Royal Ascot

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Royal Ascot is a five day festival of thoroughbred flat racing that comes with both the seal of royal approval and an extraordinarily well-tailored crowd.

Inaugurated in 1911, it is always attended by members of the Royal Family and features at least one Group 1 horse race every day.

The racing begins on Tuesday, in the third week of June, and attracts more than 300,000 punters; making it the biggest horse racing meeting in Europe.

Ascot Racecourse is located in Berkshire, just six miles from Windsor Castle. The event is a society highlight, renowned for ‘Ladies Day’, where a strict dress code is in force. Don’t forget to bring your top hat.

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Royal Ascot Races

Day 1: The Queen Anne Stakes Day

Tuesday, June 16

The Queen Anne Stakes Day at Royal Ascot gets the festival off to a flying start. It’s the first Group 1 race of the festival and is named in honour of the original founder of Ascot Racecourse: Queen Anne.

The one mile flat race starts at 1.50 pm. It has had Group 1 status since 2003. The minimum age of participating horses is four.

For any trainer, winning a Group 1 race is the apotheosis of a career. The stud value of the thoroughbred is likely to increase dramatically. The races are often referred to as Black Type races. This is because the winning horse will have its name printed in bold type, if it appears in a sales catalogue.

Start Time (GMT) Race
13:15 The Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap)
13:50 The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1)
14:25 The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)
15:00 The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
15:35 The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1)
16:10 The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2)
16:40 The Ascot Stakes (Handicap)

Day 2: The Prince of Wales’s Stakes Day

Wednesday, June 17

In 2019, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes was the top-rated flat horse race of the year. You can expect more of the same in 2020. In layman’s terms, this is a Battle Royale between the equine equivalents of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maserati, and Bugatti. This is a showcase race, featuring the best thoroughbred race horses in the world.

The other key race on Day two at Royal Ascot is the Royal Hunt Cup. This one mile flat handicap race is for horses aged three years or older. The prize is one of three perpetual trophies at the meeting, as well as the Queen’s Vase and the Gold Cup. MansionBet will have odds on this potentially thrilling race.

Start Time (GMT) Race
13:15 The Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap
13:50 The Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3)
14:25 The King George V Stakes (Handicap)
15:00 The Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1)
15:35 The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap)
16:10 The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)
16:40 The Copper Horse Stakes (Handicap)

Day 3: Gold Cup Day (Ladies’ Day)

Thursday, June 18

Officially, day three at Royal Ascot is Gold Cup Day. However, since 1823, it has been known as Ladies’ Day. This is where the punters are often paying more attention to the elegantly dressed colts and fillies in the stand than those making their way around the track.

Once you’ve got over the fashion overload, and stopped counting the top hats, you can focus on the oldest race at Royal Ascot. The Gold Cup was first run in 1807. It’s a Group 1 race for horses of four years and older, run over a lengthy two mile, four furlongs, distance; it’s a race for ‘stayers’.

Start Time (GMT) Race
13:15 The Golden Gates Stakes (Handicap)
13:50 The Wolferton Stakes (Listed)
14:25 The Jersey Stakes (Group 3)
15:00 The Chesham Stakes (Listed)
15:35 The Gold Cup (Group 1)
16:10 The Britannia Stakes (Handicap)
16:40 The Sandringham Stakes (Handicap)

Day 4: The Commonwealth Cup

Friday, June 19

The highlight of day four at Royal Ascot is the Commonwealth Cup. The race was inaugurated only in 2015 and is the third Group 1 sprint at the festival. The race is run over six furlongs and is restricted to three-year-olds. The goal: to create better opportunities for high class sprinters. Expect some closely fought racing and great betting action at MansionBet.

The other key race of the day is The Queen’s Vase. This is a Group 2 race, run over a mile and three quarters, and a real test of stamina for a three-year-old horse. You can expect to see winning horses from this race eventually competing in the Gold Cup.

Start Time (GMT) Race
13:15 The Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap)
13:50 The Albany Stakes (Group 3)
14:25 The Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)
15:00 The Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)
15:35 The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
16:10 The Queen’s Vase (Group 2)
16:40 The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)

Day 5: The Diamond Jubilee Stakes Day

Saturday, June 20

The final day at Royal Ascot comes with an amazing three Group 1 races. Known as the People’s Day, a crowd of more than 70,000 usually packs out the stand. The big race on the card is the six-furlong Diamond Jubilee Stakes. First run in 1868, since 2015 it has been a sprint for four-year-olds and upwards. The three-year-olds now compete in the Commonwealth Cup.

