Ascot Chief Executive Guy Henderson reflected on Royal Ascot 2018 which once again proved another stellar success.
 
Henderson said: "We've had a fantastic week. Aidan O'Brien [QIPCO Royal Ascot Leading Trainer Award], Ryan Moore [QIPCO Royal Ascot Leading Jockey Award] and Coolmore [Royal Ascot Leading Owner] had to fight hard for their awards this year, but were very worthy winners in the end.
 
"We've seen some tremendous racing with standout performances from the likes of Stradivarius as well as Alpha Centauri and a real spread of success across countries and connections.
 
"A truly international G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes today went the way of Aidan O'Brien and Ireland with the ex-Australian-trained Merchant Navy winning and a great run from the American-trained Bound For Nowhere in third.
 
"We have seen sectional timing in place for the first time, for which we thank our official partner Longines and earlier today, we launched Ascot World Pool, with the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Totepool.
 
"Over 300,000 people visited the racecourse and the viewers at home have been treated to an exemplary five days of uninterrupted coverage of all 30 races on ITV.
 
"I'd like to thank everybody that brings this event together. Owners, trainers, stable staff, our own staff, partners and everyone who works so hard on site to bring the event to life.
 
"We look forward to welcoming everyone back for Royal Ascot 2019."

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