Royal Ascot Tips 2018
Royal Ascot is the longest horse racing festival held in the UK with five days of glorious racing. It plays host to an incredible amount of group races each day with countless numbers of listed contests and fiercely competitive handicaps. With so much high class action, punters can take advantage of ample betting opportunities and make the bookies pay for an incredible week of racing.
Every racing fan and punter loves Royal Ascot tips. Punters are generally familiar with the horses and have their favourites, but you can turn this into your advantage over the week by taking advantage of the value.
Royal Ascot Tips & Selections
So are you looking for Royal Ascot betting tips from a proven profitable racing expert and tipster? Our racing expert Stephen Harris will be posting a tip for each race of the festival, right throughout the week. Check Stephen's Royal Ascot betting tips every day of the festival, and also look out for predictions posted by the tipsters of the bettingexpert community.
Royal Ascot Tips & Race Schedule 2018
There are 30 races across the five-day Royal Ascot 2018 meeting which includes eight group ones and a further nine group races. Royal Ascot is one of the biggest horse racing betting opportunities in the UK and bookmakers will offer enhanced place terms, competitive pricing and lots of free bets and bonuses. Bettingexpert will provide Royal Ascot tips every day for every race to give you an edge on all the racing.
Royal Ascot Betting Tips 2018, Tuesday 19th June, Day 1 Schedule & Selections
|Time||Race||Royal Ascot 2018 Tips|
|2:30||The Queen Anne Stakes||Queen Anne Stakes Tips 2018|
|3:05||The Coventry Stakes||Coventry Stakes Tips 2018|
|3:40||The Kings Stand Stakes||Kings Stand Stakes Tips 2018|
|4:20||The St James Palace Stakes||St James Palace Stakes Tips 2018|
|5:00||The Ascot Stakes||Ascot Stakes Tips 2018|
|5:35||The Wolferton Stakes||Wolferton Stakes Tips 2018|
Royal Ascot Betting Tips 2018, Wednesday 20th June, Day 2 Schedule & Selections
|Time||Race||Royal Ascot 2018 Tips|
|2:30||The Queen Mary Stakes||Queen Mary Stakes Tips 2018|
|3:05||The Queens Vase||Queens Vase Tips 2018|
|3:40||The Duke Of Cambridge Stakes||Duke Of Cambridge Stakes Tips 2018|
|4:20||The Prince Of Wales' Stakes||Prince Of Wales' Stakes Tips 2018|
|5:00||The Royal Hunt Cup||Royal Hunt Cup Tips 2018|
|5:35||The Sandringham Stakes||Jersey Stakes Tips 2018|
Royal Ascot Betting Tips 2018, Thursday 21st June, Day 3 Schedule & Selections
|Time||Race||Royal Ascot 2018 Tips|
|2:30||The Norfolk Stakes||Norfolk Stakes Tips 2018|
|3:05||The Hampton Court Stakes||Hampton Court Stakes Tips 2018|
|3:40||The Ribblesdale Stakes||Ribblesdale Stakes Tips 2018|
|4:20||The Gold Cup||Gold Cup Tips 2018|
|5:00||The Britannia Stakes||Britannia Stakes Tips 2018|
|5:35||The King George V Stakes||King George V Stakes Tips 2018|
Royal Ascot Betting Tips 2018, Friday 22nd June, Day 4 Schedule & Selections
|Time||Race||Royal Ascot 2018 Tips|
|2:30||The Albany Stakes||Albany Stakes Tips 2018|
|3:05||The King Edward VII Stakes||King Edward VII Stakes Tips 2018|
|3:40||The Commonwealth Cup||Commonwealth Cup Tips 2018|
|4:20||The Coronation Stakes||Coronation Stakes Tips 2018|
|5:00||The Sandringham Stakes||Sandringham Tips 2018|
|5:35||The Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes||Duke Of Edinburgh Tips 2018|
Royal Ascot Betting Tips 2018, Saturday 23rd June, Day 5 Schedule & Selections
|Time||Race||Royal Ascot 2018 Tips|
|2:30||The Chesham Stakes||Chesham Stakes Tips 2018|
|3:05||The Hardwicke Stakes||Hardwicke Stakes Tips 2018|
|3:40||The Windsor Castle Stakes||Windsor Castle Stakes Tips 2018|
|4:20||The Diamond Jubilee Stakes||Diamond Jubilee Stakes Tips 2018|
|5:00||The Wokingham Stakes||Wokingham Stakes Tips 2018|
|5:35||The Queen Alexandra Stakes||Queen Alexandra Stakes Tips 2018|
Royal Ascot Offers & Promotions
If you love a betting offers, and let's face it, who doesn't, then Royal Ascot is a great time to take advantage of bookmaker promotional offers. This year will once again see a great menu of Royal Ascot offers available with everything from bonus bets, enchanced odds and insurance offers available. If you want to increase the excitement of this year's Royal Ascot, check out our listing of the best offers available.
