🏇 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.
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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 Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 June. 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. Royal Ascot tickets are on sale now.
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. Royal Ascot tickets are your gateway to the action. Choose from five days of action, all with world-class racing at their heart.
Tuesday 18 June
The stage is set for an extraordinary five days and at precisely 2pm His Majesty The King 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 contests – The Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes and St James’s Palace Stakes.
In 2022 a vintage opening day saw red hot favourite Baaeed cement his reputation as the No.1 thoroughbred in the world with victory in the Queen Anne Stakes, 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.
Wednesday 19 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 races – The Queen Mary Stakes, The Queen’s Vase and The Duke of Cambridge Stakes.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes – the joint-richest race of the week with an eye-watering total prize pot of £1,000,000 – saw the classy Mostahaf take the spoils in 2023 expertly guided by jockey Jim Crowley.
Thursday 20 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. The legendary Yeats landed a remarkable fourth victory in 2009. And who can forget Her Majesty The Queen’s filly Estimate winning in 2013.
In last year’s race Courage Mon Ami gave Frankie Dettori his ninth win in the feature race of the week. Earlier in the day Desert Hero (bred by the late Queen) was steered to victory by Tom Marquand to give King Charles III and Queen Camilla an emotional first Royal Ascot victory. Stay tuned here for our 2024 event preview.
Friday 21 June
The penultimate day features two Group 1 races. Firstly, Europe’s finest three-year-old fillies lock horns in the Coronation Stakes. Then a field of hugely exciting young sprinters contest the Commonwealth Cup. A perfect start to a memorable long weekend and it was on this day in 2019 that the crowds witnessed history in the making. Hayley Turner flying to victory on Thanks Be in The Sandringham Stakes to become the first female jockey to win at Royal Ascot since 1987.
Day four saw history made in 2023 as Tahiyra romped home in the Coronation Stakes, ridden by Chris Hayes. Tahiyra’s trainer, the legendary Dermot Weld, celebrated his 18th Royal Ascot winner an astonishing 50 years after his first!
Saturday 22 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 it’s one of the world’s greatest international sprints. Raced over 6 furlongs with a total prize pot standing at a cool £1,000,000,
33-1 outsider Naval Crown caused a surprise in 2022 scooping first prize in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes. He beat Australia’s Home Affairs and fellow star sprinters Nature Strip (also from Australia) and Golden Pal from the USA.
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.
ROYAL ASCOT TICKETS, TIMINGS & TRAVEL
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Gates open at 10.30am.
👑 Royal Procession at 2pm.
First race at 2.30pm.
Last race at 6.10pm.
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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