Saturday’s main race is the £100,000 Appletiser Handicap Stakes, a valuable race restricted to three-year-olds and run over a mile-and-a-half.
This race, whilst not new to Ascot, is one of the stepping stones in the industry’s aspiration to enhance the stayers’ division as many of these still relatively immature horses will become capable of running over longer distances next season.
The race is a Heritage Handicap and so pitched at quality three-year-olds, in some cases on the cusp of Listed or Pattern class.
Saturday’s main support race is the £80,000 Cunard Handicap Stakes, one of a series of seven furlong handicaps at Ascot during the season.
Our penultimate race, a six furlong handicap, sees one of the Royal Ascot Racing Club’s best horses run on home turf. Projection hasn’t had the best of luck with the draw this season but ran well enough in the Stewards’ Cup last time out having “won” the Wokingham here at the Royal Meeting, on the wrong side.
Ascot is the second meeting on Saturday, with the Group One Sprint Cup card at Haydock taking centre stage. Amongst the field are Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner, The Tin Man, and Commonwealth Cup runner-up and July Cup winner, Harry Angel. Both are expect at Ascot for QIPCO British Champions Day next month.