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Royal Ascot

Are you watching? In the US it’s on Peacock through Friday, then on NBC on Saturday, starting around 9:00 am EST.

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I’m watching and following, yes! Really looking forward to tomorrow’s card; hoping Auguste Rodin gets his mojo back in the Prince of Wales stakes.

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So far the weather looks better than it did for the King’s Birthday Parade on Saturday. I wish the Kentucky Derby had this sort of class for humans, as it does for the horses.

Joseph O’Brien, who must be in his early 30s, is the archetype of “baby face” :laughing: He looks like he’s twelve!

Oh my, he looks like an Eton schoolboy.

Wow, I actually picked the winner! I loved Roaring Lion and always root for his offspring. He only had the one crop of foals before colic claimed him.

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When Auguste Rodin hits the front, good luck trying to pass him. He’s an enigmatic horse but he is game and determined. Good to see him back on form with a Gr.1 win.

Inspiral never fired; she might not be at the same level she was last year, or she may just be done with it all. Mares do decide that sometimes.

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I love how Aidan O’Brien makes a point to thank everyone associated with his winning horses by name, every time. From the breeders, owners, stable lads/lasses - everyone gets credited. It shows how much he values his people.

Ryan Moore has now passed Frankie Dettori in number of Royal Ascot winners, with 83 and counting.


Did you see the great big chestnut being ridden alongside one of the carriages in the Royal Procession today? I wonder if he is a Suffolk Punch? Beautiful horse.

Is it true he and his wife have gone their separate ways, she was there I think. Her family have been a huge support to Aiden’s career, sad if it’s true, I think Joseph is training out of her family’s yard.

@Rackonteur I think the chesnut (no “T” in Suffolk horses) was a police horse rather than one from the Royal Mews. More heavy breeds seem to used by the mounted police than in the past.

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What an impressive win by Bedtime Story in the Chesham Stakes.
Royally bred filly by Frankel out of a Dark Angel mare.
I couldn’t figure out what color she is, so I looked her up. I guess I am not the only one. She is listed as “bay or gray” on Equibase.