Royal Ascot 2018 day one - as it happened!

Sat 23 Jun 2018

By staff

Royal Ascot day one headlines:

  • Blue Point stands tall for Appleby and Buick

  • Without Parole delivers in St James's Palace Stakes

  • Accidental Agent stuns Queen Anne rivals

  • Classy Calyx rockets to Coventry triumph

  • Willie Mullins strikes again in Ascot Stakes

  • Gosden and Dettori savour magical treble

Royal Ascot 2018

Tue 22:15
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Remember these?

Will anything stop Cracksman joining these greats tomorrow? #RoyalAscot

Join us from 9am for all the build-up to day two and we're free to view on Sky 426 from 10.30am!
Tue 21:45
Racing UK@Racing_UK
#RoyalAscot day one - as it happened!

Get all the news from our live blog replay | via @Ui_Maine, @tompeacock & @Louchepunter…

Tue 21:20
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"It is a dream world. A Frankel and Dettori dream world. We are all just living in it."

@louchepunter from #RoyalAscot 👇👇👇…
Tue 21:00
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"We've loved this horse since he was a two-year-old" More joy for Charlie Appleby and William Buick as Blue Point proves too hot for Battaash as Lady Aurelia. #RoyalAscot…
Tue 20:44
Racing UK@Racing_UK
After two of Frankel's sons struck at #RoyalAscot today can Cracksman get up the hat-trick?
Tue 20:32
Tom Stanley@_tomstanley_
Speaking to the Gunthers today and at Sandown one of the highlights of the flat season so far. Passion for what they do shines through...and they’re incredibly good at it!…
Tue 20:30
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"If we win, we win, if we lose, we lose" Watch our interview with John Gosden as he tells us the latest ahead of Cracksman's run in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at #RoyalAscot - plus get the inside track from the other contenders.…
Tue 20:15
Racing UK@Racing_UK
“You might need to man the lifeboats as there are a lot of tears"
Eve Johnson Houghton jubilant as Accidental Agent wins Queen Anne Stakes at #RoyalAscot, via Tom Peacock 👇👇…
Tue 20:08
Racing UK@Racing_UK
#RUKQuoteOfTheDay: "To do that second time out in the Coventry, you've got to be pretty special." - @FrankieDettori on Calyx.

Watch all the interviews from today, including @WillieMullinsNH & @johnsonhoughton, in our interviews section. ➡️
Tue 20:08
Racing UK@Racing_UK
He was keen to post, but Calyx was too good for his rivals in the Coventry Stakes at #RoyalAscot and looks a high-class colt in the making. The two-year-old is today’s #RUKEyeCatcher.
Put the unbeaten son of Kingman in your Racing UK tracker here 👉
Tue 19:19
Racing UK@Racing_UK
#RUKQuoteOfTheDay: "To do that second time out in the Coventry, you've got to be pretty special." - @FrankieDettori on Calyx.

Watch all the interviews from today, including @WillieMullinsNH & @johnsonhoughton, in our interviews section. ➡️
Tue 19:18
Andy Stephens@StevoGG
46,773 at #RoyalAscot today compared to 44,285 last year. Four millimetres of water going on tonight - not including all tears at track today. #emotional
Tue 19:02
Racing UK@Racing_UK
#RUKMomentOfTheDay: Without Parole remains unbeaten as he wins the St James's Palace Stakes. #RoyalAscot

Watch all the finishes from today for free in our results and replay section. ➡️
Tue 18:51
Racing UK@Racing_UK
He was keen to post, but Calyx was too good for his rivals in the Coventry Stakes at #RoyalAscot and looks a high-class colt in the making. The two-year-old is today’s #RUKEyeCatcher.
Put the unbeaten son of Kingman in your Racing UK tracker here 👉
Tue 18:30
Racing UK@Racing_UK
How To Bet £20 on day two of Royal Ascot: It's a case of "go big or go home" for Andy Stephens because his five tips for tomorrow include a 50-1 chance and none shorter than 12-1. 👇👇…
Tue 18:16
Racing UK@Racing_UK
#RoyalAscot day one - what was your highlight?
Tue 18:12
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Day One of #RoyalAscot is over, we move to @Beverley_Races for an evening meeting
Start your free one month trial for complete coverage of Day Two >>>


Frankel 2012 - Perfection in equine form at Newbury - Racingfotos Last week, the anniversary of Henry Cecil was observed in racing. It is over five years since he passed away.

The great man would have enjoyed this afternoon, with two sons of Frankel – Without Parole and Monarchs Glen – victorious on the day.

And there's a certain Cracksman to come.


You can now get 100-30 on Ryan Moore (who was odds-on) to retain his Royal Ascot jockeys' title.

However, Frankie Dettori, fresh from a day-one treble, is 1-5 now.

William Buick is 20-1.Enable - Frankie Dettori - York - Racingfotos

Tue 17:48
Racing UK@Racing_UK
59 #RoyalAscot winners and counting for @FrankieDettori 👏

Will he ride his 60th tomorrow...?

