ROYAL ASCOT REVIEW: Frankie Dettori falls short and is involved in tense exchanges with boss John Gosden while Charlie Appleby is in the ascendancy… but the Queen’s presence was missed
- Sportsmail‘s Marcus Townend provides his assessment of Royal Ascot
- There were tense exchanges between Frankie Dettori and boss John Gosden
- Charlie Appleby managed to jump from fourth to first in the trainers’ title race
Royal Ascot provided plenty of entertainment, although the Queen‘s presence was missed.
Frankie Dettori was involved in some tense exchanges with his boss John Gosden, but Charlie Appleby made significant progress in the trainers’ title race.
Sportsmail’s Marcus Townend provides his assessment of all of the action at Royal Ascot.
Frankie Dettori was involved in some tense exchanges with boss John Gosden at Royal Ascot
Liven up the royal procession
The affection for the absent Queen was demonstrated all week by a lukewarm reception to the royal procession — polite applause rather than rousing cheers.
Even the most animated response to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Friday was subdued. The royal procession is an important part of Royal Ascot but it could be time for a reset.
Retaining the senior royals is essential but the minor members of the extended family mean little to most spectators. So offer places in the carriages to sporting heroes, successful actors, writers, scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs or individuals who have made a significant contribution.
The crowd would be able to relate to them and it would be another signal of the desire of the younger members of the royal family to be progressive.
There was a lukewarm reception to the royal procession – places should be offered to sporting heroes
Thursday was a bad day for Frankie Dettori and there were tense exchanges with boss John Gosden after he was beaten on Stradivarius in the Gold Cup as well as defeats on the Queen’s Saga and Reach For The Moon.
The next day after Dettori had won the Coronation Stakes on Inspiral, Gosden’s frustration was still clear as he spoke about Dettori’s ‘overcomplicated’ ride on Stradivarius and how Saga ‘should have won’.
His candid comments surprised some with one insider saying Dettori had been thrown under the bus on Thursday and reversed over on Friday. But Gosden also said: ‘You discuss it, you deal with it and move on.’
With big races for the partnership just around the corner including Oaks runner-up Emily Upjohn in either the Irish Oaks or King George and a shot at a fifth Goodwood Cup with Stradivarius, hopefully harmony can be restored.
Thursday was a bad day for Frankie Dettori after he was beaten on Stradivarius in the Gold Cup
Title race hots up
Four winners including Naval Crown beating stablemate Creative Force in Saturday’s £1m Platinum Jubilee Stakes propelled champion trainer Charlie Appleby from fourth in the trainers’ title race to top spot.
Given the strength in depth at his stable, Appleby will be hard to beat.
His biggest threat may be Newmarket colleague William Haggas, who won over £600,000 with Baaeed and Candleford to take his seasonal prize money past £2m.
Champion trainer Charlie Appleby progressed from fourth to first in the trainers’ title race
Top of the class
Baaeed did what we all expected him to do with victory in the Queen Anne Stakes so the most memorable wins probably came from the stunning Inspiral on her seasonal debut in the Coronation Stakes. The filly, trained by John and Thady Gosden, left the field floundering.
Rider of the week
Ryan Moore reigns supreme as the king of Royal Ascot. Seven wins and a ninth leading jockey title was just an extension of the precision Moore has brought to his riding all season.
Ryan Moore secured a ninth leading jockey title as he continued his impressive displays
Trainer of the week
A three-way tie. George Boughey, who followed his first Classic win with Cachet in the 1,000 Guineas with his first royal meeting winners: Inver Park (Buckingham Palace Stakes) and Missed The Cut (Golden Gate Stakes).
Karl Burke, with wins for Dramatised (Queen Mary) and Holloway Boy (Chesham). And Richard Fahey — The Ridler (Norfolk) and Perfect Power (Commonwealth Cup). Fahey performed on the big stage without the resources of some of the big stables.