Royal Ascot Betting: Top 5 Horses 2018
With Royal Ascot coming up fast, here at bettingexpert we have identified 5 horses for punters to keep on side of over the five days of top class equine action.
Royal Ascot Favourites: Top 5 Horses 2018
- #1- Stradivarius - John Gosden - 4yo colt
"rapidly progressive stayer is the banker of the week"
John Gosden's stayer first swept to prominence when winning the Goodwood Cup last summer under a confident ride from rear, showing too much pace for the frontrunning Big Orange in a cracking finish (despite racing freely with the choke out in the early stages). He landed the odds in brilliant style on his reappearance at York in May, hammered in the market before cantering all over some modest rivals under a motionless Dettori. He comes here on the up after just ten career starts (winning five) and appeals as one of the bets of the meeting in whatever staying contest his excellent trainer chooses (talk of a big for the marathon Ascot Gold Cup at this stage).
- #2- Lady Aurelia - Wesley Ward - 4yo filly
"USA speedball has won 2/2 at Royal Ascot in the past"
Few foreign raiders have built up such a big following among UK punters than this speedball, who swept to prominence at this meeting when winning the 2016 Queen Mary in truly destructive fashion, simply blowing away her rivals under Dettori by seven lengths (with the race in safe keeping after a furlong as she scorched clear). The wonder filly returned in 2017 to take the Group 1 Kings Stand Stakes under John Velazquez, quickening clear from the furlong pole under a more patient ride, and seems sure to be back in 2018 despite not being at her very peak in a handful of races at home so far this season.
- #3- Kaachy - Tom Dascombe- 5yo gelding
"Chester display was one of the most remarkable sprint performance for years"
Tom Dascombe's sprinter has just fallen short at the highest level in Group races in the past, but he has had excuses and looked to have improved again when destroying the field from the front in breathtaking style at the May Chester meeting (visual impressions backed up by an incredible time/sectionals for that 9l rout). He loves fast ground, and will take plenty of catching in whatever sprint his astute connections choose to target at Royal Ascot.
- #4- Harry Angel - Clive Cox - 4yo colt
"top class sprinter looked better than ever when making his return at York in May"
Clive Cox's top class performer has not stopped improving since his juvenile days, and overcame a bit of his old fractiousness in the stalls when making a winning reappearance at York (driven out and strong at the finish to deny race-fit rivals having been hammered in the market). He will have no Caravaggio in his way in 2018, and is likely to be banker material for his legions of followers.
- #5- Masar - Charlie Appleby- 3yo colt
"frontrunning tactics on the round course could make him very hard to catch"
This progressive performer was sent off a heavily backed 5/2f in the 2000 Guineas won so impressively by Saxon Warrior, and shaped very well under a typically positive frontrunning ride, just giving best inside the final furlong. He bounces off fast ground and is just the type who will be very hard to catch on the round course at Ascot (where frontrunning tactics can be extremely profitable if the jockey kicks clear turning for home)
Royal Ascot Betting: Top 5 Jockeys 2018
The Royal Ascot meeting is one of the most valuable in terms of prize money and prestige in the entire flat racing calendar, and keeping a cool head and being an excellent judge of pace are essential attributes for any jockey. Here we take a look at the top 5 Royal Ascot jockeys to keep an eye on over the five days.
