Royal Ascot: CROWD FIGURE FOR DAY ONE

The attendance at day one of Royal Ascot 2014 was 46,047, which compares to 46,359 last year.

 Nick Smith, Royal Ascot’s Head of Communications and International Racing, said: “It’s been a wonderful day and the crowd has enjoyed some spectacular racing in fine weather.

“It was brilliant to watch Toronado and Kingman stamp their dominance on different generations over a mile, we saw an outstanding new two-year-old – The Wow Factor – win the Coventry Stakes, Sole Power showed electric acceleration to take the King’s Stand Stakes for the second time and we’ve ended with another winner for America [the Wesley Ward-trained Hootenanny].

“We have made a wonderful start and tomorrow we welcome the best filly in the world, Treve, who runs in the Prince Of Wales Stakes. It will be a big day for Frankie Dettori [Treve’s jockey] and fantastic for British racing fans to see her running in this country for the first time.

“If she justifies her place as favourite for the race, we could well see her back at Ascot next month in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes [sponsored by QIPCO].”

 

GROUND REMAINS GOOD

 Chris Stickels, Ascot’s Clerk of the Course, said: “I am leaving the course as it is tonight. The times were about right for the quality of racing we had today.

“It was good ground today – which has been drying as the afternoon has gone on. Tomorrow is not expected to be quite as warm. It is forecast to be cloudier, with sunny spells.

“It is quite likely there will be a going change before racing tomorrow.”

 

CASE STATEMENT

 Ascot Racecourse is sad to report that Case Statement has been humanely put down following an injury sustained in the Group Two Coventry Stakes (3.05pm).

 Jenny Hall, Chief Veterinary Officer of BHA, said: “The colt received immediate first aid on the course from racecourse veterinary surgeons before being transferred by horse ambulance to the veterinary assessment centre at the racecourse stables, where he was x-rayed.

“The x-rays confirmed Case Statement had sustained a fracture of his near fore fetlock.

“Following full evaluation, the nature of the injury was such that sadly there was no other option but for the horse to be humanely put down.”

 

SIR GRAHAM WADE

 Ascot Racecourse is sad to report that Sir Graham Wade has been humanely put down following an injury sustained in the Ascot Stakes (5.00pm).

Jenny Hall, Chief Veterinary Officer BHA, said: “The gelding received immediate first aid on the course from racecourse veterinary surgeons.

“The vets diagnosed that he had suffered a serious pelvic fracture and that the nature of the injury was such that sadly there was no other option but for Sir Graham Wade to be humanely put down.”

 

QIPCO Royal Ascot top trainer

 Name    1st   2nd   3rd

Richard Hannon   1   1   –

Charles Byrnes IRE  1   –   –

John Gosden   1   –   –

Edward Lynam IRE   1   –   –

John Quinn    1   –   –

Wesley Ward USA   1   –   –

Ron Harris    –   1   –

Ger Lyons IRE   –   1   –

Hughie Morrison   –   1   –

William Muir    –   1   –

Aidan O’Brien IRE   –   1   –

Charlie Appleby   –   –   1

Ralph Beckett   –   –   1

William Haggas   –   –   1

Freddy Head FR   –   –   1

Mark Johnston   –   –   1

Kevin Ryan    –   –   1

QIPCO Royal Ascot top jockey

 Name    1st   2nd   3rd

Richard Hughes   2   1   –

Fran Berry    1   –   –

Frankie Dettori   1   –   –

James Doyle   1   –   –

Victor Espinoza   1   –   –

Jamie Spencer   –   1   1

Martin Dwyer   –   1   –

Jimmy Fortune   –   1   –

Joseph O’Brien   –   1   –

William Twiston-Davies  –   1   –

William Buick   –   –   1

Jim Crowley    –   –   1

Joe Fanning    –   –   1

Paul Hanagan   –   –   1

Olivier Peslier   –   –   1