Remembering The Queen’s Most Momentous Royal Ascot Winners

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IT’S no secret that the Queen loves a winner at Royal Ascot – and she’s had plenty. 

Since her first meeting as a monarch in 1952, Her Majesty has visited the winner’s enclosure seventy-two times. Here is a list of some you might know, and some you might not.

Times Newspapers Ltd Part of the Queen’s royal procession in 1956

Choir Boy

One of the Queen’s most famous winners, Choir Boy gave Her Majesty her first ever Royal Ascot success in 1953.

The horse, ridden by Doug Smith, had the field spread out a long way from home and won in tremendous style.

The victory came just a few weeks after the Queen’s coronation, providing the monarch with the perfect settling-in gift.

PA:Empics Sport Aureole in action, partnered by W.H Carr

Aureole

Only a year after Choir Boy’s victory, the talented Aureole struck gold in the Hardwicke Stakes.

As a three-year-old, the horse had become a favourite of the Queen, finishing second in the Derby and the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

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The following year he gave the Queen her second Royal Ascot winner in the Hardwicke, finding desperate trouble in running before eventually going on to just deny French raider Janitor in a thrilling finish.

Times Newspapers Ltd The Queen, then a Princess, arrives at Royal Ascot in 1949

After the horse’s final victory in the 1954 King George, the Australian Mercury reported that the win was ‘one of the most popular victories in British turf history’.

PA:Press Association Lester Piggott (left) with owner Robert Sangster in 1977

Aiming High

Ridden by the legendary Lester Piggott, Aiming High waltzed to victory in a small field in the 1961 Coronation Stakes.

The contest, then run on the second day of the meeting, was a Group 1 for fillies and gave the Queen one of her most prestigious Royal Ascot wins so far.




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