Clare Balding presents coverage from the closing day of the iconic race meeting, as the sprinters take centre stage in the main race of the day, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
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You dream of it as a kid. All you can concentrate on is the clock.
The countdown. Have I dreamed this dream before? Did I just imagine
this place? Shadows of past greats begin, memories of glory days echo
around these halls. Just how will I make my mark? For 300 years we have
descended upon this holy ground. This heartland of racing and
majesty. This place doesn't shout allowed to you -- aloud to you. It
whispers with grace. Wheupb I journey to -- when I
journey will the line will I be able to block out the screaming
crowd, to get the millions at stake? Make no mistake, there is
nowhere on earth quite like this place. This meeting of dreams, this
Royal Ascot. This is not just a sporting event, it's a culture.
Will this be another big win? spectacular Frankel. And we have a
It could be argued that already we have had the best Royal Ascot in
living memory. It's had absolutely everything. Just a few moments ago
the Royal Procession made its made down through the golden gates and
in the lead carriage has been all week in her Diamond Jubilee year,
Her Majesty the Queen, alongside his Royal Highness the Duke of
Edinburgh, deep in conversation with John Warren and with Toby
Balding, a trainer of two Grand National winners, Gold Cup winner,
champion hurdle winner as well, his first time in the Royal Procession.
A huge honour and surprise for him to be in the lead carriage. The
Windsor greys leading the way. And the grandstand absolutely
packed. The crowd boosted this year by approximately 5,000 Australian
race-goers, some of whom have travelled over from Australia,
others based here in the UK. They have come to see their superstar,
Black Caviar. She could round off this week in send sensation tal --
send takesal tile -- sensational style. The Royal Procession, a
sight that you will not see at any other sporting event. It kicks off
a high-class day of racing. As the Royal Procession happened,
the weather was absolutely fine. Almost as soon as the Queen
disappeared into the grandstand to make her way to the Royal Box, we
had a cloud burst, heavy rain. The wind has picked up, that wind seems
to have blown that shower of rain through. A lot of people have been
suffering badly from overnight flooding around the country and
luckily, here at Ascot, they've avoided the worst of the rain
because in many ways that is the one thing that could have damaged
the chances of Black Caviar today. If we have had torrential rain. All
eyes on her and all supporters from Australia, and most supporters from
Europe hoping that she can cement her position as the outstanding
sprinter in the world and arguably the fastest racehorse anyone has
ever seen. Her colours there of salmon and black spots carried on
banners around the course and indeed being echoed and reflected
on ties of Black Caviar supporters. Here the man on whom the pressure
lays, Luke Nolan who will ride Black Caviar. He has won on her 18
times of her 21 wins, introducing himself to Johnny Murtagh who will
always be supportive. He walked the course a few times. And had a chat
with the clerk of the course. this is 8.3, centre is 8.7. Tending
to suggest the centre is slightly quicker. You know,... It walks...
think it walks even. You are in the middle, same as before. You have
been drawn 15. Somewhere here. That's the man we will all be
watching. Myself and Willie Carson bidding you good afternoon and
welcome to coverage on BBC1 of the final day of Royal Ascot, 2012. The
big question, can anything beat Black Caviar? No. Not really. I
don't think so. She can beat herself in a way, because she is an
animal, very big, strong, very fast. She's put up fantastic times in
Australia, nothing's ever got close to her. She wins every race by
clear distance every time. She's run on possibly, not quite as soft
a ground as she could have, if this rain keeps coming here, and Ascot
is a stiff racecourse but still you would have to think that she is
unbeatable. And I know thousands of people in Australia are staying up
late to watch this, many gathering in Melbourne to watch the big
screen. She runs at 3.4 4.00pm our time, quart tore one in the morning
morning Melbourne time. They will all be hoping that she can do what
she as done in all her races in Australia, but like - she has to
travel overseas to prove to the rest of the world and take this
sport to another level, which I think she has done just by being
here, but it's a sensational day we What a week this has been. Starting
with the fabulous, phenomenonal Frankel and his 11-length win in
the Queen Anne. Frankie was back on flying form, winning the Gold Cup.
The Queen had a Royal winner, her 21st as Estimate took the Queen's
Vase. During today we will be looking back at 61 years of BBC
television coverage of the Royal meeting as the BBC bows out.
In terms of fashion, it has been fabulous. Suzi Perry is in charge
for a final look at what everyone has been wearing and will be
talking to a celebrity chef. But the special on the menu today
is Black Caviar, the wonder from down under, Black Caviar unbeaten
in 21 starts is hot favourite for the Diamond Jubilee.
Four races for you live on BBC1 and then two on BBC interactive, not on
Freeview, I am afraid. The Chesham Let's move on swiftly because the
runners have left the paddock for our firs race, the Chesham. Let's
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Stakes, a listed contest over seven furlongs and the runners are
arriving at the post. Here with the betting is John Parrott. Thank you,
it's moved to -- Move To Strike the Back to 9-4. Back out to 5-2. But
it's Move To Strike clinging to favouritism at 2-1. This is the
race, the Chesham, that provided the Queen's last Royal Ascot winner
in 2008. Until Estimate took the Queen's Vase yesterday, which was a
wonderful moment. We could see the first win this week for your old
boss, Willie. They love this colt. Of course, this jockey, champion
jockey, Paul Hanagan, hasn't had a winner here at Royal Ascot, either.
It would be nice for this horse to win because we have had most other
things happen at Royal Ascot this week. But this horse who won very
convincingly at Leicester, he is a big horse. He is by Street Cry, he
is a lovely big type. A horse that will go on and we hope that he will
be a Guineas horse for next year. But Richard Hannon hasn't had a
winner this week. This possibly one of his last chances of doing so.
He's got to draw of six, which is on the stands side. I would think
the stands side is going to be a little bit quicker than the far
side. It's had less use than the far side and I think he is drawn in
the right place here. Richard Hannon trains that one, who has won
this twice in the last four years. Jim Bolger has already had an
exciting two-year-old colt win this week. He has Move To Strike.
Irish really like this horse. He gave a very good impression when he
won at Leopardstown. Mr Bolger, as we all know, brings his horses here
and if you leave them out in your calculations, that's at your own
peril, because he always brings horses over here that always run a
big race. Dawn Approach was by Approach -- New Approach, also sire
of Tha'ir. The Godolphin horses do seem to be coming back to some kind
of form. This horse started off modestly, started off at Ripon and
did that well. But he is up against real good sorts here today.
Obviously, the Godolphin have got a lot of well bred horses at home, so
he must be one of the better ones that they have. Indeed. They've
another runner as well, Lovely Pass who is also quietly fancied. The
Sixties being pushed forward there. Mick Channons had had a few
disappointments this week. Lovely to see him in the winners'
enclosure as well. The Sixties is a stallion, stands at a stud Mick is
very much involved with. That's a fantastic way of having a nibble of
grass! Down there to accompany Frege, Kieron Fallon riding.
Sixties has five runners in this race. All of them have won a race.
He is doing well. Come on, you are going to fall over! That's a good
trick. We are meant to be looking at the racehorses and Jalaa will be
one of the last few to go forward. Zanetto there with a sheepskin
noseband going forward. The last few going forward for the
first race. There is Frankie Dettori, what a moment for him on
Thursday winning the Gold Cup. He is riding high at the moment. He is
in the Royal blue of Godolphin for our first race on the final day of
Royal Ascot 2012. Going forward now Lovely Pass. They run over seven
furlongs. Up the straight, a field of 14 two-year-olds for the Chesham.
Stand by, that's it. Ready, they're racing!
And away to a fair start on the near side Hillbilly Boy, one of the
first away. Zanetto is Thrupp in the early stages. Fighting too is
Move To Strike. Now gets a bit of cover in behind horses. The Sixties
goes on. The Sixties the early leader, from up in second place on
the near side Frege, just behind them Zanetto, fighting for his head
on the near side, followed further back by Cruck Realta with yellow
cap. They're followed by Jalaa. On the near side Pasaka Boy Pasaka Boy,
followed further back by Lovely Pass, who is very wide with a white
cap. Behind horses is Move To Strike, Hillbilly Boy on the near
side. Being tracked all the while by Downright Dizzie. Move To Strike
has dropped right back to about six or seven lengths off the pace. They
race now towards the course proper. The leader is The Sixties, from in
second Frege, followed in third by Cruck Realta. Behind them being
pulled on for an effort now is at this stage Chilworth Icon. Coming
into it too is Lovely Pass under pressure. Move To Strike is running
on pourfully. They run up with a furlong and a half. On the far side
Lovely Pass takes it up, from in the centre Cruck Realta. In the
centre coming there Tha'ir. Tha'ir for Godolphin. The first set of the
Godolphin Royal blue sprints into the lead now. It's Tha'ir, Frankie
Dettori lengthening well and coming away. Tha'ir goes on to win the
Chesham in grand style. Cruck Realta in second. Third is Lovely
Pass. A gap then and behind them is Move To Strike, followed next in
the field then by The Sixties, well back is Frege, Jalaa not sighted.
They were followed then by Pasaka Boy, well back in the field. Effie
B the last to finish. Tha'ir, another winner for Godolphin.
A memorable week for them. They won the Gold Cup and a 9-2 winner of
fourth, Move To Strike could not side, followed by Downright Dizzie.
St Paul De Vence could not get into it. At the tail of the field was
Effie B. The winner of the Chesham Stakes is Tha'ir, ridden by Frankie
Dettori, the third winner at this royal meeting for the first season
stallion New Approach. Let's check the distances. 2.25 lengths and a
neck. But this win it, Tha'ir, won very well at Ripon recently, having
been the lesser fancied of a couple of runners they had in the race,
came home well clear on that occasion. And the horse that he
beat that night went on to win this week. Side been so raw, a happy man.
-- Saeed Bin Suroor. And Frankie Dettori, first win of the day.
