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Trainers call Ascot race 'unsatisfactory' and 'messy'

The trainer of one of the horses that competed in today's Hardwicke Stakes said the race was "unsatisfactory" after winner Thomas Chippendale died of a suspected heart attack.

Universal's trainer Mark Johnston said, "It was unsatisfactory. The jockeys didn't know whether to go with the loose horse or not".

The horses running the Hardwicke Stakes. Thomas Chippendale is front left.
The horses running the Hardwicke Stakes. Thomas Chippendale is front left. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Marco Botti, Dandino's trainer, said, "It was a very messy race and he got hampered when the other horse fell and by the loose horse".

The horse that fell, 9-4 favourite Ektihaam, gave jockey Paul Hanagan a nasty fall. Hanagan was taken to hospital to be X-rayed.

Lady Cecil 'heartbroken' at Thomas Chippendale's death

Thomas Chippendale's trainer Lady Cecil said she was "heartbroken" at the horse's death following his Hardwicke Stakes win at Royal Ascot.

Lady Cecil, whose husband Sir Henry Cecil was honoured during this year's Queen's Vase, said the colt was "in good form" leading up to the race and enjoying himself".

Thomas Chippendale, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, died after winning the Hardwicke Stakes.
Thomas Chippendale, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, died after winning the Hardwicke Stakes. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

She continued: "He loved and enjoyed it all - it's heartbreaking. We had never been happier with him beforehand. We're just devastated.

"The horse and jockey seemed fine so I wondered what had happened. It was quick so the horse wouldn't have felt anything.

"We've gone from one emotion to the other, from a real high to a real low".

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Thomas Chippendale dies after Hardwicke Stakes win

Thomas Chippendale died of a suspected heart attack after winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Lady Cecil and jockey Johnny Murtagh.

The four-year-old colt collapsed after passing the line in a dramatic renewal of the Group Two over a mile and a half.

Thomas Chippendale ridden by Johnny Murtagh won the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Thomas Chippendale ridden by Johnny Murtagh won the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Murtagh said: "He ran his heart out and was pulled up at the line. He lost his balance and I don't know what happened to him.

"It's heartbreaking for everyone involved - it should have been a great win. It's just devastating the way it's finished".

The 9-4 favourite, Ektihaam, also slipped up on the bend and gave Paul Hanagan a nasty fall, but both the former champion jockey and the horse were reportedly unscathed.

Disclaimer bids to honour Sir Henry Cecil at Royal Ascot

Disclaimer (left) is trained by Sir Henry's widow Lady Cecil. Credit: PA Wire

The Queen's Vase could prove an emotional race at Royal Ascot later today if Disclaimer wins.

Read: Queen takes part in minute's silence for Sir Henry Cecil

Following the death of Sir Henry Cecil last week, this year's renewal is being run in memory of the man who trained more Royal Ascot winners than anybody else, with his record standing at 75.

Disclaimer is trained by Sir Henry's widow Lady Cecil who has taken out a temporary licence to keep the stable running.

Read: Sport of kings mourns horse racing royalty

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Queen congratulates jockey after Gold Cup win

Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup ridden by jockey Ryan Moore (left) during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot
Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup ridden by jockey Ryan Moore (left) during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot Credit: Press Association
Queen Elizabeth II with winning jockey Ryan Moore, after winning the Gold Cup during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot
Queen Elizabeth II with winning jockey Ryan Moore, after winning the Gold Cup during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Estimate, ridden by Ryan Moore after winning The Gold Cup during day three of the Royal Ascot
Estimate, ridden by Ryan Moore after winning The Gold Cup during day three of the Royal Ascot Credit: John Walton/Press Association Images

Queen arrives at Royal Ascot for Ladies' Day

The Queen has arrived at Royal Ascot ahead of the Gold Cup which is due to take place at 3.45 pm today.

Queen Elizabeth II during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot
Queen Elizabeth II during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/

The Queen will be hoping her horse Estimate repeats its achievement from twelve months ago and triumphs in the race.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives with Autumn Phillips for day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire
Queen Elizabeth II arrives with Autumn Phillips for day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Having been tipped to wear pink to the annual event, the Queen instead chose a purple hat.

Racegoers turn out for Ladies' Day

Racegoers have flocked to Royal Ascot as Ladies' Day kicked off with the usual array of flamboyant hats and dresses.

Racegoer Larisa Katz during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot
Racegoer Larisa Katz during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/

The annual event is renowned for its display of the latest hat trends and this year's guests did not disappoint.

Racegoer Polly Pearce from Hampshire during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot
Racegoer Polly Pearce from Hampshire during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/

Racegoers' extravagance does not stop at hats with over over 51,500 bottles of Champagne, 35,000 spears of Asparagus and 2,050 kg of fresh lobster consumed last year.

Beverley Midgley-McDonald arrives during day three of the Royal Ascot meeting
Beverley Midgley-McDonald arrives during day three of the Royal Ascot meeting Credit: John Walton/PA Wire
Mimi Theobald arrives for Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Mimi Theobald arrives for Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
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