Day One at Royal Ascot

18 Jun 2013 Comments 0

Day One of Royal Ascot came and went in a whirl of drama, action and delight. Animal Kingdom, showed that a sure thing, is never a sure thing as the champion abruptly cried enough during the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, fading badly to finish amongst the back markers.

 

While Shea Shea just got pipped on the post in the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes by a flying Sole Power on the opposite side of the track. Shea Shea likes to run down his opposition, but when he reached the lead, the gelding clearly thought he had vanquished all foes and started loafing. Ascot is a very wide track and with Sole Power flying up the standside rail, Shea Shea had no idea he was about to be pipped.  If he pulls out fine tomorrow then he is very likely to start in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee over 1200m on Saturday.

 

Dawn Approach made amends for his extraordinary race in the Derby, where he fought his rider all the way and consequently faded badly. In a gutsy race where he got bumped several times, Dawn Approach fought all the way to the line to win the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes in a photo finish.

Wednesday, the feature race is the Group 1 Prince of Wales Stakes where Al Kazeem wil be squaring off with Camelot. While South Africa has another chance at capturing their elusive first Royal Ascot victory when champion mare Dancewiththedevil lines up in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes over a mile.

 

A packed grandstand

 

Nemo and his firends

 

The Queen arrives

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