Royal Ascot Favourites: Top 5 Jockeys 2018
- #1- Ryan Moore
The champion jockey is without a doubt the best jockey in the world, possessing an excellent tactical brain and incredible strength in the saddle. His tie up with the all-conquering Aidan O'Brien Coolmore yard team means he will be riding a large number of short-priced favourites over the five days, and he will be aiming to surpass the incredible 9 winners he rode at this meeting in 2015 (only Fred Archer's 12 wins from 24 rides can beat that and it came in 1878 when the racing was a good deal less competitive). Moore is a quiet, even slightly shy figure, who keeps away from the press where possible and has attracted criticism as a result, but he is very much in the Lester Piggott mode (preferring to do his talking on the track) and he seems certain to be the leading rider at this meeting with plenty of rides for a large number of stables to supplement his contracted mounts in all the Group races.
- #2- William Buick
Buick, who turns 30 in July this year, has been close to top of the jockeys table since becoming the champion apprentice rider in 2008. He enjoys an excellent relationship with the John Gosden yard (stable jockey from 2010), riding all of his best horses at the top level, and is now contracted to partner all the Godolphin runners around the world. He has tasted plenty of Royal Ascot success over the years, with the brilliant Ribchester in 2017 winning the Queen Anne Stakes a particular highlight. A cool head in the most pressurized circumstances is his best attribute, and he can get tricky characters to settle into a lovely smooth rhythm on the bridle.
- #3- Jamie Spencer
Spencer is very much a "Marmite" character in racing, with punters split down the middle as to whether he is a genius or a "one dimensional" jockey who always sits last and needs an enormous amount of luck to win on any of his rides. Certainly his style of riding can enrage at times, but in the huge field handicaps at Royal Ascot he can be one to keep on side of, particularly on bigger priced runners. He has a good relationship with David Simcock and often picks up some interesting outside rides that are worth keeping an eye on, with some of the very competitive contests here run at an overly fast pace which can set things up for a patient, cool ride from rear that has become his trademark.
- #4- James Doyle
With Charlie Appleby making a blistering start to the turf season this summer, James Doyle has been in excellent form riding a lot of the Godolphin horses to some memorable victories. In 2017 he enjoyed a fantastic time at the Royal meeting, partnering Big Orange to a gallant and memorable frontrunning win in the Ascot Gold Cup, and showing all of his strength to force Barney Roy home in the Group 1 St James Palace Stakes. Doyle is extremely reliable in the top races, usually very aware tactically, making few mistakes and always in the right place at the right time. There is no ego or showboating, and he has a good reputation among punters as a jockey who can be trusted (and this is borne out by a large number of yards using his services when not retained by Godolphin).
- #5- Richard Kingscote
Tom Dascombe's retained rider is the most underrated in the weighing room, and one to look out for during Royal Ascot on any rides for outside stables. His main employer usually has a smart juvenile or two laid out for the Royal meeting, while the speedball and top class sprinter Kachy created a terrific impression when routing the field at the Chester May meeting. Kingscote is very intelligent and aware tactically of any track biases, usually locating the best ground and has a terrific clock in his head pace-wise.
Royal Ascot Betting: Top 5 Trainers 2018
The Royal meeting is targeted every year by the top powerful yards, with top class Group performers and handicappers primed for the most valuable and prestigious prizes in the flat season calendar. Here we take a look at the yards to concentrate on when it comes to finding winners.
Royal Ascot Favourites: Top 5 Trainers 2018
- #1- Aidan O'Brien
Since 1996 Aidan O'Brien has been the dominant force in UK racing, training privately for John Magnier and his Coolmore Stud associates at their state of the art Ballydoyle Stables in County Tipperary. In 2017 he sent out a world record 28 Group 1 winners, and is already out the stalls fast as the 2018 season gets underway. O'Brien has a large number of proven Group horses that are always meticulously prepared to peak on the big stage, and will have an extremely strong team for Royal Ascot 2018 (with the conveyer-belt of young precocious juveniles alongside more established stars. The betting market is a terrific guide to the confidence behind all of the Ballydoyle runners, with some of the owners like Michael Tabor well known as extremely large punters who are not afraid to back their judgement in eye-watering sums. A late flurry of activity and contraction in price for any runners from this top class stable is well worth noting, and a sure sign that "the right money" is down.
