British Horse Racing hit the GBP100,000 jackpot on saturday, July 28, when the De Beers Corporation sponsored the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes to boost the prize money to GBP108,000 with a GBP79,230 purse to the winner.
GTV HORSES IN PARADE RING AT ASCOT
SV RHEINGOLD PARADES
SV QUEEN AND QUEEN MOTHER IN RING
LV SCOTTISH RIFLE PARADES
GV HORSES ROUND TURN 'DAILIA' COMES
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SPORTS: HORSE RACE
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Background: British Horse Racing hit the GBP100,000 jackpot on saturday, July 28, when the De Beers Corporation sponsored the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes to boost the prize money to GBP108,000 with a GBP79,230 purse to the winner.
The race, run over one and a half miles at the plush Ascot circuit only a sort distance from the royal residence of Windsor Castle, attracted a top class entry and leasing jockeys including Lester Piggott and Yves Saint Martin from France.
A feature of the sakes for this reason were the diamond studded trophies awarded to the winners. The GBP5000 trophy stands 15 inches high and complies tapered gold tubes, 22 of which are set with carat brilliant ??? diamonds.
The trainer of the winner receives diamond brooch designed in Switzerland and whilst the winning jockey collected a diamond ring designed by Professor Hiramatsu of Japan.
Top contenders were Roberto, the 1972 Derby winner and winner of the Coronation Cup this season who had beaten Rheingold twice previously. On the other hand Rheingold had won all his four cuttings this year, including the Heardwicke Stakes over 1 1/2 miles earlier this year in the Royal Ascot Meeting and the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud in Paris.
The ??? prize money had attracted a full international field including the American Horse, ???, form his French Stables. Card King was another American horse from a French stable. Hard to Beat, winner of over GBP200,000, represented his Japanese owner, Mr J. Kashiyama. This horse won the French Derby (the Prix du Jockey Club) at Chantilly in 1972 when he broke the course record over distance.
Rheingold, Roberto and Hard to beat had won $461,000 between them before the start of this race. Both Robert and Rheingold having won English Derbys.
But in the end, it was the American owned and French trained Dahlia who burs to the front after the turn and then ran away from the field to win comfortably from Rheingold in an outstanding burst of speed - a win that followed closely on a victory in the Irish Oaks the previous week Victory was by six length at 10-1, Reihngold at favouring and the third was the Irish Weavers Hall.
Race sequence. Start - Roberto. 7F Park Lawn from Roberto. 6F Park Lawn from Roberto, Weavers Hall and Hard to Beat. 5F Roberto. Turn. Weavers Hall from Roberto. Run-In Dahlia.
??? the trainer, is well known for his training on the Egyptian horses and originally came to England on a transit visa on his way to the States. He in of Turkish family.