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    CHAIRMANS WELCOME May I extend a warm welcome to the worlds media as we commemorate 300 years of racing at

    the Royal Racecourse.

    We are celebrating our tercentenary in many ways, perhaps most aptly by unveiling a statue of

    Ascots greatest equine legend, Yeats, at the Royal Meeting.

    As we look back at generations of history-makers on our world famous turf, it is interesting that

    the most recent years at Ascot have been among the racecourses most exciting due to the

    remarkable growth in international competition and the development of our race programme.

    Last year, the formerly Australian-trained Starspangledbanner landed the Golden Jubilee Stakes

    for Aidan OBrien. That race saw participation from no less than six nations, including an

    excellent third for the American-trained Kinsale King. International competition at the highest

    level is what Royal Ascot is all about in the 21st century.

    There are seven Group One championship races this week, including the Kings Stand Stakes on

    Tuesday and the Golden Jubilee Stakes on Saturday, which form part of the Global Sprint

    Challenge. All seven Group One races are also included in the new British Champions Series,

    culminating here at Ascot with the inaugural British Champions Day, on 15th


    Nowhere in the world is there a race meeting to compare with Royal Ascot for sheer depth of

    quality. 18 of the 30 races staged during the week are run at Group level, following the promotion

    of the Hampton Court Stakes to Group Three this year. That race has now been renamed the

    Tercentenary Stakes as part of our celebrations.

    We expect almost 500 horses to run in the 30 races this year, watched by close to 300,000 people

    at the racecourse during the week and millions more on television. 24 races are shown live on the

    BBC and through our media partners, BBC Worldwide and At The Races, pictures from Royal

    Ascot are distributed to nearly 200 countries.

    In 2010, top jockey honours went to Ryan Moore, with a final race victory in the Queen

    Alexandra Stakes bringing his tally to four winners, whilst the top trainer was Richard Hannon

    with three winners, headed by the brilliant Canford Cliffs in the St Jamess Palace Stakes.

    Competition for these accolades is sure to be as intense as ever this year.

    I hope that you enjoy your visit to the greatest race meeting in the world.

    Johnny Weatherby

    Chairman of Ascot Racecourse

    Front Cover: The Queens Aureole, winner of the 1954 Hardwicke Stakes and King George VI &

    Queen Elizabeth Stakes

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    BBC 2.30 pm The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) 4+ 250,000 One Mile

    BBC 3.05 pm The Kings Stand Stakes (Group 1) 3+ 300,000 Five furlongs

    BBC 3.50 pm The St Jamess Palace Stakes (Group 1) 3 colts 250,000 Old Mile

    BBC 4.25 pm The Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 2 85,000 Six furlongs

    BBC 5.00 pm The Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 4+ 50,000 Two and a half miles

    ATR 5.35 pm The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) 2 50,000 Five furlongs


    BBC 2.30 pm The Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 3 70,000 Seven furlongs

    BBC 3.05 pm The Windsor Forest Stakes (Group 2) 4+ fillies

    & mares 100,000 One mile

    BBC 3.50 pm The Prince of Waless Stakes (Group 1) 4+ 400,000 One and a quarter miles

    BBC 4.25 pm The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) 3+ 100,000 One mile

    BBC 5.00 pm The Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) 2 fillies 75,000 Five furlongs

    ATR 5.35 pm The Sandringham Stakes (Listed) (Handicap) 3 fillies 50,000 One mile


    BBC 2.30 pm The Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) 2 75,000 Five furlongs

    BBC 3.05 pm The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) 3 fillies 100,000 One and a half miles

    BBC 3.50 pm The Gold Cup (Group 1) 4+ 250,000 Two and a half miles

    BBC 4.25 pm The Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 3 colts &

    geldings 100,000 One mile

    BBC 5.00 pm The Tercentenary Stakes (Group 3) 3 70,000 One and a quarter miles

    ATR 5.35 pm The King George V Stakes (Handicap) 3 50,000 One and a half miles


    BBC 2.30 pm The Albany Stakes (Group 3) 2 fillies 60,000 Six furlongs

    BBC 3.05 pm The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) 3 colts &

    geldings 140,000 One and a half miles

    BBC 3.50 pm The Coronation Stakes (Group 1) 3 fillies 250,000 Old mile

    BBC 4.25 pm The Wolferton Handicap Stakes (Listed) 4+ 50,000 One and a quarter miles

    BBC 5.00 pm The Queens Vase (Group 3) 3 60,000 Two miles

    ATR 5.35 pm The Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap) 3+ 50,000 Seven furlongs


    BBC 2.30 pm The Chesham Stakes (Listed) 2 50,000 Seven furlongs

    BBC 3.05 pm The Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) 4+ 100,000 One and a half miles

    BBC 3.50 pm The Golden Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) 3+ 400,000 Six furlongs

    BBC 4.25 pm The Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 3+ 100,000 Six furlongs

    ATR 5.00 pm The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) 3+ 50,000 One and a half miles

    ATR 5.35 pm The Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions) 4+ 50,000 Two miles, six furlongs

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    Ascot is home to Europes premier race meeting, Royal Ascot, Europes mid-summer middle

    distance championship, the 1 million King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by

    Betfair, July), the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup (August), a unique international jockeys team

    event and, this year, the inaugural 3 million QIPCO British Champions Day (October).

