Christmas Racing Weekend at Ascot

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Howden Christmas Racing Weekend at Ascot – Friday 22 & Saturday 23 December

🏇 All roads lead to Berkshire for the Howden Christmas Racing Weekend at Ascot, the latest jumps fixture of the winter at this iconic Berkshire racecourse  See below for a preview and the latest ticket information.

The Christmas Racing Weekend makes a welcome return to Ascot after the 2022 edition was abandoned due a frozen course. 

DAY ONE – Friday 22 December 

A quality two-day national hunt meeting kicks off with a six-race card this afternoon at Ascot.  Expect some thrilling racing including the Grade 2 Howden Noel Novices’ Chase.  Previous winners include Simonsig and Politologue who went on to have success at the Cheltenham Festival.  A Listed Bumper rounds off a great day on the track.

DAY TWO – Saturday 23 December 

A top quality card features the Grade 1 Marsh Hurdle (registered as The Long Walk Hurdle), one of Britain’s most prestigious long-distance hurdle races.  In 2021, nine-year-old Champ, trained by Nicky Henderson, stormed to victory at 4/1 seeing off Thyme Hill and Paisley Park.

Off the track, there’s an abundance of seasonal fun for all with a range of festive entertainment set to delight racegoers of all ages.  The traditional fairground rides and candle-lit carol singing with the Ascot Brass Band remain firmly part of the weekend’s entertainment.  As is Father Christmas who will be in attendance with his reindeer.

TICKETS, TIMINGS & TRAVEL

🎟️ Tickets in advance advance for the Christmas Racing Weekend at Ascot are on sale via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.  Under 18s (maximum of 4) go free in the Queen Anne and King Edward VII enclosures on Friday and Saturday when accompanied by an adult.

🕓 Timing for Day 1 (Friday 22 December) and Day 2 (Saturday 23 December)

🗝️ Gates open at 10.45am on both days. 

🏇 First race at 12.05pm on both days. 

🏇 Last race at 3pm on both days.

🚊🚗 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.

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