Dating back to the 1700s, Ascot’s Royal meeting is one of the centrepieces of the summer social calendar and the highlight of the year for the Berkshire racecourse.
The Darley stallions’ association with Royal Ascot began back in 1987 when Mtoto took the G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, a race he would win again the following year before retiring to a successful 17-year stud career at Aston Upthorpe Stud.
Another horse who was to enjoy a remarkably long stud career following a victory at Royal Ascot was Cape Cross, who triumphed for Godolphin in the Queen Anne in 1999. Also winner of the G1 Lockinge Stakes, Cape Cross went on to become Champion first-season sire.
That first crop included Ouija Board, one of the greatest racemares of her era, whose seven G1 victories included the 2006 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. This year, Ouija Board’s son Frontiersman (Dubawi) will try to emulate the family tradition of winning at Royal Ascot when lining up in the G2 Hardwicke Stakes.
Cape Cross is also sire of outstanding racehorse and young Darley stallion Golden Horn, who became the second Epsom Derby winner for his sire following Sea The Stars’ victory in 2009.