Royal Ascot, the most valuable race in Britain, is less than a month away. Here’s a quick need-to-know guide about the event.
Royal Ascot is one of the biggest horse racing events in the world. Therefore, it is no surprise that racing enthusiasts in the UK are gearing up for what the five-day festival has in store for them in 2023.
The festival will take begin on Tuesday, June 20th and will feature seven races each day all the way through the final day of the event on Saturday, June 24th. This means racing fans and those who go to the Berkshire course located will be able to witness 42 races featuring some of the biggest names in the sport.
The event is one of the biggest due to its status as the main flat meet of calendar across the sport. For those unaware, flat meetings are simply races that do not involve any jumps. It is a test of skill, endurance, and stamina, and speed always plays a huge role in the outcome of a potential race. With fewer obstacles in their way, the quickest horse and the most rhythmic will likely be the one to win on the day.
What Are Some of the Biggest Races to Watch?
While there are a number of races that take place, the Festival is known for a number of its meets in particular. One meet that has become famed around the world with each edition that takes place is the Ascot Gold Cup, which takes place on Thursday — otherwise known as Ladies Day.
This race will take place on the final day of the Festival and is billed as the main event of the entire five-day extravaganza. It is not hard to understand why when you learn that there is a £500,000 prize purse up for grabs for the winner. Naturally, there is plenty of interest from around the world when this race runs at 16:20PM (GMT) with many enhancing the stakes by placing their own bets on who they believe will be the winner.
According to sport betting Canada online odds, both Eldar Eldarov and Coltrane have the best chance of winning the Ascot Gold Cup with odds of +300. Emily Dickinson (+500), Haskoy (+700), Broome and Echoes in Rain (+800) all make up the top five favorites to win the huge prize pot.
Other races that are considered to be among the biggest attractions include Tuesday’s Queen Anne Stakes, Wednesday’s Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2 race with a £1 million pot), Saturday’s The Platinum Jubilee Stakes Group 1 race, which also features a £1 million prize purse.
How Is Each Day Scheduled at Royal Ascot 2023?
With seven races set to take place on each day, it can be difficult to know what race is happening when. Thankfully, the card has been released which can give fans and punters everything that they need to know if they are interested in watching the world’s premier flat meeting.
Each day’s racing will commence at 2:30PM (GMT), with races taking place between 35-40 minutes after the other. The final race will take place at 18:10PM (GMT). Saturday will see races that starting at 12:25PM (GMT), with the final race taking place at 16:15PM (GMT). Another notable race is the King George V Stakes, as it is one of the most famed around the globe.
Facts to Know About Royal Ascot
In order to get you up-to-speed ahead of the upcoming festival, here are some quick facts about the event:
- The first Royal Meeting at Ascot took place over the course of four days and was held in 1768 when Britain was ruled by George III. However, it was Queen Anne who started racing at the track back in 1711.
- Thursday’s Gold Cup Day can attract upwards of 70,000 people, thus making it one of the busiest in horse racing worldwide.
- To emphasis its global appeal, the festival is watched in more than 200 countries.
- Royal Ascot is also the most valuable race in Britain, with prize money thought to be available in the region of £7 million+, and growing each year.
With these facts in mind, it is easy to understand why so many look forward to the festival, regardless of whether they are avid horse racing fans or just casual observers.