Other big races on day five are the St James Palace Stakes; often attracting horses that have run the English, French, and Irish 2,000 Guineas, and the Coronation Stakes; the same race but for the fillies. Whatever race you’re planning for a punt, check out the odds at MansionBet today. Thoroughbred action from a pedigree sportsbook.

Start Time (GMT) Race
12:40 The Silver Wokingham Stakes (Handicap)
13:15 The Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)
13:50 The Coronation Stakes (Group 1)
14:25 The Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
15:00 The St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1)
15:35 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
16:10 The Wokingham Stakes (Handicap)
16:40 The Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions)

Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse is more than 300 years old and one of the most important racecourses in the United Kingdom for both flat and jump racing.

Only six miles from Windsor Castle, it has close associations with the Royal Family. Not least because it was founded by Queen Anne in 1711, who declared the area “ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch”.

Every year, it hosts 13 of Britain’s 36 annual Group 1 horse races. These races are fiercely fought competitions between the best thoroughbred horses in the world.

More than 600,000 people visit Ascot every year. The right-handed course is just over one mile, six furlongs long, with a difficult 73-foot climb from the lowest point to the highest.

Enclosures and Dress Code

Royal Enclosure

Only the very elite get the chance to glimpse inside the hallowed bastion that is the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot. To get in, you need a letter of recommendation from at least two people who have been members for a minimum of four years. You then patiently await your notice of acceptance. Dress code is strict. For men: a black or grey morning dress, complete with waistcoat and top-hat. For ladies: a formal dress; nothing strapless, above the knee or longer. Compulsory hat with a 10 cm base. No fascinators.

Queen Anne Enclosure

Not as exclusive as the Royal Enclosure but at the heart of the racing action. The Queen Anne Enclosure has its own lawns and terraces, situated on the ground floor of the main Grandstand. The surrounding lawns host bands, bars, and food concessions, as well as uncompromised views of the winning post and the final furlongs of every race. The dress code is slightly less formal. Ladies must wear a hat, headpiece, or fascinator at all times, as well as a formal dress, trouser suit, or jumpsuit. For the men, it’s a matching suit and a shirt and tie at all times; no cravats or bow ties permitted.

Village Enclosure

If you still want to lord and lady it up at Royal Ascot, but you are on a budget and you’ve spent all your royal favours, the Village Enclosure could be the perfect option. Inaugurated in 2017, there are great views of the racing as well as plenty of food and drink options. The enclosure is situated on the inside of the race track opposite the grandstand. Perfect for the younger race goer who wants to experience the Royal Ascot vibe and party at the same time. The dress code here is even more relaxed but ladies are still expected to wear a hat and dress. Gentlemen should all be wearing a suit, hat, and tie.

Heath Enclosure

If you want to dine al fresco, save your money for betting, and give all the food and drink concessions the swerve, head for the Heath Enclosure. You can bring a picnic and a bottle of champagne. There is food and drink available but the highlight is being located in the centre of Ascot Racecourse; the perfect spot to enjoy the action. Visitors are encouraged to wear smart clothes. No replica sports shirts are permitted.

Windsor Enclosure

On a beautiful sunny day, this is a great spot to do a little bit of Royal watching and cheer on the horses. Renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and hoards of happy picnickers, the Windsor Enclosure is perfect for the punter who’s a little challenged in the wardrobe department. There is no dress code but make an effort, to make the most of the day.

Private Boxes at Royal Ascot

Embrace your inner royalty with a private box at Royal Ascot. There are scores of different package deals on offer that combine world class flat horse racing with a set lunch, champagne, canapés, a private bar, and your own exclusive view of the track.

Private boxes range in capacity from 10 people right up to 72. You can choose from three different private box packages: Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The Silver Package starts at £107 per person and includes a two course buffet. The Gold package starts at £167 and includes a three-course set menu and afternoon tea. Splash out for Platinum and you get a four-course dinner, champers, afternoon tea, and a free bar.

Betting facilities are within easy reach of all the boxes.

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Royal Ascot Betting Offers/Promotions

Add a little regal sparkle to your Royal Ascot betting action with these offers from MansionBet.

  • Free Bets: make sure you don’t miss out on our Free Bet special offers. At MansionBet, you can usually find a Free Bet special up for the taking. It will typically focus on a major current sporting event or tournament – like Royal Ascot or the World Cup. To claim your Free Bets, you will need to meet the qualifying criteria: usually another bet or a cash deposit. Don’t miss out.
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  • Beaten by a Head: pipped at the post? No problem. At MansionBet, you can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with our Beaten by a Head promo. Get up to £25 back, if your horse comes up short and loses the race by a head or less. Bet at least £5 on a win or e/w to qualify.

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