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There have been some memorable victories of horses at Royal Ascot who have travelled over from the likes of the US and Australia including the great Black Caviar. So who are some of the most memorable winners from recent years as we look ahead to the meeting that is set to take place in just a few weeks’ time?
Who else but Lady Aurelia to start the list. She has provided us with some quite stunning performances at the meeting in recent years and is set to again contest the King’s Stand in just a few weeks’ time. You can bet on Royal Ascot here and she he is currently in at 3/1 second favourite behind the highest rated sprinter in Europe in Battaash in what is likely to be one of the most anticipated clashes at the 2018 meeting.
Lady Aurelia was sent over to contest the Queen Mary Stakes following breaking the track record on her debut at Keeneland. Expectations were certainly high from the Ward camp as she was sent off the well supported 2/1 favourite. She did not disappoint and put in a breath taking display of speed to destroy the field by 7 lengths having been clear at half way. This was clearly one of the greatest performances ever seen at Royal Ascot and one that will certainly live long in the memory.
Lady Aurelia then returned to Ascot the following year to contest the King Stand with expectations a little lower following a few reverses. However as is customary with the horse she put in another lifetime best on the track to defeat a high class field with ease. She shows a jaw dropping turn of foot in her races and has been described by her trainer as a horse of a lifetime. She is certainly one of the top winners of recent times at the meeting.
Acapulco is another horse to head over to Ascot for the formidable Wesley Ward team. She had been defeated on her debut at Churchill Downs but headed over with a big reputation. She was heavily bet on the day into 5/2 and never gave backers a moment’s worry. When she entered the paddock many spectators were in shock at the size of her as she was far bigger than any other horse and looked several years older than just a two year old.
As is customary with American horses she shot off travelling well on the front end before quickening up well to win cosily by just over a length from Easton Angel. This was a top class performance and one that is certainly memorable from back in 2015. There is no doubt Ward is certainly one to look out for each meeting with his 2-year-olds as they continue to have a lot of success that included three victories since 2009 in the Queen Mary stakes.
The most memorable moment bar Frankel’s stunning victory in the 2012 Queen Anne has to be that of Black Caviar. She is one of the true great flat horses who finished her career unbeaten winning her 25 starts in a row. A huge amount of preparation was put in place for her long journey over to Ascot that included her wearing a compression suit to help with her blood circulation.
The atmosphere at the track was incredible that included Caviar being handed out to the public and the pink and black colours were being spotted all around the course. She was sent off at odds of 1/6 and despite running her third worst race in her career based on ratings she was still victorious. She had kicked clear entering the final furlong only for her jockey to mistake the winning post and stop riding but she picked up again and held on from the fast finishing Moonlight Cloud.
There was a long wait but when she was declared the winner there was a huge amount of relief from connections. Check out the video below of the incredible race from back in 2012. This could certainly be playing on the mind of connections of the World’s highest rated horse in Australia’s sublime Winx. They have again turned down the idea of coming to Ascot.
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