- #2- Sir Michael Stoute
The veteran trainer first tasted success in the UK with Sandal in 1972 at Newmarket, and he has been at the top of the game for the last forty years. As the trainer for the Queen, his runners at this meeting always attract significant interest and support from the public, and the victory of Eminent in the Gold Cup in 2013 was a particularly emotional day for all followers of the sport. Stoute is an expert at gradually nurturing improvement from slow maturing types, and does not ever rush his runners who often improve run to run throughout the summer as their stamina is drawn out. He usually has a handicapper or two laid out for the Royal meeting, but is equally adept in the Group races, with perhaps the consistent and top class Eclipse winner Ulysses likely to be contesting a major prize in 2018.
- #3- Clive Cox
The most upwardly mobile English trainer in recent years, with a terrific string of progressive young horses and some seasoned handicappers/Group class performers who seem sure to enjoy a profitable week at the Royal meeting. Cox is a former jump jockey who has got to his position as a leading flat trainer through pure talent rather than gilded patronage, and his top class Harry Angel is likely to be a banker for many punters in 2018. He finished a cracking second to Caravaggio in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at this meeting in 2017, and has been targeted towards Ascot since making an impressive reappearance at York in May. On the juvenile front Cox always has a very strong hand, and a market move in any of the 2-y-o races is always worth noting
- #4- Wesley Ward
The American trainer always brings a select team over for Royal Ascot, and has gathered a huge following among UK punters, with his juveniles in particular often really striking in terms of physique and performance on the track. His high class Lady Aurelia is all speed and a proven Group 1 winner around the world, and seems sure to return in 2018 if all goes well in her preparation at home. Ward always has his team extremely fit for the day, and their speed from the gate often has the European horses on the back foot from an early stage. Over the last few years punters have learnt to afford maximum respect to the stables runners, and this season he could well have Bound For Nowhere, Con te Partiro and Hemp Hemp Hurray primed for another audacious raid.
- #5- John Gosden
John Gosden is a brilliantly articulate trainer, who has been at the top of the table since relocating back to the UK from California in the 1980s. He has a fantastic record in the best races, training 8 British Classic winners and training well over 100 Group 1 winners at home and abroad. Few can match his longevity, and his horses are always turned out in immaculate condition and primed to perform at their peak for the Royal meeting. He became Champion trainer in 2015 for the second time (thanks in part to the prolific Golden Horn winning the Epsom Derby), and his runners are always worthy of maximum respect at this meeting (with Kingman and The Fugue both memorable winners in recent years).
Royal Ascot Betting 2018: How To Bet On Royal Ascot
With so much going on off the track fashion-wise, it is easy to forget that Royal Ascot is actually all about top class racing at the highest level over the five days. At bettingexpert we have compiled a five point plan to make the week as profitable as possible for all astute punters. Here are our top five Royal Ascot tips to help you improve your chances of finding a winner or two this year.
1. Bet in the morning, shop around for the value and play when the terms are favourable
Our number one Royal Ascot tip for 2018 is to shop around for the best odds. The Royal Ascot betting ring has some of the strongest layers in the country, more than willing to lay bets in any size demanded, but in the past decade or so most of the business has drained away from the track. However, the expenses remain fearsomely high for layers and as a result they now bet to a much higher margin, with the prices broadly uniform and always several ticks below the betfair price.
There is no doubt at all that the value lies in shopping around the pick of the morning prices with the numerous off-course bookmakers, all fighting each other to be top price the front ones in the market (and usually with best odds guaranteed and 1/4 the odds a place all races). At all major festivals these days, the price grid in the morning rarely gets anywhere close to 100pc when taking into account the best prices available....and the astute punter is usually given a much easier time of things "getting on" given the nature of the ultra competitive racing.
Play early, shop around, play each-way when the terms are right....give yourself a real chance to profit while the value is there in the morning rather than when the dust has settled come post time. There is no reason to become an "action junkie" and play in every race...pick your punches and be patient....take advantage of all the bookmaker offers, concessions and free bets.
