ROYAL ASCOT: day-by-day review and horses to follow

Ribchester, ridden by William Buick, who got Royal Ascot off to a flying start by winning the Queen Anne Stakes in course-record time.
Ribchester, ridden by William Buick, who got Royal Ascot off to a flying start by winning the Queen Anne Stakes in course-record time.

A total of 293,791 people flocked through the gates of Royal Ascot last week, mixing top-class racing with all the glamour and glitz of one of the social occasions of the year.

Leaving aside the pomp and pageantry, the fashion and tradition, here is my take on the week’s racing with a potted day-by-day review, plus a collection of horses to follow.