Ascot gets into festive spirit

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Ascot takes another step towards shedding its elitist image tomorrow when it stages its first Sunday meeting and attempts to lure a family audience with a helicopter display, funfair rides and a treasure trail.

A greater attraction for serious racing followers is the chance to see America's leading jockey, Corey Nakatani, on his British debut. He partners Cool Jazz for Clive Brittain in the Diadem Stakes.

The 24-year-old tops the US jockeys' table with over 250 winners and the largest prize-money haul and has already been in action in France and Sweden on a European tour.

Hamilton's Sunday card is distinguished by Vindaloo, who tries to make a record by winning his 10th handicap this term.