🏇 Ascot Racecourse is the place to be this afternoon for the Betfair Ascot Chase Raceday. Stars from the world of National Hunt racing will be in action and tickets are available.
👀 ASCOT RACECOURSE STATEMENT ON FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY: “Due to the forecast strong winds and heavy rainfall, a precautionary inspection will be held at 8am on Saturday to determine if it is safe for racing to go ahead at that time.” Checking the Ascot Twitter feed on Saturday morning for the latest news is recommended.
With a competitive Grade 1 race at the fore, the Betfair Ascot Chase Raceday is one of the most important Jumps fixtures on the Ascot calendar with seven races on the card.
The Grade 1 Betfair Ascot Chase raced over two miles and five furlongs stands out as one of the season’s most prestigious races. And it has a roll or honour to match its reputation including Kauto Star, Monet’s Garden and Cue Card. Current superstar Cyrname, a mightily impressive winner of the race in 2019, is set to defend his crown this year.
As well as featuring some big prizes in its own right, the ever competitive card provides horses and connections with a chance to fine-tune their preparations for the Cheltenham Festival. Racegoers have the opportunity to see established names, as well as some potential stars of the future.
During the day, visitors can enjoy live music in the Grandstand from Swing Blue. And following racing, King Edward VII Enclosure ticket holders will be able to enjoy the Final Furlong Cheltenham Preview in association with the Betfair Exchange. Experts including Final Furlong Podcast presenter Emmet Kennedy and champion trainer Paul Nicholls will discuss the big races coming up at Jumps racing’s biggest event.
Racegoers will also be able to meet Cue Card at his stable on the course. The Ascot Chase winner – who retired from jumps action in 2018 – is being retrained by rider and producer Kate Jerram Hunnable for a new career in the showing ring. The “meet the racecourse” event is in conjunction with Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) and will enable visitors to learn more about what Cue Card’s career after racing entails.
(Preview courtesy of the Ascot Racecourse website).
🗝️ Gates open at 10.45am.
🏇 First race at 1.15pm.
🏇 Last race at 4.45pm.
🎟️ Tickets in advance advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🎟️ Tickets on the day at Ascot Racecourse are available. Under 18s (maximum of 4) are free when accompanied by an adult.
🚊🚗 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.