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Royal Ascot betting offers are gaining more and more popularity as the race approaches. The Royal Ascot Queen Anne enclosure is definitely the most valuable race meeting in the UK with over £6,5 million in prize money (£7,3 million in 2018).
During the five-day festival, all the eyes are on races but on the attendees too. Every single year the event is attended by members of the British Royal Family, including Elizabeth II herself. The third day, which is always Thursday is considered to be the main day of the festival since it features the Ascot Gold Cup.
If we take into account the importance and popularity of the event, we can see why the majority of UK online bookmakers try to provide the best Royal Ascot betting offers to their clients. Continue to read our article and see what to expect from this year’s event.
Further down the page, you’ll also find some information on previous winners, historical records, betting markets and promotions, etc. Here’s a look at some important facts that will help you understand the principle of Royal Ascot Queen Anne enclosure.
As we have said, the Royal Ascot is a crucial event in the British social calendar. During the five-day meeting, over 300,000 people attend the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire. That’s actually the most-attended race meeting in the whole Europe with omnipresent press coverage. Usually, the press is often more focused on the attendees and their styling than on the actual racing.
However, the Royal Ascot week is a real treat for all horse racing fans. There are 18 group races, with at least one Groupe One event that takes place each of the five days. The Ascot Gold Cup is on Thursday. This year the race is held from Tuesday, 18th June until Saturday, 22nd.
The first day of the meeting is definitely unmissable since it sets the benchmark for the whole event. There are three Group One races. The first is the Queen Anne Stakes, named after the founder. The second is the King’s Stand Stakes and the third one is the St James’s Palace Stakes that usually features horses that run in the English, French and Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Take a look at the following table and see the schedule of the races for Tuesday, 18th June 2018.
|2:30||Queen Anne Stakes||Group 1||1m|
|3:05||Coventry Stakes||Group 2||6f|
|3:40||King Stand Stakes||Group 1||5f|
|4:20||St James Palace Stakes||Group 1||1m|
The pace of the second-day is gentler. There’s only one Group One race. It’s Prince of Wales’s Stake. This race dates back to 1862 and it’s still widely popular. However, there are many different races the bookmakers will offer attractive Royal Ascot betting offers for. Who knows, before or during the tournament, it is possible to find Royal Ascot free bets, a way for the bookmakers to attract more customers.
The third day is the day of the historic Gold Cup. This year it’s on Thursday the 20th of June. The Gold Cup is UK’s most important race for horses that run over a long distance, so-called stayers. The race is run over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs and dating back to 1807, it’s the oldest surviving race of the festival.
The third day is unofficially also known as ladies day and it’s the highlight of the Royal Ascot. The Gold Cup Stakes will start at 4:20. However, there are some other interesting races as well, so make sure to check for special Royal Ascot betting offers.
The Gold Cup might be over, but the fun just begins. On the fourth day, you can find two more Group One races and other top events.
The Coronation Stakes is definitely the pinnacle of the day. The race is run over 1 mile and it’s open to 3-year-old fillies. Make sure you don’t miss it!
The final day is marked by the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. That’s the final Group One race for the festival. It’s one of the world’s greatest international sprint races open to four years and older horses.
Check the schedule for the fifth day and enjoy following the races!
With 18 Group races divided in five days of Royal Ascot, it’s common to see some of the previous winners coming back year after year. The next table presents the winners of the Ascot Gold Cup for the last ten years.
|2008||Yeats||7||Johnny Murtagh||Aidan O’Brien||4:21.14|
|2009||Yeats||8||Johnny Murtagh||Aidan O’Brien||4:20.78|
|2010||Rite of Passage||6||Pat Smullen||Dermot Weld||4:16.92|
|2011||Fame and Glory||5||Jamie Spencer||Aidan O’Brien||4:37.51|
|2012||Colour Vision||4||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||4:42.05|
|2013||Estimate||4||Ryan Moore||Sir Michael Stoute||4:20.51|
|2014||Leading Light||4||Joseph O’Brien||Aidan O’Brien||4:21.09|
|2015||Trip to Paris||4||Graham Lee||Ed Dunlop||4:22.61|
|2016||Order of St George||4||Ryan Moore||Aidan O’Brien||4:26.21|
|2017||Big Orange||6||James Doyle||Michael Bell||4:22.40|
|2018||Stradivarius||4||Frankie Dettori||John Gosden||4:21.08|
The interesting fact is that Yeats won in 2006 and 2007 too, which makes him the most successful horse and the only one with four wins.
Ascot was founded by Queen Anne in 1711. It’s the queen that chose the area of today’s Ascot Racecourse for her horses to be able to “gallop at full stretch”. The first race was called Her Majesty’s Plate and 7 horses participated in it. They were English Hunters rather than the thoroughbreds like today.
The name of the first winner is not known. However, in honor of Queen Anne, the first race of the first day is always Queen Anne Stakes. Nowadays, the Ascot Racecourse hosts 13 of UK’s 36 annual Group One horse races and it stages 26 days of racing each year including 18 flat meetings that are held from May to October. The Royal Ascot remains a major event.
Since the 5-day festival is an important event in British culture, the majority of bookmakers offer various Royal Ascot betting offers. You can place different types of bets and find highly competitive odds. Just make sure to go through the main online sportsbooks in order to see what they have to offer.
Also, be on a constant lookout for special promotions. Some of the online sportsbooks might even provide Royal Ascot free bets.
If Royal Ascot betting offers are quite new to you, check our F.A.Q section where we respond to the most frequently asked questions.
Placing a bet on Royal Ascot is pretty easy. Visit your favourite online bookmaker, make your selection and place your bet(s). Don’t forget to check on the Royal Ascot betting offers.
The majority of online bookies that feature live streaming option should be covering the most glamorous horse racing event in the UK.
The next Royal Ascot takes place from Tuesday, the 18th of June until Saturday the 22nd of June 2019.
Currently, top 5 Royal Ascot favourites are the following horses: Stradivarius, Lady Aurelia, Kaachy, Harry Angel, and Masar.
When it comes to favourites, jockeys and trainers also play an important role. Among the jockeys, the following ones enter the top 5: Ryan Moore, William Buick, Jamie Spencer, James Doyle, and Richard Kingscote. Among the trainers, we can hear these 5 names quite a lot: Aidan O’Brien, Sir Michael Stoute, Clive Cox, Wesley Ward, and John Gosden.
Last year Stradivarius was the winner of the Ascot Gold Cup. He’s also one of the biggest favourites for this year’s competition.