CLARE BALDING: Frankie is a man for the big occasion. The big crowd
seems to bring out the best in him. He had gone through weeks without a
winner anywhere until he came back to win the Gold Cup on Colour
Vision. But that was a very decisive win on Tha'ir. The team
will be very decisive -- excited about this horse for next year. It
gives them hope through the winter, looking ahead to the big races next
year. And the breeding world is buzzing about the stallion New
Approach. WILLIE CARSON: And of course, New
Approach is by Galileo, the best stallion we had in many, many years.
Obviously, the stable did not see too much of him at home. Frankie
went very fast up front. He did not go that fast, because there was a
lot of horses pulling early. This horse, he obviously settles very
easily. Of course, New Approach, he won the Derby. And this horse
possibly will only get to a mile. At this stage in his career, you
would have to say, he would only be a miler, unless he proves
differently. But a very happy jockey, he always gives plenty of
people a lot of pleasure in how he behaves after he wins. He is very
good at that. A big smile on his face. Yes! I told you so! Frankie
Dettori, of all of the jockeys with a licence at the present time, is
top of the list. Lester Piggott way out in front in terms of overall
statistics. But Frankie, the man of the afternoon so far. You will get
a flying dismount as well, because one of the day.
JIM MCGRATH: It is often underestimated just what a talented
jockey he is, because he is such a flamboyant personality, such a
visible face of racing. He does such a great PR job for the entire
sport. Sheikh Mohammed not here in the winning party. He will be tuned
in to that result, no doubt. Frankie, looking for the scales so
that he can step on, and he will be looking to make 9 stone 3lb, which
he should be able to do without any bother whatsoever. I was just
saying, it is often underestimated just how brilliant a rider, a
sportsman, he is. Such balance, such style on a horse. He is an
extremely talented jockey. I think many people just starting to
appreciate that we do need him in the game, and it is great to see
him back in the winner's area. Here's Brit Prasad in the winner's
area. I am joined by the Godolphin racing manager. It has been an
excellent week. Fantastic. Brilliant first season stallion New
Approach as well. All three have turned up, and all three have
delivered. Really excited for the team. We came here hoping we would
do well, but we were really pleased about this one. Frankie, a great
way to start the day. Yes. The further he went, the better he was.
New Approach, he has had a fantastic week. Nice little two-
year-old for the future. The way he stuck his head down, that was a
good sign. Yes, he is on the small side, but he has got a good engine,
a brilliant attitude. I was very impressed. What about Italy against
England? It's the colour! Come on, Azzurri! I'm not sure about that.
Simon, what will be the plan for Tha'ir? Maybe he will go to
Goodwood, we will see. Well done. Thank you very much. Let's have a
look at the start and finish of this Chesham Stakes. If you want to
watch the two major contenders, there is the winner, from stall 7.
Not a great start for Sylvester D'Souza's horse. Sylvester
D'Souza's horse was a bit slowly away. Yes, there was a bit of a
knock-on effect. I had a quick word with Martin Harley. And we saw it
only around, it was not an ideal start. Right in the centre, in the
white jacket, the horse chucking its head around. He has really
fought Kevin Manning in the early part of the race. He has, and he
has not done himself any favours. But Kevin Manning said, no excuses,
to be honest. That was the early part of the race. Now, let's have a
look at the closing stages. The winner is just making its challenge
year. Sylvester D'Souza has got this filly into a fair position.
Surely, having used up so much energy trying to go fast at the
beginning of the race, it must have had an effect. No doubt about it.
The other jockeys have also said, they did not go that quick early on.
This was the time you wanted your energy to be used, and Frankie's
horse was impressive. He really was striding out well in the closing
stages. This was not exactly the same distance as the Diamond
Jubilee later one, but what do you think about the draw, particularly
with Black Caviar in mind, because she will be in 15, on the right of
that picture. It was interesting, the way they all seem -- seemed to
congregate in the middle of the track. Well, we will see later on.
But that's the first race over and done with, a good win for the
Godolphin horse. Looks like one to follow.
JOHN PARROTT: Yes, so, the winner of the Chesham Stakes, Tha'ir.
And the presentation for the Chesham Stakes being made by the
Chesham Stakes being made by the comedian Michael McIntyre. Sheikh
Mohammed and Princess Haya not here today, they are watching at home on
television. Great to see Michael Macintyre here. We can look again
at the low finishing drive of Frankie Dettori, and also this
horse, whose running style is basically to go no to the ground.
Saeed Bin Suroor, a fantastic boost for him this week. They encourage
competition between their trainers inside the team, and between the
jockeys as well. And Frankie has had a fair bit of pressure on him
this year, and it is just great to see him doing the flying dismounts
and celebrating success. And he is just usually important to the
British racing game. So, a great start to a great afternoon, which
we hope will culminate with victory for Black Caviar. We will be
talking about her plenty before the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. But let's
say good afternoon for the first time today to Suzi Perry. Yes, we
have seen some beautiful fashions here this week. Joining me, Jane,
milliner to the stars. What is on trend regarding the hats? We have
got quite a lot of discs this year. With modern hairstyles, it is
really easy, you can put your long hair over the top. Also quite a lot
of classic styles, sweeping across the face, and lots of little
cocktail hats. That's now that the dress code has changed. Like the
hat that you're wearing today. Lots of flowers as well. Thank you very
much. Have a good day. 170,000 bottles of champagne being served
here at Royal Ascot, and this is the man who's doing the catering.
We are at Royal Ascot, so we have pushed the boat out. And you have
got a Michelin star now. Yes. Incredible. I know you have got a
couple of restaurants down in Folkestone. Tell us what you have
made specifically for Royal Ascot. Can I take my hat off first? I feel
more comfortable without this silly hat. I have done a few dishes
across the board. They have gone across all of the restaurants. This
is fresh Folkestone crab, which we have a hand picked, mixed with a
bit of paste, to give it a Moroccan feel, a little bit spicy. Can I
have a taste? Go for it. And we have got some salt and pepper squid,
which is a really big seller at the restaurant. It has got Lyon, chilli,
coriander, soy sauce. This is one of your signature dishes, isn't it?
It is, but I hate the word signature dish, because the
customers have to give you that accolade in the first place. So
that means it is a dish that we can never take it off the menu now. But
yes, it is a signature dish. And this one here, I would love to lie
to you, and say that I designed this specifically for Royal Ascot.
this specifically for Royal Ascot. This is a cold chocolate and sea
buckthorn dish. Sea buckthorn is a berry which is foraged for in
certain areas. It is a very sharp tasting Berry. When I put this on
the menu at my restaurant, it was because it was a locally foraged
desert, and I wanted to introduce something different. So, I thought
I would put it on the menu here at Ascot. Somebody did some Google
research and found out that actually, ancient Greeks used to
graze their racehorses on sea buckthorn pastures, and right
before the race, they would feed them with the berries, which are
very high in vitamin C. And actually, the ancient Greek word
for Sea buckthorn is Glittering Horse. Absolutely wonderful.
Wondering if Black Caviar, which is what a day is all about, has had
any sea buckthorn berries this morning?! This is not real caviar,
but what shall we do?! Shall we try wearing today and beautiful,
beautiful classic clothes. That was classic. There is the Black Caviar
colours, the salmon pink and black. Clearly a supporter. We can have it
confirmed you will see lots of salmon and black today. Also, lots
of pale beige and cream colours. Hats need good hat pins as well in
this wind. You need to be fairly adaptable because the big rain
storm we had, you need to be able to run, so shoes you can run in
help. The sculpture there in the background. We have a really, big
international crowd here on the final day of Royal Ascot.
Hello! Yes, we see you. How much rain do these hats take before they
start crumbling? Do the hats take? I try not to find out F you have
feathers you have a problem because they can really damage them quickly.
But, you know, just go under cover. You will be all right in the rain.
I get all the channels on this, it's useful. Let's take you through
the story of the week, as we have been saying, and we were talking
about this, probably the best Royal Ascot we can remember. It is,
without doubt, the pest Royal Ascot performance! The superb,
spectacular Frankel. This is the best racehorse that you have ever
seen, I have ever seen, that anybody will ever see. It's Little
Bridge! Famous Hong Kong win. most magnificent sporting venue in
Europe. Up towards the line, it's Most Improved who gets the money in
the St James Palace Stakes. Now So You Think goes on to win the Prince
of Wales Stakes. This is a great day's racing, a great day of sport,
a great day of fashion. Racing in the Gold Cup. It's Opinion Poll now
pouncing. The two Godolphin runners fighting it out. It was great, you
know, this was my best chance of the week. I am glad this came up.
They're set. Off and running. Fallen For You is racing away here.
Goes on to win it for William Buick. Today is one of those days.
could have a Royal winner. There will be plenty of money for the
Queen's horse. We have a Royal winner, hats off to the Queen as
Estimate goes up to the line to win by five lengths. The whole country
will have appreciated this victory for Her Majesty. We have got the
most marvellous horses in the world and I mean the world.
The question mark doesn't have to be too big, she is a hot favourite,
Black Caviar. Let's concentrate on stamina and class, other than speed
and class. The Hardwicke Stakes stakes, and here is the line-up
with Jim McGrath. Talking about Australia and about
Melbourne, in particular, we have a Melbourne Cup winner in this race
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and a Melbourne Cup runner-up. Hardwicke Stakes stakes, hugely
can't wait for Black Caviar, first bet struck behind me �100,000 at 1-
5 to win �20,000. I am in front of the stands now.
This is the spot where a lot of people are hoping Black Caviar's
going to come thundering up the track. She's coming from stall 15.
If she goes as straight line from the six furlong start this is where
she will end up finishing. I spoke to the Leona. They've changed the
going officially to good. Richard Hughes who came out from the stall
next in stall 16, he said it's good ground. No excuses for Black Caviar
Black Caviar! Nothing is ever a certainty in
racing, that's why we run the races because you can't write it down on
paper beforehand. We have an Australian connection in this race,
because this horse Dunaden won the Melbourne Cup. Willie, I don't know
whether you stayed up to watch this live in the early hours, it was one
of the best finishes you have ever seen. It was close. Exactly.
