. He did a nice job, he was
tailor made for this if he got in and he just did. Improving at a
roit of knots, as the old cliche goes, how far do you think he can
go -- at a rate of knots? I don't know really, Health and Safety come
a long way, had three races in quick succession, so we'll have to
sit quiet and see where we go. I'm delighted. Just about a trip for
him, pedigree-wise, does it offer scope for a bit more? Yes, it
probably does, but Ryan thought after his last run he'd get a mile
and a quarter, haven't had tame to talk to him yet, but sounds good
for him, plenty of pace and he stays on well. He has a great
temperament. Nice to get that Royal Ascot winner isn't it? I can't tell
you how much it means to all of us who train to have a winner here,
it's great. Well done. Thanks. Let's look back at the closing
stages of this Britannia handicap. Willie is with me this time.
Nothing very much happened at the but this is coming down to two
furlong mark. Most of the action will be over here. This is the
winner, travelled nicely the whole way through. Compton is third there.
Fourth, sorry. Hayley Turner there. Yes, in the centre. Beats the
horses it's running against, but is a little too far away from where it
appeared to be where the best ground was. I don't know if it was
the best ground but Frankie helped Frankie centres are also good three
furlongs out. He sent it. -- Frankie sent his horse three
furlongs out. Hayley Turner finished very well. She has come
all the way across the track. if we are all the way back through
them, it is a long way. You said this was a good looking bunch of
horses. They were, but look at them still coming! They are getting
rather tired on this fresh rain. It is making the ground a looser on
top. Some horses are just scratching. It is interesting to
see that the lower the numbers, the faster they seemed to be going.
had two big handicaps. The one on Saturday afternoon, six furlongs,
shorter than this. If it keeps on raining, you want to be drawn low?
All those people with low numbers will be happy indeed. That is the
Britannia Stakes. A good win and class C. -- a classy win. I have
got Ryan Moore with me, the winning jockey. Second win of the week. How
good was that performance and this year's Britannia? I don't know how
good the race was. My horse is very good. He travels very well with a
good rhythm. He showed a good attitude and he is very tough.
important is the ground to him? enjoys it. I have only ridden him
Onslow ground so I do not know how he would handle it otherwise.
could get further in time, as well? At Newmarket I thought he would go
further. He stuck it out well here. There is no reason why he would not.
Well done. I think you are up next of the presentation.
Congratulations. Roger Bannister on the left, the first man to break
four minutes for the mile in 1954. Presenting the trophy appropriately
to the winner of the mile handicap. And the owners of Fast Or Free,
joined now by the trainer, William Haggas. Just a bit more of a
postscript to the Gold Cup, we mentioned that fame or glory was
disappointing in that. You could see that he was disappointing and
we wondered if something might have been amiss. What did Jamie Spencer
say? He did some head-scratching, to be honest. He thought that the
horse had every chance. They went slow, but it was crawling. But this
horse is capable of picking up off the slow pace, but nothing worked.
Silvestre De Sousa is part of the Godolphin gang. Was he doing it for
them or himself? He seemed to be doing it for himself. He was very
pleased with how his horse performed. Ryan Moore on the trophy
podium now after his second win of the week. That is enough to put him
out in front in terms of the leading jockey. There is no money
involved in this but the jockeys really do care about who will take
home the trophy. Richard Hughes has got so close in years to come but
lost out on the last day. He has not yet had a winner. Ryan Moore on
two and all the rest on one. We have had for 215 -- 15 different
jockeys so far. There was a lot of back-slapping going on when Frankie
Kovac in because he is popular among the lads. Everybody was keen
to say well done because they know what it means to him. Let's have a
bit more of the fashion on Ladies' Day with Suzi Perry.
Thank you. Even I have had an absolute ball today. It has been
her jubilation Ladies' Day. Lots of red, white and blue. The fabulous
padded and lots of high heels, so high that women were tottering all
over the course. -- a fabulous pageant. We have got some footage
and I would like you to commentate as you used to in 1980s style. Can
we run the images? There we are. That is the jubilation, red, white
and blue. A lot of that. And escalators, a new thing! She seems
very happy. That lady is wearing a fascinator beside her. Pashminas or
over the place. I am not sure how good they are but they keep the
winds out. And then all those colours. Those ladies look as
though they are having a great time. Black and white, very traditional.
