Campanelle Hoping to Enjoy Platinum Jubilee in Royal Fashion:
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this year, and as a huge horse racing fan – and owner in her own right – it’s perhaps fitting that she will see in her 70th year on the throne with a fantastic summer of action.
One of the most intriguing races of the season will take place on the final day of Royal Ascot, the appropriately named Platinum Jubilee Stakes. Renamed in 2022 from the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, this is a renewal that typically crowns the best sprinter on UK soil.
Amongst the favourites for those betting on horse racing, and Royal Ascot in particular, will be Campanelle. A phenomenal sprinter whose globetrotting (pun intended) exploits have seen her win in England, France and the United States. At 5/1 in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes betting market, there will be plenty of interest in this Irish raider.
CAMPANELLE will be returning to #RoyalAscot this year to take part in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes! Will she be victorious three years in a row..? 🇺🇸— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) April 29, 2022
Here's the dramatic 2021 Commonwealth Cup win... 📹👇 pic.twitter.com/8oWyVn8LN2
As a two-year-old, she prevailed in the Queen Mary Stakes and Prix Morny. A year later, she returned to win a controversial heat of the Commonwealth Cup, where the ‘winner’, Dragon Symbol, was disqualified after colliding with Frankie Dettori’s mount on three separate occasions.
A sole run so far in 2022 yielded a win Stateside at the Keeneland track, and so all appears to be in order ahead of a return to England for the hectic summer schedule.
“Barbara Banke (owner) and her team are so excited to get Campanelle back over there [to England],” said trainer Wesley Ward. “She had a strong performance on her comeback win at Keeneland the other day. If you watch that race against some of the fastest fillies in the country, what she did was pretty impressive.”
Campanelle will hope to turn the head of another fine filly, Queen Elizabeth, when she contests the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot!
Perhaps the greatest opposition to Campanelle at Ascot could come from a horse that is untested on UK soil.
Home Affairs, who is based and races in Australia, has enjoyed plenty of success Down Under. The racehorse has enjoyed victories in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and the Lightning Stakes, which as the name attests, crowns the best sprinter in Oz. The likes of Black Caviar have taken the spoils at the Flemington Racecourse.
Intriguingly, a number of former Lightning Stakes winners have thrived at Royal Ascot. Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast have all triumphed under the watchful gaze of Her Majesty, while Black Caviar herself prevailed in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes back in 2012.
.@yarramanpark, home of I Am Invincible, congratulates the connections of Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes winner Home Affairs ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/sVSn5BvoTz— ANZ Bloodstock (@anz_news) February 22, 2022
Then there’s the Coolmore connection. The Irish breeding programme has unearthed countless winners of British Classics, and long played host to champion sires like Galileo and Danehill. Home Affairs is a blood relative of Danehill and Danzig, while sire I Am Invincible has produced over 60 different stakes winners amongst his progeny.
If the Platinum Jubilee Stakes is a celebration of blue-blooded aristocracy, Home Affairs has the pedigree and the bloodline of his own to claim glory on the most royal of occasions.