The 2018 Royal Ascot festival is the highlight of the British summer racing that will take place from Tuesday, June 19 to Saturday, June 23. Over five days there are 30 races: eight Group 1 races, eight Group 2 races, three Group 3 races, four listed, one conditions race and six rich handicaps. The whole meet oozes with quality.
Royal Ascot race times are the same every day. The first race begins at 2:30 p.m. and the last race is at 5:35 p.m. with six races per day. The highlights of the opening day include the St James's Palace Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes.
An array of the world's top-class horses compete for at least £6,665,000 in prize money in front of Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family. In recent years, Royal Ascot has become a more international event. It always attracted the best Europeans, but horses from Australia, Hong Kong and Japan have added interest this century.
There are six races on all five days of Royal Ascot, including a total of eight Group Ones, while the highlights of the opening day include the St. James's Palace Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes.
With so much high class action, horse bettors can take advantage of ample betting opportunities, and make the bookies pay for an incredible week of racing.
The Ascot Stakes is the penultimate race on the card for the first day on Tuesday, June 19 at 5 p.m., and it is the fifth race on Day 1 at Royal Ascot. It’s a Class 2 handicap run over two miles and four furlongs open to horses aged four or above. The race has a long history having been first run way back in 1840, and it is run over two laps of the Ascot Flat Racing Course.
It usually attracts a large field of runners, many of which from stables normally associated with National Hunt Racing, and over the years has earned itself a great reputation as one of the most popular betting races of the meeting.
Queen Anne Stakes
The Queen Anne Stakes is is a Group 1 race that is traditionally the Royal Ascot curtain raiser, and it is a Group 1 Flat race run over a mile for horses aged four years and over. The race is always a popular betting heat given it is the first race of the five day meeting and horse bettors are always eager to get off to a winning start.
Royal Ascot continues on Wednesday night with Day Two, highlighted by the Prince Of Wales Stakes, featuring some of the world’s best race horses and the class two Royal Hunt Cup.
Prince of Wales Stakes
The £750,000 Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, is for 4-year olds and over. At 1 mile and 2 furlong, the race course brings together, the best middle distance runners in Europe.
The race dates back to 1862, named after the then Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII, and for many is regarded as one of the most important modern races. The race has been won by several greats including Connaught, Muhtarram and Mtoto.
Royal Hunt Cup
The Royal Hunt Cup is a Heritage Handicap, is a Class 2 handicap run over a mile and open to horses aged three or older. The Royal Hunt Cup is considered to be one of the most exciting of the entire meeting due to the large field (up to 30 runners) will be stretched across the straight mile for the first prize of almost £110,000. The relatively short distance normally results in an exciting finish between several horses.
While the Ascot Gold Cup takes center stage on Day 3, also known unofficially as Ladies Day, it represents the pinnacle of the Royal Ascot 5 day festival on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The Gold Cup is the first leg in the Stayers triple crown that also includes the Goodwood Cup and the Doncaster Cup.
Prize money for this race is expected to peak at around £400,000 with over £230,000 to the winner. The Group 1 race for 4-year old long distance runners (stayers) and is run over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.
The race was founded back in 1807 watched by King George III and his wife Queen Charlotte.
On Day 3 horse bettors can also enjoy three other group races, the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes sprint (5f) opens the day, followed by a Group 3 race added to mark 300 years of racing at Ascot (Tercentenary) over 1 mile and 2 furlongs and then a longer Group 2 race and the Ribblesdale Stakes (winner £115k) over 1 mile and 4 furlongs. The day finishes with two exciting and handicap races for 3-year olds.
Day 4 features the Coronation Stakes. The Coronation Stakes is the highlight of the day open to 3-year old fillies and run over 1 mile. The race dates back to 1840 and is named in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1838, the race features horses from the English and Irish 1000 Guineas. The race has the same prize money as the Gold Cup.
The Commonwealth Gold Cup (winner £230k) is the other Group One race and in contrast to the Coronation Stakes (winner £20k) it is almost brand new, first run in 2015. The race is a sprint over 6 furlongs and certainly raises the prestige of the day.
Racing begins on Day 4 with a Group 3 sprint, the Albany Stakes over 6 furlongs, followed by a Group 2 race over double the distance (1 mile and 4 furlongs) The King Edward VII Stakes (winner £130k). The fifth race of the day is a handicap before the Group 2 stayers race, and the Queen’s Vase (winner £85k) caps off Friday at Ascot.
The final day is highlighted by the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (winner £340k), will be run on Saturday, June 23 at 4:20 p.m. This is the final Group 1 race that is a sprint (6 furlongs) open to 4-year and older horses. It was originally called the All-Age Stakes when it was established in 1868 and renamed the Cork and Orrery Stakes in 1926.
The Wokingham Stakes handicap follows the Diamond Jubilee and this cracker is a great watch as a large field hurtle over just six furlongs.
The curtain falls on Royal Ascot with the longest race of the week for stayers, the 2-mile and 6-furlong Queen Alexandra Stakes.
|2:30pm||The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1)||4+||£600000||One mile|
|3:05pm||The Coventry Stakes (Group 2)||2||£150000||Six furlongs|
|3:40pm||The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1)||3+||£400000||Five furlongs|
|4:20pm||The St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1)||3 colts||£400000||Old mile|
|5:00pm||The Ascot Stakes (Handicap)||4+||£80000||Two and a half miles|
|5:35pm||The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)||2||£80000||Five furlongs|
|2:30pm||The Jersey Stakes (Group 3)||3||£90000||Seven furlongs|
|3:05pm||The Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)||2 fillies||£110000||Five furlongs|
|3:40pm||The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2)||4+ fillies & mares||£175000||One mile|
|4:20pm||The Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1)||4+||£750000||One and a quarter miles|
|5:00pm||The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap)||3+||£175000||One mile|
|5:35pm||The Sandringham Stakes (Listed) (Handicap)||3 fillies||£80000||One mile|
|2:30pm||The Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)||2||£100000||Five furlongs|
|3:05pm||The Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3)||3||£90000||One and a quarter miles|
|3:40pm||The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)||3 fillies||£200000||One and a half miles|
|4:20pm||The Gold Cup (Group 1)||4+||£400000||Two and a half miles|
|5:00pm||The Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap)||3 colts & geldings||£120000||One mile|
|5:35pm||The King George V Stakes (Handicap)||3||£90000||One and a half miles|
|2:30pm||The Albany Stakes (Group 3)||2 fillies||£80000||Six furlongs|
|3:05pm||The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)||3 colts & geldings||£200000||One and a half miles|
|3:40pm||The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)||3||£400000||Six furlongs|
|4:20pm||The Coronation Stakes (Group 1)||3 fillies||£400000||Old mile|
|5:00pm||The Queen’s Vase (Group 2)||3||£90000||Two miles|
|5:35pm||The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)||3+||£80000||One and a half miles|
|2:30pm||The Chesham Stakes (Listed)||2||£80000||Seven furlongs|
|3:05pm||The Wolferton Rated Stakes (Listed)||4+||£80000||One and a quarter miles|
|3:40pm||The Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)||4+||£225000||One and a half miles|
|4:20pm||The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)||4+||£600000||Six furlongs|
|5:00pm||The Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)||3+||£175000||Six furlongs|
|5:35pm||The Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions)||3+||£80000||Two miles, six furlongs|
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