Doesn't in the yellow, -- Dunaden in the yellow. This is a two-mile
race. They do sprint home here in the Melbourne Cup. 300 metre mark
there and Dunaden looks as though he is going to get caught there by
Red Cadeaux. Red Cadeaux, I thought got his head in front, but Dunaden
really found a bit for the stick there and got his head in front. It
was close. It was an absolute bob of the head and the cameraman
thought Red Cadeaux had won, when the photo finish came up. It's a
half a nostril. That's so close. Nearly a dead heat. Dunaden went on
to win the Hong Kong Vase in his final start of the year. He is a
classy, well travelled horse. They are the biggest investors in
sport and racing in this country right now, thanks to Kipco who
sponsor series. Very serious orders going on, isn't there? In Hong Kong
when he won his last race he showed a lot more turn of foot than he did
there in the Melbourne Cup. He really rattled home in Hong Kong.
Possibly he is a horse that likes fast ground, so maybe today the
ground will be just a little bit on easy side for him. Dunaden and Red
Cadeaux both six-year-olds. If they're to be vulnerable it may be
from one of the many four-year-olds in the race, there are a few of
them. The most promising of whom is Aiken, who is unbeaten now in six
starts, actually was beaten first time out but has won six in a row
and John Gosden and William Buick are very much the team to be with
this week. They had three - and this colt he won really
impressively last time. French Derby day. He made the running and
looked as though he was going to get swallowed up at the two but
battled away and he was going away at the finish. Let's go back to
Dunaden, because the Sheikh's racing manager is with Rishi now.
Yes, he is. He is overseeing instructions just given to the
rider. What's been said? Confidence in that? I think there's got to and
bit of confidence. We can't use the ground as an excuse. The horse
looks incredible I think walking around the paddock and stiff gallop
will suit him well, which he didn't get in France last time. We got to
give it a best shot. Fingers crossed we get a result this week.
So far failed to produce a winner for them, so hopefully today.
difficulty for people wanting to back Dunaden is seeing the two
performances at the end of last year in Hong Kong and Australia and
the two performances this season saying he hasn't done that yet. Is
he back to what he did at the end of last season? I think he is
better than he was last season, to be honest. We have a long plan,
which is to go for the Arc if we possibly can. Today we will learn
whether he is good enough or whether we need to be going back to
Australia. Obviously we would love to go to Australia swl and the
Sheikh had the time of his life there, as did I. You can completely
ignore his first two runs, because the first time he needed a run
badly and we all knew that. The second time the race couldn't have
been run to suit him worse. Absolutely no gallop. Then he came
with a storming run but he was too far back to be able to use it.
Conditions today should be right up his street. We look forward to
seeing how he gets on, thank you. Good luck. Thank you.
Still to be mounted is Sea Moon. Ryan Moore is riding him. He was
very impressive when running away with - had trouble in running,
didn't get the greatest ride, and was second to St Nicholas Abbey.
That was a fabulous performance. That was a very good performance.
Travelling all the way over to America and finishing second. It
was a very good run for him that day. He is a well travelled horse
this. He had a little bit of a problem with stalls at one stage
but seems to have got over that now and he is a very talented colt.
They are - this is a handsome line- up. That's a really good looking
horse. You saw Dunaden, he looks well. Memphis Tennessee looked
absolutely marvellous. We will look at him in a moment. Let's talk
about Red Cadeaux, the horse who nearly won the Melbourne Cup and he
has been just a grand, grand flag- bearer for the yard of Ed Dunlop.
Absolutely right, Clare. He has been superb, Red Cadeaux. He's got
better and better. Really since he started in Melbourne really. He's
done nothing wrong. He deserves to be here, but it's very tough.
rare that the Hardwicke attracts the first and second in the
Melbourne Cup. What chance have you got with Dunaden this afternoon?
am sure we are probably happy with how our season has gone so far.
There were circumstances in the last race for Dunaden, they went
slowly. He's beaten us twice, maybe it's our ground maybe more than
hopbg -- Hong Kong was. It's going to be hard. I can't remember a
Hardwicke quite as competitive as this in the last few seasons.
removed the penalty for a Group 1 win sore that -- winner so that
makes a big difference. This is a a Group 1 race with horses, but in
Group 2. It's exciting. We run a filly for the first time, see how
that goes as well. Good luck. Willie, you wanted to have a word
about the jockey there. McLoughlin very much involved with
this horse, he gets on him some days, but today - this lad, he's
made this horse and he does get the ride every now and again and when
he goes to Australia he goes down there with him and rides him, he is
instrumental in the success of this horse, Tom. I am glad to see that
Tom has got the ride on him today and I hope everything goes well for
him. We wish them well with Red Cadeaux.
The runners are at the start. A chance to look at the leading
jockeys and trainers so far this week. We mentioned it already, but
the hat trick for William Buick and John Gosden yesterday took both on
to four winners and puts William in a strong position to win the
leading jockey award for the first time in his life. He is one clear
at the moment of Ryan Moore. Frankie Dettori with two now. A
host of jockeys on one. John Gosden looks uncatchable at the top of the
trainers leading award. It's still possible, Clare. Possible, but as
you say you fancied Memphis Tennessee in this for Aidan O'Brien
and he has good runners later in the day. Sir Henry Cecil has had a
terrific week. There is William, just making final
- putting on the rug on to this big horse. He looks as though he needs
it, he is half-asleep! He ran against Dunaden last time and had
him back in third, but he is 7lbs worse because of the way the
weights work for this. They're all on levels. Except for the filly
Testosterone. If we can we will look at Memphis Tennessee because
Willie, you you mentioned him a couple of times.
He looks beautiful. He looks really well muscled up. He looks as though
he is ready to run the race of his life. Look at the length of that
lad's legs. 6ft, the jockey. Marvellous how he folds himself
away when they're in the gallop position. It's marvellous. Joseph
O'Brien, we have seen him this season mature into his role as
balance hroeu Doyle's -- Ballydoyle's number one choice and
his father has won this race in the last four years. Doesn't in yellow.
-- Dunaden in yellow. We will look at the betting market. John, who
are punters going for? It's so competitive, they don't know
themselves. There's been money for Aiken now. Dunaden was the one that
they were backing eachway. Sea Moon hanging on to favouritism.
You won't miss these colours. This is Jakkalberry, trained by Marco
Botti. He was a Group 1 winner in Italy.
Six years old now. Wears a tongue tie. He goes into the stalls
sweetly. Aiken has gone forward as well. Memphis Tennessee moving
forward. Willie, what do you think will happen in this race? Well,
it's a very good race. There's a lot of talented colts in this. Sea
Moon is obviously on song. Michael stout having a winner yesterday. So
it's going to be a very sort of intriguing race because there is at
least five colts in here you could he gets his chance on Black Caviar.
Over to you, Jim McGrath. JIM MCGRATH: Christophe Lemaire, on
his Melbourne Cup winner. And they are off. Dunaden in the centre was
one of the first away. On the inside, Sea Moon, and also going
fast, Aiken. Widest of all is Testosterone. Looking over Johnny
Murtagh to see if he can get closer to the rail. Up there as well is
Memphis Tennessee. Dowsing is in towards the inside rail. Holding
the rail, Fiorente. On the inside, Jakkalberry. On the outside, Sea
Moon. Hunter's Light has gone wide. In behind horses, about third-last,
is Red Cadeaux. Last is Calico Cat. Racing uphill now. On the inside
his Testosterone, by half-a-length, to Memphis Tennessee. Out very wide
is Quest For Peace, and in behind them, in the centre, battling away,
is Dunaden. Aiken has made a fast move. Moving up to join the leader
now. It is Testosterone, half a length clear, from Aiken, who has
come round the outside to challenge. Hunter's Light, poised. Dunaden has
gone right out the back door. Into the home straight, two furlongs to
go. Aiken is the first to strike for home, he has gone three in
front. But here comes Sea Moon. Red Cadeaux battling on. But Sea Moon,
four in front. 100 yards to go. It is all Sea Moon! Coming up towards
the line, Sea Moon is going to win the Hardwicke. In second, Dunaden.
number 12, Sea Moon, ridden by Ryan Moore. And didn't he win? Have a
look at him! He had it won with that burst of speed inside the
furlong and a half. Dunaden looked gone coming around the turn but has
come again. The stamina kicked in, and he beat his old foe, Red
Cadeaux. In fourth is Aiken, fifth, Jakkalberry. Fiorente was next. And
then a gap to Hunter's Light. Then, Allied Powers. Then another gap to
Calico Cat, who ran on from last, but was a long way from the winner.
Quest For Peace, Kieren Fallon, right out the back. So, too, the
Michael Stoute, ever eager for Carlton House to win on the first
day, but then he came up with a winner for the Queen yesterday, and
now a double today. There is the Wonder from Down Under, Black
Caviar. 21 wins out of 21. Doesn't she look relaxed. She doesn't know
that the nation awaits, I'm sure. She looks cool and calm. The
traffic is now being stopped in the Ascot high street, on both sides.
Luke Nolen just interested to see how the great mare looked, and she
looked fantastic. So, Sea Moon, the winner of the Hardwicke Stakes.
CLARE BALDING: This horse is going to win a lot of good races this
year, because he has this engine, and he can just suddenly put a race
to bed. Dunaden in particular made up an awful lot of ground to finish
second. But Ryan Moore was in too full Drive here on this source.
There was no picking him back. Michael Stoute's yard, which has
been pretty sleepy this season, has come a wake in the last couple of
days, yesterday winning for the Queen, and now getting another
winner. WILLIE CARSON: This was a very,
very competitive Hardwick. Ryan Moore, when he got into the
straight, and everybody found out, he asked the horse for a full
effort, and he gave it to him. He went a long way clear. Just getting
a little bit tired towards the end, when Dunaden's stamina kicked in.
