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The Queen Anne Stakes

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History

The Queen Anne Stakes opens Royal Ascot, the first race of the meeting commemorating the monarch who established horse racing at Ascot more than 300 years ago.

As the curtain raiser to Flat racing’s greatest festival, it’s a Group 1, one mile race for four-year-olds and older horses that has always attracted class acts. It certainly kept attracting legendary jockey Sir Gordon Richards, who was 21 when he won his first Queen Anne and 48 when he claimed his last.

His record total of six victories has since been matched by Frankie Dettori, who also keeps coming back for more, winning his first at 19 years of age and his last – to date – in 2007, at 36.

The Queen Anne Stakes has also attracted many top-quality horses. The 2012 winner Frankel confirmed his status as the world’s greatest racehorse with another scintillating display to win by 11 lengths.

Current leading jockey: Frankie Dettori, 6 wins (1990, 1997-8, 2003-4, 2007)
Current leading trainer: Saeed bin Suroor, 7 wins (1996-7-8-9, 2003-4, 2007)

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Circus Maximus gives Moore first Queen Anne win

The big guns came out to play to kick off Royal Ascot in style as Ryan Moore and Circus Maximus narrowly ground it out pip Frankie Dettori aboard Terebellum on the line.

It looked as if Frankie Dettori would once again be centre stage at Royal Ascot as he coaxed his mount to the front around a furlong and a half out. However, Circus Maximus’s stamina edge came into play 50 yards out as he dived past the Godolphin filly to win by a nose.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge was always up with the pace having broke well under Moore, with Marie’s Diamond setting the pace. Similarly Terebellum was always near the leaders which turned out to be the correct place to be with plenty of horses towards the rear unable to land a blow in the contest.

The Mark Johnston-trained Marie’s Diamond finished the race in third, again proving that it paid dividends to be up with the pace in the race.

It was yet another landmark win for trainer Aidan O’Brien who registered his 150th UK Group 1 victory.

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The Course

British horseracing can lay claim to plenty of blue-blooded connections, but none rival those of Ascot. The Berkshire racecourse’s roots go back 300 years to Queen Anne, who recognised the potential of a stretch of heath land while out riding just a few miles from Windsor Castle.

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The royal link has endured ever since. Today, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family attend the world-famous ‘Royal Ascot’ meeting each year, arriving in a horse drawn carriage. Royal Ascot, meanwhile, has earned iconic status as a centrepiece of the social calendar, when the world’s best thoroughbreds face fierce competition from the world’s most extravagant fashion designs.

Ascot, which underwent a £200 million redevelopment between 2004-6, also hosts the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO in July, the most prestigious open-age Flat race staged in Britain.

It will also host the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Daydzvxxyvucucbucawwfsafeetvqatav in October which will be the richest raceday ever staged in Britain with over £4.2m in prize money and the climax to the QIPCO British Champions Series.  Including the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot stages no less than 13 of the 35 QIPCO British Champions Series races.

What sort of horses like Ascot? Horses that like right-handed courses. And what sort of people? People who like champagne and scones, apparently. During the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in 2010, 60,000 bottles of champagne and 40,000 scones were consumed. Lobsters, meanwhile, don’t like Royal Ascot – 1,500 of them were eaten over that same period.

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Berkshire
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