🏇 They’re under starters orders for the Betfair Ascot Chase Raceday a highlight of the National Hunt season with £350,000 in prize money to be won. Tickets available now.
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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. That’s followed by the Swinley Chase at 2.25pm (also a Class 1, Grade 2 race), followed by the big race of the day – the Ascot Chase – due off at 3.35pm.
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 with previous winners including Monet’s Garden, Cue Card and all-time great Kauto Star.
Last year’s race was won by the popular 4/1 shot Dashel Drasher, ridden by Matt Griffiths. The eight-year-old saw off a number of quality rivals including the highly-fancied Cyrname. Expect this year’s edition to attract some of the best jump horses in training with the famous trophy at stake, not to mention a prize pot that has been increased from £100,000 to £150,000.
🗝️ Gates open for Ascot Chase Raceday 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.
🎟️ Tickets in advance for Ascot Chase Day are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link. Under 18s (maximum of 4) go free in the Queen Anne and King Edward VII enclosures when accompanied by an adult.
🎟️ Tickets on the day are subject to availability. Checking the Ascot Racecourse Facebook page before travelling is recommended.
🚊🚗 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.
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.