Royal Ascot 2016
Ascot Racecourse staged one of Britain's most iconic sporting events with a five-day offering of top quality races accompanied by a rich heritage of pageantry and fashion. Royal Ascot 2015 took place from Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th June where, as expected, the cream of British and Irish flat runners squared off along with an increasing stream of raiders from America, Australia and other corners of the globe.
Dating back to 1711 when founded by Queen Anne, Royal Ascot is regularly attended by members of the British Royal Family who arrive via horse-drawn carriage in a Royal procession before the raising of the Queen's Royal Standard signalls that racing can begin. In 2013 Queen Elizabeth II became the first reigning monarch to own the winner of the Gold Cup, she was due to present the trophy to the winner, but it was instead presented by her son Prince Andrew.
With no less than sixteen group races on offer, there's at least one Group One event on each of the five days at Royal Ascot with the Gold Cup the undoubted highlight of the meeting.
Last 10 Gold Cup Winners (Jockey, Trainer, Time)
2006 - Yeats(Kieren Fallon, Aidan O'Brien, 4:20.45)
2007 - Yeats(Michael Kinane, Aidan O'Brien,4:20.78)
2008 - Yeats(Johnny Murtagh, Aidan O'Brien, 4:21.14)
2009 - Yeats(Johnny Murtagh, Aidan O'Brien,4:20.73)
2010 - Rite of Passage(Pat Smullen, Dermot Weld, 4:16.92)
2011 - Fame and Glory (Jamie Spencer, Aidan O'Brien 4:37.51)
2012 - Colour Vision(Frankie Dettori, Saeed bin Suroor 4:42.05)
2013 - Estimate (Ryan Moore, Sir Michael Stoute, 4:20.51)
2014 - Leading Light (Joseph O'Brien, Aidan O'Brien, 4:21.09)
2015 - Trip To Paris (Graham Lee, Ed Dunlop, 4:22.61)
2014 Long Distance Cup winner Forgotten Rules went off the 5/2 favourite for the 2015 Ascot Gold Cup for trainer Dermot Weld, but was out-stayed up the home straight and finished third behind 12/1 winner Trip To Paris for Ed Dunlop and 5/1 runner-up Kingfisher from the Aidan O'Brien stable.
2015 Royal Ascot Winners
Day 1 – Tuesday 16 June
Queen Anne Stakes – Group 1 - Solow 11/8f
Coventry Stakes – Group 2 - Buratino 6/1
King's Stand Stakes – Group 1 - Goldream 20/1
St. James's Palace Stakes – Group 1 - Gleneagles 8/15f
Ascot Stakes – Class 2 Handicap - Clondaw Warrior 5/1f
Windsor Castle Stakes – Listed - Washington DC 5/1
Day 2 – Wednesday 17 June
Jersey Stakes – Group 3 - Dutch Connection 14/1
Queen Mary Stakes – Group 2 - Acapulco 5/2f
Duke of Cambridge Stakes – Group 2 - Amazing Maria 25/1
Prince of Wales's Stakes – Group 1 - Free Eagle 5/2f
Royal Hunt Cup – Class 2 Heritage Handicap - GM Hopkins 8/1
Sandringham Handicap – Listed - Osaila 13/2
Day 3 – Thursday 18 June
Norfolk Stakes – Group 2 - Waterloo Bridge 12/1
Tercentenary Stakes – Group 3 - Time Test 15/8f
Ribblesdale Stakes – Group 2 - Curvy 9/2
Gold Cup – Group 1 - Trip To Paris 12/1
Britannia Stakes – Class 2 Heritage Handicap - War Envoy 10/1
King George V Stakes – Class 2 Handicap - Space Age 9/1
Day 4 – Friday 19 June
Albany Stakes – Group 3 - Illuminate 4/1
King Edward VII Stakes – Group 2 - Balios 3/1
Commonwealth Cup – Group 1 - Muhaarar 10/1
Coronation Stakes – Group 1 - Ervedya 3/1
Duke of Edinburgh Stakes – Class 2 Handicap - Arab Dawn 6/1j
Queen's Vase – Group 3 - Aloft 5/2f
Day 5 – Saturday 20 June
Chesham Stakes – Listed - Suits You 14/1
Wolferton Handicap – Listed - Mahsoob 7/4f
Hardwicke Stakes- Group 2 - Snow Sky 12/1
Diamond Jubilee Stakes – Group 1 - Undrafted 14/1
Wokingham Stakes – Class 2 Heritage Handicap - Interception 10/1
Queen Alexandra Stakes – Class 2 Conditions Race - Oriental Fox 4/1
2015 Royal Ascot Top Trainer Betting
All in all, Royal Ascot brings us five days of great racing as all of the top trainers in the UK and Ireland target the meeting with their very best horses. This means that betting on the Top Trainer market is just as popular as betting on the races themselves. There are a number of trainers who have a great record at Royal Ascot an they include the likes of Saeed Bin Suroor for Godolphin, John Gosden, Sir Michael Stoute, Mark Johnston and Aidan O'Brien among many others.
In 2006 Mark Johnston had 3 winners from 16 runners to share the honours with Sir Michael Stoute who had 3 winners from 21 runners. The following two years were dominated by the master of Ballydoyle as Aidan O'Brien had 4 winners from 24 runners in 2007 and a staggaring 6 winners from 23 runners in 2008.
Richard Hannon returned 3 winners from 17 runners in 2009, and had 3 winners from 23 the following year to tie with Aiden O'Brien who had 3 from 22 in 2010. O'Brien was back on top in 2011 with 4 winners from 16 runners, before John Gosden sent out 5 winners in 2012.
However, in 2015 and largely thanks to retained rider Ryan Moore riding 9 winners at the meeting, Aidan O'Brien returned to the top of the pile with an impressive 5 winners.
Last Five Top Trainers At Royal Ascot
2011 - Aidan O'Brien
2012 - John Gosden
2013 - Aidan O'Brien
2014 - Sir Michael Stoute
2015 - Aidan O'Brien