Held for more than 3 centuries and traditionally associated with the British Royal family, Royal Ascot is a race meeting that is not only the highlight of the Flat racing season but is also for many top of the social calendar. The event lasts for five days and enforces a strict dress code for both men and women, which goes to illustrate the importance of the Royal Ascot traditions.
Along with the dress code, the Royal procession is a long-standing tradition that still runs to this day. The Queen and her guests arrive in a horse drawn carriage which makes its way down the centre of the track before racing. Racegoers pack the enclosures for picnics and champagne for as far as 500 meters from the winning post and main grandstand, to get a glimpse of The Queen and her guests.
Royal Ascot Highlight Races
Queen Anne Stakes (1 mile) – Group 1
Day 1 kicks off with the Queen Ann Stakes over 1 mile. The Queen Anne Stakes is the first of eight Group One races during the week and traditionally the Royal Ascot curtain raiser is one of the best races of the week with top class and well-established milers coming head to head at the grandest stage of all.
The King Stand (5 furlongs) – Group 1
The King Stand is our first chance to witness the top sprinters in the world go flat out from the drop of the flag to the finishing line. The race is open to 3 years old and up. So, this is a chance for us to see if the good 2-year-old sprinters of last season have trained on and how they will fare against the big boys of sprinting.
St James Palace (1mile) – Group 1
Solely open to 3-year-old colts, The St James Palace draws in the best 3-year-old colts over 1 mile to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with for the season ahead. Notable horses that won this race and went on to further glory are the mighty Frankel, Mastercraftsman and Rock Of Gibraltar. This year’s renewal is shaping up to be one of the best in recent seasons.
The Prince Of Wales (1 mile) – Group 1
The highlight of day 2 is the Prince of Wales Stakes over 1 mile where you might find last season’s Derby winner taking his chance along with placed horses from that race. They will have to be on top of their game to cope with some high class and experienced rivals. Last year we saw Poets Word turn over the banker of the week in Cracksman.
Will we see another shock this year?
The Gold Cup – (2 miles 4 furlongs) – Group 1
The highlight of day 3 and for some the week, the Ascot Gold Cup is the ultimate test for any staying horse on the flat. You might have a top class horse over 1 mile 4 furlongs but can he handle the step up to 2 miles 4 furlongs? You need a horse with talent, class and staying power, but most importantly they need to have guts and the will to win.
Other races of note are the ultra-completive Royal Hunt Cup, Commonwealth Cup, Diamond Jubilee and The King Edward VII Stakes.
Be it that you are a racing fanatic, a casual racegoer or a fan of the British Royal family, Royal Ascot has it all. From fashion, royalty, champagne and world-class racing Royal Ascot is a 5-day spectacular that is not to be missed.