Royal Ascot Betting Guide
In the middle of June every year the world’s most famous flat meeting takes place at Ascot, the event has become the highlight of both the racing and social calendar for many years and continues to draw crowds of over 300,000 people over the five day festival.
Ascot racecourse was founded by Queen Anne back in 1711, the first four day meeting took place some fifty seven years later and in 1807 a race called the Gold Cup was introduced, since that time the meeting has changed very little and is attended each year by the Royal Family, hence the title Royal Ascot.
Along with all the tradition come 30 of the best thoroughbred races of the season. Royal Ascot stages 7 Group 1 races, plus 10 other Group races as well as some of the most competitive handicap races of the year. The races over the five days has something for everyone from the 5 furlong dash of the Kind Stand Stakes up to the longest race in the flat calendar, the 2m6f Queen Alexandra stakes which is traditionally the last race of the whole meeting.
Day one features three Grade 1 races, the Queen Anne Stakes over a mile, the King Stand Stakes, as already mentioned is over 5f and this race attracts sprinters from all over the world, and the St James Palace Stakes for three year olds which is also over a mile.
On the Wednesday The Prince Of Wales Stakes takes centre stage, one of the richest races of the five days and is over 10 furlongs. Half an hour later we have one of the most competitive handicaps of the year which is the Royal Hunt Cup over a straight mile, a trophy the Queen presents each year.
Onto the third day which is famously known as Ladies Day. It features the Ascot Gold Cup over a trip of 2m4f. Over the years this race has won by some of the most popular horses in training and is the longest Group race on the flat. In 2009 Yeats won the race for the fourth consecutive year, a fete never achieved in the 200 year history of the race.
The Coronation Stakes is the main race on the Friday, a Group race for fillies over a mile. We also have a couple of hotly contested handicaps on the card plus the Group 3 Queens Vase over two miles. A new race has also been added to the Friday card, the Commonwealth Cup is a race for 3yo's over 6f and is a Group 1 contest.
On the last day the Diamond Jubilee takes centre stage, the 6f trip enables horses that ran in the King Stand Stakes on the opening day to try and do the double; Choisir from Australia did just that back in 2003. The big betting heat of the week is also run on the Saturday; the Wokingham Stakes over 6f usually has a maximum field and resembles a cavalry charge. The meeting closes with the Queen Alexandra Stakes, as previously mentioned is a real stamina test.
Royal Ascot - Day 1
So there you have it, 30 races with the best flat horses in Europe plus the odd visitor from the Southern Hemisphere, all the ingredients for another exciting weeks racing and plenty of betting opportunities as we get nearer to the meeting.