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Summary

  1. Coverage of day one at Royal Ascot 2017
  2. Barney Roy wins St James's Palace Stakes
  3. Ribchester wins Queen Anne Stakes
  4. Injured Dettori out of Royal Ascot
  5. Armed security increased at racecourse

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By Adam Whitty, John Hudson and Frank Keogh

All times stated are UK

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Barney Roy at Ascot

Barney Roy wins the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot as the Godolphin team celebrate an opening-day treble.

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It's time for us to race off

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Lady Aurelia and Ribchester's victories may have matched the script on the opening day at Ascot.

But Barney Roy's shock victory in the St James's Palace Stakes certainly didn't.

It was a thrilling, exciting and hot first day at the Royal meeting, here's to more of the same tomorrow.

See you at 09:00 BST tomorrow morning for some more horsing around.

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Barney Roy's joy was favourite Churchill's pain

No top hats but they certainly have the tails

Treble for Godolphin

Quite a day for Godolpin as Sound And Silence, ridden by William Buick for trainer Charlie Appleby, completed a 124-1 treble.

Sheikh Mohammed's team had endured a troubled few weeks, including the departure of chief executive John Ferguson.

But victory in the concluding race followed earlier triumphs for Ribchester and Barney Roy.

You can check out all the racecards and results on the BBC Sport website.

Sound and Silence wins the Windsor Castle Stakes

Opening day treble for the Godolphin team and a 1-2 in the last.

17:35 result

1 Sound And Silence 16-1

2 Roussel 12-1

3 James Garfield 25-1

4th Mokaatil 25-1

22 Ran

Someone is clearly loving the bag check at security

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It does look fun

Watering at Ascot

Ascot is to put 5mm of water on the entire track after racing.

Clerk of the course Chris Stickels says he anticipates similar ground conditions on Wednesday.

Lucky last at Royal Ascot

Good luck if you're having a wager in the last at Ascot - the Windsor Castle Stakes looks a very competitive affair.

Be careful with the names too - the runners include Declarationofpeace and Declarationoflove. The former is the favourite, while the latter is more of an 80-1 chance.

You can check out the racecard and the latest racing results on the BBC Sport website.

More magic from Moore and Mullins

Thomas Hobson, the 4-1 favourite trained by Willie Mullins, won the Ascot Stakes under a cool ride from Ryan Moore.

Mullins, more associated with jump racing than flat racing but taking this race with Moore for the third time in six years, said he would aim the Rich Ricci-owned winner at the Melbourne Cup in November.

Thomas Hobson wins at Royal Ascot
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17:00 result

1 Thomas Hobson 4-1 Fav

2 Endless Acres 10-1

3 Who Dares Wins 5-1

4 Rainbow Dreamer 12-1

18 ran

Thomas Hobson wins Ascot Stakes

Jump racing's finest at Ascot

The Ascot Stakes at 17:00 BST is traditionally a race where jump racing trainers go for glory at flat racing's big meeting.

It is no exception this year, with the leading contenders including Thomas Hobson, trained by Willie Mullins, along with Who Dares Wins (Alan King) and Beyond Conceit (Nicky Henderson).

You can check out the latest results and racecards on the BBC Sport website.

Barney double for Godolphin

Barney Roy caused an upset on day one of the Royal Ascot meeting to win the St James's Palace Stakes as favourite Churchill finished fourth.

The 5-2 winner, ridden by James Doyle for trainer Richard Hannon, won from Lancaster Bomber.

It sealed an opening day double for winning owners, Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team, after Ribchester won the Queen Anne Stakes.

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It is over when the long-faced Lady sings

Here is Lady Aurelia storming to a victory in the King's Stand Stakes a little earlier.

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More is more when it comes to a hat for Royal Ascot

Miss Edite Ligere during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
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Barney Roy wins St James's Palace Stakes

16:20 result

1 Barney Roy 5-2

2 Lancaster Bomber 12-1

3 Thunder Snow 6-1

8 ran

Also: 1-2 Fav Churchill 4th

Can Churchill deliver again?

Royal Ascot

Next up at Royal Ascot, one of the equine stars of the show on day one - it's Churchill.

The English and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, to be ridden by Ryan Moore for trainer Aidan O'Brien, is fancied to follow up in the St James's Palace Stakes.