    Considered the standard-bearer for international racing within Europe, Ascot actively seeks to

    strengthen its programme through the participation of horses from all around the world.

    The racecourse has welcomed runners from Australia, New Zealand, America, Hong Kong,

    Japan, South Africa and all over Europe in recent years, none higher profile and more ground-

    breaking than Choisir, who landed the Kings Stand Stakes / Golden Jubilee Stakes double for

    Australia in 2003, paving the way for wins for compatriots Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and

    Scenic Blast.

    The Royal Meeting was more cosmopolitan than ever before in 2010 as horses from six nations

    lined up for the Golden Jubilee Stakes, with the Irish-trained (former Australian)

    Starspangledbanner victorious with American raider Kinsale King third. The USA was also

    represented in the St Jamess Palace Stakes with Nobles Promise, who finished fifth.

    In 2005, Ascot set up a sprinting series, the Global Sprint Challenge, with Racing Victoria and

    the Victoria Racing Club in Australia and the Japan Racing Association. The Hong Kong Jockey

    Club, Newmarket Racecourses and the Singapore Turf Club have subsequently joined and the

    series now numbers nine races from February to December.

    Since the inauguration of the Global Sprint Challenge, 35 horses trained outside Europe have

    lined up in the two participating sprints at Royal Ascot. In 2005, the Kings Stand Stakes was

    worth 140,000 and the Golden Jubilee Stakes 250,000. Both have increased significantly in

    value to reflect their growing international significance and the Golden Jubilee Stakes now has

    prize money of 400,000, with the Kings Stand Stakes valued at 300,000.

    With 400,000 on offer for the Darley July Cup, the third European leg of the Challenge, there is

    well over 1 million available across the UKs legs for the worlds top sprinters.


    Coolmore Lightning Stakes (Group One) 19th

    February Flemington, Australia

    Takamatsunomiya Kinen (Group One) 27th

    March Hanshin, Japan

    Krisflyer International Sprint (Group One) 22nd

    May Kranji, Singapore

    Kings Stand Stakes (Group One) 14th

    June Royal Ascot, UK

    Golden Jubilee Stakes (Group One) 18th

    June Royal Ascot, UK

    Darley July Cup (Group One) 9th

    July Newmarket, UK

    Sprinters Stakes (Group One) 2nd

    October Nakayama, Japan

    Patinack Farm Classic (Group One) 5th

    Nov Flemington, Australia

    Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (Group One) 11th

    Dec Sha Tin, Hong Kong

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    No fewer than eleven nations were unveiled when the entries for Royal Ascots seven Group One

    races were released on 20th

    April, amongst them a record breaking ten from the USA, three of

    them doubly engaged in both the Kings Stand Stakes and Golden Jubilee Stakes.

    Additionally from outside Europe, Australia has four entries, three doubly engaged in both

    sprints; Hong Kong three entries, with one doubly engaged; Singapore two entries, with one

    doubly engaged and Japan is represented by three entries at the initial stage, one in each of the St

    Jamess Palace Stakes, Coronation Stakes and the Gold Cup.

    Amongst the USA entries for the Golden Jubilee Stakes is 2010 Santa Anita Derby (Grade One)

    winner SIDNEYS CANDY (John Sadler), owned by Jenny Craig, who with her late husband

    Sidney won the 1992 Derby with Dr Devious.

    CARACORTADO (Michael Machowsky), fourth in last years Santa Anita Derby and frequently

    Group One placed subsequently, is very much on course to line up in the Golden Jubilee.

    Todd Pletcher has entered three horses for the Royal Meeting - recent Shakertown Stakes winner,

    STRATFORD HILL, last years Breeders Cup Turf Sprint fourth, BRIDGETOWN (both in the

    two sprints) and last years Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner, MORE THAN REAL, a

    Coronation Stakes possible for celebrity chef owner, Bobby Flay.

    Shakertown third, GREAT ATTACK, is entered for the Kings Stand Stakes for dual Royal

    Ascot-winning trainer, Wesley Ward, who has also entered HOLIDAY FOR KITTEN, owned by

    the legendary Ken Ramsey and his wife, who owned 2009 Golden Jubilee runner-up, Cannonball.

    Ward is also considering the two-year-old Royal Ascot programme for his in form string.

    Last years Golden Jubilee third, KINSALE KING, is entered for just the Kings Stand this year,

    with his colourful Irish-born trainer Carl OCallaghan planning to run the improving dark horse,

    LEAVING NEW YORK, in the Golden Jubilee.