And lots more smaller hats this year. That is a big one. Sliding
down the escalator. Look how fabulous it is. And some
interesting issues. Very trendy actually. And at length skirt, a
bit vintage. Her beautiful jacket. The usual sunglasses and hat
combination in bright pink. She looks very elegant. Very classic.
We have seen a lot of red in the royal carriages. This lady looks
cool with a large hat to keep off the rain. The wedge. We have seen
that a lot today. They look lovely. A large bag with everything in it,
probably even sandwiches. Royal sandwiches with no crusts?
exactly! This is one of the things that has happened. You do not need
to be fantastically rich to dress well at Ascot nowadays. You can buy
some beautiful day dresses on the High Street. A success is buying
vintage. 40s and 50s is a winner at Royal Ascot. We have seen wonderful
girls wearing closing older than me. And we saw Carole Middleton earlier
and you were impressed. I thought she looked fantastic. If I was
still editing a newspaper tomorrow, she would be my picture on the
front. She and the Queen would do it very well. They were the stars
of the day. She looked lovely in red, just like her daughter. It has
been an absolute joy having you with me today. Super.
Eve Pollard and Suzi Perry. Many thanks to them. Let's take you
through the story of Gold Cup day at Royal Ascot. After two days of
bright sunshine, we have grey skies above Ascot Racecourse. The Ladies'
Reckless Abandon! They hit the line and it is very close. Reckless
Abandon. They are off and running. The bird has flown, I reckon.
Princess Highway starts to draw away. Winceyette by about five. --
wins it. Half a furlong left to go in the Gold Cup. It is brilliant.
Television. They are fighting it out. Colour Vision is doing the
best! Colour Vision has got it for Frankie Dettori. 4th of Fast Or
Free is going to win the Britannia! I am joined are now by two sporting
knights of the realm, Sir Steve Redgrave and Roger Bannister. They
have both been presenting trophies today. Are you a regular racegoer?
I am not. It is my first time here and it has been fantastic and I
presenting a trophy, but is it your first time here? 30 years ago, so
it's a very rare occurrence. In retirement you sometimes get asked
to do unusual things and so, as it was ladies' day and I've got my
wife and my two daughters here, it was something I could not refuse.
And they look after you extremely well if you are presenting a trophy
so I'm sure you have had a wonderful day. I wanted to ask you
about Frankel and the performance over a mile on Tuesday and Sir
Roger, given your own performance over a mile, in 1954, and we can
have a look at that, when you broke the four-minute barrier for the
mile and became the first man to achieve that. In terms of your own
physical preparation and mental preparation for this, what do you
think was the key? Well, it's the science really of
total exhaustion. It's a question of not having anything left at the
end or, as I said, taking out of yourself more than you've got.
That's the secret and it's the secret I suppose of rowing too.
must be and Steve I know that must be and Steve I know that
certain rowers and Matthew held that record of the greatest lung
capacity, you probably do find that you are put together slightly
better than most other people in terms of being able to take in the
air that you can? Certainly it's a lot of training and preparation and
that is what makes the difference of being able to get to the start
line. The people who cross the that have the better capacity in
some ways, especially in endurance- based sports, the mile, the 2,000
metres that I used to race, it's about the oxygen uptake that you
can absorb the oxygen from the air that you are breathing in. That'ss
the key element. There's a survey done recently which says the
athletes that've had the higher VO2 maximums have been the ones winning
The amazing thing watching Frankel, he did not look like he was
expending too much energy. There is no obvious sign is a rule. Red Rum
was quite short, I think. Not very tall, but he could sprint and run
in the Grand National. I do not think this would happen now. You
have to specialise. Sebastian Coe of course held the record for 800
metres. I suppose that is the equivalent to one mile, whereas a
mile in horseracing terms is probably two miles. It is very
difficult to draw comparisons. Thinking about physical shape, and
when you get an outstanding athlete, like you. -- Usain Bolt, very tall
with that long stride, once he gets started he is very difficult to
beat. To take the science a little bit further, the muscles have got
fast twitch fibres, which are needed by the sprinter. They run up
an oxygen debt. Lactic acid. And there are slow twitching fibres
that are needed by marathon runners. It so happens that for the human
being, the mile is exactly halfway between. I suppose I did not bother
to have a test of my muscle composition, but I was probably 50%
fast fibre and 50% slow. Usain Bolt is probably 90% fast. That is what
we now know scientifically about it. A fascinating to discuss this and
beaded into other sports. Wonderful to talk to you. Steve Redgrave and
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is over a mile and a quarter. The open. Wrotham Heath is the
five, a little look ahead to tomorrow, day four. The Coronation
Stakes is the big race on the cards. Martin will be riding summer tarred
tomorrow, the winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas. That must be a great
memory for you. Yes, it will stay with me for a long time. To do it
on home soil was fantastic. That was your first ride, wasn't it?