With racing more and more of a loss leader for many firms, the value on offer can be superb for the more discerning punter. Not only are the best prices available rarely over 100pc across the ever-growing band of eager bookmakers, but there is a huge range of enhanced prices and concessions available on the day of the big race. Check the invaluable bettingexpert free bets page for a summary of the best available for Royal Ascot 2018, and make sure you have a full range of accounts funded and ready to take advantage.
2. Don't underestimate the foreign trained raiders., with French and American runners often underestimated in the market
With over four million pounds in prize money, the Royal meeting has traditionally attracted runners from all around the world and in recent years this has grown considerably. This year there are overseas entries from Australia, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan and the USA.
Wesley Ward (top USA trainer who specialises in producing very pacey speedballs) often aims his fastest juveniles at this meeting, and they have made a real impact (often looking more like 3-y-o's against their more streamlined UK opponents). The French challenge has traditionally been strong, with Solow a standard bearer at the highest level in recent years.
3. Avoid the overbet "obvious" public following horses, jockeys and trainers....search away from the obvious
Frankie Dettori has a huge following at Ascot, with the public remembering his Magnificent 7 in the distant past, and all of his rides are sure to be well supported and tend to be underpriced as a result. In the same way, the Ryan Moore ridden horses often represent little value, especially the Coolmore runners that are hyped up and expected to be punted by their very wealthy (and astute) connections. Try and look away from the obvious and find bigger prices, particularly with runners from overseas or those horses ridden by promising young riders such as Sean Levey or Oisin Murphy. These are not household names (yet) but are riders on the up who have shown already in 2018 that they have what it takes at the top table.
4. Ascot form works out back here time and again...plus keep an eye out for any draw bias on the straight course
Take close notice of previous course winners returning to the scene of their former triumph...they have a very good record at this meeting and pay to follow. Fast ground and true run big field races are the usual conditions for all of the five days, and clearly these unique factors suit certain horses more than others. The hard-pulling handicapper who often fails to settle in the early stages in smaller fields, can suddenly drop the bit in races run at a breakneck gallop from the gate, utilising his energy much better and finishing strongly rather than fading when asked to quicken. In the impossible handicaps in particular, previous CD winners often outrun their price, even if they have not shown much in recent starts.
The track is always in immaculate condition, with state of the art watering ensuring that there is a lush covering of grass and the turf usually riding on the fast side of good (and often genuinely firm by the Friday and Saturday). However, there can be a pronounced bias towards one side of the track or the other on the straight course, and the shrewd punters will be very quick to latch onto this by watching carefully the first race or two each day.
5. Search for fresh horses who have been laid out for this meeting
The Royal meeting falls right in the middle of a very busy summer season on the turf, coming after the Guineas and Derby meetings. For many it can be one race too many in a short space of time, with the fast ground taking its toll and the edge taken off their peak performance by previous battles at the highest level. Search instead for runners deliberately aimed at this meeting, with perhaps just one run so far this season and other targets swerved to wait for the valuable prizes on offer.
The two-year-old races in particular tend to go to runners with just one or perhaps two runs under their belt so far, as the exposed, proven sorts are found wanting as the later juveniles come out. Some of the early season, small field form on the turf can also be meaningless if it has come on much softer ground (the wet spring in 2018 makes this particularly relevant), and winning form does not often get backed up as the ground changes.
In 2018 it is almost certain to be on the fast side of good after a hot and sunny May saw many tracks start watering earlier than normal to take the sting out of things.
