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By Simon Jackson, London24’s horse racing correspondent
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
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Official attendance figures have revealed that increased numbers attended Royal Ascot to witness Black Caviar’s victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Frankel’s remarkable win in the Queen Anne Stakes.
Attendance on the fifth day of the Royal meeting was up from the equivalent day in 2011 as 77,863 spectators saw Black Caviar secure a dramatic head victory under jockey Luke Nolen, an increase on the 76,955 attendees last year.
And a bigger number of spectators were also on hand to witness Frankel’s 11 length rout on the opening day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday, his emphatic win boosting his rating to 140.
“It’s been an absolutely tremendous week, capped off with the great Black Caviar winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in unusual but exciting circumstances,” Ascot’s chief executive Charles Barnett said at the conclusion of the Royal meeting.
“Her win adds to so many wonderful memories from this week, including victories for Her Majesty The Queen, for Frankie Dettori in the Gold Cup, for Frankel in the opening Queen Anne Stakes and for visiting runners from Hong Kong, Germany and Ireland, in addition to those from Britain, and Black Caviar from Australia, of course.
“Our congratulations go to John Gosden, winner of the QIPCO Leading Trainer’s Award, and to Ryan Moore, who takes the equivalent award for jockeys.
“Saturday’s crowd figure was exceptional and we are delighted with the increase we achieved on Tuesday. All in all we have to consider it has been a vintage Royal Ascot.”