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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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Lord Glitters dazzles for O'Meara and Tudhope

Lord Glitters gained a deserved first success in the QIPCO British Champions Series when edging home in a blanket finish to the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

David O’Meara’s grey, who disappointed last time out in the Lockinge Stakes, was winning at the highest level for the first time in his career after a string of previous near-misses..

His fortunes could not have contrasted more with last year’s winner Accidental Agent, who refused to come out of the stalls.

The popular Laurens made a bold bid for home and hit the front two furlongs out, but she could never put much daylight between her pursuers.

William Haggas’ One Master came swooping through, showing the pace that won her the Prix de la Foret last season, and certainly hit the front, before her run she faltered inside the final 100 yards.

That left Beat The Bank, another who ran poorly in the Lockinge, and Lord Glitters (14-1) to fight it out, with Danny Tudhope managing to get his grey head in front by a neck.

O’Meara said: “He always runs well here, he loves the track.

“In the Lockinge he had no cover and over-raced a touch, but I thought today Danny gave him a perfect ride from the word go.

“Watching the race it was one of the easiest Royal Ascot runners we’ve ever had to watch because there was never a moment I thought he was in trouble.

“He had a programme last year and he’ll follow something similar this season, I would have thought.”

The North Yorkshire trainer added: “I suppose it is deserved. He ran a stormer in Dubai (Dubai Turf). I would have thought if he’d had a good run in the Lockinge he would have been half the price today. He ran with no cover, which he doesn’t like to do. He likes to sit last and attack late.

“When he won the Balmoral here he had 17 horses in front of him in the last furlong and that is what he likes. He is a solid horse when he gets the right conditions. I think on Champions Day last year it was the first time he was out of the first two at Ascot. He loves the track.

“I must give a mention to Jason Kelly, my assistant, who bought him in France, as he will be delighted.”

Beat The Bank’s trainer Andrew Balding said: “Delighted with the run, obviously. I don’t know what went wrong at Newbury, but that was more like him. These good horses, there’s not much between them and they set a good standard.

“We are keen to try him at a mile and a quarter, so we might look at the Eclipse if he’s all right.”

However, his rider, Silvestre de Sousa, picked up a seven-day whip ban.

Haggas said of One Master: “I’m not sure she quite got home. That’s what the jockey thought. She ran a great race, travelled well. She came to win and just flattened out the last bit.

“I think she stays a mile, but in this competition it’s hard to wait any longer with her. She ran a very commendable race. I knew she had come forward from her last run.”

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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.

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 Day 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.

Getting there

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