Royal Ascot Results 2017
Royal Ascot Results, Day 1 2017
|The Queen Anne Stakes||Ribchester||2:10 fav||W Buick||R Fahey|
|The Coventry Stakes||Rajasinghe||12.0||S Donohue||R Spencer|
|The Kings Stand Stakes||Lady Aurelia||4.50||J Valazgue||W Ward|
|The St James Palace Stakes||Barney Roy||3.50||J Doyle||R Hannon|
|The Ascot Stakes||Thomas Hobson||5.0 fav||R Moore||W Mullins|
|The Windsor Castle Stakes||Sound And Silence||17.0||W Buick||C Appleby|
Royal Ascot Results, Day 2 2017
|The Jersey Stakes||Le Brivido||3.0 fav||P Boudot||A Fabre|
|The Queen Mary Stakes||Heartache||6.0||A Kirby||C Cox|
|The Duke Of Cambridge Stakes||Qemah||3.50 fav||G Meoist||J Roujet|
|The Princess Of Wales' Stakes||Highland Reel||3.25||R Moore||A O'Brien|
|The Royal Hunt Cup||Zhui Feng||26.0||M Dwyer||A Perrett|
|The Sandringham Stakes||Con te Partiro||21.0||J P Spencer||W Ward|
Royal Ascot Results, Day 3 2017
|The Norfolk Stakes||Sioux Nation||15.0||R Moore||A O'Brien|
|The Tercentenary Stakes||Benbatl||5.50||O Murphy||S bin Suroor|
|The Ribblesdale Stakes||Coronet||10.0||O Pesllier||J Gosden|
|The Gold Cup||Big Orange||6.0||J Doyle||M Bell|
|The Britannia Stakes||Bless Him||26.0||J P Spencer||D Simcock|
|The King George V Stakes||Atty Persse||8.0||K Shoemark||R Charlton|
Royal Ascot Results, Day 4 2017
|The Albany Stakes||Different League||21.0||A Hamelin||M Palussiere|
|The King Edward VII Stakes||Permian||7.0||W Buick||M Johnston|
|The Commonwealth Cup||Caravaggio||1.83 fav||R Moore||A O'Brien|
|The Coronation Stakes||Winter||1.44 fav||R Moore||A O'Brien|
|The Queen's Vase||Stradivarius||6.50||A Atzeni||J Gosden|
|The Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes||Rare Rhythm||21.0||W Buick||C Appleby|
Royal Ascot Results, Day 5 2017
|The Chesham Stakes||September||2:38 fav||R Moore||A O'Brien|
|The Wolferton Rates Stakes||Snoano||26.0||D Allan||T Easterby|
|The Hardwicke Stakes||Idaho||5.50||J A Heffernan||A O'Brien|
|The Diamond Jubilee Stakes||The Tin Man||5.50||T Queally||J Fanshawe|
|The Wokingham Stakes||Out Do||26.0||D Tudhope||D O'Meara|
|The Queen Alexandra Stakes||Oriental Fox||11.0||J Fanning||M Johnston|
Royal Ascot 2018 Fixtures & Times
Royal Ascot 2018 starts on Tuesday 20th June and races every day up to and including Saturday 24th June when Royal Ascot 2018 finishes. Royal Ascot race times are the same every single day. The first race begins at 2:30 and the last race is at 5:35 with six races per day.
Royal Ascot 2018 Ladies Day
Ladies day 2018 at Royal Ascot is Thursday 16th June. Ladies are encouraged to dress to impress with a best dressed competition taking part with attractive prizes to be won. A stylish hat, headpiece or fascinator is essential to standing out. Check out previous Royal Ascot hats, dresses and outfits to get inspiration for your Ascot outfit.
Royal Ascot Directions & Transport
Here are some helpful tips to aid your journey to Royal Ascot and make your day run as smoothly as possible. Ascot racecourse is in Berkshire and is nestled just to the east of Bracknell. If you’re travelling by road, the Ascot racecourse postcode is SL5 7JX. If you’re travelling by car, you can park in Car park 8 which will cost £30. If you’re travelling by train, the nearest station is Ascot and it’s just a seven-minute walk from the racecourse. There are regular trains to Ascot from Reading which take 27 minutes and Waterloo which takes 52 minutes. If you happen to be travelling by helicopter, there is a landing facility at Royal Ascot racecourse.
Royal Ascot 2018 Tickets
There is still time to buy your Royal Ascot tickets but be quick as some tickets are sure to sell out soon. A typical Royal Ascot ticket in the Windsor Enclosure will cost around £35 whilst tickets in the Queen Anne Enclosure will cost upwards of £75. If you fancy upgrading your Queen Anne ticket to include the Furlong Club, that will cost you near £200 per person which includes a private decked terrace, extra seating and a complimentary race card.
Royal Ascot Enclosures
If you’re thinking about going to Royal Ascot 2018 you are going to need to know which enclosure to choose. Bettingexpert gives you a thorough rundown to help you make your decision on which Royal Ascot enclosure to choose for your big day.
