Category: Royal Ascot

2019 Diamond Jubilee Preview

Royal Ascot, five days of world-class turf racing, draws to a close on Saturday. This piece takes a look at the closing day feature, the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, a six-furlong turf sprint for older horses. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes began life as the All-Aged Stakes in 1868.  It was renamed the Cork and Orrery... Read more »

Royal Ascot: 2018 Gold Cup Preview

The Gold Cup is one of the world’s premier events for true stayers, going two and a half miles over the grass.  First run in 1807, the race is the oldest of the Royal Ascot meet.  It has been run at Ascot through the vast majority of its history, though it moved to Newmarket during... Read more »

2017 Diamond Jubilee Stakes Preview

Royal Ascot, five days of world-class turf racing, draws to a close on Saturday.  This piece takes a look at the closing day feature, the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, a six-furlong turf sprint for older horses. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes began life as the All-Aged Stakes in 1868.  It was renamed the Cork and Orrery... Read more »
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Royal Ascot, Day Five: Diamond Jubilee Stakes Preview

Royal Ascot, five days of top-class turf racing, draws to a close on Saturday.  Continuing our look at the Group I events of the meet, this piece looks at Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Back on American shores, Paul Mazur has a look at stakes racing at two different tracks.  Saturday’s card at Arlington features a... Read more »

Royal Ascot, Day Four: Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes Preview

Today, Picks and Ponderings returns to Royal Ascot for the second to last day of the meet.  The day’s card features a pair of Group I races for sophomores: the Commonwealth Cup for open three-year-old sprinters, and the Coronation Stakes for filly milers. Saturday’s final day of Royal Ascot features one final Group I race... Read more »

Royal Ascot, Day Three: Gold Cup

Welcome to Day Three of our Group I previews for Royal Ascot.  Here we focus on Thursday’s sole top-level event: the Gold Cup.  Friday features two Group I events for three-year-olds: the Coronation for fillies at a mile and the Commonwealth for open sophomores at six furlongs.  Saturday closes out the five-day festival with the... Read more »
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Royal Ascot, Day Two: Prince of Wales's Stakes

Picks and Ponderings returns to Royal Ascot for the second day of the five-day meet.  This piece focuses on the day’s sole Group I race: the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, with a short yet select field of older horses going ten furlongs.  Thursday’s Group I is the Gold Cup, a true marathon at two and... Read more »

Royal Ascot, Day One: the Queen Anne, the King's Stand, and the St. James's Palace

Every duke, earl, and peer is at Royal Ascot this week…and so is Picks and Ponderings. Ascot runs races much of the year, but its marquee event is the Royal meet.  It features a week of top-class turf racing, with the richest prizes of the year.  This year’s meet runs from Tuesday, June 14 through... Read more »

2015 Diamond Jubilee Stakes Preview

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes began life as the All-Aged Stakes in 1868.  It was renamed the Cork and Orrery Stakes in 1926, in honour of Richard Boyle, 9th Earl of Cork.  He had served three separate stints as Master of the Buckhounds in the 1860s and 1880s, an office which at that time entailed being... Read more »
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2015 Commonwealth Cup & Coronation Stakes Preview

The fourth day of the five day Royal Ascot meeting sees the Picks & Ponderings team again tackle the Group One races.  There are two Group One races, both restricted to the sophomore set – the Commonwealth Cup for turf sprinters and the Coronation Stakes for filly milers.  Both races serve as convergent events bringing... Read more »