Tue 17:47PACE BIAS?

James Willoughby looks into potential bias at the track.
Tue 17:43
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Monarchs Glen wins the finale @Ascot and completes a #RoyalAscot day one treble for John Gosden and @FrankieDettori.…


John Gosden and Frankie Dettori steal the headlines, the pair claiming a treble as 8-1 Monarchs Glen wins easily.

A steadily run race did not suit some of the runners, including Mirage Dancer, who broke rather slowly.

We are waiting on revised odds for the top jock. Frankie must be favourite now after a Moore blank on day one.

Result >>>


Mirage Dancer is all the rage here as Sir Michael Stoute attempts to become the winning-most trainer in Royal Ascot history.

Will stall one suit over the ten furlongs? The 7-2 chance is ridden by James McDonald.

Sharja Bridge is also solid in the wagering.

Tue 17:34
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"I said stop, i'll see you Tuesday!" - @WillieMullinsNH says it was only thanks to Lagostovegas' owner that the six-year-old ran in the @Ascot Stakes today! #RoyalAscot

Results ➡️


Lagostovegas Killarney 1Willie Mullins after a fourth win in seven runnings of the Ascot Stakes:
I had them well-split. The owner told me his wife and two daughters were in town and that's why Lagostovegas came here. The owner can lay claim to this victory! She worked very fast the other day. I was afraid she would be too keen.
Tue 17:25
Racing UK@Racing_UK
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Harry and Meghan - presented the trophies at #RoyalAscot after Frankie Dettori had won the St James's Palace Stakes on Without Parole.
Tue 17:21
Racing UK@Racing_UK
The Wolferton Stakes (5.35) is the finale on day one of #RoyalAscot.

Tell us below who you think will win 👇

Here's our preview:


Aidan O'Brien file photoCan Yucatan provide both Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien with their first winner of the meet?

Yucatan flopped last time but is better than that and has cheekpieces on, with 8-1 available.

Meanwhile, over in Stratford, a former stablemate (Iniesta, brother to Found) is running in a handicap hurdle now!

Tue 17:15Kavanagh excited by Battaash

Willie MullinsMeanwhile, Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh is excited by the prospect of Battaash coming to Irish Champions Weekend.

He told Racing UK:

One of the most exciting sprinters in training. Exactly the type of horse that we would like to see to run in the Flying Five and why we wanted to get it upgraded to Ireland’s first ever Group 1 sprint.
Tue 17:10
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Lagostovegas under @Atzenijockey provides @WillieMullinsNH with his fourth @Ascot Stakes success in the last seven years. #RoyalAscot

Results ➡️


The well-backed Dubawi Fifty made the pace here in a relatively uneventful contest under Silvestre De Sousa.

However, despite a fine ride from De Sousa, Lagostovegas picked him up under Andrea Atzeni. Incredibly, Willie Mullins had the first, third (Stratum), fourth (Chelkar) and Whiskey Sour (fifth). What an achievement!

How many of these might we see later in the week?

Result >>>

Tue 16:59
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"It's happened John, it's happened!" - John Gunther, @tanyagun and @FrankieDettori reflect on Without Parole's success in the St James's Palace Stakes at #RoyalAscot 😂

Results ➡️


The Tony Bloom-owned Stratum is friendless in the betting but his stablemate Whiskey Sour is 11-2 now, having been 9-1.

The former Galway winner is the gamble of the race.

Tue 16:58
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Winning margin in the St James's Palace Stakes was half a length 🤔 #RoyalAscot…


Paul Byrne procured the favourite in the next, Chelkar, for Willie Mullins. Byrne sees a big future on the level for the mount of Ryan Moore.

He was bought as a potential Melbourne Cup horse for top Australian Syndicate OTI Racing. Horse was always bought as a flat horse and owners have no intention of hurdling with him.
Tue 16:45
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Will Willie Mullins win the Ascot Stakes for the fourth time this afternoon?


Here's our preview 👇

Tue 16:44LOOK AT ME

I have to say I am less than confident about the Irish horses in this but like Look My Way.

He is hardy, one of the most proven stayers in the race, and has perhaps one of the best bits of form.

Willie Mullins' quintet are all relatively strong in the market but Chelkas is most solid at 9-2.


Keep an eye out for Coventry runner-up Advertise, as trainer Martyn Meade is expecting a lot more to come.

"He's run a fantastic race, because he's a horse for another day," he said. "It's a bonus to be able to run him so early in the summer, and he will have learned a lot from that.

"Whether he was drawn on the right side or not doesn't matter now, but it's quite difficult if the runners split and you are racing away from the horse who is making the running. When it came to the race on our side of the track he did it well.

"He showed a bit of greenness, but what he did is the sign of a good horse - he's not just a two-year-old who came here for a day in the sun, but is a horse with a future.

"I'm quite a believer in taking things slowly, but we'll see how he is at home - maybe the way he went here suggests we should go again, and we will certainly consider it."

