Ascot officials thrilled with latest edition of Royal meeting

World Pool partnership hailed a ‘great success’

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Officials at Ascot have reflected on a “tremendous week” at the Royal meeting.

Seven winners for Frankie Dettori, a first for Hayley Turner and brilliant equine performances from the likes of Stradivarius, Blue Point and many others are likely to last long in the memory.

Ascot chief executive Guy Henderson said: “It has been a tremendous week of racing. Our ambition is to make year on year improvement in staging one of the highest-quality race meetings in the world.

“We had a great conclusion seeing Godolphin make history with Blue Point becoming the first British-trained horse to win both the King’s Stand Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. With runners from six countries in the competitive Diamond Jubilee Stakes, this represented what we are seeking to achieve on the world stage.

“We have seen some amazing performances on the track and we will never forget Frankie Dettori’s fantastic four-timer on Thursday. It was great on Friday to see Hayley Turner become the first female jockey since Gay Kelleway in 1987 to win at Royal Ascot.

“We introduced several innovations this year, including the important World Pool partnership with Hong Kong Jockey Club and Totepool. This saw investment into all pools at Royal Ascot totalling £92 million compared to £17m last year, which is an increase of £74m and over 400 per cent.

“There were no less than 27 World Pools at Royal Ascot this week which each attracted investment of over £1m and 24 of the 30 races at Royal Ascot have been part of the World Pool. In year one, that is a great success and something to build on for the future.

“In addition to the World Pool, we were able to provide detailed sectional timings on all our races this year on big screens and in data packs for media, owners, trainers and racegoers. For the first time, the reverse camera photo-finish facility was in place on the track.

“The Royal meeting remains truly international with nine nations represented this year. It was exciting to see a French-trained winner in the shape of Watch Me in the Coronation Stakes on Friday and the Nagano Gold came close to making history for the Czech Republic with a fantastic second in the Hardwicke Stakes.

“Saturday was a sell-out in the public enclosures and we have been very happy with the attendances during the week. We are particularly happy with the performance of hospitality which was robust and well up on previous years.”

He added: “It was a tricky start to the week with two wet days, but we were extremely proud in the way we delivered the site from Thursday onwards after the inclement weather and it was encouraging to see it didn’t dampen the spirits.

“I thank and pay tribute to our staff who had an extra job this year of picking up all the plastic cups used at the Royal meeting so that we could exceed our target of 500,000 washes of plastic cups in circular processes, which saw them returned to be used the following day (331,259 over the first three days) on site and who served just under 300,000 loyal customers this week.

“It has been a great week. Royal Ascot remains a fundamental part of the British summer, the sporting landscape and the global racing calendar. We look forward to Royal Ascot 2020.”

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