All the drama and style in glorious full complement at Royal Ascot

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ROYAL Ascot this year provided an unforgettable five days with a full complement of more than 273,000 racegoers enjoying superlative summer socialising in all their finery under the glorious early-summer sun.

All the style, the pageantry and the drama unfolded across five days of racing at Royal Ascot

All of the colour, pageantry and sporting drama returned in full for 2022 for the first time in more than two years, providing a magnificent sense of occasion as new winners joined the ranks of stayers and sure bets were tipped on their heads. The much anticipated win for the incomparable Stradivarius came up short in the Gold Cup (Thursday 16 June) but Kyprios has entered the Winners Circle as a new star to shine on a glorious future.

Ascot Racecourse Community Fund is among a variety of charities to receive a share of £1.2 million after 14-to-1 shot Thesis won this year’s Britannia Stakes

The largest Group 1 field in British racing for more than 20 years on Royal Ascot’s closing day (Friday 17 June) delivered Naval Crown to win the Platinum Jubilee Stakes while Godolphin stablemate Creative Force was just behind by a neck.

There was a distinctly international feel on the closing day of Royoal Ascot with runners from Japan, Australia, USA, Germany, France and Ireland

The full return to racing at Royal Ascot opened (Tuesday 14 June) with Baaeed nearly cantering home when he cruised to the win for the Queen Anne Stakes to achieve a perfect eight from eight, confirming himself as the leading horse in training at the moment. Whether watching from afar or joining in person he was among 35 winners to be crowned across five days of glorious full-complement racing, and tickets for 2023 have already gone on sale at




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Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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