Tue 16:42
Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
Frankie Dettori, Tanya Gunther and John Gunther. That is some great racks of teeth there...

Tue 16:41NICE TO SEE

Now this I like!
Tue 16:41
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Without Parole provides @FrankieDettori with his 58th #RoyalAscot success. 👏


Willie MullinsSpeaking to Patrick Mullins earlier, the son and assistant of trainer Willie spoke about the barn's quintet in the next.
Very hard to judge. Obviously Chelkar could be very unexposed but long layoff a concern. Whiskey Sour will stay and love ground and is so consistent. Stratum has potential to be well-handicapped, Meri Devie has a great weight and Lagostovegas is always competitive.
Tue 16:33
Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
When the owner AND the groom lead the winner in...#WithoutParole #RoyalAscot


You can't knock Without Parole, who has stepped through every level and has now proved himself to be the best of the three-year-old miling colts.

As the older generation over the distance do not look anything special at all, it would seem as if the Sussex Stakes is now his for the taking.

It is an extraordinary success story for American owner John Gunther. He not only bred this horse but the Triple Crown hero Justify.

Tue 16:30
Racing UK@Racing_UK
When you've bred a Triple Crown winner in Justify and owned a St James's Palace Stakes winner 👌
#WithoutParole #RoyalAscot
Tue 16:28
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Frankel colt Without Parole (9-4f) just clings on to win the St James's Palace Stakes and takes his unbeaten record to four. #RoyalAscot

Results ➡️


Without Parole - Sandown - Dettori - RacingfotosA notably sweaty US Navy Flag made the pace here at a good gallop under Ryan Moore. Without Parole sat third but picked up readily for pressure, and he went for home in the final 2f, as the pace-setter faded, but the latter's stablemate Gustav Klimt rattled home to go down narrowly. Wootton stayed on nicely for third. A fine performance from the winner, but not an especially memorable renewal. Result >>>
Tue 16:26
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Without Parole wins the St James's Palace! #Royalascot


"He ran a great race," said Charlie Hills of King's Stand runner-up Battaash.

"The winner's a very good horse. If we'd won we might have given six furlongs a go in the July Cup but I think we'll stick to give. There's a race in Ireland on Champions' Weekend that might be an option. We'll have a look."

Of Mabs Cross, the third, trainer Michael Dods said: "Maybe we've dropped a clanger because we haven't got her in the July Cup. We might have to think about that. Obviously the Nunthorpe will be the next target unless we decide to get into the July Cup at a later stage."

Tue 16:22
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"I am very happy to have this race." - @HHShkMohd thrilled with Blue Point's success in the King's Stand Stakes @Ascot. #RoyalAscot

Results ➡️


Without Parole - Sandown - Dettori - RacingfotosWithout Parole looks in beautiful shape under Frankie Dettori.

He has made his wy down to the start, head bowed in the manner of a horse ready to give all he has.

The clock watchers loved him at Yarmouth – but this is his acid test. He takes on some proper Group One rivals. Racecard >>>

Tue 16:19
Racing UK@Racing_UK
What happened to Lady Aurelia? Get reaction, replays and latest news in our #RoyalAscot blog. 🎩…
Tue 16:19
Racing UK@Racing_UK
John Gosden also seeks a double on the day after Calyx with hot favourite Without Parole. #RoyalAscot
Tue 16:17
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Anybody fancy French raider Wootton to deliver @Godolphin and Sheikh Mohammed a famous #Royalascot double?


William Buick has just been speaking to us in the press conference after Blue Point’s victory.

After his memorable June, which included winning the Derby, he said: “I’ve been enjoying it, I’m not hiding that, but it’s important to look forward.

“Charlie said the horse had been working well and that he was back to his old self.

“There wouldn’t be anyone who puts more pressure on me than myself. Sheikh Mohammed is where he is because he sets very high standards, and that’s what he expects from you.

Tue 16:10
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"I've got bundles of respect for Tip Two Win." - John Gosden on the chances of Without Parole in the St James's Palace Stakes (4.20) at #RoyalAscot.

Racecard 👇…
Tue 16:10
Racing UK@Racing_UK
William Buick enjoyed that! 👏 #BluePoint #RoyalAscot
Tue 16:07
Racing UK@Racing_UK
The St James's Palace Stakes is up next at #RoyalAscot.

Who is your fancy?

Watch our preview 👇
Tue 16:03
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"It went exactly how I wanted it to go." - William Buick reflects on Blue Point's success in the King's Stand Stakes at #RoyalAscot.

Results ➡️
Tue 16:02
Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
We keep coming back to Ertijaal, don't we y'all? Why don't they run him out of Dubai...?


Ireland has drawn a blank after the opening three races. Will the raiders get off the mark?

Ken Condon is confident Romanised can run a big race in the upcoming St James's Palace Stakes but the strongest Irish fancy appears to be US Navy Flag, last year's Dewhurst winner.

