There is nothing like Royal Ascot. A winner is something special and it is a case of the crème de la crème of racing at the Berkshire course.

While having runners and winners at the meeting is the dream, to breed a winner or placed horse is also the stuff of dreams. I met Gerard Kerin from Co Clare who bred Besharah, the daughter of Kodiac who ran third in the Queen Mary Stakes. His joy at her performance only left me wondering what he would have been like had she won. It is performances such as this that fuel small breeders to be involved in breeding horses.