It’s that time of the year already! Royal Ascot is here... We’ve got some hot tips just for you. So, sit back and enjoy the five biggest days on the horse racing calendar. With the top horses and riders gathering at Ascot, we’re going to be in for a treat with this festival of racing! Punters will get to watch 30 races over five days at this lavish event.
It all kicks off today - Thursday 18th June at 2.30 with the Queen Anne Stakes. The Queen has always attended Royal Ascot each year. Before each race day, she will arrive in a horse drawn carriage. The race dates back to 1911 and is always a high point in the racing world. Over 300,000 people are expected at Royal Ascot over the five days. The prize money at this year’s Ascot is expected to reach up to £7.3 Million, making each race worth £90,000 to the winners.
The big race that everyone is waiting for is the Gold Cup. This race began in 1807, and the cup is presented to the winning jockey by the Queen. Fun Fact: The Queen was the first ruling monarch to win the Gold cup, when Estimate, a horse owned by her, won the Gold Cup in 2013! The Gold Cup takes place at 4.20pm on Thursday, 20th June.
If you’re thinking of heading to Royal Ascot don’t forget about the dress code - you’d better dress to impress. Think about wearing formal attire; this is a must for the Royal Enclosure. Gents must wear a tie and waistcoat, and a top hat with black shoes. Ladies have to come wearing a dress or skirt that fall just above the knee or longer and a formal hat.
Watch out for Stradivarius in the Gold Cup; he’s on for his third win in his row at Royal Ascot. Phoenix of Spain is also one to keep an eye out for - he’s running in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Ten Sovereigns is worth having a flutter on as he’s going to be running in the Commonwealth Cup.
Royal Ascot certainly has something for everyone. Whether it’s the regal tone of the Royal Enclosure, or the excitement of the races, or just having a cheeky bet. We think that you will enjoy this feast of racing!