Trainers And Jockeys That Have The Edge In Certain Royal Ascot Races

Jamie Spencer - Sandringham Stakes

Jamie Spencer has been at the top of the sport for a long time now and has seen the highs and the lows of the sport over the years.

Most of his highs have revolved around Royal Ascot where he has won some nice races in the past but one contest he always looks forward to taking part in and has made his own in his career is the Sandringham Stakes.

In the last two years at the Royal meeting Spencer has landed the spoils in the £90,000 handicap contest and will be seeking a hat-trick in the three year old fillies handicap this time around.

His first win in the race came back in 2006 with red Evie and then three years later in 2009 he won the race again in good fashion with Moneycantbuymelove and now a decade on he is seeking another win in the contest.

2017 sparked his rival in the handicap race when he teamed up with American based trainer Wesley Ward on board Con Te Partiro who won very easily in the 23 runner race that year.

A year later he took the spoils again to land his fourth Sandringham and what a performance it was on board the 11/2 shot Agrotera who smashed across the boards in the betting and got up well to win for Spencer and trainer Ed Walker.

Three of his four winners have been favourite for the contest and with declarations for the race being released on Saturday he will hoping to be towards the top of the market once more.

Willie Mullins - Ascot Stakes

Where do you start with leading jumps trainer Willie Mullins. It is not good enough that he dominates the national hunt scene but whenever it comes to Royal Ascot he always tries to dominate one specific race and he has done that so well over the past few years.

The Ascot Stakes over 2 miles 4f suits a lot of Mullins horses that have not quite taken to hurdling but still have the stamina to go over the marathon trip and there is no better place to give these horses the run and try and pick up a win at the Royal meeting.

The Cheltenham festival hall of fame trainer has won the contest four times since 2012 and certainly this season it is worth keeping your eye out for who he enters as he is always in with a chance.

Simenon took the spoils in 2012 to spark a superb record in this race. In 2015 he followed that up with Clondaw Warrior and in 2017 he snapped up the contest with the well recognised silks of pink and green for Rich Ricci with Thomas Hobson.

Last year he saw 10/1 shot Lagostovegas land the spoils after placing a decent number of runners in the field but that now sets him up this year for a hat-trick where he will be sure to take a strong team of runners.

Sir Michael Stoute - Hardwicke Stakes

Sir Michael Stoute has one of the best Royal Ascot records in horse-racing history landing 79 wins in his training tenor and looking to expand that this year.

With this amazing record he has dominated some contests and he can do the same as previous years this season in the Group 2 Hardwicke stakes.

Stoute has took this race eight times in his training career with his first coming in 2006 Maraahel who did the same again a year later to really show how much the handler loves winning this race.

He didn't have to wait long again for his next win as in 2010, 8/11 favourite Harbinger took the spoils and just two years later he won again with Sea Moon.

If that was not enough dominance in the Group 2 contest in the last four years he has won the race three times with Snow Sky (2015), Dartmouth for the queen in 2016 and Crystal Ocean at odds of 4/7 last year.

Crystal Ocean is the hard favourite to land back to back wins in this contest and give Sir Michael Stoute a ninth success in this classy race.

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