By Greg Wood It is 13 years since Godolphin last enjoyed what could be fairly described as a really good meeting at Britain’s centrepiece of Flat racing
With the Queen having commented on the “very sombre national mood” just three days before attending Royal Ascot’s opening day for the 64th year running, the results of the races at Flat racing’s most famous meeting will seem more inconsequential than ever in the wider scheme. Doubly so when it comes to the successes and failures of a bloodstock operation that can afford to fund 700 thoroughbred horses in training around the world.
A good Ascot is not Sheikh Mohammed’s primary focus at present, either. The ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates will be more concerned with the continuing diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, where the UAE is part of Saudi-led coalition imposing a blockade on Qatar. The Sheikh has ploughed more money into racing and breeding than any owner the sport has seen, but the Royal meeting is likely to offer him, at best, some light relief from events at home.
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Source:: The Guardian Sports