Royal Ascot Windsor Enclosure
The Royal Ascot Windsor Enclosure is the equivalent of the ‘Silver Ring’ to most other racecourses. Based a couple of furlongs away from the main grandstand, the Windsor Enclosure is a more relaxed way to enjoy the racing. Racegoers are encouraged to dress smart but there is no formal dress code in place except that replica sports shirts are not permitted. Picnics are allowed but be careful as Royal Ascot has a strict alcohol policy. Each adult is only permitted to bring one bottle of sparkling wine or champagne to accompany their picnic.
Royal Ascot Queen Anne Enclosure
The Royal Ascot Queen Anne Enclosure is the equivalent of the ‘Grandstand Enclosure’ at most other racecourses. The Queen Anne Enclosure gives you access to the Pre-Parade and Parade Rings as well as a first class view of all the racing. If you’re in the Queen Anne Enclosure be sure you dress to impress. Royal Ascot enforces a strict formal dress code policy. Gentlemen must wear a matching suit with a shirt and tie, no top hat is required! For ladies it’s a little more thorough. Ladies must wear a hat, headpiece of fascinator at all times. No strapless or sheer strap dresses or tops are permitted. Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the above guidelines. Midriffs must be covered and finally shorts are not permitted. Good luck ladies! For children, boys aged 13-16 should wear a suit or jacket with a tie. Boys aged 12 or under are not required to wear a jacket or tie. Smart summer dresses are suggested for girls aged 17 or under and hats, headpieces and fascinators are not compulsory.
Royal Ascot Royal Enclosure
The Royal Ascot Royal Enclosure is by invitation only. You cannot buy tickets for this enclosure and is the only enclosure in the whole of the UK to be invitation only. Members of the Royal Ascot Royal Enclosure can invite guests but without an invitation from a member of the Royal Enclosure, you will not be able to access this stand. If you are attending the Royal Enclosure, you must follow the strict dress code. Gentlemen must wear an either black or grey morning dress which must include a waistcoat and tie, a black or grey top hot and plain black shoes. Ladies are required to wear formal daywear which is defined as follows: a dress or skirt that is of modest length, jackets and pashminas may be worn, trouser suits are welcome if they are of matching material and colour and hats must be worn. Children aged 10-17 should adhere to the ladies and gentlemen dress code. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear their national dress. Serving military are welcome to wear their service dress or equivalent.
Royal Ascot Dress Code
There is no dress code in the Windsor Enclosure. Replica sports clothing is not permitted and this policy will be strictly enforced so don’t be caught out. Racegoers are encouraged to dress smartly but this is at your discretion. Hats, fascinators and headpieces are not compulsory.
Queen Anne Enclosure
Gentlemen must wear a matching suit with a shirt and tie, no top hat is required! For ladies it’s a little more thorough. Ladies must wear a hat, headpiece of fascinator at all times. No strapless or sheer strap dresses or tops are permitted. Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the above guidelines. Midriffs must be covered and finally shorts are not permitted. Good luck ladies! For children, boys aged 13-16 should wear a suit or jacket with a tie. Boys aged 12 or under are not required to wear a jacket or tie. Smart summer dresses are suggested for girls aged 17 or under and hats, headpieces and fascinators are not compulsory.
Gentlemen must wear an either black or grey morning dress which must include a waistcoat and tie, a black or grey top hot and plain black shoes. Ladies are required to wear formal daywear which is defined as follows: a dress or skirt that is of modest length, jackets and pashminas may be worn, trouser suits are welcome if they are of matching material and colour and hats must be worn. Children aged 10-17 should adhere to the ladies and gentlemen dress code. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear their national dress. Serving military are welcome to wear their service dress or equivalent.
The History Of Royal Ascot
As one would expect the history of the Royal meeting began with the Monarchy way back in 1711 at a time when horse racing was becoming very fashionable with the rich. It was Queen Ann herself that purchased the land adjacent to Windsor Castle that has now evolved into the most modern of 21st century racecourses.
