Royal Ascot Primed for Record Overseas Entries
May 11 - This year's Royal Ascot looks set to be one of the most competitive in recent history as a record number of foreign entries compete against the best British horses to claim glory in iconic races such as the Queen Anne Stakes and the Royal Ascot Gold Cup. 2015 Breeders Cup Mile winner Tepin is just one of the famous names heading to Ascot this summer in the hope of coming out victorious on foreign soil. The horse who is unbeaten in three race starts so far this year, takes part in the Queen Anne Stakes, with trainer Mark Casse hoping his horse can claim its share of the £600,000 prize money on offer. However, with over one hundred and sixty entries from foreign shores overall, this year's line up at Ascot really makes proceedings even more interesting for race fans.
The record breaking number of horses that complete the Royal Ascot line up this year beats that in which was set back in 2013, with a total of thirty-five entries coming from outside of Europe. Closer to home, Trainer Aiden O'Brien is responsible for almost half of Ireland's eighty-one entries, and as Royal Ascot gets nearer we are likely to see further changes to race line ups, with trainers still deliberating on which races to throw their prized assets into. Tepin is currently seen as the overwhelming favourite in her particular race, with odds of 4/1 on with bookmakers Betway.
With a total prize money of over £6.5 million up for grab at Royal Ascot, the number of foreign entries is only likely to grow in the build up to the summer. Japanese horse A Shin Hikari is 10/1 to win the Price of Wales Stakes after an impressive season to date, and will be one of the favourites to take home the £750,000 prize money on offer. However, a disappointment for race organisers occurred when Chautauqua pulled out of the Diamond Jubilee after trainers Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes decided against the trip to Ascot. Held in such high regard among the racing community, Chautauqua had been the 4/1 favourite with Betway.
Royal Ascot organisers are still understandably delighted with the number of international entries for this year's programme, with the event running from the 14th-18th of June likely to draw record crowds through the gates.
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