After her brave performances at the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National meeting back in March and April, Rachael Blackmore focuses her attention on the flat after being booked in to ride at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old will be on board Emmet Mullins’ Cape Gentleman, who is a current 9/1 shot for the Ascot Stakes over 2m4f.
The gelding has shown his versatility over both codes, winning the Irish Cesarewitch on only his second start under his new trainer before claiming Grade 2 honours in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton back in February.
The five-year-old will be partnered up with Blackmore for the first time on Tuesday afternoon and will compete against fellow National Hunt runners M C Muldoon and Rayapour, who hail from Willie Mullins’ yard.
Blackmore is stable jockey for Henry De Bromhead, who also has a shock entry at the five-day meeting.
The Irish trainer has landed the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National this year and he hopes to top that off with a Group 1 success at Royal Ascot.
Connections of Flirting Bridge paid the £30,000 fee to supplement him into the Coronation Stakes, which he is priced up as a 25/1 chance.
It would be the icing on the cake if either of these National Hunt star were able to land success at the biggest racing festival of the Summer.