That puts Ryan Moore in front of William Buick. He has had one more
third place, so he goes into the leader's position in the Qipco
Leading Jockey award. He took the award last year, in the very last
race, and he is in front with four so unlucky in many respects in the
St Leger last year, Sea Moon. He went to America and was runner-up
in the Breeders' Cup Turf. But now he is just starting to realise some
of that potential which he showed earlier in the campaign up at York.
Sir Michael Stoute on the left. Ryan Moore just telling Sir Michael
exactly what sort of a run he had during the race. And we have the
full details now. Over to John. JOHN PARROTT: Well, the hugely
impressive Sea Moon, has come on a bundle since Goodwood. In the pre-
parade ring now with Black Caviar. The amount of people here just
taking photographs, a memory to last forever. I saw her about 10
days ago at Newmarket, and her coat looks much better today than it did
36 hours after she landed on the plane. She looks in great nick, I
cannot find a negative about her, she looks outstanding.
CLARE BALDING: She is known as Nellie at home and by those who
look after her. The name of Black Caviar are is what she races under.
It is amazing how many great racehorses have great names as well.
It is a fantastic sight. Willie, you were commenting on her power,
the way she walks. WILLIE CARSON: Absolutely. You can
see how she over-tracks. Her hind feet, if you imagine she makes a
mark where her front feet go down, the hind legs go further than that,
which is called over-trekking. She has got a lot of power, and you can
see the way she swaggers. She has got a lovely swagger. Luke Nolen
standing on the scales, to check his weight of 9 stone 1. Frankie
Dettori having a chat with him. is trying to read him up, a bit of
sledging going on. He is not a! The trainer of this mare, this is a
huge moment for him. They want to blitz the rest away. We could not
get an interview from him this morning, I think he was too nervous.
He has got too much going on in that head of his. We have got an
interview now with the winner of the Hardwicke, Sir Michael Stoute.
Sir Michael, your smile tells the story. Yes, delighted with that
performance. There was mitigation at Goodwood, and told me he got a
bit lazy at home as well. But he has settled nicely and picked up so
well. I was thrilled with him today. What about the people that
questioned his resolution? Have they? Yes, they said, is he as good
as we hoped he would be? Listen, I was disappointed at certain times
in previous races, but Ryan Moore said, he will never go like that
again. How good could he be? He wasn't bad today. Well, yes, that's
not a bad sign. Ryan Moore, you have ridden some good ones, that
looked a tough race to pick the winner before the start. Yes, I
thought he might have his work cut out today, but he travelled really
smoothly. He picked up really well. I could not be more pleased with
the original. He has only had seven runs, so he could be even better.
Yes, the trainer has been very patient! That is all you can ask
for on a big stage like this. Yes, we're delighted. All of the horses
have gone very well. Today was a very good performance. Very well
done. And so here we go into full overdrive build up to the Diamond
Jubilee Stakes, a race which has improved so much in quality over
the years, an awful lot of that quality coming from Australia. It
quality coming from Australia. It does seem that generally speaking,
Australian sprinters are quicker out of the gates, and they keep
going faster than ours. Well, you have got about six months
difference in the age of course. But you have got the sun over there,
they always seem to be bigger and stronger than our sprinters. Look
at the size of her. We know what weight she is, what is it, 545
kilos. She is more than that. Interestingly, if you keep the
camera out wide, you can see she has got protective covers on her
front feet because of that over- stride that Willie was talking
about. They are pieces of rubber, you put them over the boots in case
she catches a shoe. You can see her hind legs going past when she puts
her front legs. Everybody getting pictures of her as she goes by. It
must be amazing down there. RISHI PERSAD: I have never in my
entire time in racing seen so many people trying to get a photograph
of originals. Everybody has got their telephones out, taking photos
of Black Caviar. The lad leading her around, he has just been
chatting all the way, whispering in her area. Obviously saying things
that she is accustomed to hearing, but it is helping to keep her
extremely calm. She looks in great shape, but I cannot get over the
number of people who are here just to capture a photograph of Black
JIM MCGRATH: So, there she is. She is relaxed, far more relaxed I
would say them Connections and those associated with her. This is
the big moment. It has been building for months, for weeks. And
the big test is only minutes away. And that's in the Diamond Jubilee
Stakes, over six furlongs. Let's check the runners and riders. We
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have a total of 14. And here they trying their pest. Trying to beat
Black Caviar, but all of these people down here at the pre-parade
ring trying to get a glimpse of this super mare and journalists who
will be writing it tpoup ever The Racing Post tomorrow. We have
Australian news crews here, and actually - they sold the rights to
be able to cover her inside her yard in Newmarket, such was the
protective wall around her, but Jim McGrath broke through and this is
his take on Black Caviar. There's never been a sporting icon
like her in Australia, certainly not in the last 80 years since the
1930 Melbourne Cup. Black Caviar is going for her 22nd consecutive win.
Black Caviar, the equine superstar of the world!
Does it surprise you this mare is a sporting icon in Australia? It's
amazing the amount of interest she's created. It's unprecedented.
Even at sporting circles, she is captured the imagination of the
public. They'll draw her, we have never had that before, to be part
of it is - it's amazing, yeah. Institutions like the Financial
Review are doing stories on her, it's unher althoughed and it's a --
unher alded. Do you feel more pressure every time she goes out?
would be lying if I don't feel pressure to keep this record in
tact. You know, if she did come about tasting defeat, people would
say greedy BLEEP he's gone too far, this or that. I am very mindful of
that. They will be the toets of Royal -- toast of Royal Ascot.
She's go to go over there and prove it. What about her that makes her
so special? I wish I knew. I wish I could nail it down. I wouldn't be
working for a living. She can switch off. She will see the back
of the field, run unbelievable sections. She has an unbelievable
turn of foot after travelling so fast. She She doesn't go as hard or
fast as other horses but her movement allows her to cover more
ground.Lets quite staggering how she gets the job done. She's
hulking, I don't know if that's the word, but that comes to mind. She's
bigger than most colts. She doesn't look as big as what she actually is.
What is she like mentally? She's learned to handle everything that's
been thrown at her. She likes her down time. On the whole, for a
horse that gets poked and and proded as much as her, she has an
underbelievable temperament. They will look at her and think she's
half-asleep, to us a that's a good sign. Reading between the lines it
seems you are getting hacked off with people comparing her to
Frankel. I think probably belittling, not only her, probably
both horses. Why do we need this comparison? He is a great horse.
He's done everything asked of him, as she has. I find it surprising at
times his rating can continue to rise beating same horses under same
conditions, where hers can't. That's staggering. These men are
smarter than I, so, you know, that's why they get the big dollars.
How fast do you think this mare can go? Is she something that's going
to break records? Well, we have never gone out to do that within a
career, mindful she has sustained injuries throughout her career but
I can assure you you she's often gone faster at home on training
tracks and gallops in private than at the races. We have seen at the
races where she's been - middle stages of a Group 1 sprint, it's
something we have never seen before. I don't know if she can go faster,
I am hopeful she never has to. Peter Moody talking in depth about
this mare and now putting finishing touches to her and making sure her
hair is nicely in place. You will see her, the big physical presence
of her, and we would expect thoer jump out of the start quicker than
anything else and try and make all the running and come home in front
for the Diamond Jubilee, a race that was renamed this year and Luke
Nolen, 32, will get his chance to win his 19th race on this mare.
They've struck up the most fantastic partnership. And the
Queen will make the presentation for this race is looking down from
her new box, which allows her to see down into the paddock and she's
waiting for the runners to arrive in the paddock. Black Caviar will
be on her way very shortly. Let's tell you a few things about her.
The lastest 200 -- fastest 200 metres she's covered, she's broken
ten seconds. She's reaching a speed of 44.83mph. Willie mentioned her
weight, she's even heavier than she thought she was.
She's heavier than Denman, who we always thought was the biggest
Australia and the shortest she started 33-1 on, which means you
have to put on �33 to win one back. On her days off likes swimming,
going to the beach and her nickname is Nelly. I suspect the Australian
fans of Black Caviar will think today's odds are a giveaway, but
what are they? Here is John. They'll be thinking it's manna from
Heaven, she's 1-6 here. One punter had �a 100,000. There's punters
coming up having a bet and all they want is the ticket, not even going
to collect. Even if Black Caviar wins, which we expect she does, the
book-makers won't have to pay out. They want a momento of the day.
It's madness here, Suzi, where are you? Practically next door to you,
John. The anticipation for the next race is great in here. Let's look
at some of the fashions we have That's a terrific hat.
Everybody having lots of fun, really stylish today. Those girls
So, it's all about Black Caviar today. If you come with me we have
pole position in the grandstand. Over there is the finishing line.
Over here is half of Melbourne. Hello Australia! Should I have said
good' day. Is she going to do it? No worries. She's had to go through
an awful lot to get over here. What do you think? You are speechless!
got so much money riding on this, absolutely. It's such a treat. You
have seen her race before over in Australia. Tell us about that
experience. Amazing. Every other horse - she's cruising and never
looks like getting beat. Hopefully she doesn't today. I saw you
looking at the pictures there. How is the jockey looking? Looking
confident. We are all confident, hopefully she can do the job today.
Half of Melbourne is here and half is at Federation Square watching
the screen. Have you seen her race before? I haven't, but I am not
from Melbourne. You are aloud to have not seen her race. On the TV,
but not live. She does look superspecial. Are you fans of Black
Caviar? Absolutely, we are here to support our Aussies friends. We
know it's not going to let us down today. I do hope so. Big cheer for
so they can see this mare go around. Everybody standing here. They're
trying to get a shot of Black Caviar. Sir Peter O'Sullivan, who
has commentated on so many races over the years for the BBC is here
in the paddock and Peter, did you come specifically to see Black
Caviar? Well, I couldn't possibly not be here. Yes, it's a great
thrill for me and seven or eight decades of Ascot, it's one of the
most exciting days ever. I think this is one of the most spectacular
meetings as well. Of course, she can quite seriously Crown it now.
She could. Actually behind us here is the Black Caviar gang and all
her owners and so exciting that you have come over here, because you
are taking a big risk to travel a filly halfway around the world.
