Wednesday May 30, 2018
Tuesday 19th June – mark that date in your calendar if you haven’t already done so. That is the opening day at the 2018 Royal Ascot, which runs until Saturday 23rd, with five packed days of racing to look forward to.
The first day gets things off to a racing start, with three Group One races alongside others. The Queen Anne Stakes is a great place to begin, thanks to it name-checking the event’s founder. Day two is known to be a more relaxed affair, before we head into Thursday’s Gold Cup event – an event known even by those who don’t regularly watch horse racing. Indeed, the Gold Cup has taken place for over 200 years, and the origins of today’s Royal Ascot event can be traced back to this race.
If you decide to attend on Friday, you can expect to witness the Coronation Stakes. This dates to 1840, with many runners and riders achieving success in the intervening years. Who do you think might win the race this year, and will you back the right horse when you place a bet or two?
Royal Ascot then comes to a dramatic close on Saturday 23rd June, when the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes take place. This is just one headlining race on the final day, but there are others too, such as the Queen Alexandra Stakes.
Whether you are attending this year’s Royal Ascot or not, there are plenty of flutters to be made if you are feeling confident. Keep an eye on the racing information as we approach the big event. The Gold Cup was won by Big Orange last year, ridden by James Doyle and trained by Michael Bell. Who will succeed this year?
Watch out too for the many races associated with the Royal family. The St James’ Palace Stakes take place on Tuesday, while the Sandringham Stakes are decided on the Wednesday. Thursday isn’t just home to the Gold Cup; this is also the day the Hampton Court Stakes are run. As you can see, there are many races inspired by the royals in some way. Will you make a lucky wager on one or more of them this year?