Record overseas entry for Royal Ascot

A record number of overseas entries from eight countries feature among a total of 394 entries for the eight Group One highlights at Royal Ascot in June this year. There are 164 overseas entries in all, as against a previous best of 156 in 2013, including a record 35 from outside Europe (previous highest 27 in 2011). There is representation from Ireland (81), France (44), the USA (18 – the highest ever level – previous highest 13 in 2011), Australia (9), Germany (4), Hong Kong…

Ascot Racecourse appoints new Director of Food & Beverage plus Head of Betting

Ascot Racecourse today announced two new appointments. Jonathan Parker will take up the role of Director of Food & Beverage, while Guy Chadwell becomes Head of Betting. Mr Parker will join Ascot later in the summer, post Royal Ascot, after completing his ninth championships as Catering Operations Director at Wimbledon. He is currently Operations Director for FMC, part of the Compass group, the official caterer to The Championships, Wimbledon. Mr Chadwell takes up his position later this month. A management consultant, he was previously at…

2016 Gold Cup to honour The Queen’s 90th Birthday

Ascot to acknowledge contribution of breeders with two new initiatives Ascot Racecourse today, Sunday, March 6, announces that this year’s renewal of The Gold Cup will be run as, The Gold Cup in Honour of The Queen’s 90th Birthday. Johnny Weatherby, Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating The Queen’s 90th birthday in the race title of The Gold Cup. “The Gold Cup, recently won of course by The Queen herself, is the historic centrepiece of Royal Ascot, and is…

Ascot announces Pat Eddery Stakes will open King George Day

In honour of the late Pat Eddery, who won the 1975 (Grundy) and 1986 (Dancing Brave) renewals of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Listed Winkfield Stakes, which opens King George Day (Saturday, July 23, 2016) has been permanently renamed the Pat Eddery Stakes. The race will be run as the Wooldridge Group Pat Eddery Stakes, and Pat’s daughters, Natasha and Nicola, along with other members of the family, will present the winner’s trophies alongside the race sponsors. Natasha Eddery said: “As…

Paul Nicholls looking forward to Newbury this weekend & Ascot the following one

Paul Nicholls is looking forward to the next two weekend’s racing with Dodging Bullets making his seasonal return in the Grade Two Betfair Exchange Chase at Newbury (February 13) and Silviniaco Conti, free from problems with sarcoids, running in the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase at Ascot (February 20). The Somerset trainer, who hosted a media stable visit this morning organised by Betfair in conjunction with Newbury & Ascot Racecourses, is delighted with both horses. He said: “Dodging Bullets, the reigning two-mile champion chaser, looks…

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