Royal Ascot 2018

Royal Ascot is the most prestigious Flat race meeting in the world. It is as much a social gathering as a racing occasion but the action on the course is of the highest quality. The meeting comprises five days of Group action and some of the most competitive handicaps of the season. On each day the feature takes place at 4.20pm and you can read comprehensive Royal Ascot previews.  

Horses from around Europe and further afield are attracted by superb prize money and the history of the occasion. Ascot racecourse is owned by the Queen and the reigning monarch attends all five days. Royal Ascot combines the best racing of the Flat season with the spectacle of the best fashion for both men and women. It’s the Flat equivalent of the Cheltenham Festival with the added element of the Royal patronage. Bookmakers are offering plenty of free bets for the Flat meeting that matters most.

It's one of the highlights of the Flat racing season, it may not include any of the Classics but for five days it's jam packed with Group One races. It's not just the best of British horses that take part, horses from all over the world travel to Ascot looking to win big races and further establish themselves as some of the best in the world. This year's Royal Ascot takes place from Tuesday June 19th to Saturday June 23rd.

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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. 

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 

Day 1 Tuesday June 19th

Time - Race - Prize Money - Distance 

2.30pm - Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) - £600,000 - 1 mile

3.05pm - Coventry Stakes (Group 2) - £150,000 - 6 furlongs

3.40pm - King’s Stand Stakes (Group 2) - £400,000 - 5 furlongs

4.20pm - St James Palace Stakes (Group 1) - £400,000 - 1 mile

5.00pm - Ascot Stakes (Handicap) - £90,000 - 2 miles four furlongs

5.35pm - Wolferton Rated Stakes - £100,000 - 1 mile 2 furlongs

St James’s Palace Stakes Winners Over The Last 10 Years

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

Trends 

  • Aidan O’Brien is the leading all-time trainer with 7 wins
  • All his three winners in the last 10 years started odds-on
  • Six outright favourites have won since 2008
  • The average SP of the winner in this spell is 3/1
  • Johnny Murtagh and Michael Kinane have three wins each since 2000

Day 2 Wednesday June 20th

Time - Race - Prize Money - Distance 

2.30pm - Jersey Stakes (Group 3) - £90,000 - 7 furlongs

3.05pm - Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) - £110,000 - 5 furlongs

3.40pm - Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) - £175,000 - 1 mile

4.20pm - Prince Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) - £750,000 - 1 mile 2 furlongs

5.00pm - Royal Hunt Cup (Handicap) - £175,000 - 1 mile

5.35pm - Queens Vase (Group 2) - £200,000 - 2 miles

Prince of Wales’s Stakes Winners Over The Last 10 Years

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

Trends 

  • Since 1994 the winner has been aged 4,5 or 6
  • Aidan O’Brien and Saeed bin Suroor trained 3 winners in that time
  • The last 10 winners had different jockeys
  • Five outright favourites have won since 2007
  • The average SP of the winner in this spell is 4/1

Day 3 Thursday June 21st

Time - Race - Prize Money - Distance 

2.30pm - Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) - £100,000 - 5 furlongs

3.05pm - Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) - £90,000 - 10 furlongs

3.40pm - Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) - £200,000 - 12 furlongs

4.20pm - Gold Cup (Group 1) - £400,000 - 20 furlongs

5.00pm - Britannia Stakes (Handicap) - £120,000 - 1 mile

5.35pm - King George V Stakes (Handicap) - £90,000 - 12 furlongs

Gold Cup Winners Over The Last 10 Years

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

Trends 

  • Since 1994 the winner has been aged 4,5 or 6 except Yeats and Big Orange
  • Aidan O’Brien has had 7 winners this century.
  • Ryan Moore has won the race twice in the last five years
  • Five outright favourites have won since 2008
  • The average SP of the winner in this spell is 5/1

Day 4 Friday June 22nd

Time - Race - Prize Money - Distance 

2.30pm - Albany Stakes (Group 3) - £80,000 - 6 furlongs

3.05pm - King Edwards V11 Stakes (Group 2) - £200,000 - 1 mile 4 furlongs

3.40pm - Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) - £400,000 - 6 furlongs

4.20pm - Coronation Stakes (Group 1) - £400,000 - 1 mile

5.00pm - Sandringham Stakes - (Handicap) £90,000 - 1 mile 

5.35pm - Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) - £80,000 - 1 mile 4 furlongs

Coronation Stakes Winners Over The Last 10 Years

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

Trends 

  • Only three year old fillies are eligible for the race.
  • The leading owner, trainer and jockey date back to 1936 and before.
  • Three French trained horse have obliged in the last 10 years.
  • Three outright favourites have won since 2007
  • The average SP of the winner in this spell is 11/2

Day 5 Saturday June 23rd

Time - Race - Prize Money - Distance 

2.30pm - Chesham Stakes (Listed) - £80,000 - 7 furlongs

3.05pm - Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) - £225,000 - 1 mile 4 furlongs

3.40pm - Windsor Castle Stakes (Group 2) - £90,000 - 5 furlongs

4.20pm - Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) - £600,000 - 6 furlongs

5.00pm - Wokingham Stakes (Handicap) - £175,000 - 6 furlongs

5.35pm - Queen Alexandra (Conditions) - £80,000 - 2 miles 6 furlongs

Diamond Jubilee Stakes Winners Over The Last 10 Years

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

Trends 

  • The race is open to horses aged four and older but until 2014 three-year-old were eligible
  • Only one horse older than six has won the race since 1971
  • Before 2017 seven winners weren four or five years of age
  • Two outright favourites have won the race in the last decade
  • The average price of the winner in that spell is 11/1

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 

  • Royal Ascot 2018 takes place from Tuesday June 19th to Saturday June 23rd.
  • 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 Over The Last 10 Years

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

  • Ryan Moore has been the leading jockey at Royal Ascot seven times in the last 10 years
  • In total he has ridden 45 winners at the meeting
  • Three winners has been the minimum requirement to be the leading jockey in every year since 2008.
  • The top rider has averaged 5 winners in the last decade
  • Only Frankie Dettori, Lester Piggott, Pat Eddery and Willie Carson have ridden 50 or more winners at Royal Ascot

Leading Trainer Over The Last 10 Years

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

  • Aidan O’Brien has been the leading trainer at Royal Ascot six times in the last 10 years
  • In total he has trained 60 winners at the meeting
  • The leading trainer averaged 4 winners in the last decade
  • Three winners has been the minimum requirement to be the top trainer in every year since 2008
  • Sir Henry Cecil is the all-time leading trainer with 75 wins.
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