Thursday June 15, 2017
Royal Ascot is almost upon us, beginning on Tuesday 20th June and culminating on Saturday 24th June. As always, Her Majesty the Queen will be in attendance. She has never missed a Royal Meeting, and four years ago, her horse won the Gold Cup. Will she be lucky again this year?
Royal Ascot provides visitors with three enclosures to choose from, enabling you to get a better look at the runners and riders, and of course, the action on the course itself. There’s the Queen Anne Enclosure, the Windsor Enclosure, and the new Village Enclosure. Each enclosure has its own character and appeal, meaning visitors have an opportunity to enjoy Royal Ascot however they wish.
Each day of the notable event provides racegoers with six opportunities to bet on their preferred horses. The races begin at 2.30pm each day, with the final race taking place at 5.35pm. This means attendees have several hours to enjoy the facilities in their preferred enclosure, before the fun begins. Then, there is time to watch the races, with a break between each one.
The Royal theme permeates through many of the events. For example, Tuesday sees the Queen Anne Stakes as the first race on the race card. This has a £600,000 prize fund. Meanwhile, the Windsor Castle Stakes round off the day over a five-furlong course. Fast-forward a day and racegoers will enjoy a programme that concludes with the Sandringham Stakes.
The Gold Cup will be the fourth race on Thursday, taking place over two and a half miles. Over the five days of the event, a total of 30 races will be contested, and even if you do not visit Royal Ascot, you can still be close to the action watching at home. You can find out the runners and riders ahead of each race, and discover the odds for them, too. What will you wager on each race this year, and will you pick any winners?
Royal Ascot is a popular highlight of the calendar among horse-racing aficionados. Visiting in person may not appeal, but if you are keen to find out more, check the odds as the date draws closer.