The 2015 Royal Ascot meeting begins on Tuesday and punters from all over the United Kingdom will flock to the racecourse as they witness some of the greatest racehorses in the world compete for glory. The five-day event will host 19 Group One races, meaning that viewers will have the opportunity to see quality horses on a daily basis. Over 80,000 racing fanatics are expected to attend Ascot during the meeting as the likes of Dermot Weld, Aidan O’Brien and Sir Michael Stoute compete for the best trainer award. We take a look at a couple of the standout races and provide our insight on which horses may be the ones to watch. The bookmakers have already priced up most of the races so far, but you can keep up to date with all of the latest news and compare odds via bookies’ website.
The opening day’s racing sees Solow and Able Friend go head-to-head in the Queen Anne Stakes. One of Royal Ascot’s most famous races, the event has been won by a number of renowned campaigners over the years – with Frankel streaking clear to dominate the race in 2012. This year’s event should be more competitive and Freddy Head’s Solow could stand a great chance. The 5-year-old dominated the Grey Gatsby in Dubai back in March – which is no easy feat – and he will be difficult to beat on current form. However, Able Friend is a sensational horse and the joint-third highest rated runner in the world could certainly give Solow a close race.
The Ascot Gold Cup is yet another respected race and this year’s event could be one of the closest in recent memory. Queen Elizabeth II’s horse Estimate won this race back in 2013 for Sir Michael Stoute but it could be Dermot Weld who trains the winner this year. Weld trained 2010 Gold Cup winner Rite of Passage but has failed to win this race in the last four attempts. Forgotten Rules is an outstanding candidate to succeed in this one and he will take some beating. The Irish gelding has won each of his four previous starts – including a win at Ascot back in October last year – and ticks all the right boxes for another huge victory. However, former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has entered Dubai Gold Cup winner Brown Panther, who could challenge Forgotten Rules’ dominance if the ground suits him.