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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.

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

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. 

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2020 Royal Ascot

The 2020 Royal Ascot meeting takes place from Tuesday 16 June to Saturday 20 June. It will be a very different Royal Ascot this year with the event being held behind closed doors. The usual pagaentry with the Queen traveling down the course each day before racing begins won't be taking place. At least we won't have to endure the endless chats about fashion. 

The actual racing will also have a slightly different feel to it. Royal Ascot traditionally takes place after both the Derby and Oaks have taken place. Not so this year with the flat racing season having only begun at the start of this month. The 1000 and 2000 Guineas have both been held but most of the horses running this week will be having their first run of the season.

Group 1 Races at Royal Ascot

Saturday 20 June

1.50 Coronation Stakes

A rather open six furlong fillies race to try and work out. An each-way bet on Lauded is the tip for this race. She made a comfortable winning debut earlier this month and looks a filly to follow.

3.00 St James's Palace Stakes

An intriguing race that could see a rematch between Winchita and Pintubo. The pair met in the 2000 Guineas with the former taking the race and his rivals unbeaten record. Can Pintubo regain his top form? Go for Winchita to win again after his fine performance in that classic.

3.35 Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Space Blues is the tip for this open affair. He's won a couple of listed races for trainer Charlie Appelby including one earlier this month. Should come on a bit for that run and can be backed each-way.

 

2019 Royal Ascot

This took place from Tuesday June 18 to Saturday June 22. Here's a look at the Group 1 races that are due to take place over the coming days with the current favourites.

2019 Royal Ascot - Group 1 Race Winners

Tuesday June 18

The Queen Anne Stakes - Lord Glitters (14/1) 

The King's Stand Stakes - Blue Point (5/2)

The St James's Palace Stakes - Circus Maximus (10/1)

Wednesday June 19

The Prince of Wales's Stakes - Crystal Ocean (3/1)

Thursday June 20

The Gold Cup - Stradivarius (evens)

Friday June 21

The Commonwealth Cup - Advertise (8/1)

The Coronation Stakes - Watch Me (20/1)

Saturday June 22

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes - Blue Point 6/4

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 2010-19

Year - Horse - Trainer - Jockey - SP

2019 - Lord Glitters - David O'Meara - Daniel Tudhope - 14/1

2018 - Without Parole - John Gosden - Frankie Dettori - 9/4F

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

 

Prince of Wales’s Stakes Winners 2010-19

Year - Horse - Trainer - Jockey - SP 

2019 - Crystal Ocean - Sir Michael Stoute - Frankie Dettori 3/1

2018 - Poet's Word - Sir Michael Stoute - James Doyle 11/2

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

 

Gold Cup Winners 2009-18

Year - Horse - Trainer - Jockey - SP 

2019 - Stradivarius - John Gosden - Frankie Dettori - Evens F

2018 - Stradivarius - John Gosden - Frankie Dettori - 7/4 F

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

 

Coronation Stakes Winners 2009-18

Year - Horse - Trainer - Jockey - SP 

2019 - Watch Me - F H Graffard - P Boudot - 20/1

2018 - Alpha Centauri - Jessica Harrington - Colm O'Donoghue 11/4F

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

 

Diamond Jubilee Stakes Winners 2009-18

Year - Horse - Trainer - Jockey - SP 

2019 - Blue Point - Charlie Appelby - James Doyle - 6/4

2018 - Merchant Navy - Aidan O'Brien - Ryan Moore 4/1

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, but not in 2020 but you can bet Her Majesty will be watching on telly.
  • 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 2009-18

Year - Jockey - Wins

2018 - Ryan Moore - 5

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

 

Leading Trainer 2009-18

Year - Trainer - Wins

2018 - Aidan O'Brien - 4

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

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