Royal Ascot Runners
The seven Group One races that are a part of Royal Ascot ensure that many of the world’s best flat horses take part at the five-day festival. Frankel is no doubt the most eagerly anticipated of the 2012 Royal Ascot Runners as he bids to extend his unbeaten record to 11 races with a success in the Queen Anne Stakes. This would give him a victory at Royal Ascot for the second year in succession after his triumph in the St James’ Palace Stakes last year.
Derby winner Camelot a Royal Ascot runner to watch
Camelot has already been the biggest star of the 2012 Flat season and he could enhance his reputation further if fulfilling his engagement at Royal Ascot. Like Frankel last season, Camelot took the opening Classic of the season in the 2,000 Guineas, but unlike Frankel, showed that he also has stamina in his breeding when landing the Epsom Derby over 1m4f. It will be back over 1m if Camelot competes at Royal Ascot as he has an entry in the St James’ Palace Stakes.
Black Caviar an anticipated Royal Ascot runner
Royal Ascot 2012 is additionally set to represent the first UK racecourse appearance of Black Caviar, who has won on all her 21 career starts back home in Australia to date. This may be against inferior opposition to that on offer at Royal Ascot, but this is still a record that demands respect.
Black Caviar is entered into the Diamond Jubilee Stakes as her Royal Ascot engagement over her favoured distance of 6f. She will not have it all her own way though as Temple Stakes winner Bated Breath is among her opposition, while Aidan O’Brien may decide to run Power.