Yeah, it's something that that has been planned for 12 months.
Hopefully all the trainers had everything in order and mapped out
a programme 12 months ago. We are relaxed at this stage. I will tell
you in about half an hour how good the plan was. We just got to hope
that she produces her form. lovely thing is that you are all
friends. You are all a bunch of friends, it's not like you have an
empire of racehorses. That's right. We have been friends for a long
time. It's good that we can come here with our family, friends and
enjoy England and also Ascot, it's a marvellous place to come to.
gang of ten. Are some of you nervous? I don't think I have slept
since 3.00am. It is, it's nerve- racking but delightfully nerve-
racking, it's beautiful at the same time. You know who is up there
looking down, who has her position in the special box to see your
filly. Yes, I know. Isn't it marvellous. It's so exciting.
brilliant. The Queen looking down. Luke Nolen behind, he is smiling
away now. All his nerves will dissipate as soon as he gets on
board this great mare because the worst bit is the waiting. Of Of
those who are trying to take her on, the field does include last year's
winner, Society Rock. If we make our way through here, James is
talking to Johnny Murtagh and working out whether they can beat
the supermare. You will be doing your best? Of course. What chance?
He likes the track. He has a a good record at Ascot. Johnny is waiting
there. I can see that Rishi is having a look at these horses in
the paddock. George Strawbridge is here. He celebrated his first ever
Royal Ascot winner yesterday and now, you are a great international
sportsman, I should imagine you are trying very hard to knock the
Aussie superstar over? Yes, I am bound to be very popular no matter
what I do, obviously, Clare. This Moonlight Cloud has a lot of speed.
She's very fast. She's very fast, whether anything is as fast as
Black Caviar, I rather doubt it. We will see. You are the sort of
second choice as it were, 5-1. Black Caviar odds on favourite.
Those are generous odds - you are not really a punter though. I never
bet. Too much money with your trainers. Absolutely, where have
they been all these years, Clare, including your dad? He said what
have we all been doing. Great for you. I hope Moonlight Cloud runs
well for you. Thank you so much, Clare. You see Luke Nolen there.
Cheers at every stage. There was a cheer when Black Caviar came into
the paddock, a cheer as Luke Nolen gets the leg-up.
Well, a lot of people are leaving, rushing away from the paddock to
get their vantage point for the race. Willie, you got your first
chance to see Black Caviar in the flesh, what did you make of her?
She's a big filly. Quite a big strong girl. She looks a nice type,
I know how fast she is. I know all that. I wouldn't put her in the
pretty category. She's a big girl. She's very strong. Everything about
her moves absolutely lovely, fluently. She's obviously a freak
and a very, very fast horse. Let's talk about a couple of others.
Interestingly, Moonlight Cloud, also a mare, no mare has won this
race for 27 years. We expect that to end today. Of course we do,
Black Caviar is a mare and she's come all the way, 12,000 miles from
Australia to do that. In England we don't seem to be able to produce
real world-class superstar sprinters. What about Moonlight
Cloud? She's trained by your old pal. She was very good last year.
She put up a stunning performance in France. He is expecting her to
be finishing. He would - she's a seven-furlong horse. He is hoping
that the six here will help her and she will be finishing. He is hoping
she doesn't get too far behind too early because she will be wanting
to finishing. Moonlight Cloud is the main danger in the market to
the favourite, Black Caviar. other problem is she is drawn on
going to let go of her until Luke Nolen says he is absolutely ready.
They have even shipped over their own stalls handler. He has been
with her for most of her runs. He has come over from Victoria, and
will be down at the start to meet her. She just breaks into a trot.
Everybody around the paddock is saying, she does not look as if she
is heavier than Denman. But she must have incredibly heavy bone
density. That's the excuse I always use! As she breaks into a canter,
Luke Nolen takes his position, and she looks absolutely fine. There's
a youngster dressed in those colours, the Salmon and black
colours of Black Caviar. Just huge excitement all round the racecourse,
because there has been so much media attention on this horse. Her
cannot remember an occasion like this. The United States have been
covering this, and there has also been coverage in the Middle East.
Let's see what has been happening in the betting ring.
JOHN PARROTT: Well, she is a 1-6 shot. I have not heard anything
like it down here. There is an air of anticipation like I have never
witnessed before. CLARE BALDING: She has travelled
more than 10,000 miles, and now she has three quarters of a mile in
front of her, to confirm her superstardom. This is Black
She has got an unbelievable turn of foot. This is why she is rated the
best in the world! She has got an unbelievable attitude, a great will
to win, and she has got so much power. She cannot do any more here
in Australia... She does not go as hard or as fast as other horses,
but her movement allows her to cover the ground. Peter Moody has
got something to prove over there. There has never been a definitive
line from the Poms to say, you are the best. She has got to go over
there to prove it... The Wonder from Down Under. Her
trainer, Peter Moody, with his Royal Enclosure badge. I think he
is feeling the nerves. Black Caviar, striding out down at the start.
Frankie Dettori is on an interesting horse for Godolphin. He
rides Soul in this one. This was a good one over this turf in a
previous race. But then finished last behind Krypton Factor. Like
you say, the blue of Godolphin coming into form.
CLARE BALDING: And in terms of the betting, Moonlight Cloud is the
second choice, and the leading European hope in this one. Trained
by Freddy Head. Willie, I spoke to George, they are realistic about
him, with everybody thinking that Black Caviar is going to win this
one... WILLIE CARSON: Yes, she is a filly
who would be better over a bit of a longer distance, actually. She is a
seven-furlong filly. We are expecting that the ground and the
speed of this race, she will be coming home at the finish. She will
not be up there with them, she will be held up, and he is hoping that
she will get a placement. A quick look at last year's winner, Society
Rock. James Fanshawe being realistic on this one, saying that
they are pleased that it is here. Yes, when you get a horse that
likes it here at Ascot, it is a massive advantage. The fact that it
is drawn near Black Caviar, in 13, will mean that Johnny Murtagh will
be able to keep his eye on her. has brought this one back to six
furlongs, she was running him a bit further. And he seems to be very
consistent now. That was a shot of The Cheka. Tom Queally on board,
who will forever be known as Frankel's jockey.
WILLIE CARSON: This is exciting, isn't it?
CLARE BALDING: It is, isn't it? I wonder how fast his heart will be
beating. As soon as you leave the weighing room, you just want to get
on with it. You can see the stalls handler that they have brought over
specially, he has even got the colours on the cap. Everything has
been thought of, she is like a movie star. Even the owner, when I
said, can we have an interview? He said, who are you with? I said, BBC
Television! It is very quiet where they are now. It is calming, as it
were. The amazing thing about it, Willie, she is not in the slightest
bit fazed by any of this. All good horses are like this, the real
superstars. Life to them is so easy. When they gallop, they're going
half-speed. Others are huffing and puffing. But she has never been put
under pressure. Possibly, that's why she just thinks, here we go
again, I am going to go for a canter. They even moved an Aussie
Rules football match so that there was no clash with this race.
Imagine them saying, over here, moving the England match! I wonder
what they are doing in that square in Melbourne at the moment. This is
Krypton Factor, a high-class sprinter. He won on Dubai World Cup
night. Trained in Bahrain. You know, Willie, that they are really out to
try to topple Black Caviar. Yes, he has been trying to do a bit of
sledging about the Aussies. He is a trainer who, I believe, I am not
certain, but I believe he is trying to buy a stable to trained at
Newmarket. So he will be a new name to be training at Newmarket. And
hasn't Newmarket been doing so well recently, in the last nine races,
all of them have been won by Newmarket-trained horses.. We are
not long from the start now. Everybody wants it to be off and
running, because it will not take long once those stalls open. Having
looked at some of her races, Willie, you were looking at the helicopter
shot from above the stalls. Yes, and she is such a big, strong mare,
there was a shot of her coming out of the stalls, she is a big thing,
and she came out first. And of course, she comes out first, and
the Jockey eases her back, to come back to the others, and they are
huffing and puffing trying to get to her. Of course, she is
phenomenal. Just to repeat, she has won 21 races in a row. Every race
she has run him, she has won, 11 of those at Group 1 level, but this is
her first race outside Australia. And it is the journey here, the
different situation, the different course, everything associated with
taking yourself halfway around the world which is her biggest
challenge. Peter Moody has made it very clear, he does not think there
is an awful lot to gain, but there is everything to lose. But what
there is to gain is an international spotlight, a global
standing. All the jockeys here today want to see how good she is.
She is slotting into stall 15. She will be closest to the stands, so
she could go all on her own, keep away from the other runners, if she
wants to. She gets a friendly ruffle of the hair from her handler,
over from Australia. We have a global sprinting superstar at the
head of our market. She is going to go off an odds-on favourite, 6-1 on.
Over to Jim McGrath. JIM MCGRATH: This is a mare that
has two nations agog. There's the scene in Melbourne, everybody
watching. Cheers from the crowd as Black Caviar is installed safely.
This is her biggest challenge. Here at Royal Ascot, the Diamond Jubilee
Stakes. A couple of them very edgy. They are racing in the Diamond
Jubilee Stakes. And Black Caviar has got away to a good start. The
early leader is Soul. Moonlight Cloud takes up a position in the
middle of the field, from The Cheka. Pastoral Player is further back in
the field. There followed by Krypton Factor. As they race up
towards halfway, Soul, the leader. Now, Black Caviar or ambling up on
the near side, in third. Further back is kinky. As they come up, the
leader is Soul. Black Caviar starts to move up on the near side. Now,
he says go. It is Black Caviar! Here comes Restiadargent. Here
comes Moonlight Cloud! It is tight! Photo-finish between Black Caviar
and Moonlight Cloud! Further back is Krypton Factor. Then, Sirius
Prospect, from Society Rock. This is tight. This is very, very tight
indeed. Black Caviar, flashing home down the outside. As they raced
towards the line... She might have just got it. She has got there, she
has scraped home. She has got there by a nostril. The winner, number 11,
Black Caviar. The cheers of the crowd, and the relief of Peter
Moody. He will not be a happy man. Luke Nolen, we will have a look at
it again. But this is the reaction in Melbourne, in federation square.