my first ride on the filly and a classic. Things going well. The
runner-up that day has already come out in the Jersey Stakes. The form
has had a nice boost already. People will think it was not a true
run, but I think it took the filly to come to herself through the year,
and she's got on the day and she has been in great form since. --
she sparked on the day. What about the weather? There are showers
forecast. Do you want more rain? Not really, to be honest, but I
prefer the ground to be looser than dead. She was good racing on soft
ground last year, quite close. Whatever will happen, we cannot
change it. She has been on good form at home. I tried ter on tough
ground and she went through it. All we can do is hope. Hopefully your
Grimm in this race. Just the one start this year, that was over a
mile. Stepping up today, what is the thinking? He indicated in that
race that he'd want further than a mile. We've always liked him. I
would be a bit concerned about the ground, we don't really know, he
has an American pedigree and probably wants it quicker than it
is. A word on the well-being of Carlton House after a great run
yesterday? A little stiff this morning, which is to be expected
and we'll sit down and think about the next move. Thank you very
much.- -Henry Cecil talking about the chances of his runner, but this
is Wrotham Heath. That is, sorry, that was Michael Stoute, we are
looking at Henry Cecil there. This is a horse we saw at Epsom and were
pretty impressed, to be honest. I think he'd have a chance, a
definite chance. Giving Henry Cecil and Tom Queally a winner? Yes, he
did a good job at Epsom that day. Sir Henry Cecil obviously thinks
he's taken that race at Epsom quite well so he's brought him out again
here today after only 19 days since he last ran. Of course, Stipulate
is also one of his two runners in the race, Sir Henry Cecil. Also in
the colours of Khalid Abdullah. We are looking atom Queally here,
close-up and slow motion on Wrotham Heath. He rides with his toe in the
iron, as so many jockeys do these days. That's where you get your
balance from, when you put your toe in the irons, the ball of the foot.
Put a finger up into the mane so you don't set yourself up too much.
Set your weight against the horse's mouth and make sure he doesn't go
any faster than he should. It's quite amazing that all those
horses... We heard Michael Stoute talking about horse. Khalid
Abdullah doesn't ever buy horses, they are all farm bred. It's
amazing the success he has, it means he has a very good team at
home running the show and a lot of lovely... Uh-oh, that horse has
broke down, has he? I don't think so, just pulling him up. He's all
right. I was a bit frightened there for a spell. This is Grandeur,
Frankie Dettori, the man who'll be in the headlines tomorrow and
talked about on the radio reports this evening having won the Gold
Cup. Grand yur generally looked to be progressing -- Grandeur. The
form with Wrotham Heath, well, actually it will be very
interesting to see what happens today because there is a six pound
difference in the weights this time around. You would think that would
be enough to put Grandeur in frofpbt and obviously it's a
different racecourse -- Grandeur in front. Looks more nippy. He has
sort of, as we were watching his action there, he went down that
hill to the mile and a quarter from the mile and half and he was moving
really well on that ground. He's got Frankie Dettori on his back and
when Frankie's just had a winner, he's buzzing. I think he's good for
a couple of lengths when he's in this sort of frame of mind. Let's
take a look at the betting and the prices: Grandeur and Wrotham Heath
than Hayley Turner who becomes the first womb to ride a winner here
says Kellaway in the '80s. A horse called Rewarded here has decent
form coming into this. Newbury last time, badly hampered. Possibly
might have won that day. So this horse is not without a chance here
so we've got a girl jockey on board. Kirsty might be the second lady to
win at Royal Ascot. The horse is not without a chance. The Maktoum
colours thatryed for so many years by Willie Carson. They really fancy
this horse on Mukhadram tsh - coloured carried for so many years.
