A day to remember and lots to look forward to
AS the dust settles on Royal Ascot for another year we can take time to reflect on what was a truly amazing week of racing.
From a personal point of view we were thrilled with Declarationoflove's run in the Windsor Castle. Finishing in the midfield, he outran his odds of nearly 100/1 and gave us and his owners a great day out. All being well, he will now head to Newbury's Super Sprint on 22 July.
We cheered home our neighbour Richard Spencer's Rajassinghe in the Coventry and also Bless him, who won the Brittannia for my former boss David Simcock. But the race of the meeting was no doubt the Gold Cup with Big Orange holding off Order of St George by the smallest of margins. We are lucky enough to see 'The Orange' nearly every morning on the heath and he has become a real 'town' favourite. I was delighted for Bill and Tim Gredley, Michael Bell and his team especially Taf who rides him everyday. He was given a great ride by James Doyle and the fact that the Gold Cup continues to throw up epic contests year in year out emphasises the importance of the staying programme in Britain.
On the home front, I was pleased with Dr Omie Rangabashyam's Phieddippides at Windsor last night. He put up a promising display in the 6f 2yo maiden and is sure to improve plenty with this experience under his belt.
Later in the week we are looking forward to getting Sweet Vixen on the track in the 6f auction race at Nottingham on Thursday. The daughter of Foxwedge got left at the start on her debut at Chelmsford last month and if she can jump better on Thursday, we are optimistic of an improved performance.
Both Archie and Castle Talbot could line up at Yarmouth on Friday while recent Yarmouth winner Askari (Mr Christopher Hill) is pencilled in for a 1m4f handicap at Doncaster on Saturday evening.