John Gunther may have rankled some feelings in America with a comment he made after the G1 St. James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. Following a victory by his homebred Without Parole, Gunther proclaimed, “I don’t think I could ever top the emotion of this day ever.”
Champion sprinter Harry Angel will face 11 rivals at Royal Ascot on Saturday in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, a race that has attracted exceptional sprinters from across the globe.
There was a collective sigh of relief within the European breeze-up community earlier this month when the bulk of a challenging sales season drew to a close at Goresbridge. Several still have Arqana’s Summer Sale to look forward to and others will turn their attention to yearlings. However, for Con Marnane and everyone at Bansha House Stables in Tipperary, the year is just beginning.
Which jockeys perform the best at Ascot? Which stallions’ progeny tend to achieve the most there? Which trainers regularly bring out the best in their runners, and which owners have the most consistent records, at Britain’s premier racetrack? With Royal Ascot beginning its five-day run next Tuesday, we checked the TRC Global Rankings database to compare the stats of the leading players in all four categories.
June 19-24, 2018
Tuesday June 19
Queen Anne Stakes (G1): (4yo+) 1m
King's Stand Stakes (G1): (3yo+) 5f
St James's Palace Stakes (G1): (3yo colts) 7f
Wednesday June 20
Prince Of Wales's Stakes (G1): (4yo+) 1m1f
Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (G2) (4yo+ fillies and mares) 1m
Thursday June 21
Gold Cup (G1): (4yo+) 2m3f
Ribblesdale Stakes (G2): (3yo fillies) 1m3f
Friday June 22
Commonwealth Cup (G1): (3yo) 6f
Coronation Stakes (G1): (3yo fillies) 7f
Saturday June 23
Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1): (4yo+) 6f