There seems no confidence behind Gustav Klimt, who can be backed in the ring at 12s.!


David O'Meara was chuffed with his Queen Anne Stakes runner-up Lord Glitters, who was caught late on by Accidental Agent.

O'Meara said: "I'm delighted with Lord Glitters. He has a huge engine and I think like a lot of the horses in the race, he would have preferred a stronger gallop, but I'm delighted with him.

"He was the lowest-rated horse in the race and we were thinking about this race or the Royal Hunt Cup, but he's run a blinder.

"He really likes it at this track and he always seems to run well here, but I don't know where we will go next - we'll talk to the owners."

The David Simcock-trained Lightning Spear again so near but yet so far in a Group One in third.

Simcock said: "Lightning Spear has run really well again, but he does seem to sometimes flatten up the hill here as he hasn't sustained his run.

"He hit the front, but found it a long way home. I'm very proud of him and he's run very well.

"I think the other two horses came from off the pace which helped them but I'm very pleased.

"We'll go for the Sussex Stakes with him now."

American challenger Yoshida, trained by Bill Mott, travelled well into contention before flattening out to finish a creditable fifth in the mile contest.

Jose Ortiz, having his first ride at Royal Ascot, added: "It was a great run and I thought at one stage that he might have a chance of winning. He travelled really well and I'm pleased with the performance."

Tue 15:59
Racing UK@Racing_UK
John Velazquez on Lady Aurelia. "She seemed to handle the ground well, she just didn't fire."

Wesley Ward: "She's older and seasoned - I just don't know."
Tue 15:53
Racing UK@Racing_UK
A brilliant season for Charlie Appleby, William Buick and @godolphin continues as Blue Point wins the King's Stand Stakes, his third win from four starts @Ascot. #RoyalAscot

Results ➡️


That's what top-level Flat racing is all about. An enthralling renewal of the King's Stand with Battaash looking to have burned out Lady Aurelia only to get collared close home by 6-1 chance Blue Point.

Another serious achievement by winning trainer Charlie Appleby after the Derby. Blue Point has been a busy chap this season, not being allowed to run on Dubai World Cup night because he burst a blood vessel and didn't do much in Hong Kong later on.

The old Blue Point is back and he's 5-1 from 16s for the July Cup with Paddy Power. It's quite possible he'll head there, I suppose, over a furlong more.


Blue Point - Sha Tin 2018 - HKJCWhat a race.

Battaash got to the front, a little sweaty, and brought them along, with Lady Aurelia tracking him and Blue Point in behind those.

Battaash had the mare beaten at little beyond halfway, but Blue Point and William Buick took his measure readily to win, with Battaash just holding on from Mabs Cross who, like Paul Mulrennan predicted, ran a blinder. Result >>>

Tue 15:50
Tue 15:43
Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
Richard Hills happy with how Battaash handled the preliminaries. Just the gate to go. #InRunning #royalAscot…


Dressing smartly at Ascot seems to extend to the action on the track, as Lady Aurelia's outrider is actually wearing a shirt and tie.

The American filly is gaining the edge over Battaash (15-8 against 5-2) in the betting for what is going to be a 'blink and you'll miss it' affair.

You always worry about the temperament of Battaash, and he'd sweated up before leaving the paddock. However, he has gone down to the start reasonably responsibly.

Tue 15:41
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Jim Crowley, @cbhills and Richard Hills waiting for Battaash by the entrance to the track. #WaitingForBattaash #RoyalAscot


So far Battaash, who can be so wound up, has been pretty placid in the parade ring.

He is narrowing in on Lady Aurelia in the wagering, with 2-1 and 9-4 topping many boards in the betting ring.

Many punters are waiting till close to the off to back Battaash.Battaash working

Tue 15:37
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Wesley Ward's first ever #RoyalAscot winner Strike The Tiger is Lady Aurelia's pony down to the start.
Will his first lead down Ward's tenth winner here?
Tue 15:36
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Who wins?

Or let us know who beats them both below! 👇


Aidan O'Brien and John Gosden - FocusOnRacingThe Prix Morny is next on the agenda for Calyx, says trainer John Gosden.

His sire, the rookie stallion Kingman, has only had two wins at the track as a stallion, both of them achieved by Calyx.

His subsequent runners will certainly be exciting and Calyx has a cruising speed not unlike his dad.

Tue 15:34
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Battaash looking calm and collected going in to the parade ring. For now. #RoyalAscot
Tue 15:33
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"To do that second time out in the Coventry, you've got to be pretty special."

Calyx receives high praise from @FrankieDettori after his success in the Coventry Stakes at #RoyalAscot.

Results ➡️


Wesley Ward horses on the gallops at Ascot Racecourse Prior to Lady Aurelia's much-anticipated clash with Battaash, Wesley Ward – trainer of the raider – is confident.
She is nice and composed, not nervous. She is nice and calm. She has been here many times before.


