Social Discourse, Monday 24th June – The Right Royal Round-Up

It was the most Royal of weeks, but anyone who was there knows that doesn’t come even close to covering the full glory of flat racing’s finest five days. Everything from Danny Tudhope’s brilliantly timed push to the line on Lord Glitters, to King Power finally getting their oh so deserved winner at the end of the week was captivating, writes William Kedjanyi. Some of the memories might be as fresh as a tall glass of Pimm’s but that just means that they are worth reliving even more.

Here are my favourites, and yours…

  1. The Champagne Moments

Here are a number of your favourite moments over the past week, beginning with a right thriller:


Personal Highlights: The swagger with which James Doyle appeared alongside Kachy on Blue Point, before he set about winning the Diamond Jubilee.


  1. The On-Track Stars

And your best performances too, which was not an area we lacked in this week:

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  1. The Eyecatchers

Plenty managed to catch the eyes of racegoers who could see through a throng of hats:

  1. Blue’s Point

In amongst all the performances, it might seem unfair to some that only one horse – and yes that horse isn’t Stradivarius – will get a special story all to themselves, but Blue Point’s brilliance in taking the week’s major sprints, and becoming the first to complete the King’s Stand/Diamond Jubilee double since Chosir in 2003, was the premium achievement of the week and two of its outstanding moments.



In the second leg, Charlie Appleby’s five-year-old sat in the slip-stream of the rocket Kachy – and what a thrill Kachy’s owner, David Lowe, must have had when he was bombing along – and looked as if he was going to rout the field when James Doyle cruised up alongside Richard Kingscote. He then kicked clear to the tune of two lengths before the progressive Dream of Dreams flew home, almost spoiling the party. He got to within a head, but not past the dual winner. Here’s a snapshot of how we all felt:


  1. Honours

Frankie Dettori’s four-timer will never be forgotten, especially by the brown-trousered bookmaker fraternity, though Ryan Moore’s booting home five winners has somewhat passed under the radar.

But Danny Tudhope had just ten rides, from which he conjured four winners, a second and two thirds at the Royal Meeting in a stunning display. He showed not only timing but also strength to win three of his four prizes by a neck on Lord Glitters (Queen Anne), Move Swiftly (Duke of Cambridge) and Space Traveller (Jersey).

I saw more of the ITV team than I wanted to – not a slight on them, but rather I feel I went home from the track too soon – but all were excellent, even if I will never be as much of a fashionista as Charlotte Hawkins. The production values were world class and the same can be said for NBC’s coverage, which yours truly had the honour of seeing up close!

The bar and racecourse staff were wonderful this week, despite the course being as packed as ever. The personal pop up shops were also an excellent touch.

Frankie Dettori, Aidan O’Brien, and John Gosden, three legends of Royal Ascot:

Mary Ellet, for the Meme of the Week:

Ben Keith, for taking this finish in stride:

Samantha Martin, for this fascinating stat:

It was a truly captivating Royal Ascot, as befits such a pivotal placeholder in the British sporting and social calendar. Luckily for us, there’s plenty more action to come this summer!

Until next week, WK signing off…


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