    Kenny McPeek, who saddled three runners at Royal Ascot last year, has entered

    KATHMANBLU for the Coronation Stakes with a view to a possible run in the UK after the

    Kentucky Oaks. He also has two Ribblesdale Stakes (Group Two) entries SASSYS DREAM


    The Asian contingent at Royal Ascot could be strong this year with the highest profile name

    amongst the entries (Golden Jubilee only) undoubtedly the Singapore-trained ROCKET MAN

    (Patrick Shaw), who gained a much deserved first Group One outside his home country in the

    Dubai Golden Shaheen last month.

    Compatriot BETTER BE THE ONE (Michael Freedman), a close third in the Al Quoz Sprint on

    the same Dubai card, is another possible and is in both sprints. Both Singapore horses have the

    KrisFlyer Sprint, leg four of the Global Sprint Challenge, as their next target.

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    Two three-year-olds are entered for Japan - last years Grade One-winning champion two-year-

    old, GRAND PRIX BOSS (Yoshito Yahagi), who has the NHK Mile at home as his next target,

    and MARCELLINA (Hiroyoshi Matsuda), recent winner of the Grade One Oka Sho (Japanese

    1,000 Guineas).

    The trio is made up of recent Grade Three winning and Grade Two placed COSMO MEADOW

    (Shigenori Hatakeyama), a fascinating prospect for the Gold Cup.

    Completing the Asian entries are a trio from Hong Kong, including SWEET SANETTE (Tony

    Millard), entered for both Royal Ascot sprints, who had Sacred Kingdom and One World behind

    her in second and third in the recent Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (Group Three).

    John Moore, responsible for Happy Zero last year, has entered SUNNY KING, third to Rocket

    Man in Dubai and a regular in Group One company in Hong Kong, in the Golden Jubilee, and

    XTENSION, fourth in the 2,000 Guineas when with Clive Cox, in the Queen Anne Stakes.

    Although it looks a case of next year for Black Caviars international campaign, the horse that

    has so far given the great mare most to do, STAR WITNESS (Danny OBrien), leads a contingent

    of four entries from Down Under as the Australians seek to add a sixth Royal Ascot victory to

    their remarkable recent record.

    Star Witness was beaten just four lengths by Black Caviar when they met in Novembers Group

    One Patinack Farm Classic, a week after his victory in the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes.

    Trainer Danny OBrien reports there were valid excuses for his no show in the Newmarket

    Handicap in March and the horse to be in fine form as they prepare to ship to the UK.

    Third behind Star Witness in the Coolmore was SHRAPNEL, for Melbourne Cup-winning

    trainer Mark Kavanagh and the four-year-old was a Group Two winner on his latest start in


    EAGLE FALLS (David Hayes) won the Group One Oakleigh Plate in February. In third that day

    was Black Caviars stablemate, HINCHINBROOK (Peter Moody), who is the last of the

    Australian quartet. The latter is in the Golden Jubilee with the others in both Royal Ascot sprints.

    OVERDOSE (Josef Roszival), nicknamed the Budapest Bullet, has been entered in the Kings

    Stand Stakes and is arguably the most fascinating of the European (outside UK) entries, which

    number 67 from Ireland, 39 from France, 4 from Italy and one from Spain across the seven Group


    Amongst the Irish entry is the formerly Australian-trained SO YOU THINK (Aidan OBrien),

    who is in the Queen Anne and Prince of Waless Stakes, whilst the star French entry is clearly

    GOLDIKOVA (Freddie Head), who could bid for a second Queen Anne Stakes win.

    The British, French, Irish and wider European interest in the Royal Meeting remains just as

    important as attracting runners from outside Europe, of course, and it is worth noting that

    Godolphin has made 44 entries and Aidan OBrien has made 35.

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    ASCOT, 15th


    The inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day, the richest fixture in British racing history at 3

    million, will be held at Ascot on 15th

    October 2011.

    Racings stakeholders have come together to create the new initiative, which will feature the

    1,300,000 Champion Stakes, 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, 250,000 British

    Champions Sprint Stakes (formerly Diadem Stakes), 250,000 British Champions Fillies &

    Mares Stakes (formerly Pride Stakes) and the 200,000 British Champions Long Distance Cup

    (formerly Jockey Club Cup) - all sponsored by QIPCO.

    The new event, along with the QIPCO British Champions Series that will signpost major races in

    five categories through the season, is aimed at broadening the appeal of the sport beyond such

    events as the Derby and Royal Ascot.

    Four categories are by race distance - Middle Distance, Mile, Sprint and Long Distance. Mindful

    of the fact that with Britains fillies and mares programme so strong following an intensive

    development of their Pattern, a separate fillies and mares category will operate.

    The Series includes all the major meetings leading up to British Champions Day.