Before long race meetings were taking place, which became very popular with racehorse owners due to the social benefits that were on offer from Royalty at the time. It was not long before the Ascot meeting became the most important of its type among the landed aristocracy, with its popularity leading to the first four-day festival in 1768.
The precise origins of the Royal Meeting are unclear, as the event evolved from the first four-day meeting that took place in 1768. The meeting as it’s known today only really started to take shape with the introduction of the Gold Cup in 1807. Royal Ascot was the only race meeting held at Ascot until 1939 (quite remarkable but shows how racing was purely for Royalty and the upper-classes, not a commercial venture or one that needed the support of the "common man").
Modern Royal Ascot
These days of course Royal Ascot has become the most prestigious horse racing meeting in the country with Royalty in attendance daily, and a sold-out crowd guaranteed from one year to the next, many of course more interested in the fashion, hats and hob-nobbing with the great and the good in the Royal Enclosure (still one of the most sought after invitations in this more meritocratic age).
The meeting hosts 9 of the 32 Group One races held in the UK each year, with the "Blue Riband" being the famous Ascot Gold Cup, raced on Ladies Day, and bringing together the greatest stayers from several generations every year. In 2009, Yeats, ridden by Johnny Murtagh and trained by Aidan O'Brien, won his fourth consecutive Gold Cup – a magnificent achievement, and one that is unlikely to be repeated, but this year has a wide open look to it with no standout contender.
In 2011, Ascot celebrated its tercentenary and staged the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day, now the climax to the European flat racing season (controversially staged at the end of the season, though fortunately the first running’s have seen unusually nice weather and good crowds), and last year Ascot was at the heart of the country’s celebrations to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with the Golden Jubilee Stakes renamed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and won (narrowly and controversially) by the now retired Australian super-mare, Black Caviar.
In 2012 the world’s four top horses on official ratings ran at Ascot, something no other venue could claim and king of them all, of course, was the mighty Frankel. He retired victorious and unbeaten in 14 runs after the Champion Stakes, having competed at two, three and four at Ascot – five wins in all at the Berkshire track including two at Royal Ascot and two on British Champions Day. This season lacks the star quality of a Black Caviar or a Frankel, but the overall standard makes this a meeting that no true enthusiast of the sport can miss.
Many have taken time to warm to the "new" grandstand, and on the smaller days it can resemble a vast, cold airport terminal, staffed by officious jobsworths who deny access to areas depending on one's attire.
But for the Royal meeting, it serves its purpose perfectly, allowing far more ease of movement when the crowd is at capacity and the viewing is now as good as it gets (after many initial problems when it was impossible to see or hear anything apart from some chap’s top hat in front of you).
Royal Ascot Facilities for Punters
Ascot is a right-handed galloping track with a testing uphill finish. There is a straight mile - used for races such as the Queen Anne - and a round mile - used for contests like the St James's Palace. The longest race at Royal Ascot, and indeed of the Flat season, is the Queen Alexandra Stakes, which is run over 2m5½f. A vast range of hot and cold refreshments are available from a number of hospitality areas and restaurants in the Grandstand and Silver Ring (although bringing a picnic usually offers the better option for all "value" seekers.
Royal Enclosure and Grandstand admission ticket holders can visit the parade ring located directly behind the Grandstand, however there is no access to the parade ring from the Silver Ring or Heath Enclosure. The main places to bet are at one of the Totepool windows or with the bookmakers, who are located in the betting ring in front of the stands in the Grandstand admission areas, Silver Ring and Heath Enclosures.
The strength of the Ascot ring is unrivalled, with every major bookmaker in attendance and the competition for the punters money intense. Like everywhere, the main focus of betting is now away from the track on the betting exchanges, and many layers complain that the average bet asked for by the social public crowd is 50p each-way, but on the rails the action is still fast and lumpy. This is one of the few rings where getting a bet of any size is not a problem, with the well established players keen to take on punters at a course where they traditionally get their share of "results".
The numerous car parks open from 9am and the course opens at 10.30am each day, and the shrewder racegoers will aim to be there early to avoid the horrific traffic congestion that amasses in the high street every year...oh and don't try to leave until about 7pm either! The hassles aside, the Royal meeting is a fantastic experience and well worth getting to at least once in a lifetime.