Probably because both conduct their horse major racing events in June each year confusion arises for some, between Ascot and Epsom racecourses. The Derby for three year olds is conducted at Epsom Downs to the south of London while Royal Ascot follows at a course west of the city and close to Windsor. Possibly the confusion was heightened in 1967 for some Australians when champion Aussie jockey George Moore won the Derby on the colt Royal Palace. Then, but a few days later, Her Majesty the Queen, and family, could be seen travelling in a horse carriage from Windsor Castle to Ascot. The following year, 1968, Royal Palace saluted in two of the major races in the Royal Ascot June meetings
Both racecourses and their June schedule are significant social events as well as major days of the racing calendar, not just for the United Kingdom, but in the whole world of the thoroughbred sport. In recent years the Australian focus has been much towards Royal Ascot with lesser attention to Epsom and the Derby. A number of Australian bred horses have performed well in significant Group events at Ascot. The pinnacle of course being Black Caviar's win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012. It will be ten years since Choisir took the first prize in two of the principal events at Royal Ascot. Another well-known name, Takeover Target, was one that also kept the down-under lot under attention. Shamexpress is confirmed as one for this year.
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