As they know now all that Black Caviar has scraped home in the
closest of finishes to the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. There is Black
Caviar. Look at Luke Nolen, riding so confidently near the line, but
look at the swoop down the outside from these two. He is riding so
confidently, as they get towards the line. But Moonlight Cloud, in
the White, and Restiadargent, in the centre, the two French horses,
are swooping. And as they hit the line, it is Black Caviar, by a
It is a head by a neck. She started 6-1 on favourite. They are the
British bookmakers prices. Luke Nolen and Peter Moody, and there is
the photograph. Luke Nolen realised close to home that they were
closing. And Black Caviar has scraped home. The alarm was going
off, I would say, about 30 yards from the line. And this fantastic
western has now won 22 races in a row. She has won the Diamond
in front of this enormous crowd, a crowd of about 80,000 here at Royal
Ascot today. He has cantered her down the track.
She will be fully appreciative of that, and then he will trot back in
front of the members. Wye say the relief of connections would be
enormous and also the relief of the jockey, because when he watches
that again on replay he will have his heart in his mouth. He won't
sleep for a week. He is not the only one who had his
heart in his mouth, a whole nation held their breath because they
thought this supermare had been caught on the line and for all of
them watching in Melbourne a huge sigh of relief and cheer went up
when the result was confirmed and Peter Moody had said he didn't mind
by half an an inch, but I thought he was joking, maybe Luke took him
at his word, because, Willie, that was extraordinary. Got little too
confident, did Luke. He's been winning sort of easy all the time
down in Australia, but here obviously she's travelled a long
way. Possibly not as good as she normally is, but she has been on
the best on the day and there is a lot of relief that the photograph
went that way. If it hadn't gone that way, I am afraid the jockey,
the rest of his life would have been not very nice because he
looked as though he took it a little bit too easy, instead of
having a little look to see where the other horses were, he sort of
went up to the last quarter a furlong and hands and heels very
quietly. Let's have another look at it. Many people will have been
wondering what happened there. He doesn't want to give her a hard
race because of the travelling she has done and they want to go
elsewhere in the world and win another of these global sprint
races. Look, he is pushing her there. He has the stick, gave her a
little tap there. Back-hander. Another. He's flicked her a few
times. It's now. Now he is keeping her balanced. Hasn't - he stops
riding now and oh! Let me ask you an honest question, has he mistaken
the winning line? We will have to wait and see. We will wait and see
what he says when he gets back. He did actually stop riding there.
can see there the conflicted emotions of all those associated
with Black Caviar. They thought oh my word! She's been caught, and
then the jubilation when it's confirmed she has not been caught,
she's hung on and has won the Nay please your majesty, my Lords,
ladies and gentlemen, everyone in the UK and everyone in Australia,
she has travelled halfway around the world, defending an unbeaten
record, she has hung on. It may have been tight, but she has won
her 22nd race. Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Diamond Jubilee,
Black Caviar! APPLAUSE AND CHEERING.
It hasn't gone according to script, but the result is what everybody
wanted. She's won it officially by a head and the time was 1.91 of a
second outside the record. It's been an amazing performance in the
ground under the circumstances. But Luke Nolen will be going back over
that and he will be looking over and over again and asking just why
he eased. So, there she is. She's relaxed! I don't think there's
anybody else here very relaxed. But whether he actually mistook the
winning post, or whether he was confused, I don't know. Or maybe
too confident. Let's have another look. Look at him, he is riding
hands and heels, still riding out now, but look at those two on the
outside closing. And now he eases. But there's still a few strides to
go. Now he gets a response from the mare. He has just fallen in. The
outstanding mare who has capped the most fantastic week here at Royal
Ascot. We have had Frankel's 11- length tkepl demolition on the
first day. We have had Frankie Dettori winning the Gold Cup. We
have had So You Think winning the Prince of Wales Stakes and the
Queen has had a winner. And there is Her Majesty down there to see
this mare herself. What a fantastic compliment to Peter Moody, to this
great mare that Her Majesty has come down herself to see her in the
flesh. A magnificent moment. A great moment for Australian racing,
for Australian sport. Luke Nolen coming over. This great
partnership, he's been aboard for the majority of her wins. Just the
first couple, he missed another one under suspension. Anyway, sighs of
relief all round. I would say those who laid the long odds on breathing
the biggest sighs of relief as Luke Nolen steps on to the scales let's
check the details with John. are right there, Jim. The punter
with �100,000 on to win �20,000, he had. Jim mentioned that Luke Nolen
will watch this a few more times, this is the bit he won't mind
seeing, the fact she did pick up again when she asked and Moonlight
Cloud couldn't close fast enough and on the line she was still a
nose in front. He gives Peter Moody a big kiss there. The gamble paid
off. The gamble to come here, the owners were the ones that wanted to
do it and the Queen has come down to greet the horse. Let's hear now
from the winning trainer and jockey with Rishi.
The first question, they want to know what happened in the closing
stages? I probably underestimated the testing track of Ascot. I was -
she had enough and the big engine right down, it's unfortunate
because it's going to overshadow what was a good win. They're going
to talk more about my brain fade than the horse's fantastic effort.
Do you feel that prior to that she had shown the superiority that you
expected? She did, but like I said, I underestimated the testing
straight 16, so we got away with it. Got away with it, what were your
thoughts, Peter? You only have to win by a quarter of an inch. We
have the job done. The way she travelled through the race
everything was going to plan. Was there ever a moment in the closing
stages you thought it wasn't quite as dominant as you would have
expected? We never expect dominance. We never asked her for dominance.
She gets the job done. We are more concerned about her next run than
today. We are extremely proud of her. She's 22, it's never been
about margins, about dominance. heard you talking before about the
fact that as a sportsman you never get a chance to represent Australia.
This is your chance to don the baggy green today, how proud of
you? Extremely proud Aussie. Words can't describe the feel. Just to be
here and take it all in, it's an unbelievable feeling and it's
befitting that it's with a horse like this. The moment you led her
up to meet the Queen, what was that like? Something I never thought I
would experience! It was quite overwhelming. There's no doubt your
majesty is certainly a horse lover and the two Queens of Australia,
maybe. And Luke, are you going to be able to enjoy this eventually?
Look, I will. We won, doesn't matter, but I think it may
overshadow what was a fantastic job by the horse. Take my hat off, this
little bloke here, Tony, and Paddy Bell, they looked after her the
whole time at Newmarket and she's done a fantastic job. I think
hopefully my performance hasn't overshadowed what was a great
effort by the whole team. Peter, give him a hug! Well done.
Luke Nolen being pretty hard on himself, on the PA mic as well.
Black Caviar took a full circuit of the paddock and people taking final
photos of her and applauding her as she goes away now and I am sure
they will be heading to Hong Kong. There is a �1 million bonus for any
horse that can win three races in global sprint series in three
different countries. There is one in Japan as well coming up. A horse
at Newmarket, Clare, that won't be that bothered, you know. Who is
that? Frankel. That's true, he won't! Her Majesty the Queen makes
the presentation for the Diamond Jubilee to the winning owners. Ten
owners of Black Caviar. In fact, it looks as if the female members of
the winning partnership will do the honours as they lift now the
Diamond Jubilee trophy. A fantastic success for them.
Although Luke Nolen clearly still asking himself questions and
apologising, the main thing is, as Peter Moody said, they came here
and they won. Her unbeaten record remains in tact. Which is
absolutely marvellous, 22 straight wins. It's a modern day record. She
extends her modern day record. is an - after the race she walked
around and she was getting a cheer all the way around. She didn't
bother a bit. She is a really relaxed mare. A huge cheer goes up
for Peter Moody. He follows in the footsteps of the great trainers who
have come here, taken on the challenge of bringing horses from
Australia to Royal Ascot, and have applause and I tell you what, when
punters can still collect they forgive pretty quickly. If he got
caught, different story. But he didn't. Job done. I don't think we
saw her at her best, because all our sprinters were within five
lengths or there at the finish and the jockey was saying that he
underestimated the stiffness of this racecourse. In Australia the
courses are lovely, flat and nearly always run on fast-ish ground.
jockey that got closest to catching them was on board Moon-- moonlight
Cloud. As the Queen poses for photographs, I suspect she is
saying did you wonder if you had won? Everybody held their breath.
Let's hear his reaction, he very happy for my filly, and just a
nose for the finish. The best in France. Were you surprised when
Luke Nolen stopped riding? No, not surprise today, on good chance
normally, yeah. The best in Australia filly. Nearly? Yeah.
Almost. Well done, thank you. I think to be fair he probably
misunderstood the question there. I think he thought the question was
were you surprised that Black Caviar won? No, he wasn't surprised
at that. Happy scenes. I hope Luke can
actually enjoy it now. It's a shame for him. What he's anticipating is
that the rollicking he will get in the Australian press. You want to
pick up an Australian newspaper, they don't hold back. Well, he
day for him, but let's not forget all these Australian people who
have come to see this mare, and she still won. We did not get the
fireworks, but after all, she still won the race. The full team of
owners, and I suspect that is a spot they will not want to be
leaving in a hurry, because this is a magnificent achievement. Well
done, them, for taking the gamble, for putting her record on the line.
Yes. 22 straight. CLARE BALDING: But it does confirm
what we said at the beginning, a race has to be won. It is not run
on paper. And the rest of the field have gone very, very close to
toppling her. Thierry Jarnet said, best in France, so obviously he
thinks that his filly is the best sprinter in France. If that is true,
well, she has beaten the best of France and the best that we can
muster in England. And even is she has not won by five or six lengths,
she has won. And that result alone caps an amazing week here at Royal
Ascot. It is the last that will be televised on the BBC for the
foreseeable future. Peter Dimmock was part of the royal procession
earlier, the first man to host Grandstand and Sports Review of the
year. The most influential person in BBC Sport of his era. He was
here in 1951, when the BBC first covered Royal Ascot on television.
