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Your Guide To Royal Ascot 2017

June 12, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Time to dust off the top hat, Royal Ascot is almost upon us. It’s one of the most prestigious, and glamorous, race meets of the year with over £6.5million up for grabs across five days of top class racing.

The one weekend in which the Queen never fails to turn out for, with six races on each of the five days and plenty of big name horses fighting for the big prizes.

It all gets underway on June 20th, and so you don’t miss out on a thing, here’s out handy guide to Royal Ascot 2017.

1. History of Royal Ascot
2. Full Schedule
3. Where and when to watch
4. Key Meets
5. The full list of odds on the Royal Ascot Gold Cup

A History Royal Ascot

At the heart of Ascot’s horse racing calendar since 1711, Royal Ascot sees over 300,000 people make the trip to Berkshire, all of whom dressing to impress.
Dress code has become as synonymous as the racing at Ascot over the years, with images of top hats, dresses, and fascinators more likely to be splashed over the front pages than the race winners. In fact, ladies must wear a hat, while men are required to wear a waistcoat and tie.

Of course, everyone is there for one reason though, the racing. The oldest race of the weekend is the most prestigious, with the Gold Cup dating back to 1807.

Taking place on Ladies Day, the race has been won a record 11 times by Lester Piggott, while trainer Aidan O’Brien has seven wins to his name including the defending champion Order Of St George.

Multiple other events have become key races over the weekend with the likes of the Queen Anne Stakes and Prince of Wales’s Stakes seeing prize pots of over £500,000.

Royal Ascot 2017 Schedule

The Royal Ascot schedule will see six races a day across five days with a number of Group 1 meets to whet the appetite. Here’s a run-down of what’s happening when from June 20-24.

Tuesday June 20

  • Queen Anne Stakes
  • Coventry Stakes
  • King’s Stand Stakes
  • St James’s Palace Stakes
  • Ascot Stakes
  • Windsor Castle Stakes

Wednesday June 21

  • Jersey Stakes
  • Queen Mary Stakes
  • Duke of Cambridge Stakes
  • Prince of Wales’s Stakes
  • Royal Hunt Cup
  • Sandringham Stakes

Thursday June 22

  • Norfolk Stakes
  • Hampton Court Stakes
  • Ribblesdale Stakes
  • Gold Cup
  • Britannia Stakes
  • King George V Stakes

Friday June 23

  • Albany Stakes
  • King Edward VII Stakes
  • Commonwealth Cup
  • Coronation Stakes
  • Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
  • Queen’s Vase

Saturday June 24

  • Chesham Stakes
  • Wolferton Stakes
  • Hardwicke Stakes
  • Diamond Jubilee Stakes
  • Wokingham Stakes
  • Queen Alexandra Stakes

Where You Can Watch Royal Ascot 2017


Tickets are still available to several enclosures across the week, but if you can’t get your top hat in time, you can catch it all live on ITV.
Ed Chamberlain will be heading up their coverage every day from 1.30pm, with expert analysis from the likes of AP McCoy and Jason Weaver.

Racing UK will also be streaming each meeting, so there really is no chance you’ll be missing out.

Key Meets

Every day welcomes a series of key meets at Ascot, with prize funds some of the highest in the calendar.
Here are the races you simply must keep your eye on across the week…

Tuesday: Queen Anne Stakes

The action at Royal Ascot kicks off with the Queen Anne Stakes. Ribchester goes into the race as a firm favourite, while Lightening Spear and Heshem could be worth backing with the latter at 12/1 with William Hill.

Wednesday: Prince of Wales’s Stakes

With a purse of £750,000 last year, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is one of the biggest prize pots of the festival. This year, Michael Stoute’s Ulysses is backed heavily at 5/2, while SkyBet have Jack Hobbs as second favourite at 10/3.

Friday: Commonwealth Cup

At only two-years-old, the Commonwealth Cup is one of the newest additions to Royal Ascot with Muhaarar winning the inaugural meet in 2015, before Quiet Reflection did the honours last year. Caravaggio goes into this one strong after a win at Naas last month and is certainly favoured for this one.

Saturday: Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Originally called the All-Aged Stakes, it was renamed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne. Won last year by trainer Harry Candy, he’s trying to collect his share of the £600,000 purse again with Limato a 4/1 shot to win the race.

The Royal Ascot Gold Cup

The Gold Cup arrives on the Thursday and is the centrepiece of the week with a £400,000 purse. As the excitement builds, we take a look at the favourites for the Ascot Gold Cup 2017.

Order Of St George

Last year’s winner goes into Royal Ascot 2017 as a firm favourite with the horse racing tipsters. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the Irish Thoroughbred has already picked up the Saval Beg Stakes this year, beating a field that also included Twilight Payment, a 20/1 shot for the Gold Cup.

Order Of St George goes into the race at 5/4 with Guts, and it’s no real surprise after expertly seeing off the field in Leopardstown.

Vazirabad

Having won his last two trips out, including the Dubai Gold Cup, Vazirabad’s 11/2 odds are well worth a punt on, particularly as he saw off several Ascot contenders including Beautiful Romance, Sheikhzayedroad, and Big Orange.

Ridden by Christophe Soumillon, it’ll be the jockey’s first major race win since 2009, when picking up the Stewards Cup in Hong Kong.

Big Orange

Another horse coming into the race of the back of a big win, picking up the Henry II Stakes at Sandown just last month. Ridden by Frankie Dettori this year, it could see the Italian pick up his sixth Ascot Gold Cup and first since 2012.

Trainer Michael Bell has never had a Gold Cup winner, but is in with a shot should Big Orange pull of a big performance.

Sheikhzayedroad

A great runner and a reliable horse, Sheikhzayedroad is more often than not there or there abouts. The eight-year-old finished third in last year’s Gold Cup and is at 12/1 to go two better this time round.

Age may get the better of him here but thanks to his ability to run on any service could provide a bit of a shock.

Simple Verse

Another 12/1 shot when it comes to the Ascot Gold Cup odds, Simple Verse is a St Leger winner with plenty of experience. Trained by Ralph Becket, she has a strong reputation and is being tipped by some punters.

The full list of odds on the Royal Ascot Gold Cup:

Order Of St George  – 5/4 Endless Time – 20/1 Qewy – 40/1
Vazirabad – 11/2 Kingfisher -20/1 Higher Power – 50/1
Big Orange – 10/1 Max Dynamite – 20/1 Harrison – 66/1
Sheikhzayedroad – 12/1 Twilight Payment – 20/1 Motherland – 66/1
Simple Verse – 12/1 Harbour Law – 25/1 Berhain – 100/1
Sweet Selection – 12/1 Trip To Paris- 25/1  
Beautiful Romance – 14/1 Winning Story – 28/1  
Idaho – 14/1 She Is No Lady – 33/1  
Quest For More  -14/1 To Be Wild – 33/1  
Dal Harraild – 16/1 Nearly Caught – 40/1  
Torcedor – 16/1 Prince of Arran – 40/1  


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