Royal Ascot Legends

With over £4 million in prize money up for grabs, and all the pageantry and prestige befitting a royal occasion, the Royal Ascot meeting tends to attract all the top trainers, jockeys and thoroughbred racehorses in the sport of flat racing.

With almost 300 years of history it is impossible to do honour to all the great talents that have participated in this event, however on our Royal Ascot Legends pages we profile four of the most important and popular figures to have been involved in Britain’s greatest race meeting in the last two decades.

Champion Jockeys

The average Royal Ascot jockey races around 30 races during the five days of the festival, a bone crunching work load that requires them to push themselves and their mounts to the limit in each race. Of the dozens of jockeys participating in the races only a few will go on to win a race at the Royal Ascot meeting, with just the select few claiming a Group 1 race win.

In our Royal Ascot legends pages we profile two of the best jockeys to have participated in the event in recent history. Crowd favourite Frankie Dettori, the man with the flying dismount, was selected for that memorable day in 1996 when he pulled off the almost impossible by winning every single race on a Royal Ascot race day.

We also look at the history and career of the Royal Ascot’s most successful jockey, the flying Irishman Johnny Murtagh who over the past dozen years has managed to win nearly one in five races run at the Royal Ascot meeting.

Royal Ascot Trainers

Behind the scenes at the races you’ll find the top trainers in flat racing hard at work. Whilst jockeys and great thoroughbreds tend to attract the spotlight, none of their exploits would be possible without the backing of a top trainer and stable.

In our Royal Ascot legends pages, we take a look at the two most successful trainers in recent history. Mark Johnston was picked for his incredible record at the Royal Ascot meeting and progressive approach to training. We also take a look at the career and achievements of Sir Michael Stoute, the Barbadian who has single-handedly conquered British flat racing and has won every classic and Group 1 race in the UK, bar the St. Leger.