I am not sure. Will Aidan O'Brien have some star by Galileo to appear and usurp him? Still, it was a hell of a performance second-time-out, and Donn McLean reckons Calyx was on the wrong side of the track.
Tue 15:26
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Will it be Lady Aurelia, or will it be Battaash?

Or will there be an upset?

King's Stand Stakes preview 👇
Tue 15:23
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Bet Victor are 12-1 about Calyx for next season's 2000 Guineas.

Value or not?

John Gosden is aiming him at the Prix Morny next. ✈️✈️

Tue 15:21
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Calyx and @FrankieDettori in full flow @Ascot. 😍 #RoyalAscot


Romanised - Curragh - Shane Foley - FocusonRacingKen Condon has messaged to discuss the chance of Romanised in the St James's Palace.

The Irish Guineas winner was Condon's first Classic winner; could he be his first Royal Ascot winner?

He's been good since the Curragh and a strongly-run race will suit.


Fair play to those who believed in Calyx, as that looks an absolute machine.

For a second, I almost expected a Frankel-esque performance with Frankie Dettori committing pretty early down the stands side.

All on his own and with nothing to keep him company for perhaps two furlongs, he’s carried on straight as an arrow and won well.

Paddy Power make him their new 5-1 favourite from 16-1 for next year’s Guineas. You’d imagine trainer John Gosden will be looking at the Prix Morny later in the summer and then the Dewhurst.


What a Coventry Stakes!

Calyx dominated on his side to hold on from Advertise and Sergei Prokofiev, who was probably a bit unlucky not to be second, but did not ever look like getting to the winner.

Revised quotes for the 2000 Guineas are ranging around 16-1 about John Gosden's horse.

Result >>>

Tue 15:16
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Calyx justifies favouritism in the Coventry Stakes at #RoyalAscot under @FrankieDettori and maintains his unbeaten record (2-2).

Results ➡️
Tue 15:10
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Watch our interview with Bucchero owner Harlan Malter as the US raider gets set to run in the King's Stand Stakes.……
Tue 15:07
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Calyx looks keen to get on with things as he heads to post for the Coventry Stakes. #RoyalAscot
Tue 15:01
Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
Paul Jacobs finally sees sense on Limato: "This shows conclusively that a mile is not for him."
Asked him if he might turn him out for the Diamond Jubilee. Didn't rule it out but Lennox at @Goodwood_Races preferred.
Tue 14:59
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Accidental Agent the biggest ever priced winner of the Queen Anne. Watch a replay and get reaction in our live #RoyalAscot blog 🎩👇…


The money is coming for Calyx in the Coventry and you won't find much bigger than 9-4 about John Gosden's horse.

He would be a feather in the cap of his first-season sire Kingman and did look very exciting in winning on his recent debut at Newmarket.

It's not my kind of bet, so the best of luck if you like a short one.

Tue 14:56
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"He's got that turn of foot like his father." - John Gosden tells us his thoughts on Calyx who runs in the upcoming Coventry Stakes at #RoyalAscot.

Racecard 👇…


Accidental Agent is a son of Delegator.

He was bought back by the vendor (8,000 guineas) as a yearling.

You never know! In hindsight, he had not run badly in the Lockinge.

We dreamt of finishing in the first four and this is the stuff you dream of. The rest of the week is an awful lot easier now. - Charles Bishop
Tue 14:51
Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
Bill Mott on US raider Yoshida. "He switched to his left, he made his run, stuck out his head and ran well."
Goes back home for either Arlington Million or Fourstar Dave. #RoyalAscot
Tue 14:51
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Who wins the Coventry Stakes (3.05) at #RoyalAscot?

Watch our preview 👇
Tue 14:48
Racing UK@Racing_UK
A first #RoyalAscot success for Charles Bishop 👏
Tue 14:46
Racing UK@Racing_UK
When you've silenced #RoyalAscot.

Bravo @johnsonhoughton 👏


A great result for bookmakers to start things up.

My (sort of) selection Lightning Spear looked set to win but only ended up finishing third.

Rhododendron was one of the first beaten, labouring on the fast ground over the trip.

Result >>>

Tue 14:40
Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Lightning Spear trades 1.16 in the run. Thought today was finally the day a furlong out. #RoyalAscot
Tue 14:40
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Accidental Agent (33-1) causes a huge upset as he gets up close home to win the Queen Anne Stakes! #RoyalAscot

Results ➡️


Well, we weren't expecting that!

Accidental Agent has threatened to win a decent race and there was the suspicion that trainer Eve Johnson Houghton was aiming him a little too high in these sort of races.

He does like the course and has been given a terrific ride by breakthrough jockey Charlie Bishop. Still, he did look a 33-1 chance.

It is particularly significant for Johnson Houghton, as Accidental Agent was bred and is owned by her mother Gaie and is the sixth generations of his family.

Tue 14:37
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Huge upset as Accidental Agent is the first winner of 30 at #RoyalAscot #QueenAnne


After all that Royal excitement, it's time to remember that there's also some racing going on today.