So, a chance now to celebrate the last 61 years of partnership
between the BBC and Royal Ascot. Welcome to Ascot. There are places
I will remember all my life. This place is special because it has
stood the test of time. Though some have changed, some for ever, not
for better. Some have gone, and some remain. All these places have
their moments. With lovers and friends, I still can recall. Some
are dead, some are living. In my life, I have loved them all.
COMMENTATOR: And they are away. As Gold Cup! Of all of these friends
and lovers, there is no-one compares with you. These memories
lose their meaning when I think of love as something new. I know I
will never lose affection for people. I know I will often stop
and think about them. In my life, I will love you more. There are
moments in life, when you want to be able to say, I was there. I will
Peter hole, is with me now. In the early days of television coverage,
you must have had a huge number of challenges. Yes, and it is quite
incredible, the changes. Time goes by, and the one regret for me,
having had the honour to be invited by the Queen, is that This is the
last time the BBC will do it, which is, I feel, a bit of a tragedy, but
time moves on. I am 91, so I should not comment. In terms of the way
the meeting has developed, I think this Royal Ascot, we have been
saying in racing terms, it has been the best ever. You look at the
crowds, the grandstand, it is such a great setting for sport. It has
been a great week, with Frankel, then the Queen winning, and now
today, but without you and Willie putting it all together on the
television, that has made a tremendous difference. You're very
sweet, and I will just say, we have not primed him to say that at all.
But it seems very fitting that you should be here today, Sir Peter
O'Sullivan is here as well. And it does feel like the end of an era,
but I am very pleased that you're here. Very kind of you. I should
remind you that we have two more days of flat racing to come on BBC
television this year. We will be back here at Ascot for the King
George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on 21st July. And then, the
season finale, the highlight of the flat racing season in this country,
the Qipco British Champions Day, on 20th October, when we hope we will
racing in the world this week, but also some of the greatest fashion.
With me now, Eve Pollard. You used to do this job, for 23 years.
Indeed! It is wonderful to come back to see that the pageant of
fashion is as good as it ever was. These dress codes that they have
introduced this year have got as got absolutely back to as good as
it used to be, particularly in the Royal Enclosure. Let's have a look
back at some of the beautiful outfits that we have seen this week.
This was on the first day, and she looked terrific in that figure-
hugging dress. And there has been a lot of Jubilee inspiration as well.
Indeed there has. This is the epitome of Ascot. One of my
favourites, effortlessly beautiful. And this one, the hat... The hats
have got larger and larger, because of the rules, saying your hat has
got to be a certain size. Look at this girl, she looks delightful.
have seen some of the younger girls looking really beautiful. And there
is also the vintage feel of this year, which looks so nice. She is
wearing flowers, as it's that it a day. I don't think you can go wrong
with that at Ascot, really. A lot of black-and-white, because of the
Ascot scene in My Fair Lady, I guess. And even though the weather
has been bad, people have put appropriate stuff on top. Of course,
it has been the year of the tottering shoe. The heels have been
prodigious. The Duchess of Cambridge has got into trouble with
the fashion police, but I believe the nude shoe is here for ever.
Also, the great thing about Royal Ascot now, you can come and look
fabulous, and you do not have to spend a million bucks on it.
certainly do not. The high street does Ascot fashion very well these
days. She looks like she is having a wonderful day. Half of the
enjoyment is just being comfortable, enjoying what you're wearing,
putting it back on, having a drink and having a great time. Let's hope
these pictures go around the world, now that there is an Australian
superstar in our midst, and British fashion will do well out of it.
were watching Black Caviar as she came in here to an absolutely rock
star reception. Absolutely. It seemed like she had never heard
such a loud noise in her life. was a wonderful atmosphere. I have
very much enjoyed the fashion. Do you think the new rules have
brought us got back to where it should be? Absolutely, this is set
on a fair sale for the next 20 years. Women want to dress up, and
as long as that is the case, they will want to come to this event..
It has been lovely having you here with us today. Lovely to be back.
Now, we have already had quite a bit about the Diamond Jubilee
Stakes, the closing stages of it. We will have a look at that in a
moment. But first of all, the start, and a very significant start it was.
Interesting to watch, in the closing stages, Moonlight Cloud,
Thierry Jarnet has brought her all the way over to chase Black Caviar.
Last year's winner, the unlucky one, number 13, he was getting fractious,
and he has missed it completely. Yes, he sat right down. He is on
his haunches, almost. And Johnny Murtagh, he was shaking his head.
He said, I would have won, should have won. He said, if he had got
out with the others, he had to have beaten them. Also, five from the
left, in the white jacket, that is the runner-up, Moonlight Cloud.
Nearest to us, the black spotted jacket, that is Black Caviar.
makes it look effortless. That was the beginning of the race. Let's
look at the closing stages now. You know what has happened with Black
Caviar, she has indeed won. Writing behind her there is Restiadargent.
And there, with the red, white and blue on the cap, is Society Rock,
making his progress. At the end of this, I think there's about seven
within about three lengths. Yes, we got the result that everybody
predicted, but nobody predicted the closeness of it. It was typical for
this race, it was so close. Here's Moonlight Cloud coming.
Restiadargent in the centre. We just had Alex with us, saying, is
there an inquiry? He was very worried. The second and third
horses will not come to the July Cup, they will be racing in France.
So, the second and third not back in the UK. But it was a great race
to watch, about seven of them covered by three lengths. It does
not get any less dramatic the more you see it. The news on Black
Caviar... She is going to go into quarantine tonight, and she is
going to get on the first plane back to Australia. She is not going
to run in the July Cup. I don't know, they were on about Singapore,
but she is getting back on the plane and going back to Australia.
We shall continue to follow her progress. I think definitely the
interest today, and the crowd here was hugely boosted by Black
Caviar's participation, they will continue to watch her to see if she
can carry on her incredible career. But she was given a fright today,
no doubt about it. The main thing is, she won. We have one more race
for you one BBC One this afternoon. It is the Wokingham Handicap, there
is a big field for it, and Jim McGrath will name them for us.
JIM MCGRATH: That decision to go back to Australia immediately is
not a sudden one. It was very much on the cards, that she would only
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 44 seconds
Wokingham Stakes. JOHN PARROTT: So, just the 28 to go
eachway at 10-1, Lightning Cloud. More fallout following Black
Caviar's narrow win. The press conference is taking place. Peter
Moody said Black Caviar was not 100% in the race. He said we will
look at her and when she gets home she might be retired. He also added
that Frankel's performance on Tuesday was the finest that he has
ever seen. Thank you for that, Rishi.
Runners on the way to the post. This a recorded shot of Lightning
Cloud, the grey gelding trained by Kevin Ryan who won five times last
year. All of them over seven furlongs. And led home the centre
group in the Victoria Cup. Finished fifth that day. It was a good
tpoefplance -- performance. Obviously, knows this track. He is
going to run over six today. He was entered here yesterday and didn't
take that one up. They decided to wait for this this instead. He's
got a draw which is on the far side. I would imagine that they would
possibly these horses, the race might happen on the high numbers,
the stand side so that Lightning Cloud I would have said is not in
the right place. Lightning Cloud is at the bottom of the weights. This
horse Maarek is at the top with nine stone, ten. Big tall Joseph
O'Brien taking the ride. When he won at Newmarket, he has
taken a hike newspaper the weights -- a hike up in the weights. Every
pound counts. You are looking for a horse that is going to be under his
actual weight performance, rather than a horse whose weight
absolutely put on top of him. This horse got a little bit too much
weight. Medicean Man is better weighted, do you think? Yes. Loves
it here having won last three starts at this course. Four days
ago, he ran only four days ago, was fourth in the King's Stand. An
Australian trainer. We have an the making.
Ryan Moore has a decent chance on High Standing. Again decently
weighted. Been running all right without winning yet this season.
is drawn one, away on the far side. He will go up the far side rail.
won this race in 2009 when William Haggas trained him. Has been placed
at a good level twice after that. Hopefully Jeremy - he's obviously
thinks the horse is going to run big to get a hold of Ryan Moore to
ride him. Let's look at Dungannon, one of Andrew Balding's two runners
in this, he has Desert Law as well. His form here at Ascot reads two,
two, 0, 0, one. Finished - won the Shergar Cup. Andrew's last and only
Royal Ascot winner came in this race in 2007, ridden by that man
there, William Buick. He needs this winner to try and get in front of
Ryan Moore, because Ryan is leading the championship for the jockey to
ride the most winners at Royal Ascot. Waffle was a close second to
Deacon Blues who unfortunately is missing out of action at the moment.
David is sa bit of a master with sprinters and he was quoted saying
she is horses won't mind a little bit of cut in the ground and he
obviously fancies this horse Waffle. Godolphin have Scarf in the race.
Now that's an interesting horse, Scarf. He was a winner in Australia.
Got the Australian theme again. Good looking horse, don't you
think? Ran a few times over here, hasn't shown too much. That looks
like Frankie Dettori has got off Elusivity, getting on board again
now. Giving him a few clicks saying on you go. They're loading up
quickly. Let's look at the top of the market and Lightning Cloud is
our favourite. About four more to go forward for
the final race on BBC1 at Royal Ascot. This is the Wokingham, here
is Jim McGrath. The two top at the head of the
Wokingham. They're set, ready and stand by, 28 runners, they're off
and racing! Scarf one of the first away. Seal Rock Thrupp in the early
stages. Secret Witness also going fast on the near side. They settle
fully into stride. On the far side as they settle is up there Colonel
Mak, who shows the way, from Joe Packet and behind them is New
Planet. They're followed by Alben Star. Behind them is Desert Law.
They're followed by Oasis Dancer. In the middle of the pack Dungannon.
Lightning Cloud in about 6th in that group and being tracked by
Maarek in the white cap. Let's switch to the near side. They come
up there. It's Secret Witness who shows the way. Secret Witness out
in front here, from in second is Palace Moon, followed by Scarf. Far
side are in front. Medicean Man also in that group on the near side.
