The Queen hoping to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee with a Royal Ascot winner

Dave Wright

The Queen will be hoping to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee with a Royal Ascot winner this week – and her chances look good, writes Dave Wright.

But whether she will be able to get to the course each day sadly remains in doubt due to her current mobility problems Her Majesty’ has plenty of entries with some horses having a choice of race as the owner looks to add to her 24 winners at her favourite race meeting., Her last winner was Tactical in the Windsor Castle Stakes in 2020. A year ago, he could only finish seventh in the Jersey Stakes and the Andrew Balding-trained four-year-old is set to return this week in the Buckingham Palace Stakes (6.10) on Thursday.

Kingslcere-based Balding sends out the first of the Queen’s runners, King’s Lynn on Tuesday in the King’s Stand Stakes (3.40). The five-year-old, who will be ridden by David Probert, was seventh in the same race last year before returning on the final day to finish third in the Wokingham Stakes.

Also on Thursday, Reach For The Moon, the mount of Frankie Dettori, is entered for the Hampton Court Stakes (5.35), for which the three-year-old trained by John and Thady Gosden is likely to go off as the odds-on favourite.

Another fancied runner for the Queen – and a race she would particularly love to win for obvious reasons– comes in Friday’s Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (3.40), where the entries include Just Fine from Sir Michael Stoute’s yard. The Derby-winner trainer, who has saddled

82 Royal Ascot winners and finished the leading trainer on six occasions, will be hoping for a better run than last year when Just Fine could only finish 10th in the King George V Stakes.

On paper, the Queen has a good chance of cheering home at least two winners this week, which she last achieved in 1979 when Buttress and Expansive both won in the hands of Willie Carson.

n a pre-meeting statement, the Queen’s representative, Sir Francis Brook, said: “It is so exciting to have a full-scale Royal Ascot in operation for the first time since 2019 – even more so in this very special Platinum Jubilee year.

“The five days of Royal Ascot 2022 will be a fabulous display of elite Thoroughbred racing as we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s extraordinary achievement. We all hope that another winner in the Royal colours will be added to The Queen’s current tally of 24 winners at the Royal Meeting since 1952.”

He continued: “All of the racecourse enclosures are open again and we are thrilled to be welcoming back everyone who wishes to attend, following a year behind closed doors and then a year with restricted crowds in 2021. We have made some reductions to the capacities across the three main enclosures this year, ensuring that all of our guests will be able to enjoy a little bit more space.”

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