What Choisir started, Wesley Ward and Lady Aurelia have continued and the very British five days of Royal Ascot are now happy hunting grounds for raiders from afar. It’s now eight years since Ward first landed a success at the meeting courtesy of Strike The Tiger and since then he’s amassed a stronger team year on year.
Those wishing to give their Royal Ascot finery an early outing will have the chance at Sunday’s Prix de Diane meeting, when the action on the track at Chantilly usually comes in a narrow second behind the style stakes.
Saturday sees Belmont Park host arguably the best card of racing, outside of Breeders’ Cup weekend, in the States, with six Grade 1s on a packed programme....
The Prix du Jockey Club, which takes place at Chantilly on Sunday, has a new look, with Qatari investment company Qipco sponsoring it for the first time. Last year’s winner, Almanzor went on to be crowned European Champion Three-Year- Old, so whoever wins this weekend has big shoes to fill.
Morocco has a population of more than 33 million, and covers more than 172,000 square miles, yet it is still a surprise to learn that the North African/Mediterranean country has a thriving racing industry. Unless you’ve been there – and even if you have – who knew?