Horse Racing

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes

King George Day at Ascot Racecourse can only mean one thing.  One of the biggest races on the UK Flat racing calendar – the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes – is the centrepiece of a mid-summer horse racing treat.  Gates open at 11am and tickets are available.

They’re under starters order at Ascot Racecourse with seven quality races on the card including the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.  Raced over 1 and a half miles (12 furlongs) this prestigious race has long been regarded as Europe’s premier midseason middle-distance championship race for horses of both sexes and all ages.

Some of the best racehorses in history have won the King George including Nijinsky, Shergar, Dancing Brave and Galileo and this year’s race features another horse bidding to join that rarefied company.

5-year-old mare Enable is already a superstar and arrives at Ascot fresh from her recent triumph at Sandown in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes.  The two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner – who in 2018 became the first Arc winner to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the same year – will likely start as favourite as she bids to repeat her 2017 King George win.

Enable will face fierce opposition from amongst others Prince Of Wales’s Stakes champion Crystal Ocean, the 2019 Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck and Japanese raider Cheval Grand.  If all four horses run expect a battle royale as they thunder up the finishing straight in front of the magnificent main stand at Ascot.

After the last race at 5.20pm the entertainment continues with racegoers invited to gather on the lawns surrounding Ascot’s iconic Bandstand until 8.30pm for live music from Fully Funktional followed by Dermot O’Leary who makes his DJ debut at Ascot bringing the day to a close.

The Sport of Kings at its best with a Bandstand party to follow.  Book now to be a part of the action!

Gates open at 11am ahead of the first race at 1.50pm.

Tickets in advance are available via the Get Tickets link.

Tickets on the day for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes are subject to availability.  Checking the Ascot Racecoure Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.

Travel tips

By car: Ascot is accessible from the M3, M4 and M40 and parking is available.  For details and to book visit the Ascot website.

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.