Royal Ascot

Horse Racing

The Royal Ascot Meeting ~ Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 June

🏇 Royal Ascot can only mean one thing.  They’re under starter’s order at Ascot Racecourse for one of the most anticipated events on the British summer’s sporting and social calendar.  See below for the latest ticket information. 

NEWSFLASH: CONGRATULATIONS to all the 2022 Royal Ascot winners!  A memorable five days of action included no less than eight Group One races.  Baaeed cemented his reputation as the No.1 thoroughbred in the world with victory in the Queen Anne Stakes on the opening day, while Australia’s Nature Strip came out on top in the battle of the world’s best sprinters in the King’s Stand Stakes seeing off USA favourite Golden Pal.  Coroebus added the St James’s Palace Stakes to his 2,000 Guineas truimph.  On day two State Of Rest was a brilliant winner of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.  Stradivarius, with Frankie Dettori on board, was denied a record-equalling fourth Gold Cup triumph on the Thursday as Kyprios – ridden by Ryan Moore who was crowned top jockey at Royal Ascot week for the ninth time – took the spoils in the feature race of the week.  Day four saw Frankie Dettori bounce back as Inspiral romped home in the Coronation Stakes, while French connections were smiling when Christophe Soumillon guided Perfect Power to a second Royal Ascot victory in the Commonwealth Cup.  33-1 outsider Naval Crown won the Platinum Jubilee Stakes on the final day of the meeting.  Stay tuned here for news of Royal Ascot in 2023 as soon as published.

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Photo: Ascot Racecourse

2022 MEETING PREVIEW

Horse racing drama at its best returns to Berkshire as Royal Ascot presents a spellbinding explosion of the senses, featuring an all-star cast and world-class racing from 14-18 June 2022.

With a history as rich as it is long, Royal Ascot sits proudly as the jewel in the crown of the British social season.  Five days of unparalleled horse racing, (see below for a daily rundown), fine dining  and pageantry await with prices starting from as little as £29 per person.

There will also be more a little more space on the course in 2022.  As part of Royal Ascot’s long term ambition and following feedback from racegoers attending the smaller scale meeting in 2021, capacity numbers this year are reduced across the Royal Enclosure, Queen Anne Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure for all five days of the Royal Meeting. 

A centrepiece of the summer sporting calendar, horse racing at Royal Ascot is like no other.  Eight Group One races (the best of the best) take place in all.  Choose from five days of action, all with world-class racing at their heart:-

TUESDAY 14 JUNE – The stage is set for an extraordinary five days and at precisely 2pm Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family arrive in a magnificent procession ahead of an afternoon’s world-class racing.  For the racing purist, this is undeniably the most unmissable day of the whole week, and is spearheaded by three Group 1 contestsThe Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes and St James’s Palace Stakes

The red hot favourite for the Queen Anne Stakes (raced over a mile and open to horses aged four years and older) is Baaeed.  William Haggas’ unbeaten colt, ranked No.1 thoroughbred in the world and on course for superstar status, will be looking to make it eight wins in a row.  Meanwhile the King’s Stand Stakes is shaping up to be a classic with two of the world’s highest rated sprinters – Australia’s Nature Strip and Golden Pal from the USA both confirmed for the race.  And bringing up a hat-trick of mouthwatering races on the opening day Coroebus and Native Trail – the English and Irish 2000 Guineas winners respectively – go head-to-head in the St James Palace Stakes.

WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE – Whether strolling around the pristine lawns or enjoying a leisurely afternoon tea, those in the know adore this day – one that is both relaxed off the track and intense on it.  The racing highlight of a competitive card is the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes.  In addition the card also features three Group 2 racesThe Queen Mary Stakes, The Queen’s Vase and The Duke of Cambridge Stakes. 

In the Prince of Wales’s Stakes – the joint-richest race of the week with an eye-watering total prize pot of £1,000,000 –  Brigadier Gerard Stakes winner Bay Bridge moves up in class to take on multiple Group One winner State of Rest and Japanese favourite Shahryar over 10 furlongs.

THURSDAY 16 JUNE – The historic Group 1 Gold Cup is the most prestigious long-distance prize of the British Flat season.  The race has provided some of Royal Ascot’s greatest moments in history including the legendary Yeats landing a remarkable fourth victory in 2009 and Her Majesty The Queen’s filly Estimate winning in 2013.  This year staying-superstar Stradivarius – a three-time winner of the race – is slated to bid for a fourth Gold Cup in an effort to match the record of mighty Yeats.  Thursday is also a major fashion event in its own right – a glorious occasion when high fashion and millinery masterpieces take centre stage alongside Flat racing’s most elite stayers.

FRIDAY 17 JUNE – The penultimate day features two Group 1 races, as Europe’s finest three-year-old fillies lock horns in the Coronation Stakes and a field of hugely exciting young sprinters contest the Commonwealth Cup.  It’s the perfect start to a memorable long weekend and it was on this day in 2019 that the crowds witnessed history in the making as Hayley Turner flew to victory on Thanks Be in The Sandringham Stakes to become the first female jockey to win at Royal Ascot since 1987.

SATURDAY 18 JUNE – Amidst the unique whirlwind of excitement and colour that makes the Royal Meeting so special, the centrepiece of today’s racing is the Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes (formerly known as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes), one of the world’s greatest international sprints.  Raced over 6 furlongs with a total prize pot standing at a cool £1,000,000, Australia’s Home Affairs is favourite with fellow star sprinters Nature Strip (also from Australia) and Golden Pal from the USA likely to be in the mix.  

With a top supporting card including the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes and The Queen Alexandra Stakes, the longest race of the British Flat season, there’s plenty to enthrall racegoers and ensure that Royal Ascot comes to a glorious close.

DAILY TIMETABLE

🗝️ Gates open at 10.30am.

👑 Royal Procession at 2pm.

🏇 First race at 2.30pm.

🏇 Last race at 6.10pm.

🎟️ Tickets are currently off-sale.

🚊🚗 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.

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