The bookmakers are seeing this opening Queen Anne Stakes as a battle between Godolphin and Coolmore, with the latter's Rhododendron just shading Saeed Bin Suroor's Benbatl in the market. There's little between them.

Recoletos was a bit on his toes in the paddock but is a very conceivable winner, having impressed in two strong heads in France this term. The question mark for him is trying quicker ground for the first time.

I've decided to give one final, final, final chance to the enigmatic Limato. He probably doesn't quite get a mile, but this is certainly not the strongest of Queen Annes, and as the gelding is that little bit older, he ought to be sharper for the run in the Lockinge.

Tue 14:31
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Yoshida, a son of Japanese sire Heart's Cry, one of three US raiders here at #RoyalAscot today #QueenAnne
Tue 14:29
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Will Saeed Bin Suroor secure an eighth Queen Anne with Dubai Turf winner Benbatl? #RoyalAscot

Previous winners:
Charnwood Forest (1996)
Allied Forces (1997)
Intikhab (1998)
Cape Cross (1999)
Dubai Destination (2003)
Refuse to Bend (2004)
Ramonti (2007)


Lockinge - Rhododendron - Lightning SpearBookmakers are struggling to split Rhododendron and Bebatl in the opener.

How is Lightning Spear so much bigger than the mare?

Deauville has also been quite strong in the market. We are only minutes away!


The royal procession never ceases to add to the expectation at Royal Ascot. One Irish punter was especially impressed today
Tue 14:22
Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
When you get your one chance to get the legendary Bill Mott on camera in top and tails and he closes his eyes...😂 #RoyalAscot #Yoshida
Tue 14:20
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"I think she can come forward again."

Ryan Moore discusses Rhododendron who he rides in the Queen Anne Stakes at #RoyalAscot.

Racecard 👇…


Kevin Kilbane has his eyes on Royal Ascot.

The former Irish international and football pundit is in Russia for the World Cup – but his eyes are also on the racing.

Asked for his nap today, he lacks hesitation: Battaash.

Racecard >>>

Tue 14:17
Racing UK@Racing_UK
Our live blog from #RoyalAscot includes all the latest news and views. Frankie Dettori’s relationship with Al Shaqab seems to be fizzling out plus Oisin Murphy volunteers his best chance of a winner today. 🎩👇…
Tue 14:13
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A little wave from Meghan Markle...

Tue 14:12
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The Queen arrives for day one of #RoyalAscot 2018!
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Lah Ti Dar - Frankie Dettori - Pretty Polly - Newwmarket"I’ve heard from Peter Burrell, Frankie Dettori’s business agent, in relation to riding arrangements this week," says the Guardian's Chris Cook.

“Our contract with Al Shaqab runs until July. Frankie is available to ride for them if required.”

Cook adds: "So it appears the Qatari owners have made their own decision to use other jockeys on their Royal Ascot runners this week."


Oisin Murphy seemed very keen on Morando to finish his afternoon off in style in the Wolferton Stakes.

"He's an unknown on this ground but was unlucky the last day and the boss has kept him fresh for this," the jockey said. "He's maybe my best chance of a winner today."

Of Percy Street in the Ascot Stakes, he added: "I rang David Pipe up for the ride, hopefully I've done the right thing. He's trained a Royal Ascot winner before and his Flat form is quite strong."

Murphy is aboard Lockinge runner-up Lightning Spear in the Queen Anne Stakes. "He went very close at Newbury last time and has come out of the race well," he said. "Hopefully he can go one place better."

And of King's Shield in the St James's Palace: "At Epsom last time he didn't go on the track or the ground but he has a nice draw. Without Parole looks a worthy favourite for me."


The market has been quite interesting in the Coventry.

Calyx has gone favourite in the early-morning exchanges, while Sergei Prokofiev is freely available at 3-1.

You can get double-figure prices others in the race, though interestingly there has been money for Sergei Prokofiev's stablemate The Irish Rover, into 12-1 with some firms.

There is considerable confidence behind US Navy Flag in the St James's Palace, Ladbrokes report.

Tue 13:45
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How to bet your £20 on the opening day of #RoyalAscot.

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Tue 13:31
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One hour to go until the opening race of #RoyalAscot 2018!

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Tue 13:31
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As #MarkYourCard finishes, we move to live coverage of day one of #RoyalAscot including three Group One races; Queen Anne Stakes, King's Stand Stakes & the St James's Palace Stakes
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Tue 13:15
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Dave Nevison thinks Ryan Moore has two gilt-edged chances at #RoyalAscot this afternoon 👇…


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Michael Halford has a big runner or two this week. Previously successful at the Royal meeting, the County Kildare trainer has updated fans with his blog.

Tue 13:10
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Paul Mulrennan rides Mabs Cross in the King's Stand.

Talking to Racing UK right now, he remarkably has said he would not swap Michael Dods' mare for any other runner, even though she is a 20-1 chance.

Martin Dixon gives his nap as Benbatl, while Steve Mellish goes with Coeur De Lion each-way.

