Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot Meeting - So Much More than just Horse Racing

Each day begins with members of the Royal Family with a Royal Procession in a horse-drawn carriage and the Queen's Standard being raised.

As well as hosting a collection of high-quality flat races, Royal Ascot has become one of the biggest events in the social calendar. It's a chance to dress up in top hat and tails while the female attendees wear glamorous dresses and increasingly bizarre hats. Media coverage of the fashion side of Royal Ascot has increased over the years and hits the headlines almost as much as the racing. This is especially the case on Thursday which is known as Ladies Day.

There are three enclosures attended by guests on Royal Ascot week. The most prestigious is the Royal Enclosure where there is a strictly enforced dress code, fine dining and hospitality and a selection of bars. 

Prize money at Royal Ascot has grown and grown over the years. In 2013, it reached the £5m mark for the first time. The 2019 Royal Ascot meeting takes place from June 18-22.

 

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2018 Royal Ascot - Group 1 Race Winners

Tuesday June 19

The Queen Anne Stakes - Accidental Agent 33/1

The King's Stand Stakes - Blue Point 6/1

The St James's Palace Stakes - Without Parole 9/4

Wednesday June 20

The Prince of Wales's Stakes - Poet's Word 11/2

Thursday June 21

The Gold Cup - Big Orange 5/1

Friday June 22

The Commonwealth Cup - Caravaggio 5/6

The Coronation Stakes - Winter 4/9

Saturday June 23

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes - Growl 40/1

 

How to Use Your Free Bet at Royal Ascot

With six races taking place every day, there are plenty of opportunities to use your Free Bet. These include:

  • Winner of each race
  • Straight Forecasts
  • Tricasts
  • Placepots
  • Jackpot
  • Winning Distances
  • Most Successful Jockey
  • Most Successful Trainer 

 

St James’s Palace Stakes 2008-17

Year - Horse - Trainer - Jockey - SP

2017 - Barney Roy - Richard Hannon - James Doyle - 5/2 

2016 - Galileo Gold - Hugo Palmer - Frankie Dettori - 6/1

2015 - Gleneagles - Aidan O’Brien - Ryan Moore - 8/15 F

2014 - Kingman - John Gosden - James Doyle - 8/11 F

2013 - Dawn Approach - Jim Bolger - Kevin Manning - 5/4 F

2012 - Most Improved - Brian Meehan - Kieren Fallon - 9/1

2011 - Frankel - Sir Henry Cecil - Tom Quelley - 3/10 F

2010 - Canford Cliffs - Richard Hannon Sr - Richard Hughes - 11/4 JF

2009 - Mastecraftsman - Aidan O’Brien - Johnny Murtagh - 5/6 F

2008 - Henrythenavigator - Aidan O’Brien - Johnny Murtagh - 4/7 F

 

Prince of Wales’s Stakes Winners 2008-17

Year - Horse - Trainer - Jockey - SP 

2017 - Highland Reel - Aidan O'Brien - Ryan Moore - 9/4  

2016 - My Dream Boat - Clive Cox - Adam Kirby - 16/1

2015 - Free Eagle - Dermot Weld - Pat Smullen - 5/2 F

2014 - The Fugue - John Gosden - William Buick - 11/2

2013 - Al Kazeem - Roger Charlton - James Doyle - 11/4

2012 - So You Think - Aidan O’Brien - Joseph O’Brien - 4/5 F

2011 - Rewilding - Mahmood Al Zarooni Frankie Dettori - 17/2

2010 - Byword - Andre Fabre - Maxime Guyon - 5/2 F

2009 - Vision D’etat - Eric Libaud - Oliver Peslier - 4/1

2008 - Duke Of Marmalade - Aidan O’Brien - Johnny Murtagh - Evens F

 

Gold Cup Winners 2008-17

Year - Horse - Trainer - Jockey - SP 

2017 - Big Orange - Michael Bell - James Doyle - 5/1 

2016 - Order of St George - Aidan O’Brien - Ryan Moore - 10/11 F

2015 - Trip To Paris - Ed Dunlop - Graham Lee - 12/1

2014 -  Leading Light - Aidan O’Brien - Joseph O’Brien - 10/11 F

2013 -  Estimate - Sir Michael Stoute - Ryan Moore - 7/2

2012 - Colour Vision - Saeed bin Suroor - Frankie Dettori - 6/1

2011 - Fame And Glory - Aidan O’Brien - Jamie Spencer - 11/8 F

2010 - Rite Of Passage - Dermot Weld - Pat Smullen - 20/1

2009 - Yeats - Aidan O’Brien - Johnny Murtagh - 6/4 F

2008 - Yeats - Aidan O’Brien - Johnny Murtagh - 11/8 F

 

