Ascot officials thrilled with 2023 edition of Royal meeting

A “brilliant week” with “world-class racing” was the verdict of Ascot officials at the conclusion of the 2023 edition of the Royal meeting.

The five days very nearly had everything – with the King and Queen having their first Royal Ascot victory with Desert Hero and Frankie Dettori winning the Gold Cup aboard Courage Mon Ami.

The track’s chief executive, Alastair Warwick, said: “It has been a brilliant week. We have seen some world-class racing with horses travelling from four continents to compete for record prize-money.

“There have been some amazing stories and it was fantastic to see Frankie sign off his Royal Ascot story with a successful week, including winning a ninth Gold Cup.

“Of course, one of many highlights was Desert Hero becoming a first Royal Ascot winner for Their Majesties The King and Queen. It was a truly special moment and a hugely important success for the sport.”

The total attendance for the fixture was 266,147, with 68,128 taking in the last day.

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