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Why Royal Ascot does not want ladies invading Gold Cup day

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Royal Ascot apparently told broadcast partners Channel 4 they do not want the Gold Cup tarnished by being described as Ladies' Day.

The Queen’s horse Estimate won the Gold Cup, a four-year-old filly trained by Michael Stoute, held off a challenge by Simenon in the final furlong to win by a neck and initiate a rapturous reception for the Queen in the winner's enclosure.

The Ascot authorities said they requested Channel Four not refer to Thursday as Ladies’ Day.

Ascot are keen for it to be known as Gold Cup day and fear the Ladies’ Day moniker will detract from their most prestigious race of the week.

Ladies’ Day has been given some prominence elsewhere with Aintree holding its own Ladies' Days on the Friday before the Grand National is run.

Ascot don't want to be associated with the same image as Aintree (seen below).

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