Coronation Stakes Winners 2008-17

Year - Horse - Trainer - Jockey - SP 

2017 - Winter - Aidan O'Brien - Ryan Moore - 4/9 F 

2016 - Qemah - Jean Claude Rouget - Gregory Benoist - 6/1

2015 - Ervedya - Jean Claude Rouget - Christophe Soumillion - 3/1

2014 - Rizeena - Clive Brittain - Ryan Moore - 11/2

2013 - Sky Lantern - Richard Hannon Sr - Richard Hughes - 9/2 F

2012 - Fallen For You - John Gosden - William Buick - 12/1

2011 - Immortal Verse - Robert Collet - Gerald Mosse - 8/1

2010 - Lillie Langtry - Aidan O’Brien - Johnny Murtagh - 7/2 F

2009 - Ghanatti - Barry Hills - Richard Hills - 2/1 F

2008 - Lush Lashes - Jim Bolger - Kevin Manning - 5/1

 

Diamond Jubilee Stakes Winners 2008-17

Year - Horse - Trainer - Jockey - SP 

2017 - The Tin Man - James Fanshawe - Tom Quelley - 9/2

2016 - Twilight Son - Henry Candy - Ryan Moore - 7/2

2015 - Undrafted - Wesley Ward - Frankie Dettori - 14/1

2014 - Slade Power - Eddie Lynam - Wayne Lourdan - 7/2 F

2013 - Lethal Force - Clive Cox - Adam Kirby - 11/1

2012 - Black Caviar - Peter Moody - Luke Nolan - 1/6 F

2011 - Society Rock - James Fanshawe - Pat Cosgrave - 25/1

2010 - Starspangledbanner - Aidan O’Brien - Johnny Murtagh - 13/2

2009 - Art Connoisseur - Michael Bell - Tom Quelley - 20/1

2008 - Kingsgate Native - Jim Best - Seb Saunders - 33/1

Course Description 

Ascot is a dual purpose track which means it stages National Hunt and Flat racing. The Royal meeting is run on the Flat. The course is right handed and triangular in shape and one and a half miles in length. The round course runs uphill from Swinley Bottom which is the lowest point on the course. The Old Mile course has a separate start while the straight course ends with a slight rise over the final three furlongs. Overall, Ascot is a galloping track with easy turns.  

Facts And Figures 

  • The Queen attends each day of the meeting.  
  • The occasion consists of 30 races over five days and there are 6 races on each card.
  • By crowd numbers Royal Ascot is Britain’s most popular meeting attracting  about 300,000 race goers over the five days.
  • It is the most valuable race meeting in Britain, offering prize money of £5.5 million.
  • The programme includes eight Group One races and 18 Group races in total.
  • The meeting is watched on television in more than 200 countries.

History of Royal Ascot

In 1711 Queen Anne was out horse riding when she came across a section of open heath, close to Windsor Castle. The Queen felt that this would be an ideal area for horses to gallop on and it went on to become Ascot racecourse with the first meeting taking place on August 11, 1711. The first race held was Her Majesty's Plate but rather than top racehorses taking part it was contested by hunters. racing over a distance of four miles, it's not known who the first winner was.  To this very day the Queen Anne Stakes is held each year in memory of the monarch who founded the course.

The first four day meeting was held in 1768 with the Ascot Gold Cup first taking place in 1807. In 1813 Parliament passed an Act of Enclosure ensuring that the land would be used as a racecourse for the public. Until 1939 Royal Ascot was the only race meeting held on the course.

The Queen traditionally presents the Gold Cup, the Royal Hunt Cup and The Queen's Vase.

Leading Jockey 2008-17

Year - Jockey - Wins

2017 - Ryan Moore - 6

2016 - Ryan Moore - 3

2015 - Ryan Moore - 9

2014 - Ryan Moore - 6

2013 - Johnny Murtagh - 4

2012 - Ryan Moore - 5

2011 - Ryan Moore - 3         

2010 - Ryan Moore - 4         

2009 - Johnny Murtagh - 4

2008 - Johnny Murtagh - 6

Leading Trainer 2008-17

Year - Trainer - Wins

2017 - Aidan O'Brien - 6

2016 - Aidan O’Brien - 7

2015 - Aidan O’Brien - 5

2014 - Sir Michael Stoute -4    

2013 - Aidan O’Brien - 4

2012 - John Gosden - 5

2011 - Aidan O’Brien - 4

2010 - Richard Hannon - 3

2009 - Barry Hills - 3

2008 - Aidan O’Brien - 6.

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