Royal Ascot: William Haggas ready to impress for the Queen at horse racing spectacle


“I’ve had no luck for her at Royal Ascot yet,” said Haggas.

“But to try and win a race there would be big stuff for us and we are trying hard to do so.”

Haggas will saddle Seniority in the Royal Hunt Cup for the Queen, the race that she celebrated the first of her 23 winners at the meeting with Choir Boy back in 1953.

The Newmarket trainer also runs Magnetic Charm in the Coronation Stakes, a race she has also won in the past with Aiming High, ridden by Lester Piggott, Haggas’s father-in-law.

“We lost one of her horses (Guy Fawkes) a couple years ago at the meeting, which was dreadful,” revealed Haggas.

“I can only imagine how Michael (Stoute) felt winning the Ascot Gold Cup for Her Majesty with Estimate (2013) – what a moment.”

Reflecting on the prospects of giving the host of the meeting her first winner since Dartmouth in the 2016 Hardwicke Stakes, Haggas added: “Seniority did not enjoy his time in Dubai, like us.

“But he did run well at Epsom recently and Ryan Moore is keen to ride him in the Hunt Cup.

“Magnetic Charm beat a smart one of John Gosden’s (Twist “N’ Shake) at York. She’s fit and well.”

The Queen is 5-2 with Ladbrokes to celebrate a Royal Ascot winner.

Royal Ascot prize fund for every race


Queen Anne Stakes £600,000

Coventry Stakes £150,000

King’s Stand Stakes £500,000

St James’s Palace Stakes £500,000

Ascot Stakes £90000

Wolferton Stakes £100,000


Queen Mary Stakes £110,000

Queen’s Vase £225,000

Duke of Cambridge Stakes £175,000

Prince of Wales’s Stakes £750,000

Royal Hunt Cup £175000

Jersey Stakes £90,000


Norfolk Stakes £100,000

Hampton Court Stakes £90,000

Ribblesdale Stakes £200,000

Gold Cup £500,000

Britannia Stakes £120000

King George V Stakes £90000


Albany Stakes £90,000

King Edward VII Stakes £225,000

Commonwealth Cup £500,000

Coronation Stakes £500,000

Sandringham Stakes £90000

Duke of Edinburgh Stakes £90000


Chesham Stakes £90,000

Hardwicke Stakes £225,000

Windsor Castle Stakes £90,000

Diamond Jubilee Stakes £600,000

Wokingham Stakes £175000

Queen Alexandra Stakes £90000


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