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The Queen Anne Stakes

Palace Pier heads 12 declarations for the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes
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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 most recent in 2021, at 50.

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, 7 wins (1990, 1997-8, 2003-4, 2007, 2021)
Current leading trainer: Saeed bin Suroor, 7 wins (1996-7-8-9, 2003-4, 2007)

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Palace Pier different gear in Queen Anne Stakes

Palace Pier proved himself top dog in the mile division with an authoritative win in the Queen Anne Stakes. Frankie Dettori, winning his 50th QIPCO British Champions Series race, was able to celebrate as the pair crossed the line.

Lope Y Fernandez ran on to claim the runner-up spot, while syndicate-owned Sir Busker ran a career best to fill the minor placings.

Racing on faster ground than ever before, Palace Pier was able to settle in behind the leaders from soon after the off. The pace however was not strong and with three furlongs to run Frankie decided to take matters into his own hands and send the 2/7 favourite for the lead.

After a moment or two of hesitation, Palace Pier was able to draw sufficiently clear to allow his backers to breath a sigh of relief.

Speaking to ITV, Dettori said “It was the first time he ran on this kind of ground. He didn’t let himself down as well as he could, but he still won a Group 1 and showed he’s the best miler around. On easier ground he’s got more to give.”

A jubilant John Gosden also commented “His father (Kingman) went on very fast ground, in the Sussex Stakes, and bottomless in the Jacques le Marois, so he’s the same as his father.

“He can go on any ground, and he’s a lovely horse – a lot of scope about him, and a pleasure to be around.”


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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 Day in October which will be the richest raceday ever staged in Britain with over £4m 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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