The jockey likes the horse, that means he has a chance. This German
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years ago and Schelnderhand was very successful. Wearing hoods in
races is catching on. Energizer, his owner's had a couple of races
before. Stipulate, the second string of Henry Cecil's runners or
the second lot of colours for Khalid Abdullah.
On form, you would say that Stipulate is better than Wrotham
Heath. Both the Khalid Abdullah horses are good.
He's running two to make sure he gets the prize. Tailed off in the
Sandown classic, but the ground here is not as bad as it was then.
That was the day when Joseph O'Brien went round the trees. It
was possibly that day that was false form for this horse. Forget
that. There's Richard Hughes who's had a
few that have run all right, but not quite having the week that he
wanted. When Frankie won the Gold Cup, Richard Hughes was the first
to say, isn't that brilliant. All the other jockeys happy for him.
That's good. Richard Hannon's never won this race, and in the last ten
runnings, he's only had one horse finish in the first six. Only
beaten by a short head one year to be fair, but he tends to be very
successful in the shorter races than in the two-year-old races.
This horse wound group 3 at Newmarket, so he should be able to
cope with this Group 3 here. There's Paul Hanagan, champion
jockey. He'll be looking for a win here on Mukhadram. Frankie Dettori
will be on a high. They're set. And they're racing!
And on the outside, just a fraction astride was Wrotham Heath trapped
wide early down near the inside, Cavaleiro in company with Rewarded
and all the time Tom Queally is looking over to see if he can cross.
Three wide as they race into Swindley Bottom. Now on the fence
and he settles in the lead. Wrotham Heath chose the way by two lengths,
Cavaleiro, Goldoni. Followed by Rewarded. Mukhadram. Half a length
further back is Stipulate on the outside from grand yush giving them
a fair start. -- Grandeur. They leave Swindley Bottom.
Richard Hughes has broken away from the pack on Crius and has gone
right to the far side, taking the Willie Carson route under the trees.
The leader of Stipulate by three or four lengths to second place to
Cavaleiro, followed by, I should ait's Wrotham Heath in front.
Grandeur. Still alone on the far side, Crius. Still a long way from
the leader. As they come up towards the turn, it's Wrotham Heath the
leder by two lengths to Stipulate. Grandeur coming into it now for
Dettori on the outside. Half a length to Goldoni. Followed by
Mukhadram. Rewarded dropped back, followed by Energizer. Tales Of
Grimm. Crius has tailed off. The two Cecil runners together on the
near side. Stipulate takes it up from Wrotham Heath. Grandeur,
Mukhadram, Energizer for Germany. Right down the outside, Energizer
racing quickly. A furlong left. It's the German-trained runner
who'll take it. Energizer, three lengths in front. Battling away is
Stipulate. Followed by muck muck. Here is one for Germany. Energizer
15-2 winner at Royal Ascot for Germany. Trained by jens
Hirschberger. Second is number 9, Stipulate. Rewarded third and
fourth is Mukhadram. Energizer going to the line here. About three
or four lengths I would say, or three-and-a-half, ahead of
Stipulate. A similar distance, Rewarded, fourth Mukhadram, Tales
Of Grimm on the near side. Goldoni in the centre. Grandeur. Frankie
Dettori. He was on a high but his horse wasn't good enough. And then
a gap of eight lengths or so to Cavaleiro who came here after a run
in the Derby. And Wrotham Heath who had to work to get over to the
inside rail for Tom yeely had nothing left at all. Crius was the
one who broke away from them. Tom Queally. Energizer is the winner
and the distance is two-and-a-half lengths and the same and the time
2.10.03. That's the time. There it is. For this Tercentenary Stakes.
Such an international Stake stage here. Ireland doing particularly
well and Hong Kong, a famous win on the first day and now one for
Germany. trained winner at Royal Ascot.
