Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are not selling tickets to this raceday.
Ascot’s first meeting of the 2021 Flat campaign promises to be a high-class affair, its seven-race card including four specific trials for the Royal Meeting led by the Group 3 Longines Sagaro Stakes. The two-mile contest has been won by several horses en route to Gold Cup glory, most recently Her Majesty The Queen’s mare Estimate in 2013.
Dee Ex Bee landed the 2019 renewal for trainer Mark Johnston and subsequently finished runner-up to champion stayer Stradivarius in the Royal Ascot showpiece. The 2020 edition was run at Newcastle in early June following the resumption of British racing after its COVID-19 enforced lockdown. The winner - Nayef Road - gave Johnston his fourth Sagaro Stakes success, the trainer having also saddled the great Double Trigger to consecutive victories in 1995 and 1996 as well as the 1995 Gold Cup.
Like his former stable mate Dee Ex Bee, Nayef Road would come up one short of Stradivarius - now a three-time Gold Cup winner - at Royal Ascot less than two weeks later as well as in the Group 1 Goodwood Cup, in which John Gosden’s imperious stayer posted a record fourth success.