🏇 They’re under starters orders at Ascot for the Betfair Ascot Chase Raceday, a highlight of the National Hunt season with over £400,000 in prize money to be won.
NEWSFLASH: The 2024 Ascot Chase Raceday is a wrap! Check out our HORSE RACING section here for more events coming up in or around London.
CONGRATULATIONS to Pic D’orhy who, with jockey Harry Cobden on board, put in a superb front-running performance to win the Ascot Chase at odds of 13-8 . The pre-race favourite L’Homme Presse allowed a big gap to open up at the start which he could never close. In the Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase Henry’s Friend was a 13-2 winner. The Irish Raider came out on top by a head after a thrilling battle with Kilbeg King. Stay tuned here for Ascot Chase Raceday 2025 ticket news!
2024 EVENT PREVIEW
Ascot Racecourse is the place to be this afternoon for a classy seven-race Ascot Chase Raceday card that will see a multitude of top horses, jockeys and trainders descend on the famous Berkshire course.
Racing gets underway from 1.15pm with the first of three Class 1 races at 1.50pm, the Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase taking place over three miles. The Swinley Handicap Steeple Chase at 3pm is the second Class 1 race of the day and has a prize pot of £100,000. Then all eyes will be on the feature race of the day, the Ascot Chase, which is due off at 3.35pm.
ASCOT CHASE PREVIEW
A Class 1, Grade 1 (i.e featuring the best of the best in jump racing) showdown, the Ascot Chase is one of the most prestigious races on the National Hunt calendar. It has a roll of honour to match its reputation. Previous winners include Monet’s Garden, Cue Card and all-time great Kauto Star.
Last year’s Ascot Chase was won by star chaser Shiskin, ridden by Nico de Boinville. They followed in the hoofsteps of 2022 winner, Ireland’s Fakir D’Oudairies, ridden by Mark Walsh. This year’s edition of the race is set to feature a field of four. Led by Cheltenham Gold Cup hopeful L’Homme Presse. The nine-year old faces some stiff competition from last year’s runner-up Pic D’Orhy and two other quality horses in the shape of Ahoy Senor and Sail Away.
It promises a memorable renewal of the race with some of the best jump horses in training taking part. The famous trophy is at stake, not to mention a share of the prize pot standing at a cool £175,000.
TICKETS, TIMINGS & TRAVEL
🎟️ Tickets in advance for Ascot Chase Raceday are off sale. Under 18s (maximum of 4) go free in the Queen Anne and King Edward VII enclosures when accompanied by an adult.
🗝️ Gates open at 10.45am.
🏇 First race off at 1.15pm.
🏆 Feature race of the day the Ascot Chase is at 3.35pm.
🏇 Last race at 4.45pm.
🚊🚗 Travel tips. By train: South West Trains runs a frequent service to Ascot from both Reading, Guildford and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 52 minutes from Waterloo. The railway station is a seven-minute walk from the racecourse. Plan your journey using the Transport for London website.
By car: Ascot is accessible from the M3, M4 and M40 and free parking is available during the jumps season. For directions visit the Ascot website.