Royal Ascot 2012: June 19th – June 23rd
BLACK CAVIAR races Saturday, June 23rd in the 3rd race at Royal Ascot, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, at 10:45 a.m. Eastern / 7:45 a.m. Pacific Time.
One of the premier horse racing events in the world, and a fantastic five days of overseas racing, gets underway on Tuesday June 19th at the Royal Ascot 2012 meeting.
The quality of the racing at Royal Ascot is simply outstanding, with nearly $7 million in prize money on offer and a total of eighteen Group races over the five days. Each day of the meeting contains at least one feature race, with three prestigious Group 1 contests kickstarting the opening day.
Royal Ascot Day One – Tuesday, June 19th: The opening day of what is sure to be a spectacular Royal Meeting gets off to a flying start with three Group 1 races; the Queen Anne Stakes (featuring the U.K’s superstar colt Frankel), the King’s Stand Stakes – the first British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge – and the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Royal Ascot Day Two – Wednesday, June 20th: The highlight of the second day is the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, being run this year as "The 150th Anniversary of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes". Also on the card are the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes, for older female milers and the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes, for the best up and coming two year old fillies.
Royal Ascot Day Three – Thursday, June 21st:Thursday’s highlight is the Group 1 Gold Cup, a battle of stamina and determination over two miles and four furlongs – this undisputed long distance world championship is not for the faint hearted!
Royals Ascot Day Four – Friday, June 22nd: The feature race on Friday is the Coronation Stakes, which traditionally brings together the leading three-year-old fillies in Europe. Also on the card is the King Edward VII Stakes, colloquially called the ‘Ascot Derby,’ as its conditions mirror those of the Epsom Classic.
Royal Ascot Day Five – Saturday, June 23rd: The final day of the Royal Meeting always provides a dramatic climax and features one of the world’s most important and international races, the Golden Jubilee Stakes, renamed as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012. The race is much anticipated this year, with Australian sprint sensation and red-hot ante-post favourite Black Caviar donning a tailormade compression suit and making the long flight over to take on her British counterparts. The race is also the second British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.