They race up now inside the two. Joe Packet gets the lead from Alben
Star. Colonel Mak has gone. Lightning Cloud coming into it now,
followed by Oasis Dancer. Maarek in the clear and Dungannon. On the
near side led by Palace Moon. Action on the far side, though.
Racing to the front Dandy Boy. Dandy Boy has the lead. Dandy Boy
wins the Wokingham. Morache Music in a photo for second with Waffle.
They were followed next by Hawkeyethenoo. Further back then
Maarek and Alben Star and nicely clear of Gordon Lord Byron, Pepper
Lane is the last to cross the line. It's a big win for Dandy Boy, Path
-- Pat Dobbs. Hawkeyethenoo. Waffle gets second, I would say. A photo
third between Morache Music and Hawkeyethenoo. Behind them is
Dungannon and Maarek who has run well. On the near side next to
Scarf down there with Palace Moon and also Elusivity. Top of the
screen Lightning Cloud, with Alben Star. Bottom of the screen the red
blinkers there of Secret Witness. Then Gordon Lord Byron, then Seal
Rock on the near side. Down the bottom of the screen,
Pabusar, Medicean Man never got into it. Lui Rei on the near side
with Gramercy. Top of the screen Oasis Dancer.
Behind them King Of Jazz, then Desert Law. Then New Planet. Also
High Standing and Sir Reginald never got into it.
Joe Packet was showing speed early and got weary. A big field of 28
here. Looking for the stragglers, I think
Pepper Lane was the last to cross. Colonel Mak, who showed pace, is
about second or third last. No doubt about the winner, Dandy
Boy, Pat Dobbs. A handy sprinter. Dandy Boy has proven one of their
best. David Marnane the trainer and Pat Dobbs the winning rider. A good
performance. The official placings for second and third, Waffle
officially second, third is Hawkeyethenoo. Fourth, officially,
is Morache Music, Seb Sanders. There are the prices. Big prices
again. This has been the trend in the big handicaps this week. It's
been hard to stab them with one this Dandy Boy. Won the Victoria
Cup here, so had Ascot form but that was back in 2009. His last
four wins had been over seven furlongs, so possibly again proving
the fact the ground is testing here, it's sapping the energy energy, you
see Dandy Boy making a smooth run through the middle of that pack.
Luckily, doesn't get interrupted coming past the grey horses. Clare,
he ran in a mile handicap at the Curragh last month. The stamina
must come through. It's the way he took off at the furlong marker.
He's done it in the style of a very classy animal. He's carried nine
stone eight and he hasn't won for a very long time. So, today he has
put up a very good performance. That's one of the very good times.
Apart from Frankel times haven't been stunning this week. Graham Lee,
former Grand National winning jockey, his first ride at Royal
Ascot, coming home in third. For Pat Dobbs and David, the trainer,
this is a first for both of them, their first Royal winner with Dandy
Boy in the Wokingham. Great moment.
victory, for sure, he will also be delighted to know that the time was
actually 0.23 of a second faster than Black Caviar recorded in that
scramble to the line in the Diamond Jubilee. So, if you were watching
and you are not a racing enthusiast, it doesn't necessarily mean that -
in fact it doesn't mean that Dandy Boy is better than Black Caviar,
but he has recorded a faster time. Strange as that may seem. There he
is there. Pat Dobbs, great to see him, a very hard working rider.
Great to see him get that Royal Ascot winner. It's been a great day
here. Great atmosphere. Never known a Royal Ascot like it for the
build-up, for the results, for just the way everything's panned out.
It's been one of those magic meetings. Let's check the full
result now on the Wokingham with unlucky Waffle. Third Hawkeyethenoo
and fourth Morache Music at 20-1. Well done to connections. I am
going to grab a word with the trainer. Well done. Familiar
territory for this horse, he won the Victor Cup. -- Victoria Cup a
couple of years ago. We are trying to get him to switch off, he is
always a horse with plenty of speed. You know, we ran him over a mile
the last day because it was his first run for a mile. He's come
here in the best form we have had him in a long time. It's great to
see him back to form. He struggled really, he was out in Dubai.
broke the track record over seven and picked up an injury in the next
run and took a while to get him back again. He is back fully, thank
God. You clocked a quicker time than Black Caviar. We won't talk
about that! I am delighted for him. I am delighted for his owner, a big
supporter. It's great. Thank you very much. Here is Pat. Well done.
Thank you. Tell us how that went for stphaou the plan was to drop in,
take my time, he can be keen if he is too far forward. He settled good.
Went through very well. Even got there a little bit too soon. But if
I didn't do when I did I would have been cut off and there was plenty
of horses on the inside probably would have been trafg problems.
traffic problems. Your first Royal Ascot winner. Yeah. Looking forward
to it for a long time. It's nice to get one. On a very important day in
racing, I was saying to David your horse clocked a faster time than
Black Caviar. Yeah, it felt very good. Even got there too soon. It
would be better horse longer I am sure. Well done. Thank you very
much. The Wokingham, a competitive sprint
handicap in which they've gone incredibly fast. The first four
home were virtually last in their respective groups at the halfway
stage. Let's look at the start. It was all over for Pepper Lane in
number 7 there. She rears up a lot. You can see this, did very well to
maintain the partnership and lucky the horse didn't do itself damage
and rightly so, there's no point. The race is virtually over. You
need get off on level terms. those circumstances, you say he
can't be certain she hasn't pulled a muscle or something. Let's look
at the group on the far side of the group. They were the three that
finished on the far side. The one that finished on the nearside was
right here at the back of his group, that was Waffle. Basically, they
have gone very fast in front. Cash in the closing stages. This side,
the group that get involved, and you can see on the far side, Waffle.
From what I have seen, they were lucky that none of them got stopped
as they went through. No, I think they were able to weave their way
in and out. Pat Dobbs has had a dream, riding the winner. Fran
Berry, I had a word with him, he says, his horse thinks he has one.
At least he won his own race, over on the far side. So, Dandy Boy
coming clear to win it. If you back one that was up at the front of the
race, on either side, you will probably get your money back next
time when they do not go so fast, and it is not such a tough race.
Presentation for the Wokingham Stakes has been made, by the former
head of the Hong Kong jockey Club. His horse finished third in the
Hardwicke Stakes, earlier on, behind Sea Moon. So, a landmark day
for them. A high-class winner of that handicap.
WILLIE CARSON: he is a very distinguished-looking jockey. Very
much into the Richard Hannon success story, because he has been
there a very long time. He is there every morning, and he gets a lot of
winners for Richard Hannon. But he does get third-string. Which is why
he had not ridden a winner at Royal Ascot until today. Let's take you
through the story of this final day at Royal Ascot. The crowd who
actually boosted by Australian racing fans coming to Ascot today
to watch the royal procession, and to support Black Caviar. The first
race went to the exuberant Frankie Dettori, in the blue colours of
Godolphin, on Tha'ir, and it was Frankie's second winner of the week.
But Ryan Moore went back to the top of the leading jockeys board, with
his victory in the 3.05. Then we had Black Caviar, moving smoothly
enough into the lead in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, but then Luke Nolen
himself said he had a brain freeze. But she held on, just. The Queen
came down to greet the winner. And, as we have just seen, in the
Wokingham Stakes, a 33-1 winner, Dandy Boy. It has been a truly
international week, we have had a Hong Kong-trained winner, and of
course, an Australian winner, among others. Just to confirm those who
have come into the winner's area today... And also, we have been so
lucky with the weather. We had that one cloudburst, that really could
have made the difference, that's where Black Caviar was lucky, that
that rain did not last any longer. Indeed, I think there's a lot of
people who had a huge sigh of relief, and I was one of them.
Let's face it, most of us came here today to see a superstar. We saw
her, but I'm sure Peter Moody and Luke Nolen know that she is better
than that. She was not at her best today, and the journey must have
taken a lot out of her. Her fans do not go home disappointed, because
she has won, but the manner of success left everybody gasping.
WILLIE CARSON: It was a workmanlike performance, rather than
spectacular. Honestly, can you imagine what would have happened if
she had been caught? It would have been terrible, but it did not
happen, thank goodness. And there we have happy scenes, because this
great filly has actually won a Group One race, travelling 12,000
miles over to England, and it is very nice for it to happen, as well
as nice for all the English trainers to think, we are not that
far behind. And certainly the French trained as a! Yes, but the
English horses were not that far behind it, either. James, I asked
him, he could not even speak. he was really sat down in the
stalls. We still have two more races to come for you on BBC
interactive, sadly not on Freeview. But we do have two more races to
come. Tonight, at 10:50pm, highlights of the third quarter
final in Euro 2012, Spain-France. And tomorrow night, England-France.
On Saturday 21st July, we will be back here for the King George VI
and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. I was just thinking, that was wrong, we
are playing it Ilie! The graphic was wrong, I'm sorry. -- we are
playing Italy. I would just like to say a huge thank you to everybody
who has worked for BBC Television on Royal Ascot over the years. And
thanks to Willie Carson, it has been great to work with you. Bye-
most magnificent sporting occasion in Europe. The theme of celebration,
very much in the air. This is the best racehorse that you have ever
seen, I have ever seen, anybody will ever see. Can a performance!
The superb, the spectacular, Wales's Stakes, So You Think!
Clare Balding presents coverage from the closing day of the iconic race meeting. This famous racing festival was extended to include the Saturday in 2002 as part of the celebrations for the Queen's golden jubilee. A sell-out occasion enjoyed by 80,000 people, there is sure to be a celebratory atmosphere on the course.
The sprinters take centre stage in the main race of the day, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Run over three-quarters-of-a-mile, all eyes will be on visiting equine royalty in the form of Black Caviar, Australia's fastest-ever horse and a true global superstar.
Clare is joined by Willie Carson, Mick Fitzgerald, Rishi Persad, Suzi Perry, Ian Bartlett and John Parrott. Race commentary comes from Jim McGrath.