Tue 13:03
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Some of the zanier hats we've seen this morning here at #RoyalAscot
Tue 13:02
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"I'm hoping they will go too hard." - Paul Mulrennan is confident of a big run from Mabs Cross in the King's Stand Stakes. #RoyalAscot

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Tue 12:58
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Keep up to date with all the latest news and betting from #RoyalAscot with our live blog - including the inside track on Willie Mullins' five runners in the Ascot Stakes. 👇👇…


The Royal Family are sending out a strong squad for the opening fixture of Royal Ascot with the Queen supported by the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and Lord Vestey up front.

Second carriage contains the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, whilst the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Earl and Countess of Wessex are in the third carriage.

Finally, along with Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, are Lord and Lady de Mauley (nope, me neither).

Lord de Mauley is a Conservative peer with a long career in banking and seems a pretty accomplished chap.


Mullins - Gold cup - RFThere has been notable money for Chelkar in the Ascot Stakes.

He is now outright favourite, 7-1 into 5s, as Willie Mullins bids to extend a fine record in the staying test.

Jumps trainers have won then last eight editions!

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The queen at Jockey Club rooms. Credit Jockey ClubThe Queen has reached for more pink and blue hats during her visits to Royal Ascot than any other colour, with research from revealing that almost half of her outfits worn since 2005 have been either of those two shades.

The world’s biggest social network of sports betting tipsters has counted each colour The Queen has worn since the Royal meeting returned to Ascot after a year at York in 2005, and pink and blue top the charts by some way.

Tuesday, the meeting’s opening day, has seen The Queen plump for pink or blue in eight of the last 13 years, though green was her shade of choice 12 months ago.

Tue 12:17
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Willie Mullins headshot Just the five runners for Willie Mullins today, all in the Ascot Stakes: Meri Devie, Stratum, Lagostovegas, Whiskey Sour and Chelkar.

His son and assistant Patrick rather helpfully gave me his appraisal this morning – though he is a little in the dark too!

"It's very hard to judge. Obviously Chelkar could be very unexposed but the long layoff is a concern.

"Whiskey Sour will stay and love ground and is so consistent. Stratum has potential to be well-handicapped, Meri Devi has a great weight and Lagostovegas is always competitive."

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Romanised Navan 3 "Classic winning Irish racehorse trainer based on the Curragh, Co. Kildare"

That is how Ken Condon describes himself on Twitter and perhaps he must be pinching himself looking at it.

One of racing's gentleman, he bids for his first Royal Ascot winner today with Romanised. Racecard >>>


Ascot's clerk of the course, Chris Stickels, reports: "It's been dry overnight and it's a fairly breezy morning with sunny spells. I'm therefore anticipating the ground drying up a little bit before racing and it will probably end up becoming good to firm, or at least good to firm on the straight.

"The forecast is generally dry through the week and breezy. We might have to replace some of the water lost during the day by watering a bit overnight."


Ryan moore makes history Frankie Dettori has 56 wins at Royal Ascot, but he missed out last year and he will be confident of a profitable week.

However, Ryan Moore is on 48 winners at the meet. One wonders will the 4-5 about him being top jockey look a gift come Saturday evening?

Moore has been the top Royal Ascot rider ever year in the past eight bar 2013. All Moore's six rides are for Irish trainers today: Aidan O'Brien or Willie Mullins.

Tue 11:39
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.@alexsteedman and @BritneyEurton are getting into the swing of things at #RoyalAscot! 😂
Tue 11:37
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Keep up to date with all the latest news from #RoyalAscot with our live blog. Tom Peacock believes he already knows what is going to be the picture on the front pages of the newspapers tomorrow and Johnny Ward has nominated his bet of the day. 👇👇…


Check out Nick Luck talking to Ryan Moore now ahead of the Royal Meeting on Racing UK.

You can get 4-5 about Moore winning the top jockey award.

"It's the biggest week of the year," he says.

Tue 11:29
Racing UK@Racing_UK
"I'm struggling to make a case for wanting to be with him at 3-1."

Martin Dixon believe St James's Palace Stakes favourite Without Parole is too short. #RoyalAscot

Do you agree?

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It says in the racecard that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, better known to most of us as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, are due to be presenting the prizes for the St James's Palace Stakes.

It's a fair guess what is going to be the picture on the front page of most of the newspapers tomorrow if that's the case. Lets hope the pair of them enjoy the day and continue to have an interest in racing.

The Queen Anne is being presented by the Qatari Sheikh Hamad Al Thani, and the King's Stand by the Princess Royal.

I'm sure Craig Revel Horwood is royalty in many households around the country and the Strictly Come Dancing judge will be on the podium after the Ascot Stakes.


For what it may be worth, Sergei Prokofiev is my best wager on day one. I'm still rather bruised from backing him on his debut but he has been sensational since.

The worry is how good is the Kingman-bred Calyx? However, Aidan O'Brien has a stunning record in the Coventry, and there seem to be no negatives about the steed named after the Soviet composer.

