Thursday, 7 June 2012

Stars Of Sport, Stage And Screen To Present Trophies At Royal Ascot 2012

Famous names from the world of sport and entertainment will join members of the Royal Family and racing fraternity in presenting trophies to winning owners during Royal Ascot, which this year runs from 19th to 23rd June.

Fittingly, in this Olympic year, sporting greats such as Sir Roger Bannister, Sally Gunnell, Colin Jackson and Sir Steve Redgrave will all be presenting, along with Formula 1 driver, Jenson Button; golfer, Lee Westwood; Wimbledon Ladies Singles Champion, Virginia Wade and cricket commentator Henry Blofeld.

Notable faces from the entertainment world, Katherine Jenkins, Michael McIntyre, Robson Green, David Walliams and Lara Stone, will also be presenting trophies during the week, together with Edward Parker, the co-founder of Walking with the Wounded.  This UK charity funds both the retraining and re-education of wounded servicemen and women and stages extreme expeditions to illustrate the extraordinary determination and courage of our injured.

“We are delighted to have such a wonderful wealth of iconic British figures with us to present trophies to our winning owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff,” said Charles Barnett, Chief Executive of Ascot Racecourse.

“It is particularly exciting, in this very special Olympic year, to welcome a number of sporting favourites to the meeting.”

For the full list of Trophy Presenters please see below:

1st Day

2.30pm: The Queen Anne Stakes Mr Lee Westwood OBE (Professional golfer and former world number one)

4.25pm: The Coventry Stakes Miss Sally Gunnell OBE (Olympic 400m hurdles gold medal winner)

5.00pm: The Ascot Stakes Mr Henry Blofeld (Cricket commentator and author)

2nd Day

2.30pm The Jersey Stakes Mr Jenson Button MBE (Winner of 13 Formula 1 Grand Prix)

3.05pm The Windsor Forest Stakes Mr Colin Jackson CBE (Twice world champion 110m hurdler)

5.00pm The Queen Mary Stakes Mr Edward Parker (Co-Founder of UK charity, Walking with the Wounded)

5.35pm The Sandringham Stakes Mr Robson Green (Actor, singer and presenter)

3rd Day

2.30pm The Norfolk Stakes Miss Katherine Jenkins (Brit award-winnning mezzo-soprano)

3.05pm The Ribblesdale Stakes Sir Steve Redgrave CBE (Five times Olympic gold medal-winning rower)

4.25pm The Britannia Stakes Sir Roger Bannister CBE (Ran the first sub four minute mile)

5.00pm The Tercentenary Stakes Miss Virginia Wade OBE (Wimbledon Ladies Singles Champion in Silver Jubilee Year)

4th Day

3.05pm The King Edward VII Stakes Mr David Walliams & Lara Stone (Comedian and charity swimmer accompanied by his wife, model, Lara Stone.)

5th Day

2.30pm The Chesham Stakes Mr Michael McIntyre (Stand-up comedian and judge on Britain's Got Talent)

Further Information:        

Nick Smith, Head of Communications, 01344 878524 / 07771 791449
Karen Smith, PR Manager, 01344 878430 / 07717 851566

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