Rivals include the Godolphin pair of Barney Roy and Thunder Snow.

You can check out the full big race line-up on the BBC Sport website and listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

Churchill winning the Irish 2,000 Guineas
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Like something out of Black Beauty

Churchill is one of the favourites for the St James's Palace Stakes at 16:20 BST.

You can see why in this video - he is looking particularly sprightly.

It was filmed by jockey Donnacha O'Brien, son of trainer Aidan O'Brien.

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Ascot brings in the top chefs

Raymond Blanc will be serving up food for the Ascot faithful across the week, I'm sure it's pretty respectable.

Just hearing him talk about his menu in his silky, smooth French voice to BBC Radio Berkshire is a big enough treat for the senses though....

Second success for Lady Aurelia

Royal Ascot

Flying filly Lady Aurelia ran out a dominant Royal Ascot winner for the second year running.

The 7-2 chance landed the King's Stand Stakes by three lengths from Profitable for American trainer Wesley Ward.

Winning jockey John Velazquez had few worries as he stepped in for the injured Frankie Dettori.

Lady Aurelia
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Fahey 'felt comfortable' watching Ribchester

Trainer Richard Fahey will be a happy chappy when he goes to bed tonight.

His horse, Ribchester, powered home to take the Queen Anne Stakes, the first race of the day.

"It was a good race to watch", the Irishman told BBC Radio Berkshire. "I always felt comfortable watching him".

"We've got another ten or 12 runners, Ribchester was the big one for us, but we do have a few little squeaks during the week too".

Lady Aurelia wins King's Stand Stakes

Royal Ascot

15:40 result

1 Lady Aurelia 7-2

2 Profitable 14-1

3 Marsha 11-4 Fav

17 ran

Also: 16-1 Muthmir 4th

Frankie missing for Lady's day

Lady Aurelia will have to do without the company of jockey Frankie Dettori in the King's Stand Stakes (15:40 BST).

Injured Dettori misses the meeting and will be replaced on last year's Queen Mary Stakes winner by John Valezquez.

You can check out the full line-up on the BBC Sport website.

Lady Aurelia pictured outside Ascot racecourse in the build-up to the Royal meeting
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Cox: We have more champions to come

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Royal Ascot 2016 was a special one for trainer Clive Cox.

His horse Profitable took the King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day and then 24 hours later My Dream Boat came home in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

A special 48 hours, underlining his incredible 42% strike-rate in the royal meeting’s Group Ones since 2010.

Cox and Kirby
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Cox and jockey Adam Kirby won two races in two days last year

Profitable will hope to defend his King's Stand Stakes title today, while My Dream Boat could pick up another victory on Saturday.

But the Berkshire-based trainer isn't relying on his big guns.

"We've got some nice ones coming along behind as well, among those would be Harry Angel and 'Tis Marvellous.

"We've got 100 horses here on the go, so I hope there's a few more stars among them".

Another course record at Ascot

Two races, two course records. The quick going saw Rajasinghe break the course record for two-year-olds in the Coventry Stakes.

Jockey Stevie Donohoe, riding for trainer Richard Spencer, got the best of a photo finish from runner-up Headway.

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Rajasinghe (nearest) wins the Coventry Stakes at Ascot
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Rajasinghe wins Coventry Stakes

Royal Ascot

15:05 result

1 Rajasinghe 11-1

2 Headway 33-1

3 Murillo 8-1

18 ran

Also: 4-1 Fav Brother Bear 4th

Going change at Royal Ascot

The ground conditions have changed at Ascot - with the going now described as Good to Firm (from Good to Firm, Good in places earlier).

In other words, it is very fast, as judged by Ribchester breaking the course record in the first race.

Ribchester wins the opening race of Royal Ascot

We have our first winner of the week, in the Queen Anne Stakes, and it's Ribchester.

In a course record time, too.

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Harrington eyes Ascot triumph

After a stellar year in jump racing, Irish trainer Jessica Harrington looks to make a mark at the big flat racing meeting.

Harrington won the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Sizing John and followed up with Our Duke in the Irish Grand National.

She saddles Brother Bear, who comes into the race on the back of wins at Leopardstown and the Curragh, in the Coventry Stakes for two-year-olds (15:05 BST).

You can check out the racecard on the BBC Sport website.