And you can get 3-1 this morning.Sergei Prokofiev Navan 6

Tue 11:17
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No Idaho, no Gold Star but nine declared for the Gold Cup on Thursday. Mubtasim is out the Royal Hunt Cup (lame). Stablemate Seniority is in at the bottom of the weights.


I didn't even know that Alex Pantall, one of the top trainers in France for many years, was even on Twitter until now

There's no doubt that Wootton is among the most interesting contenders for today's St James's Palace Stakes. The Godolphin-owned colt flashed through to finish fourth in the French Guineas, having beaten the winner, Olmedo, in his trial. I can't get too excited about many others in the field and the favourite, Without Parole, seems far too short.


If you fancy a wager on top trainer, Aidan O'Brien can be backed at 1-2, with John Gosden 7-2. O'Brien is bidding to win the trainer's gong for the ninth time. He has a dozen runners today.

Tue 10:57
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"If you're keen on Battaash, I would say keep your money in your pocket for now."

Martin Dixon has a word of warning for fans of King's Stand Stakes contender Battaash, #RoyalAscot

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Welcome all to the live blog.

Johnny Ward, Tom Peacock and I will be bring you all the latest from the royal meeting over the next five days and hopefully giving you a few winners along the way.

It is currently overcast here after being dry overnight. A generally dry, warm and breezy week is forecast, so cancel out all that soft ground form.

Now for the science bit, as they say on those annoying ads.

The course was watered on Sunday morning to maintain the current going for today.

No further watering is planned before racing today.

Given the current weather forecast, it is likely that watering after racing will take place through the week to replace moisture lost through evapotranspiration.

GoingStick readings at 8.30am today: Stands' Side: 8.6 Centre: 8.8 Far Side: 8.7 Round: 7.8

Stalls: Straight Course: Centre Round Course: Inside

The running rail on the round course is positioned three yards out from approximately nine furlongs out to the home straight. This rail will remain in place until Thursday.

Consequent changes in race distances for Tuesday and Wednesday are:

Old Mile Start - an increase of 5yds.

1m 2f, 1m 6f and 2m 4f Starts- an increase of 11yds.


Welcome to our Royal Ascot blog. I will be keeping you updated on all the drama from here until Saturday evening – it promises to be an epic Royal Ascot.

Tue 10:51
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Tue 10:47Nine go for Ribblesdale

Perfect Clarity and Wild Illusion are among nine declared for the Ribblesdale on Thursday. Broadway, Crystal Hope and Sizzling scratched.

Tue 10:35
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14 weeks to the day after Cheltenham week began, #RoyalAscot gets underway. Fair to say it’s been a mighty 3 months of horse racing! Can’t wait to get going today at Ascot
Tue 10:34
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"I think he's got a really solid, each-way claim." - Steve Mellish likes the chances of Coeur De Lion in the competitive Ascot Stakes (5.00). #RoyalAscot

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Tue 10:20
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"He's a really exciting horse." - Steve Mellish discusses the chances of Calyx in the Coventry Stakes at #RoyalAscot.

Will John Gosden's colt remain unbeaten today?

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Tue 10:11
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Tue 9:51
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The Racing UK team at #RoyalAscot believe Rhododendron is vulnerable in the Queen Anne Stakes.

Are you with or against the Lockinge winner?

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Tue 9:36
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Tue 9:31
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The market movers with @BetVictorRacing at #RoyalAscot today.

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Tue 9:26
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"It's an unbelievable atmosphere that I don't think can be matched anywhere else in the world."

@BritneyEurton on what makes #RoyalAscot so special.
Tue 9:12
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"I expect it will go good to firm by racing."

Clerk of the Course Chris Stickels with the latest on the ground conditions ahead of #RoyalAscot day one.

Likely to water after racing today.

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Tue 9:05
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Tue 9:00
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Tue 8:45
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Dave Nevison has three bets for this afternoon's action at #RoyalAscot.…
Tue 8:30
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How to bet your £20 on the opening day of #RoyalAscot - @StevoGG has four to look out for, including one at a huge price in the @Ascot Stakes! 👇…
Tue 8:23
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Tue 8:15
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🗣 "He did run with promise in the Windsor Castle as a two-year-old but has not been there since. It is a track that some just do not take to."

Angus McNae has come up with his annual horses to oppose at #RoyalAscot 👇👇👇…
Tue 8:09
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Tue 7:45
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Tue 7:11
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Tue 7:04
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Tue 7:00
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Tue 3:30
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Watch @nickluck in-depth interview with Wesley Ward as the US trainer goes in search of win No.10 at #RoyalAscot…
Tue 3:03
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How to bet your £20 on the opening day of #RoyalAscot - @StevoGG has four to look out for, including one at a huge price in the @Ascot Stakes! 👇…
Tue 2:00
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Angus McNae has come up with his annual horses to oppose at #RoyalAscot 👇👇👇

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