We've had German-bred and owned winners before. This horse owned,
bred and trained in Germany, ridden by a German jockey as well and
really appreciating the rain- softened ground and also the very
fast pace set by Wrotham Heath. Power-packed finish and come home
impressively in front. His owner has plenty of stock with
stamina. The ground is getting softer, you need a horse that's
going to get the distance really well and you can see a very happy
jockey there. He's taking in the first ever trained ever German
winner here at Royal Ascot. He won it really, really well indeed. The
second horse Sir Henry Cecil's regarded as the second, but his
form suggested he would be the first in. A very, very good race.
The third horse, Rewarded, Kirsty into the winner's enclosure.
this is the first. Adrie De Vries, those that follow racing in the
Middle East will tell you that he is one of the leading jockeys in
Qatar and has been for some time. A very talented rider. He has ridden
many winners there. This will be something very new for him. And a
very capable horseman. He has got the best out of Energizer and won.
He is wearing a hood for the first time, but sometimes that can be
deceptive. Certainly in Ireland, they do not recognise that at all.
It comes under the heading of blinkers. It is really a
technicality. It is just a bit more specialised when describing what
the head gear is. Now we can have a look at the full result. The German
football team are doing well in the Ukraine and they have hit the back
of the net at the Ascot. With the winning trainer, Jens Hirschberger.
We will try the interview in English but if it does not go well,
we have our translator here. When did you come to plan to Ascot with
the horse? We looked at the last road. -- the last race. It was too
short. We looked at the book. said the distance was too short so
we had a look at the programme and he found this race. You will be
excited by the rain. Lots of people assumed that with his pedigree he
would go in the ground. He loves the ground, definitely. If it is a
monsoon, perfect for him! What does it mean to have a Royal Ascot
winner? It is a great feeling. is all that you need to say! Thank
you and I replace you with your winning rider. Adrie De Vries. That
was a match Everson performance and really gutsy from the horse. --
magnificent performance. Yes, he wanted to step up. He settled today
and he should really good turn of foot. It looked like a battle.
testing ground and the last furlong but it helped. The step up from
that run in the Guineas? Yes, we put the had on him and he settled.
Royal Ascot win for you, what is that like? Amazing. Congratulations.
Well done. Amazing is what it is and it has been an amazing day the
Frankie Dettori as well. Victorious in the Gold Cup, surviving the
inquiry into interference in the closing stages between Colour
Vision and his Godolphin team mate Opinion Poll. You can see that
bumping just there, but the stewards ruled that it did not
improve Colour Vision's position. The placings remained unaltered.
The mud-spattered Frankie celebrated in style. Fame And Glory
was very disappointing, the well- backed favourite. No excuses
offered. They say nothing is wrong with the horse but it just was not
to be today. That is frankly explaining what happened with
Barzalona at the inquiry afterwards. -- Frankie explaining. Not too long
to wait for that response. Apart from a royal winner, which would
have been lovely, the only thing that was missing was frankly.
him winning the Gold Cup or was wonderful. -- Frankie. German
horses winning, Frankie Dettori beating everything, and most
amazing horse. You have had a very good day. Two winners in the second
and one to go. These are the horses that Willie Carson recommended at
the beginning of the day. Let us abandon won. Fame And Glory let you
down. -- Reckless Abandon won. You told me you were going to go for
Colour Vision. Yes, but the rain let me down. Tales of Grimm did not
look as though he enjoyed that ground. Adam Kirby Road Reckless
Abandon. The stewards looked at his use of the whip and they are
referring him to the British Horseracing Association because he
has had some infractions. He has got to go to the head office to
talk about it and look at the films. The presentation is being made
behind us by Virginia Wade, to the German collections of Energizer.
She won Wimbledon in 1977, the Silver Jubilee year. Jens
Hirschberger and the owners. They are receiving that trophy and
holding it aloft. Germany have a winner! In terms of the European
Championships, they are in full swing. Quarter-final action tonight
at 7:30pm on BBC One. The Czech Republic against Portugal. We will
be on air tomorrow at 1:45pm on BBC One and there will be coverage on
BBC Two at BBC interactive. That is where we are going now because we
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.