Jessica Harrington with jockey Robbie Power after Cheltenham Gold Cup win
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A palette of cream, white and green for Royal Family at Royal Ascot

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The pale palette of dresses chosen by the Royal Family for the opening day of Royal Ascot made a delicate background to the Queen's choice of vibrant green.

The Duchess of Cambridge chose a white dress with lace flowers for her second Royal Ascot.

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The high necked dress was teamed with a small veiled hat with floral detail, and hair swept up to reveal pearl earrings.

Princess Beatrice also chose a pale cream dress, embellished with pink jewelled patterns and a pink floral hat.

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a dramatic pearl choker with a hat adorned with large feathers.

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Prince Charles and Camilla
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Princess Beatrice and Eugenie
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Ascot opener goes to Godolphin

Favourite Ribchester, ridden by William Buick for trainer Richard Fahey, gave owners Godolphin the opening win of the 2017 Royal Ascot meeting.

The 11-10 chance won the Queen Anne Stakes in a course record for the straight mile - 40 years to the day since Godolphin chief Sheikh Mohammed celebrated his first winner as an owner.

It brought a much-needed lift for his team, which saw chief executive John Ferguson step down recently after a deterioration in relations with trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Michelle Payne, the only female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, was fifth of the 16 runners on 66-1 outsider Kaspersky as the rider made her Ascot debut.

Ribchester wins Queen Anne Stakes

Royal Ascot

14:30 result

1 Ribchester 11-10 fav

2 Mutakayyef 5-1

3 Deauville 12-1

16 ran

Also: 50-1 Spectre 4th

Will Radio 4 bag a winner today? Probably not

Alex Regan

BBC News Online

Royal Ascot has returned with a vengeance and with it punters are suffering in the 30C+ heat. But the gents in the Royal Enclosure aren't the only people to get hot under their over-starched collars.

Radio 4's Today Programme has once again offered its predictions for the perennial race meet. But after appalling form in predicting winners in 2016 - with only one winner - they're slowly becoming known as the Sunderland AFC of racing tips.

If you fancy losing some money, here's Radio 4's racing tips for the day:

  • 3:40 King's Stand Stakes - Marsha
  • 5:35 Windsor Castle Stakes - Elizabeth Bennett

Ascot ready for opener

Ribchester, the mount of William Buick for trainer Richard Fahey, is set to go off favourite for the opening Queen Anne Stakes (14:30 BST).

The Lockinge Stakes winner runs in the royal blue colours of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team, who also have Dutch Connection and Toscanini in the race.

Australian Michelle Payne, the only female jockey to have won the Melbourne Cup, makes her Ascot debut on outsider Kaspersky.

You can check out the full racecard here.

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Silence at Royal Ascot

The Queen has led a minute's silence at Ascot in light of the recent terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

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It's a green one!

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Ladies and gentlemen, it's a green hat, a green hat everybody.

It looks like a lime one to my eye.

The Royal Procession is a wonderful thing, as Her Majesty and the carriages make their way down the course, and now into the Parade Ring.

The Queen in a green hat
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The Queen has arrived

The Royal Procession is making its way down the racecourse now.

The Royals have been arriving this way since King George IV introduced the idea in 1825.

Queen
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This is who is in the carriages today:

Carriage one: The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York and The Lord Vestey.

Carriage two: The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York.

Carriage three: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Carriage four: Mr and Mrs Peter Phillips, Lord and Lady Fellowes.

Ascot to fall silent

Following the arrival of Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Party in the Parade Ring, a minute’s silence will be observed across the racecourse.

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History maker Payne seeks another landmark

Michelle Payne, the only female jockey to have won the Melbourne Cup, makes her Ascot debut in the opening Queen Anne Stakes (14:30 BST).

Payne is on board outsider Kapersky for trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam.

"It's been crazy since I won the Melbourne Cup, and I can hardly believe I'm about to take part at such a prestigious event," said the 31-year-old rider.

"The horse is in fantastic order, he's a quality galloper and if he's in good shape, you never know."

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Roll up, roll up, what colour hat will the Queen wear?

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Describe Britain to a foreigner.

Well, we have statistics, predictions and odds all based on what colour hat a 91-year-old will wear.

We are expecting Her Majesty to make an appearance at about 14:00 BST.

Queens adds
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The bookies have got blue as the favourite this year