03:00PM, Monday 20 June 2022
Ryan Moore was the most successful jockey at Royal Ascot last week with seven winners. Picture: Sue Orpwood
Guy Henderson, the chief executive of Ascot racecourse, has expressed his delight at the way the Royal meeting panned out last week, writes Dave Wright.
After two restricted years due to the pandemic, it was business as usual for one of the highlights of the British sporting and social calendar.
“We were thrilled to welcome 273,465 racegoers through the gates and delighted to see so many people return to Royal Ascot for the first time since 2019,” said Henderson, who is now retiring from the role he has held for eight years.
“It has been an outstanding week of racing and we have seen some truly world-class performances on the track.
“It has been fantastic to see so many international horses return to the meeting this year. Their success is a hugely important part of the meeting.
“We had record prize money at Royal Ascot this year of £8.65m and our ambition remains to grow this in the coming years. It is hugely important that we reward the participants of our sport at the top end to maintain Britain’s place as a leading racing nation and we are doing our best to play our part in this.
“Our congratulations go to the leading connections of the week, including Godolphin as the leading owner, Ryan Moore as the top jockey and Aidan O’Brien who was the leading trainer.”
After drawing a blank on the opening day, Moore rode seven winners as he clinched the title for the ninth time.
The last of his victories came on Rohaan in the Wokingham Stakes, who was winning the race for the second year running.
Another to produce a repeat win on Saturday was Stratum in the Queen Alexandra Stakes, the meeting’s longest race at more than two miles and five furlongs.
The Willie Mullins-trained runner was giving jockey William Buick his fifth success of the week.
Broome’s victory in the Hardwicke Stakes sealed an 11th Leading Trainer award for Aidan O’Brien, who sent out five winners in total, one more than Godolphin‘s Charlie Appleby.
O’Brien said: “It is marvellous – a great reflection of all the hard work by the team at home."
Sadly, the Queen was unable to attend her favourite race meeting due to her mobility problems. It was the first time she had missed an entire meeting since coming to the throne 70 years ago.
Among the many Royals to attend were the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Royal and the Duke of Kent.
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